January 19th, 2018   
Three-Alarm Fire at San Jose Apartment Complex Displaces 16 People     
A fire ripped through a San Jose apartment complex leaving more than a dozen people homeless.  Crews responded to 95 Rancho Dr. on a report of a structure fire to find a two-story, eight-unit building ablaze.  Responding firefighters said the flames had spread to both floors, forcing them to immediately go into rescue mode to ensure the safety of all the inhabitants.             NBC Bay Area      CBS5      KTVU2

San Jose: Neighbors credited with getting people out of burning complex
SAN JOSE - People living in the same condominium complex where a three-alarm fire ignited early Friday morning are being credited with saving their neighbors.
San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said the good Samaritans who knocked on the doors of the two-story complex allowed everyone to get out safely before firefighters arrived.        Mercury News       ABC7


Pete Lovier (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 2003
Deceased: 1-2-2018
Dan Bourbon  (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired 1993
Deceased: 2017
Gerald A Hubbard (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired 2-5-1986
Deceased: 8-19-2017
Oliver Anastacio (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 8-8-1972
Deceased: 8-15-2017
Edward N. Silva (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 10-3-1973
Deceased: 7-26-2017
Bob Currall  (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 12-3-1993
Deceased: 7-19-2017
John Whitaker (Vol)
Fire Associates of 
Silicon Valley
Deceased: 7-11-2017
Joseph M. Nufer   (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-2-1974
Deceased: 3-27-2017
Francis Swanson (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 4-6-1986
Deceased: 3-8-2017



Yerba Buena & San Felipe Road for reports of a vehicle hat had overturned and hit a tree



Chris Smead

Craig Rose


2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review

2016 IAFF Media
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Highlights from this past fall as San Jose Fire Fighters were proud to host Fire OPS 101. This is the second time Local 230 and the S.J.F.D. have teamed up for this important exercise. This event gave Mayor Sam Liccardo, SJ Council Members, State Assembly Members and community leaders a hands-on look at the day to day challenges for San Jose Fire Fighters.

The Fire OPS 101 concept, established by the International Association of Fire Fighters, is one of most effective ways for our elected officials and local media to learn about the job we do.

Blaze Guts Auto Body Shop in San Jose: Fire Department
SAN JOSE Firefighters battled a two-alarm structure fire in San Jose according to fire officials. The blaze, which was called in around 6 a.m., ignited along the 1600 block of Almaden Expressway and wiped out an auto body shop, fire officials said.    NBC Bay Area

Napa firefighters responding to encampment fires face unique hazards
NAPA- Some are due to careless warming fires or cooking fires while some have been intentionally set, sometimes as a form of retribution, but all of them present unique fire suppression hazards to responding firefighters.     Napa Valley Register 

Founding member of the Fire Associates
Fred Oehm passes, leaving a legacy of support for San Jose Fire Fighters.

We are saddened to share the passing of Fred Oehm. Fred was instrumental in the formation of the Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley. 

This non-profit group provides critical canteen and rehab support to fire fighters during major emergency incidents, fire department drills and special events. Below is a brief history of Fred's role in the groups formation almost 50 years ago. 

Thursday, November 6, 1969

After several months of discussions with the San Jose Fire Department, Fire Chief Ron Lebeau authorized Battalion Chiefs Tony Sapena & Leonard Marks to work with a group of Santa Clara County area fire buffs. 

There were 12 buffs at the formative meeting, held in the classroom of SJFD Station 2. The station was then located at 6th St. and Julian as a single engine company. The group had four objectives for the meeting: to select officers, name the organization, create the bylaws, and determine objectives. 

FASCV's Charter Officers selected were:
F red Oehm,  President; 
Len Williams, Vice-President; 
Roy Lunsford, Secretary-Treasurer; 
B.J. Dennis and Bob Horowitz, Directors.

The sound of emergency medical response in East County: silence
NAPA- East Contra Costa County is not alone in underfunding top priority government services.  All across the state local fire districts are struggling with inadequate funding.  East County's situation is most urgent because of its 1,500 percent increase in population, since the original allocation rate was set. 


L.A. Fire Department unveils 'SOBER Unit' aimed at reducing unnecessary emergency room visits      S eeking to crackdown on unnecessary emergency room visits, the Los Angeles Fire Department has launched a new program called the Sobriety Emergency Response - or SOBER - Unit that will transport publicly intoxicated people to a sober center located on skid row in downtown.
 LA Times  

100-plus police and firefighters train for active shooter incident in Laguna Beach
LAGUNA BEACH - More than 100 people from LCAD and the local Community Emergency Response Team hid on campus during a mock active shooter rampage. As those portraying victims sought shelter, police officers from Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and UC Irvine moved in, searching for the shooter.      OCRegister

Phoenix Fire Department increasingly taps taxis to take 911 callers to hospital
PHOENIX - Not every medical 911 call results in an ambulance ride to the hospital.   Sometimes, the Fire Department calls for a taxi to take the person to the hospital instead.   The number of taxi rides is growing - overwhelmingly so for people in poor neighborhoods - as fire officials wrestle with more calls and limited resources.

Firefighters suffer from PTSD in numbers to rival the military, officials say
Studies show that about 20 percent of firefighters suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, along with greater risk from suicide and job-related cancers.      CBS 12 
Families push PTSD bill for first responders
FLORIDA - Break a leg on the job and workers compensation will pay the medical bills and cover lost wages. But suffer emotional or psychological trauma after a failed attempt to revive an infant or hours processing dead bodies in the wake of a mass shooting and you're out of luck.. 

            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  


Terminal A SJIA 
   Station 20  SJ District 3
SJPD sent a report to Fire comm of a positive detection by a bomb-sniffing canine.  A structure response was sent along with the HIT team and an additional engine to stand by for the incident along with an ambulance task force.  The bomb squad was able to determine that there was no hazard present and the incident was closed at 1143 hours.


1.3.18   San Jose Fire Departmemt
San Jose Fire Communications initiated earthquake operations at 0240 hours.  All battalions were accounted for and equipment was confirmed in order by 0308 hours.  The Duty Chief acknowledged the information.

1.11.18   Rancho Dr  Station 18  SJ District 7
Multiple calls reporting a fire. One caller stated the 2 nd story of an apartment complex was fully engulfed. A Full1st response was dispatched, as well as a precautionary ambulance. Engine 18 arrived and confirmed a fully engulfed apartment complex. They upgraded the call to a 2 nd alarm, and subsequently 3 rd alarm.  Board up was requested and Red Cross was also requested for 8 adults and 5 children displaced by the fire

1.11.18 Mineta Airport
San Jose Fire Communications received a call from the Airport Tower reporting an aircraft with their right engine out. Station 20 requested a 2 nd Alarm. Engine 20A requested an ambulance task force. The plane landed safely, No injuries were reported.

1.12.18 S. Buena Vista Ave    Station 4  SJ District 7
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a full first response after receiving a report of smoke from a building.  E4 arrived on scene at 2355 hours.  At 2357 hours a fire was found behind a furnace.  The fire was knocked down at 0003 hours and all units cleared by 0200 hours.  No injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.


1.1.18   Santa Clara City Fire
Battalion 10, Engine 10, Engine 7 and Truck 14 responded for station backfill.

1.3.18  CAL Fire, Morgan Hill 
Engine 27 and Engine 627 to Morgan Hill for station coverage.  

1.10.18 Milpitas Fire
E23 and Engine 19/E619 responded for coverage. 

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