November 18th, 2017   

Two Killed, Two Critically Injured in Three-Alarm Apartment Fire in San Jose      SAN JOSE -  Two people died and two others were critically injured when a three-alarm fire ripped through a San Jose home in the 500 block of South 9th Street around 5 a.m. Flames trapped occupants inside the two-story apartment. Responding crews immediately tried to save four people who were on trapped on the second floor.    (video)     NBC Bay Area      Mercury News    KGO  

Firefighters Battle Blaze at Townhouse Complex in South San Jose
Twelve people were displaced after a fire broke out at a townhouse complex in South San Jose.  The fire ignited just before 6 a.m. near Don Seville Court and Velasco Drive.    (video)     NBC Bay Area      KGO

Pile of Mulch Catches Fire in San Jose
SAN JOSE - Firefighters battled flames that engulfed a large pile of mulch in San Jose.  The blaze broke out around 3:50 a.m. along the 600 block of Kings Row. The flames were knocked down in about 45 minutes, according to officials. Firefighters had to force their way onto the property and move equipment in order to fight the blaze.   (video)     NBC Bay Area    
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
Michael Curcio (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1996  
Deceased: 12-11-2016
Vince Jangrus (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1997
Deceased: 12-8-2016
Emmett Knutson (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1988  
Deceased: 12-1-2016
John Arnaz (Ret.)
Arson Investigator
Retired: 1995  
Deceased: 11-2016



San Jose City Councilmember
Dev Davis takes the stairs at 
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San Jose firefighters get new rescue rigs as aircraft get larger
SAN JOSE -Seconds count when aircraft are having an emergency. Firefighters at Station 20, based at Mineta San Jose International, have two new aircraft rescue and firefighting rigs to keep pace with the airport's growing roster of airlines, expanding schedule of flights, and larger aircraft on international routes. And they are fast.  (video)    KGO  
2017 Memorial Bell Ceremony

San Jose Fire Fighter's Felix Medrano and Jack Salois were enshrined on the Fire Fighters Memorial Bell outside Old Fire Station 1 in downtown San  Jose.

This bronze and silver bell, first cast in 1891 served the City for 46 years, calling fire fighters to arms whenever a blaze broke out.

Now it serves as token of respect to departed fire fighters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  
Study targets toxic exposure in firefighters after North Bay Fire
About 85 Sonoma County firefighters will undergo limited health screenings for a study of first responders' exposure to toxins during last month's destructive fires, which produced noxious, throat-burning smoke that darkened North Bay skies for days.   Blood and urine samples are to be collected from a total of 175 firefighters from across the wider Bay Area who battled the wildfires in Sonoma County and neighboring communities.  Press Democrat

Wine Country requested hundreds of engines in firestorm's first hours. Less than half came.
In the early hours of the most destructive firestorm in California history, officials in Napa and Sonoma counties knew their local first responders would be overwhelmed and turned to a statewide mutual-aid system designed to swiftly brinThey got help, but they didn't get what they asked for - not nearly.  SF Chronicle
New Oakland Fire Chief: City Needs to Hire More Firefighters and Inspectors
Oakland's new Fire Chief Darin White said at a League of Women Voters event that his department needs more staff. It's the top item on his "wish list" of needs.

"For a long time, the department has been understaffed," he bluntly told an audience of about two dozen Oakland residents.     
East Bay Express

Father Kevin Ballard led the 43rd annual Fire Fighter's Memorial Mass at Holy Cross Church in downtown San Jose.  This annual event honors all past, present and future fire fighters who carry on the tradition of unselfish service to their community.  L230 Flicker

Santa Clara Co. Firefighters Free Person Stuck In Garbage Truck
LOS ALTOS, CA - Santa Clara County firefighters came to the rescue of a man who was stuck inside a garbage truck for about 30 minutes in Los Altos, a fire official said. A total of 10 fire personnel responded to the incident, which was reported on Nightingale Court.     East Bay Express
  Report: Insurers hired private firefighters for wealthy clients amid Wine Country fires 
Wealthy homeowners whose properties were threatened during last month's Wine Country fires were able to enact a lesser-known perk in their insurance policies.
A private firefighting service.    SF Gate

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Hurting Heroes: PTSD rates soar among firefighters, new program aims to reduce stigma
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - You call. They come. Some calls tougher than others. "I had a baby. We had to do CPR and everything and ended up not saving [the baby]," said Paul Bias, a firefighter/paramedic at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue. For some, experiences like this can wear on the mind. mynews4

Drone Guidelines Approved for Los Angeles Fire Department, Despite Objections From Civil Rights Groups
LOS ANGELES - Guidelines for a Los Angeles Fire Department drone program were approved by the City Council over the objections of some civil rights organizations concerned that the devices could be used to infringe on individual liberties.  NBC4

SDG&E installs 15 cameras to improve fire detection
SAN DIEGO - San Diego Gas & Electric unveiled a system of 15 high-definition cameras that provide live-streaming views of some of the region's most fire-prone areas.  The Alert SDG&E cameras offer live video; can show time-lapse scenarios; can pan, tilt and zoom; provide near-infrared capabilities for night vision; use machine vision to detect smoke; and can link to incident command centers to notify fire officials when a plume of smoke appears.   Fox5 SanDiego

Homebuilders Push Texas Lawmakers To Block Fire Sprinkler Requirements
DALLAS- When every second counts, a fire sprinkler system can be a live saver but most homes in North Texas do not have them.  The Texas State Fire Marshal says every home in Texas should have fire sprinklers but state lawmakers have refused to make it a requirement for new homes.   DFW CBS

            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  
Royal Avenue 
     Station 30   SJ District 3  
Report of smoke visible from the roof of an empty structure that used to be an Orchard Supply Hardware.  E30 arrived and found smoke in the area of the building.  Fire crews forced entry into the building and found a small, 5'x8' fire on the first floor.  The fire was placed under control after 45 minutes.
N.33rd St
        Station 34  SJ District 3
A Full First and a code three ambulance were initially dispatched to a report of a house fire and a possible subject on fire.  E34 arrived on scene reporting an extinguished exterior fire with no one on fire.  The response was reduced to a Structure response.  E34 located a small amount of fire in the ceiling of a detached garage.  


Don Seville Ct
   Station 12    SJ District 10  
Multiple calls were received reporting a structure fire at this location.  A Full First was dispatched, while still enroute, Engine 12 could see flames visible and requested a 2nd alarm. E12 arrived and found a fully involved town home endangering the other attached town homes.  A 3rd alarm was called after 20 minutes. 

A VTA bus was requested to shelter the residents displaced by the fire, SJPD was requested for traffic control and PG&E to secure the utilities. Board up was also requested to secure the structures.  * ARTICLE ABOVE

Pepper Tree Ln
    Station 19   SJ District 5  
A full first was dispatched to a report of a house on fire.  Engine 19 arrived and found a working house fire that was endangering the neighboring structure.  A 2nd alarm was called as heavy smoke and fire was rapidly spreading in the main structure.  Extended overhaul of the structure was required and all units were clear of the incident within 3 hours.
Pebbletree Wy.    
 Station 35   SJ District 2   
Communications received one call from the site reporting a kitchen fire.  A Full First was dispatched and the first arriving fire unit reported light smoke showing from the structure and a small kitchen fire.  The call was reduced to a STRUCTURE response.  The fire was under control after 30 minutes,  PG&E was requested to secure the utilities and a precautionary ambulance was requested. 

Mills Court   
 Station 30  SJ District 3
F ire Communications dispatched a Full 1 st response for multiple calls received for a house on fire. Engine 30 arrived on scene of a single family residence with heavy smoke showing from a fully involved garage fire. The fire was knocked down  and placed under control No injuries were reported.

Penitencia Creek Rd  
Station 19 SJ District 5
Single unit to a report of a man down on the trail. While en-route the Alum Rock Park Ranger provided an update that a hiker was off the trail and approximately 10 feet down the embankment. Engine 19 requested a Rescue response and the USAR Task Force based on new details. A low angle rescue was performed and the victim was brought up to the trail after 1 hour. Park Rangers assisted with access and all appropriate notifications were made. 

Francisco Ave     
   Station 4  SJ District 4     
A reported kitchen fire generated a full first response.  Working fire declared.  The fire had extended top the attic so the building was evacuated.   Red Cross was requested for 3 adults and 2 children.

Mammoth Dr      
Station 35  SJ District 2
San Jose Fire Communications sent a Full 1 st response for multiple calls received reporting a vehicle fire that extended to a garage. The first arriving unit reported a vehicle fire that extended to a house. The fire was placed Under Control after 30 minutes. PG&E assisted with securing utilities. Board Up was requested. *VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Monterey Rd   
  Station 27  SJ District 2  
Fire Communications dispatched a Structure Response to multiple reports of a large outside pallet fire. Engine 27 reported seeing heavy smoke while en-route. Battalion 13 upgraded the call to a Full 1st Response.  Engine 27 arrived on scene of a 40 foot by 30 foot pallet fire. The Fire was knocked down after 30 minutes. Morgan Hill Fire assisted in a dual response area. 

11.17.17  Maywood Avenue  Station 4  SJ District 6
Full First response dispatched after receiving multiple reports of a garage fire.  Engine 4 arrived on scene reporting a working garage fire.  PG&E assisted with utilities.  Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputies responded for traffic control and a standby ambulance was sent. 


11.17.17 S. 9th St  Station 3 SJ District 3
Calls reporting a structure fire.  Engine 3 arrived and found a fully involved two story apartment building.  Additional calls were received stating that people were trapped inside the structure and B1 requested a 2 nd alarm and then a 3 rd alarm.  Four county ambulances were requested for injured civilians.  The fire was knocked down after 1 hour.  2 Residents perished and 2 others sustained life threatening  injuries.  



Engine 19 to Spring Valley's area for a medical call

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