February 21st, 2018   
Fire destroys mobile clinic that helps homeless in San Jose     
A non-profit in San Jose says their mobile healthcare clinic went up in flames and now they're scrambling to replace the RV that allowed them to help the homeless.
Smoke and water damaged the expensive medical equipment inside. (video)
     KGO        KTVU2
1 year since San Jose Coyote Creek flood; is city better prepared?  
AFebruary 21, 2018 marks one year since the destructive flood in San Jose when the Coyote Creek flooded over its banks.   Some longtime first responders call it the worst San Jose disaster they've ever covered. Now several changes are in place so the city is better prepared for the next water emergency.      SJ Mercury News

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



San Jose Fire Fighters responded to N 34th Street for a fully involved house with a live wire which made itself known by popping and sparking in the front of the house. 


Chris Smead

Craig Rose


First Responder Night
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March 3rd, 2018

2015 Year in Review

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San Jose residents worry homeless are setting up fires near homes during cold snap
SAN JOSE- A San Jose neighborhood continues to deal with a homeless encampment in their backyards, and the encampment is threatening their safety, residents say.   (video)    KRON 4           

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

  In observance of Black History Month  we honor the contribution and sacrifice of those San Jose Fire Fighters who came before us. 

Thank you for your service!

Firefighters quickly extinguish fire at Willow Glen home
SAN JOSE Firefighters made quick work in an early morning of a roof fire that ignited at a single-story home in Willow Glen.   Mercury News        

San Jose Fire Destroys Home, Displaces at Least 4
SAN JOSE Firefighters responded to a house fire in East San Jose that also involved downed live wires, 
Fire crews arrived to find the structure fully involved, and the live wires were creating life safety hazards.
Firefighters had the flames knocked down with 30-40 minutes. (video)    NBC Bay Area           

SF moves to build water system to fight fires when the worst hits
San Francisco officials have reached an important milestone in a long-running effort to build a high-pressure water network needed to bring vital firefighting capabilities to the Richmond and Sunset districts - two neighborhoods that have historically lacked direct access to such a system.
   SF Chronicle 

Oakland sued again: For 2017 fire that killed four people living in a halfway house
OAKLAND - The city has been hit with another lawsuit stemming from a fatal fire, this time the March 2017 blaze that killed four people in a halfway house less than four months after the deadly Ghost Ship inferno.
Oakland is already facing a suit for that Dec. 2, 2016 fire, in which 36 people attending an electronic dance party in the Fruitvale neighborhood warehouse perished.      Mercury News 

Torrent Engine 2 in front of 35 N. Market St. in downtown San Jose. (now home to the San Pedro parking garage) Torrent Engine 2, a steamer and hose cart (pictured) took up quarters with Chemical 1 and the Chiefs Buggy next to the Commercial Hotel circa 1890.

Fire aftermath: Sonoma County steps up effort to prevent next big disaster
SONOMA - If Sonoma County has a prayer of preventing the next firestorm, it's already grievously behind. And unless it gets cracking fast, ruin could be right around the corner.  That was the conclusion of the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday as its members pored over an advisory committee's suggestions for cleaning up from October's devastating blazes and getting ready for future related disasters, which could erupt as anything from landslides and water contamination to more firestorms.        SF Chronicle 

  Fire Scientists: Wildfires Don't Have to Destroy Homes
 A wildfire sweeps through a California community, burning trees and vegetation, but leaves the majority of homes fully intact. That's the scenario researchers are working to create for neighborhoods at risk, following the most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. But scientists tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that state and local emergency planners have been slow to support critical retrofits that could help save lives and property.   (video)      NBC Bay Area


Managing pension funds isn't easy, but should we be forced to work into our 70s?     
This is a timely question in California as a high-profile case involving public employee pensions wends its way to the Supreme Court. The government's position in the case is that government agencies ought to be allowed to eliminate retirement promises that were made at the time an employee was hired.
Tesla on Autopilot slams into parked fire truck on California freeway
 A Culver City firefighting truck was hit by a Tesla, but no injuries were reported.  Engine 42 of the Culver City Firefighters said the crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. while crews were responding to an accident on the 405 Freeway near Washington Boulevard.   (video)      CBS LA

Bill would legalize mouth-to-snout resuscitation of cats and dogs by first responders
 A new California bill seeks to legalize mouth-to-snout resuscitation for any endangered pet dog or cat, a practice that is currently a misdemeanor for anyone except a licensed veterinarian.
Oxnard firefighter assaulted by man he was trying to help
 PORT HUENEME, Calif. - A Port Hueneme man faces assault and child endangerment charges after being accused of assaulting an Oxnard fire captain as firefighters tried helping the man recover his pet bird that had escaped      KEYT

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  

S 2nd
   Station 3  SJ District 3
Full 1st response to multiple callers reporting flames and smoke from a residence. The first arriving unit advised of heavy flames from the structure.  Board up was requested for fencing. 

Vine St   Station 3 District 3

San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st response to multiple reports of a carport on fire attached to a structure. The first arriving unit reported 2 vehicles on fire in a detached carport.  San Jose Police Department assisted with traffic control. 

Forest Creek Dr.   
  Station 14  SJ District 1
Full 1st response to reports of a residential structure with a roof fire. First unit on scene reported a working roof fire. Fire was placed under control after 2 hours.  

Sophist Dr    Station 19 SJ District 4

Multiple calls reporting a vehicle and garage on fire. The first unit arrived on scene and reported a fully involved garage fire. There was free-burning gas from the meter, and PGE was requested to expedite. The fire was knocked down and under control after 2 hours. Red Cross was requested for 4 displaced individuals.  

2.6.18 S. Buena Vista Ave    Station 10  SJ District 6
tructure response to multiple calls reporting a vehicle fire in the parking garage. San Jose PD assisted with traffic control. County Fire Hazmat was requested for assistance, but was canceled when San Jose HIT29 became available.  

Calvin Ave
   Station 9 SJ District 9
Full first response after receiving reports of smoke coming from a garage.  Engine 4 arrived on scene and confirmed the report of smoke coming from the garage.  San Jose Police were requested for traffic control. 

2.8.18 Meridian Ave      Station 4 SJ District 6
Communications received a call from a DEA agent requesting fire to respond to the scene of a "Pill Press Lab" to standby for possible decontamination.  After the Hit Captain spoke with the DEA agent, he requested the Hit Task Force to Respond.  SJPD was requested for traffic control and Code Enforcement for the building.  An ambulance was also requested due to the location being an unlicensed care facility.  All units were clear from the event at 1556 hours.  All appropriate notifications were made.

2.8.18  Hedding St   Station 7  SJ District 3
A single unit was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in a yard.  Engine 7 arrived on scene reporting multiple vehicles on fire endangering a structure with access issues and requested a structure response.  The call was upgraded to a Full First after a caller reported embers in the area. A patient self-transported prior to Fire Department arrival on scene.  San Jose Police Department assisted with traffic control.  PG&E was requested to assist with utilities.  

Winchester Blvd  
 Station 10  SJ District 1
Full First response to a single report of a fire inside a market.  Engine 10 arrived on scene reporting smoke and possible flames inside.  The fire was isolated to an appliance inside the market.  

2.11.18  Gerdts Dr.    Station 11 SJ District 8
Report of a structure fire with an occupant trapped on the patio.  Engine 11 arrived and found a working fire.  Two residents were rescued from the back patio.  The fire was knocked down after 45 minutes. Red Cross was requested for the displaced residents.  

2.12.18  Sessions Dr.    Station 27   SJ District 2
Communications received a call reporting a possible roof fire with no specific address, in the area of Monterey Rd/Monterey Cl.  A Structure Response was dispatched shortly after verifying the location and was then upgraded to a Full First after receiving additional calls and details.  The first arriving fire unit reported heavy smoke coming from the Charlie side of the structure.  PG&E was requested to secure the utilities and an ambulance for standby.  The fire was knocked down after 25 minutes.

2.12.18   Duane St      Station 3      SJ District 3
Full 1
St response to a report of a back house on fire. Upon arriving it was reported there that there were heavy flames. A 2 nd Alarm was called upon arrival. PG&E assisted with securing utilities and San Jose PD assisted with traffic control. Patients were treated at local hospitals. Red Cross and Board Up were also requested. 

2.12.18  N 34th St    Station 34   SJ District 3
Full 1
st response after receiving multiple calls reporting black smoke from a window. The first arriving unit reported a fully involved structure fire, live wires down and requested a 2 nd Alarm. Red Cross and Board Up were requested. PG&E assisted with securing utilities. San Jose PD assisted with traffic control.

2.15.18   Barletta Ln.     Station 2    SJ District 5
Full First response to a single call from the site reporting a bedroom fire.  Engine 2 arrived on scene and reported smoke from the front door.  Units on scene confirmed a working bedroom fire.  PG&E responded to assist with utilities and a standby ambulance was requested. 

2.20.18 Lincoln Ct   Station 6  SJ District 6
Multiple calls reporting a roof of a house on fire.  A Structure Response was dispatched and then upgraded to a Full First.  The first arriving unit on scene of the fire reported a roof fire.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 30 minutes. PG&E was requested to secure the utilities. Red Cross was requested for the displaced resident


2.11.18   CAL Fire Morgan Hill
E35 for back-fill Morgan Hill Station 4 

2.11.18  Milpitas Fire 
Engine 29 to Milpitas Station 1

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