March 14th, 2018   
Crews battlie 2-alarm fire at vacant commercial building in San Jose     
Officials say the building was scheduled for demolition and that they believe there may have been homeless people staying in the building.  Capt. Daniel Vega said the San Jose Fire Department was called by neighbors who saw flames through the windows of the empty commercial building in the 800 block of West Julian Street.. (video)      KGO       NBC Bay Area     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 at Bellhurst Ave. for reports of smoke and flame from an apartment. Engine 3 was first on scene and reported flame from the windows. One patient was evaluated on scene.


Chris Smead

Craig Rose


Fire Fighter Night
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March 24th, 2018
Pre-Party 10am
Gametime 1pm


2015 Year in Review

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Father William Stout 
January 27 th , 1933 - March 14th, 2018

It is with heavy hearts we share the peaceful passing of SJFD Chaplin Father William Stout in the early morning hours of March 14th, at the age of 85. He was truly a legend in the SJFD and will be missed, but not forgotten.

Father Stout began serving as the San Jose Fire Department Chaplain in 1973 and has since provided spiritual guidance and support to our members. He presided annually over the Firefighter's Memorial Mass and provided invocations at department ceremonies.   

Details of funeral services will follow as soon. Cards of Condolence can be sent to: Father John Privett, S.J. Sacred Heart Jesuit Center PO Box 128 Los Gatos, CA 95031


Man fatally electrocuted trimming tree in San Jose, was not PG&E employee
SAN JOSE- A man who died after being electrocuted by power lines while trimming a tree this afternoon in San Jose was not a PG&E employee, a company spokeswoman confirmed.       KTVU       KGO

Elderly Couple Injured in San Jose House Fire  
An elderly man and woman suffered minor burn injuries in a two-alarm house fire  in San Jose.  Fire crews responded to the blaze at a home in the 3100 block of Kermath Drive in northeast San Jose about 4:40 p.m. and found flames in the attic and blowing out one side of the home, fire officials said. A second-alarm was called due to its proximity to a neighboring homes. (video)    NBC Bay Area 

Vehicle Smashes Through Domino's Storefront in San Jose
SAN JOSE  No injuries were reported but a Domino's pizza store in San Jose was damaged after a vehicle crashed into the storefront, on the  2600 block of Union Ave. Fire crews responded to the scene to check the building's structural integrity and determined no load-bearing walls were damaged, fire officials said.  NBC Bay Area

IAFF 100th Anniversary 

San Jose Local 230 President Sean Kaldor and acting
SJFD Fire Chief Robert Sapien commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the International Association of Fire Fighter's with a ceremonial message. Similar broadcasts were simultaneously made by Firefighters throughout North America to mark this historic milestone.  

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An explosion, fire and rescue in San Jose
SAN JOSE - Chad Collins heard an explosion  and rushed out of his house in West San Jose. The home across the street smoldered, the walls cracked and the roof was partially collapsed.  He spotted his neighbor, a woman in her 70s, moaning and crawling through the rubble inside her home. Collins pushed through a crack in the walls, grabbed the woman and guided her from the house.
   Mercury News


Great way to open the San Jose Earthquakes 2018 MLS Season with a San Jose Earthquakes win and post game match with San Jose Fire Fighters & San Jose Police Officers battling it out for the Inaugural - First Responder Cup 

On this night your  San Jose Fire Fighters  were victorious with a 2-0 win over San Jose Police Officers

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 Fire Department moves to replace fleet with smaller 'Vision Zero' fire engines, reduce conflict with bike advocates
The smaller vehicles - nicknamed "Vision Zero" fire engines after The City's initiative seeking to reduce traffic collision deaths to zero by 2024 - could also go a long way toward reducing tensions between the department and pedestrian and bicycle advocates over street safety improvements.      SF Examiner 

'My World Was Burning': The North Bay Fires and What Went Wrong  
A five-month KQED investigation of what happened that first night of the fires found a series of failures and missteps by both local and state officials that go well beyond previously documented evacuation delays: Our review of thousands of 911 and dispatch calls, along with dozens of interviews, has revealed large systemic problems with the state's emergency response procedures.      KQED

A week after it was canceled, Girls' Empowerment Camp reinstated, expanded     
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed the reinstatement of the city's Girls' Empowerment Camp, an event that had been canceled after an attorney questioned whether its gender-focused approach violated state and federal anti-discrimination statutes.  The event will be expanded to two weekends - one in April and one in May --and registration will be reopened.      San Diego Tribune

The Real Reason the Investor Class Hates Pensions    
No issue in America today better illustrates the divergent interests of working Americans and the 1 percent than pension reform. Substantial empirical evidence shows that America's favored retirement vehicle - the 401(k), recently renounced by its own inventors - is grossly inadequate and will leave tens of millions of Americans with insufficient retirement assets. And yet states and cities are busy converting traditional pensions into these failing 401(k)s or equivalents, to the great benefit of money managers and the finance class.
NY Times
Manhattan Beach firefighters' grievances about outgoing chief burst into open
 Manhattan Beach firefighters, some fighting back tears, aired grievances in public this week against Fire Chief Robert Espinosa, blaming him for alleged workplace intimidation and retaliation as well as an increase in paramedic response times in the beach town.     Daily Breeze

State legislators told firefighting efforts require costly improvements
State legislators heard testimony that preparation for California's new era of catastrophic and deadly wildland fires will require costly changes to land management, building safety and firefighting services, amounting to a wholesale upgrade of the state's firefighting force.    Press Democrat
Dog reunites with firefighters who rescued it from burning home
CHICO, Calif. - Firefighters got a pleasant surprise on Sunday when they were reunited with a dog they rescued and resuscitated. The Chico Fire and Rescue Department shared images of the heartwarming reunion on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, showing a firefighter petting and playing with the happy pup.
      ABC News

Years After Sept. 11, Critical Incidents Still Overload Emergency Radios
If you go back and listen to the recording of the Broward County radio dispatch system during the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School last month, you can hear the frustration in the voices of police.  "I can't transmit for some reason," says one officer. Other first responders echo the complaint.    NPR 

FIRST RESPONDERS Decatur fire chief: Non-emergency calls straining department resources
DECATUR - The Decatur Fire Department is looking for ways to reduce its responses to non-emergency calls at commercial facilities for the elderly, citing a steady increase in calls straining department resources over the past decade. 

Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said the department in particular is looking to reduce "lift-assist" calls, which typically involve a fallen person needing to be helped up or receive other medical assistance. Firefighters and ambulance personnel are dispatched to these calls at the same time.          Herald Review  

FirstNet Buildout Launches Nationwide as Public Safety Core Nears Delivery
RESTON, VA - FirstNet's nationwide footprint is expanding. The First Responder Network Authority has given its partner, AT&T, the green light to build out FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. This includes deploying public safety's dedicated spectrum - Band 14 - across statewide radio access networks in states and territories across the country. 

Duluth Fire Department drone initiative prepares to take flight
DELUTH, MN - Aerial drones soon could become the latest tool in the Duluth Fire Department's arsenal of resources. Firefighter Nick Fleming briefed Duluth City Council members on an initiative he called the SUAS project - short for Small Unmanned Aircraft System.
Duluth News Tribune 

            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  

College Dr
   Station 4 vvvSJ District 6
One call received from the site, reporting a cooking error that had spread to the cabinets. A Full1st was dispatched. The first unit arrived on scene and reported smoke from the attic of a 4-6 unit apartment complex initiating a second alarm. The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes and the second alarm units were cancelled. The fire was confined to the kitchen space. Red Cross was called for displaced residents. 

Bellhurst Ave   Station 3 District 7

Call reporting a house on fire with people evacuating.  A FULL1st was dispatched with details of flames coming from the 2nd floor.  Engine 3 reported smoke showing while en route and heavy smoke showing once on scene.  The fire was knocked down after 15 minutes. One patient was transported to the hospital.Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents.  


Kermath Dr   
  Station 23  SJ District 4
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st response to multiple calls reporting black smoke seen from a house. Enroute Engine 19 reported smoke seen from the station. The first arriving unit on scene reported heavy smoke from the attic and requested a 2nd Alarm. The fire was placed under control after 2 hrs 20 minutes. Patients were transported to local hospitals for treatment.


Sophist Dr    Station 19 SJ District 4

Engine 16 and Truck 16 were dispatched to a fire alarm activation called in by a fire alarm monitoring company.  E16 and T16 arrived and found smoke coming from a corner of the building and requested a full first alarm.  B2 requested a 2nd alarm, advising this was a large, multi-unit strip mall.  The fire was placed under control after 1.5 hours. 


2.26.18  Page Mill Rd.    Station 18  SJ District 2
San Jose Fire Communications responded to a report of a tree trimming accident involving live power lines. The first arriving unit requested the USAR Task Force and a Battalion Chief. PG&E assisted with securing utilities and San Jose PD assisted with traffic control. There was one civilian fatality. 


3.1.18    W. Julian          Station 7 SJ District 6
Multiple calls reporting an abandoned building on fire. The first arriving fire unit reported heavy smoke coming from an abandoned commercial structure, prompting a 2nd Alarm.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 3.5 hours.  

3.5.18 Arroyo Wy      Station 8   SJ District 3
Full 1 st response to this location after receiving a call about a house fire and flames coming from the roof. The first arriving unit reported smoke from the residence. A 2 nd Alarm was requested at 1944 hours. San Jose PD was requested for traffic control. A precautionary ambulance was requested for standby. Board up was requested. The fire was placed Under Control after 1.5 hours. 


Bel Air Ave             
 Station 7  SJ District 6
Multiple calls reporting a house fire.  Additional calls came in stating there was an explosion from the main house and fire spread to a second, nearby house.  Engine 7 arrived and found one side of the primary house fully engulfed in flames and a 2 nd alarm was requested.  The USAR Task Force was a special requested along with a 3 rd alarm. Knockdown of the fire was achieved after 1.5 hours.  One civilian was treated for injuries.  



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