March 17th, 2017   


San Jose flood: City hires new emergency services director
SAN JOSE - Ten days after the disastrous Coyote Creek floods swept through three San Jose neighborhoods and caused at least $100 million in damage, the city has hired a new leader to oversee its emergency management programs.           Mercury News
San Jose Fire, PG&E Crews At Scene Of Gas Leak 
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) - Fire units and PG&E crews responded to the scene of a natural gas leak on Pettigrew Court that forced the evacuation of two homes. CBS5   
San Jose: Car-to-car shooting injures one, shuts down freeway 
SAN JOSE - One person was rushed to the hospital following a car-to-car shooting on Highway 101 in East San Jose, according to the California Highway Patrol.    Mercury News


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
Richard Nelson (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1996  
Deceased: 9-11-16
William Lowe (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1971
Deceased: 9-5-16
Donald Tyson (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1985 
Deceased: 7-24-16
Guy Newgren (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired: 1999  
Deceased: 7-23-16
Michael Spinelli (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1994  
Deceased: 7-13-16
J.C. Walton (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1973 
Deceased: 3-8-16


Thanks to #SJFD and first responders and volunteers that came together to help the flood victims! We appreciate you!


Video of the Week
Garage Fire Vine & Floyd 3/6/2017

SJFD working two detached garages that were on fire on the edge of downtown, near Vine and Floyd Avenue. No injuries reported on scene. (video)



Fire Fighter Night

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM
AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA


2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review

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KRON 4 Heroes 
KRON4 Heroes: Spotlight segment on S.J.F.D. Special Operations: Urban Search & Rescue Team. This team from Station 34 (Las Plumas @ King Rd.) rescued hundreds of residents during the recent floods throughout San Jose.   KRON4

The team has been busy the entire season, responding throughout the City & County as extreme weather has battered California and the Bay.

International Women's Day  - 2017

International Women's Day 2017: San Jose Fire Fighter's  celebrate the courage and determination of our own fire fighters, and all women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of our country, and our communities.

San Jose Fire Fighter joins the San Diego Fire Department in first ever Girls Empowerment Camp 

The all-day training camp hosted by the San Diego Fire Department taught girls life-saving skills in an effort to show young girls that a career as a firefighter, paramedic or lifeguard is very possible.

Female firefighters from San Jose and across California lead the activities with safety in mind. The girls learned about firefighting skills, equipment, basic first aid, and CPR. (video)       
      NBC San Diego         ABC 10          CBS 8

Oakland Fire Chief Retires Amid Ghost Ship Investigation
OAKLAND -  Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed, who has been under fire since the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse Fire in December, has announced that she will retire in May, according to Mayor Libby Schaaf.         CBS 5
Dogs sniffing out cancer warning signs in Modesto firefighters 
MODESTO- Dalmatians are the iconic firehouse dogs, but it's beagle-hound mixes that might end up saving some lives. The Modesto Fire Department is among more than 50 across the nation working with Canada-based Cancer Dogs to sniff out the disease through firefighter breath tests.     Modesto Bee


There's a good reason you shouldn't park in front of a fire hydrant. 

3/8/2016 Structure Fire Felipe Ave @ Olinder Ct. 
Fire crews had to work around this brand new Camaro who unfortunately  parked in front of the fire hydrant.  IG:  @sanjosefirefighters

Inside One of the Country's Busiest Fire Stations That Serves the City of Los Angeles   
LOS ANGELES- The firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Station 9 are used to distractions. Give or take every fifteen minutes, the robotic chatter of a printer typing up the details of the latest emergency call or the roar of a fire engine as it leaves the building cuts through whatever train of thought might have been humming along the brain.     KCET

State Senate Committee Seeks Solutions For Converted Warehouses Like the Ghost Ship   
SACRAMENTO- California state lawmakers said they are grappling with a growing public safety problem in cities where financially struggling artists are illegally converting warehouses into housing and entertainment venues.     NBC LA

Blaze Engulfs Commercial Building In Downtown LA
LOS ANGELES - A huge fire broke out at a large commercial building near the Fashion District area of downtown Los Angeles Sunday night, sending plumes of smoke billowing over the skyline.   CBS LA  


Trump Tower: $4.5 million annual bill for FDNY 
NEW YORK- Stationing firefighters and medics 24 hours a day at Trump Tower costs New York City taxpayers $4.5 million a year - none of which has been reimbursed to the FDNY, agency officials advised the City Council.   Newsday

Backdraft that injured firefighters caught on camera
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WCMH) - Dramatic footage released by a Florida fire department shows the moment a backdraft injured two firefighters. (video)   NBC 4i



Suncrest Ct.        
Station 19     SJ District 4
Call reporting an odor of natural gas in the area.  The first arriving fire unit reported a ruptured gas line that blew part of the asphalt up and requested the balance of a Structure Response and the HIT unit.  SJPD was requested to assist with traffic control, PG&E to assist with securing the gas line and Public Works to assess the damage to the road.  The residents in the area were advised to shelter in place. The gas line was secured after 2 hours.  No injuries were reported.

N White Rd       
Station 2      SJ District 5
Fire Communications sent a Full First alarm assignment to a report of a "house catching on fire".  Upon arrival it was determined to be an attic fire in a detached 1 bedroom apartment behind the main structure.  The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.

3.6.17 Vine St        Station 3       SJ District 3
Multiple calls were received reporting a detached garage on fire.  A full first alarm assignment was dispatched.  The garage was found to be fully involved and the adjacent garage was impinged upon by fire.  The fire was placed under control after 2 hours. 

3.8.17 Felipe Ave    Station 16     SJ District 7
Multiple calls reporting a house with black smoke coming from it and people trying to get their belongings out of the structure.  A Full First was dispatched and a two precautionary ambulance were requested. The first arriving fire unit reported an abandoned home with flames coming from the side of the structure.  A 2 nd Alarm was requested then cancelled within 15 minutes.  The fire was under control after 30 minutes. SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and Board Up to secure the structure.  

3.12.17 Higate Dr    Station 16    SJ District 16
Full 1 st response after receiving multiple reports of a house on fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke and flames from the Bravo side of the structure. No injuries were reported. PG&E was requested to assist with securing utilities. The fire was placed under control after 1 hour. All appropriate notifications were made.


3.14.17 N 6th  Station 1   SJ District 3
Communications received a report of an oil fire in an apartment. Communications received a call from an alarm company reporting two water flow alarms on the 6
th floor. A level 1 Hi Rise was requested due to details. Engine 8 arrived on scene and reported people evacuating. A level 2 Hi Rise was requested for active water flowing. Fire was contained after 10 minutes with assistance from fire sprinkler.  A precautionary ambulance was dispatched, and three patients were treated on scene. Crews on scene worked on water evacuation. 


3.15.17 Whitethorne Dr.    Station 4      SJ District 6
Full 1 st assignment to multiple reports of a house on fire. The first arriving unit reported a working house fire. A 2 nd Alarm was called and SJPD assisted with traffic control, PG&E assisted with securing utilities. Fire was placed under control after 1 hour. 

3.15.17 Foxworthy Ave     Station 13    SJ District 9
Communications received multiple calls of a roof on fire, possibly from fireworks. Engine 13 arrived on scene and reported light smoke from the garage. After investigating, they stated it was an exterior fire that possibly extended into the attic space. SJPD assisted with traffic control.  No injuries were reported.


3.5.17 N 24th St        Station 8    SJ District 3
Engine 8 was dispatched to a report of a person who fell approximately 15 feet down the embankment of the Coyote Creek near San Jose High School.  E8 requested the USAR team for a confirmed low angle rescue near the water's edge.  Two civilians were extricated by the USAR team. 

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