April 3rd, 2017   


2-Alarm Residential Fire Displaces 3 in San Jose 
SAN JOSE, Calif. --Firefighters in San Jose responded to a duplex on South 11th St. and found both units of the structure in flames, according to San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort. (video)   ABC7      NBC Bay Area
Fire Guts South San Jose Mobile Home, No Injuries Reported
SAN JOSE - Firefighters are investigating the cause of a gas-fueled fire that ripped through the Monterey Oaks Mobile Home Park on Old Monterey and Bernal roads, in South San Jose (video)     ABC7      NBC Bay Area
Driver killed in San Jose Semi-Truck Crash, Child taken to hospital. 
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --A man was killed and a child hurt in San Jose Friday morning in a crash involving a Pontiac Firebird and a big-rig. SJFD received a call about a collision at Park Avenue and McEvoy Street. Fire Fighters arrived to find the Pontiac Firebird lodged under the big-rig's trailer.. (video)   KGO  KTVU


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
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



Fire Fighter Night

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


Day on the Lake
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Coyote Lake, Gilroy

 contact: Ben Naranjo

2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review

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San Jose Fire Fighters ran into the Lord Mayor of Dublin Ireland, Brendan Carr along with family and friends in downtown SJ. The visit centered around a flag raising ceremony and other events celebrating the 31 years relationship between San Jose & Dublin. 

San Jose's connection to Ireland stretches back to 1986, when former mayor Tom McEnery helped the city forge a sister city program with its capital, Dublin

PG&E Vault Fire Knocks Out Power in San Jose Neighborhood
SAN JOSE - Residents woke up to a power outage after a PG&E underground vault caught fire. The vault erupted in flames dangerously close to homes near Independence High School on Brushglen Way around 6:30 a.m. The fire knocked out power to about 3,400 people for about an hour. (video)   KRON4  NBC Bay Area
Video of the Week

3.23.2017 2nd Alarm Mobile Home Fire: 
Engine 27 arrives to find a fully involved doublewide mobile home fed by natural gas. 

1 resident treated for injuries, 5 occupants displaced.

One dead after crashing into fire truck on Highway 4
ANTIOCH - One person has died following a crash on Highway 4 in Antioch.  The accident happened just before midnight near the Somersville Road exit when a Honda SUV crashed into a fire truck. The driver of the SUV died. (video)        KTVU       CBS5
  Oakland Fire Captain Warned of Dangerous Building in January: Emails 
An Oakland fire captain recommended in January that a building that burned this week, killing four people, should be shut down immediately for safety reasons, but department officials opted to take less drastic measures, records released show. (video)
     NBC Bay Area

Opening Day 2017 SJFD San Jose Giants adjustable hat Giveaway 

Rules are simple. 
Follow  @sanjosefirefighters and our partners
 Craig Rose  @smokeshowing911 &
 Chris Smead  @csmeadphotography 
2.Tag a friend on the Instagram link, the more friends you tag the better your chances. . . That's It! 
We will post the winner Wednesday  night!  (4/5/17)

Oakland: Burning candle blamed for fire that killed four  
OAKLAND - The cause of the deadly fire in a packed West Oakland residential building was a lit candle, said a city spokeswoman. "The fire has been deemed to have been accidentally caused. The fire investigation report should be completed in the next few weeks," 
     East Bay Times
    Owners of warehouse where fire killed 36 knew of electric issues
OAKLAND -  The owners of the converted Oakland warehouse where 36 people died in a fire knew of electrical problems and had already dealt with an earlier blaze, according to a report.        NY Daily News
    Chemical spill response training focuses on Bay Area railroads  
RICHMOND - Every day, trains filled with chlorine, ammonia and other dangerous chemicals crisscross the Bay Area, passing within mere feet of homes, schools and businesses. Yet most residents are unaware of what's inside those rail cars, or the potential for major damage if there is a leak or derailment..     East Bay Times


1913 Throwback !! 
San Jose Fire Fighters were honored to don vintage uniforms & assist members of the "7:30 Social Club" with the replacement of their American Flag.

The Club's home for the past 65 years has been Old Fire Station 5 on N. 8th St. This station was built by the S.J.F.D. in 1913 and housed Chemical No. 2 (photo) and then Engine 5. After closing in 1950 it was purchased by the club for only $5000 as a club headquarters.

This is one of several retired and now repurposed firehouses you can find throughout the City of San Jose.   @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  

EMT run over, killed by man driving stolen ambulance
NEW YORK- An FDNY medic was run over and killed with her own ambulance in the Bronx on Thursday when a man who had been joyriding on the rear bumper commandeered the vehicle.   NY Post

  Calm in the chaos: It's always rush hour for Seattle firefighters and paramedics
SEATTLE- When you're riding the busiest piece of firefighting equipment in the city, there's not much time to reflect. Life is what's happening right in front of you.  Seattle Times
Why Cancer is Killing Boston's Firefighters
  BOSTON - Understanding and quantifying why Boston's bravest appear to be at such a high risk of cancer is no easy task. Unlike plastics workers or coal miners, who log consistent hours in the same environment five days a week, firefighters are not all exposed to equal amounts of smoke and flame. "There's no standard amount of fire a firefighter fights," explains Peter Chai, a medical toxicologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.   Boston Magazine



Tonino Dr
Station 13     SJ District 9
Full First dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a house.  Upon arrival Engine 13 found a 2 story abandoned house with a boarded up front door.  They made entry and found a working fire on the second floor.  The fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished


N. Jackson  
Station 2      SJ District 5
Calls from the site and also from an alarm company reported a fire at Lifehouse San Jose, a convalescent home.  A Full First alarm assignment was immediately sent and quickly upgraded to a 2nd alarm.  Upon arrival it was found that an oxygen tank fire had been extinguished but the building was charged with smoke and extinguisher residue, causing the need to evacuate the building.  An ambulance task force was requested for multiple EMS patients.  CPR was initiated for a patient in the room of origin.  12 rooms were rendered uninhabitable by the fire.  No residents were ultimately displaced. 

       Station 34       SJ District 5
Multiple calls reporting a fence fire.  The first arriving fire unit reported several trees on fire and caused by an underground electrical vault fire.   PG&E was requested to secure the power to the vault and the power was eventually secured. Firefighters were able to extinguish the vault fire after the power was cut and the incident was under control after 1.5 hours.  

Monterey Road
    Station 27    SJ District 2
Multiple reports of a mobile home fire at the Monterey Oaks Mobile Home Park.  Engine 27 arrived and found a fully involved, double wide mobile home on fire.  A 2 nd alarm was requested immediately.  The fire was found to be fed by a natural gas line, PG&E responded to the scene.  Fire crews contained the fire and remained on scene until PG&E could control the gas line.  The gas line was secured and the incident was placed under control after 6 hours.  One civilian was treated for injuries.  Red Cross responded for 5 displaced occupants.


Santa Ana Ave     Station 5    SJ District 3
Multiple reports of a detached garage fire.  Engine 5 arrived and found a fully involved, detached garage fire that was impinging on a warehouse to the rear.  A 2 nd alarm was called due to multiple exposures.  SJPD was requested to assist with the evacuation of occupants who refused to leave the burning building.  


3.30.17  S. 11th Street      Station 3   SJ District 3
A full first was dispatched to multiple calls of a duplex on fire.  Additional calls came in reporting that both units of the duplex were on fire and B1 requested a 2 nd alarm along with a County Ambulance Task Force 1.  Engine 3 arrived at 0026 hours and confirmed active fire from a 4-plex.  Two of the units were heavily involved with fire.  The incident was placed under control after 1 hour. There were no reported injuries.  Red Cross responded to assist 3 displaced occupants.

4.2.17  McKee Rd  Station 34 SJ District 5
Multiple calls reporting smoke coming from a flower shop. A structure response was dispatched, and upgraded to a Full 1 st  due to multiple calls. Engine 34 arrived on scene, and reported smoke showing from the eaves. All utilities were secured, PGE was requested, and SJPD went out for traffic control. Fire was under control after 30 minutes. 
4.2.17 Summerside Dr   Station 26  SJ District 7
Communications received a call from the site stating there was an alarm sounding and black smoke in one of the corridors. A Full 1 st was dispatched, Engine 26 arrived on scene and upon investigation, found an apartment that had a couch on fire. All utilities were secured. PGE was requested. The fire was under control after 75 minutes. 


3.31.17  Park/McEvoy  Station 30  SJ District 6
Multiple calls reporting a vehicle accident with the vehicle stuck under the semi-truck.  The first arriving fire unit reported two people still in the vehicle that was stuck under the construction semi.  The USAR Company was requested to assist with shoring the vehicle while the occupants were removed.  SJPD was sent for traffic control and 2 ambulances were requested for the patients.  The first patient was extricated after 20 minutes and the second occupant was extricated 1 hour later.  

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