June 5th, 2018   
Fireworks Possibly Caused Homeless Encampment Fire in San Jose
SAN JOSE -  Witnesses told fire officials fireworks likely caused a homeless encampment fire in San Jose.  The fire was reported at 4:18 p.m. and burned 71 acres in the area of Capitol Expressway and Tuers Road. Firefighters said no injuries were reported in the blaze, which crews got under control shortly after 7 p.m.  (video)   NBC Bay Area    Mercury News   

Firefighters Contain 16-Acre Brush Fire Near Homes in South San Jose
SAN JOSE - Firefighters contained a three-alarm vegetation fire near a residential neighborhood in South San Jose.  The 16-acre fire, which was reported just after 5 p.m., burned near Keeler Court and Avenida Espana, off Santa Teresa Boulevard  (video)   NBC Bay Area     

San Jose church resurrected 4 years after being destroyed in fire
SAN JOSE - Parishioners in the South Bay are celebrating the resurrection of a church destroyed in a fire nearly four years ago.   Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose has been rebuilt and opened its doors to the community Friday afternoon.    (video)        KGO        

16th Anniversary

Timothy A. Strysko
Fire Captain
Line of Duty Death
Job Related Colon Cancer

Deceased: 5-31-2002

William J. Stout
Fire Chaplin
Deceased: 3-14-2018
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



Truck 16 vertically ventilates this home on Loomis Ct.  Fire threatened multiple homes in the neighborhood before firefighters got a handle on this Two-Alarm Fire

Smoke fills the neighborhood as a grass fire spread quickly through high winds and light flashy fuels burning 7 acres near Capitol and Tuers Rd. 


Chris Smead

Craig Rose


Fire Fighter Day
Sunday June 10th, 2018

11 am until 12:30 - Special Tailgate area provided, BYOB - Creekside Lot
12:50 pre-game
1:05 - PLAY BALL


2015 Year in Review

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2016 IAFF Media
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San Jose House Fire Displaces 2, Causes $200K in Damage    - TOP PHOTO
SAN JOSE - A  two-alarm fire was reported in the 2600 block of Loomis Drive and caused at least $200,000 in damage to a single-family home.  The blaze drew a heavy response of 14 units and about 30-45 firefighters because of high winds.  The occupants of the home got out before firefighters arrived, and all the firefighters escaped injury.    (video)   NBC Bay Area    Mercury News

Firefighters Battling Blaze at Landfill in South San Jose   
SAN JOSE - Firefighters responded to a brush fire at a landfill near Almaden Quicksilver Park and neighboring homes in South San Jose.  The San Jose Fire Department responded to the blaze, which had burned about a half-acre of refuse and some vegetation in the area of Hicks Road, fire officials said.   (video)   NBC Bay Area    

2 Fire in 3 Months Ignites at California Teachers Association Building 
SAN JOSE -  Firefighters on Thursday managed to control a blaze that broke out at a California Teachers Association building in San Jose.  The fire, which was reported just after 2 a.m., ignited at the single-story commercial office  It took firefighters roughly 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.   (video)   NBC Bay Area       Mercury News    

Girl Nearly Drowns at Raging Waters in San Jose
SAN JOSE -  A 12-year-old girl was pulled from the water after nearly drowning at Raging Waters in San Jose.  At around 11 a.m., a lifeguard on duty pulled a girl from the wave pool and initiated CPR and achieved a return of spontaneous circulation with spontaneous respirations.  The San Jose Fire arrived shortly after and continued advanced life support.  (video)  CBS5 (YouTube)      Mercury News    

Several Dumpster Arson Fire Set in Downtown San Jose 
SAN JOSE  - Several fires were set in downtown San Jose Thursday morning, stretching resources in the San Jose Fire Department.  "They were all very small fires, but at the peak we had five engines out of service dealing with those small fires," San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow  (video)      KGO


SJFD Accused of Not Hiring Enough Bilingual Firefighters

SAN JOSE - Not enough diversity on the fire line. That's the complaint being leveled against the San Jose Fire Department. Critics say the department isn't hiring enough bilingual firefighters for a city where 33 percent of the people they serve speak Spanish. The  San Jose police chief says both the police and fire departments are still feeling the effects of Measure B and it might take some city departments longer than others to recover.  Damian Trujillo reports.  ( video)   

Firefighters Knock Down Blaze at San Jose Home
SAN JOSE -  Firefighters managed to quickly knock down a blaze that broke out at a Victorian home in San Jose.  No one was injured in the fire, which ignited along the 200 block of N. 9th Street.   A family of three people was displaced as a result of the blaze. ( video)   NBC Bay Area      Mercury News

Neighbors Save Disabled Man From San Jose House Fire
SAN JOSE -   "One of the callers said there were people trapped in the rear bedroom," said San Jose Fire Battalion Chief Patricia Tapia. "So we updated the call to a second alarm for the potential of the rescue."
But before firefighters arrived, neighbors jumped into action and rescued a 24-year-old man who is blind and can't walk or talk.   "(They were) good Samaritans ... four people came in and took him out of the bed," said Lynette Holguin, the rescued man's  cousin . "(They) took him out safely across the street before the house got full of smoke."   ( video)   CBS5    


The San Jose Fire Fighters Burn Foundation came together to host a chili cook-off, this year at the Capitol Club in downtown San Jose.  100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to supporting people who have been affected by fire.

Budget plan calls for 44 Million to Emergency Services, 90 new 911 dispatchers
SAN FRANCISCO-  The City may hire 90 new 911 dispatchers to address an ever-growing number of emergency calls as part of the Mayors proposed two-year budget.        SF Examiner 


As warmth moves in, wildfire season begins in California    
As the temperatures warm up throughout the Golden State, the greenery and grass across Northern California will begin turning brown -- creating fuel for wildfires. Cal Fire is urging homeowners to create defensible space around their property       


San Jose City Council
Shay Franco-Clausen - District 9 

Santa Clara County Supervisor
Don Rocha - SCCo District 4

California Governor

LA Considering Big Fines For False Fire Alarms
LOS ANGELES  - The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward in developing a plan which would fine homeowners and  businesses  for false fire alarms.
In a 14-0 vote, the council advanced a proposal directing the L.A. Fire  Department and the city attorney's office to develop an ordinance which implements a fine structure for false fire alarms. (video)   CBS LA

Firefighters and Fire Chiefs rally to protect communitites and fight for expanded mutual aid funding
SACRAMENTO CA  - Fire Chiefs and firefighters - representing tens of thousands of firefighters from every corner of California - joined local elected officials, community leaders and lawmakers today to call on the Legislature and Governor to increase funding to protect our communities from the rising threats of natural disasters in "California's New Normal." This desperately needed funding would be invested in California's severely strained firefighting mutual aid and dispatch systems for both local fire departments and CalFire.   Willits News  

Long Beach Fire's HEART program participants advance to do their own training
LONG BEACH, CA - LBFD broke new ground last year with the formation of a Homelessness Education and Response Team (HEART).  The program provides rapid response to 911 calls as well as working with the rest of the Long Beach homelessness continuum to deal with issues such as mental health and substance abuse or addiction. The early intervention reduces the number of full-on fire department responses to homeless people in difficulty.      PressTelegram   

Firefighters Killed Throughout L.A. History to be Honored with Street Signs
SAN JOSE, CA  - More than five dozen firefighters who have died in the line of duty while serving the Los Angeles Fire Department, dating back to 1895, will be honored with street signs at the location of their deaths under a plan unanimously approved Tuesday by the City Council..   LA WestMedia  

Crucial self-care: Preparing for a negative emotional response on the job
When a firefighter is confronted with a harrowing situation on the job, the first instinct shouldn't be to repress the emotion that follows        Fire Rescue1  

EMS prehospital documentation accuracy: Can body-worn cameras help?
EMS prehospital care reports have not been the focus of much research but there is a growing awareness that health care documentation in general is often incomplete and inaccurate.
A team of researchers 1 wanted to explore the role that memory error may play in how well EMS providers record prehospital care of patients. Inaccuracy in prehospital documentation can lead directly to negative patient outcomes and potential liability.

            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  

5.13.18    Homepark Ct   Station 24    SJ District 8
SJFD enroute to reports of someone possibly unable to get out of the house.  The first arriving fire unit reported smoke showing from the residence with a working attic fire. The fire was knocked down and placed under control after 30 minutes.  SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities and Board-up to secure the structure.  Red Cross was also requested for the 3 displaced residents.  


5.14.18  Little Orchard Street
   Station 26   District 7
Full first was dispatched to multiple calls reporting a fire at the HomeFirst emergency shelter.  Engine 26 arrived and found light smoke inside the structure and began evacuations.  E26 reported they found the contents of a clothes dryer on fire.  The fire was knocked down hours and  contained to the appliance. 


South 9th  St     
 Station 8   SJ District 3
A full first was dispatched to a single call advising of a house on fire.  Engine 8 arrived and found that a 2 story Victorian house, divided into multiple residences, with visible fire to the back of the structure.  The fire was knocked down at 0520 hours and placed under control after 1 hour.  Red Cross was requested for 3 occupants displaced by the fire.

Capitol Exp    Station 25    District 7 

A single engine response after receiving a call for a grass fire.  Engine 24 arrived on scene and reported a 2 acre grass fire and requested a tier response.  A TIER  was dispatched and 6 additional engines were dispatched for structure protection.  The fire covered an 80 acre area and was knocked down and under control at 2 hours. 

5.18.18 Aborn Rd.      Station 31  SJ District 4
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a single engine to a report of a small fire at the base of the hillside.  While Engine 11 was en-route, E24 became available and was also dispatched.  E11 arrived on scene reporting a quarter acre slow moving fire with light flashy fuels and requested a TIER response.  E11 updated that the fire was three acres of spot fires.  The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.


5.19.18     NB 101
     Station 5  SJ District 3
Rescue response to a report of a six vehicle accident and one person possibly ejected.  While en-route, B1 requested an Ambulance Task Force and an additional unit.  Engine 8 arrived on scene reporting a four vehicle accident with one on scene fatality, and one person needing extrication.  One patient was extricated after 30 minutes.  

5.22.18    Story Rd       Station 3  SJ District 7
Multiple calls reporting a large column of black smoke coming from the Jungle and a single engine was dispatched.  While the unit was en-route, CHP advised that there was a CHP unit on scene reporting a fast-moving fire; the call was upgraded to a precautionary TIER response at.  A total of one acre was involved.

5.24.18 San Ignacio Ave   Station 27   SJ District 2
Fire alarm activation was received for the Extended Stay America Hotel.    Staff at the hotel called 911 to advise they were informed there was a fire in one of the rooms and the incident was upgraded to a full first.    Engine 27 arrived at and found light smoke in the hallway of the 2nd  floor.    A malfunctioning air conditioning unit was found to be the source of the smoke.    There were no reported injuries. 

5.26.18 Fairway Dr    Station 11   SJ District 8 
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched Engine 11 to a report of a fall patient on the hiking trails at The Villages.    As information came in that the patient was ½ mile up the trail and possibly six feet down the call was upgraded to a rescue response with USAR attached.     The patient was off the trail by within 1 hour. 

5.27.18 E. Capitol Exp           Station 24 SJ District 7
Engine 18 was dispatched to a report of smoke from the creek area near Los Lagos Golf Course.  E2 and WT2 were requested to assist.  A TIER 1 was requested and the Incident Commander advised the fire was approximately ½ acre in size.  The fire was placed under control after 1 hour. 

Bayliss Dr            Station 27  SJ District 2
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a unit to reports of a brush fire in the area. Once E27/E627 were en-route they viewed a column of smoke and upgraded the response to a TIER response. Cal Fire was requested to dispatch a Full Response due to the fire burning into the SRA. A TIER 2 was requested. The fire was placed Under Control after 1.5 hours.

5.28.18   Applewood Dr       Station 14  SJ District 1
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st response to multiple reports of a structure fire. The first arriving unit reported a fully involved garage on fire with extension to the attic. PG&E assisted with securing utilities and board up was requested to secure the structure. The fire was placed under control at 1825 hours. No injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.

5.29.18  White Acres Dr    Station 31  SJ District 8
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a structure response to an initial report of possible smoke in a residence.  The call was upgraded to a Full First response as details came in for a kitchen fire.  Engine 31 arrived on scene confirming a working house fire.  Initial knockdown was reported and the fire was placed under control after 30 minutes.  Two ambulances responded but all patients were treated on scene.  PG&E assisted with utilities.  Red Cross was requested to assist displaced residents.


5.30.18 SJC Mineta Airport  Station 20  SJ District 3
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a 2nd Alarm response after receiving reports of an inbound 737 with smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed safely and the Incident Commander reported smoke in the cabin. The IC then advised the smoke was due to someone smoking in the lavatory. No injuries were reported and all appropriate notifications were made.


5.30.18 Capitol Ave   Station 2 SJ District 5 
Structure response was dispatched to a call created by SJPD from an alarm company who had a video clip of electrical wires creating sparks.  The response was upgraded to a full first alarm when an update came in from the same alarm company stating the duct work was fully involved.  Engine 2 arrived and found a working fire on the roof of the structure.  A 2nd alarm was called.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 1.5 hours. 

5.31.18 Kenilworth Way   Station 2 SJ District 5
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full First response to a report of a garage fire.  Engine 21 arrived on scene reporting a working garage fire.  Initial knockdown was reported and the fire was placed under control after 35 minutes.


5.31.18  Loomis Dr    Station 26  SJ District 7
Full First response to multiple reports of a house on fire. Engine 26 arrived on scene reporting a working house fire. E26 requested the balance of a Second Alarm.  The fire was placed under control after 1 hour. Red Cross was requested for 4 displaced residents

6.3.16  Guadalupe    Mines Rd  Station 17  SJ District 10
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched an I-Zone response after receiving multiple reports in the area of Quick Silver Park. While en route to the area B13 advised to upgrade the response due to the amount of smoke seen. Upon arrival B13 advised a ½ acre smoldering fire at the Guadalupe Landfill. CalFire assisted with E1672 and E1673. A Water Tender was requested from County Fire. The fire was placed Under Control at 1801 hours. 


6.3.18  San Jose Fire 
Guadalupe Mines Rd.
Water Tender request from County Fire - Water Tender 78. 

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