August 20th  2017   

Two young girls and one adult killed in San Jose mobile home fire
SAN JOSE - A relative visiting the next-door neighbor of the mobile home that caught on fire said an explosion appeared to spark the midday inferno that killed three people, including two children.  10-year-old Linda Van, nine-year-old Uyen Tran, and Van's grandfather were killed in the fire that quickly swept through and destroyed the mobile home. (video)   KTVU         KPIX 5      KGO
Firefighters quickly control brush fire along Interstate 880 in San Jose
SAN JOSE -  A small brush fire ignited along Interstate 880 in San Jose. CHP and San Jose Fire Department received reports of smoke coming from vegetation along the highway near Brokaw Road. The fire may have ignited at a homeless encampment, according to the fire department.       Mercury News
Mutual aid brings teams and engines to fight Minerva Fire
When a wildland emergency the size of the 2,500-acre-plus Minerva Fire strikes a mountain community like Quincy, you need more than a little help from your friends - you need all the help you can get.  That's where statewide emergency management services and mutual aid agreements come in. They can also be nationwide mutual aid calls - a coordinated system that brings emergency personnel and resources - think trucks, tankers and highly skilled responders - to join forces and fight off fires, floods and more.      Plumas News

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
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


"We are beyond grateful to have these awesome heroes in Baby Broder's life! Not only did they come and save him a few months ago, they have maintained a VERY sweet, protective, and wonderful relationship with our little guy. Last week, they even stopped by my parents house to drop off a onesie and an adorable shirt. We love these guys (the entire crew!)!!! Thank you, SJFD!!!"



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8.15.17  Recruit Burn Training


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Car Fire Ignites Brush Blaze in San Jose
SAN JOSE - Firefighters managed to control a vehicle fire that quickly spread to nearby brush and came within feet of burning hillside homes. The initial car fire ignited along northbound Highway 101 near Yerba Buena Road  The subsequent brush blaze is estimated to have charred roughly seven acres of hillside before firefighters corralled the flames.      NBC Bay Area


Off-duty Oakland firefighter fatally shot in San Jose; 1 injured

San Jose Fire Fighters responded and attempted to save 2 of our own brothers, after a senseless shooting in Japantown. One firefighter did not survive and the other is being treated for life threatening injuries.
Our members are standing watch alongside Oakland Fire Fighters, providing encouragement, support and logistical needs for the surviving member in their time of need.

KTVU           KGO

Procession Held for Oakland Firefighter Fatally Shot in San Jose

Firefighters also lined up shoulder to shoulder to pay respects as our other brother was escorted away from a local hospital, eventually saluted by Firefighters up and down the east bay, as the procession carried our fallen brother home.   NBC Bay Area


Opinion: Flood, murder, deadly mobile home fire - together, San Jose Vietnamese community endures
SAN JOSE - Tragedy dealt another sharp blow to this poor San Jose neighborhood, where memories of the Coyote Creek flood are still haunting. The six-month deadline for flood victims to file claims with local governments and authorities is days away. Recovery efforts are still on-going and many victims are still without permanent housing.     Mercury News

Menlo Park Firefighter recovering after fall through roof during house fire
MENLO PARK, Calif. (KTVU) - A Menlo Park Fire Captain sustained moderate burns in a house fire after the roof he was standing on gave out as the attic burned beneath him, The Fire Captain, had just guided a Firefighter as he cut a square ventilation hole in the roof of the residence. He stepped across the top ridge of the building's roof holding a pole he was using to check the structural integrity of the roof when he felt the area under him get "spongy."
(video)  KTVU2


Lee's urgent fix for SF's 911 crisis remains hung up
In the world of 911 emergency calls, it's the one statistic that matters most: the percentage that are answered within 10 seconds.  The industry standard is 90 percent, the nationally accepted target signaling a properly functioning call center. In early May, San Francisco dispatchers were answering just 75 percent of calls within 10 seconds, prompting Mayor Ed Lee to issue an executive order demanding major change. (video)  SF Chronicle


Photographer Chris Smea d recently spent a day at the recruit academy capturing the training it takes to become a San Jose Fire Fighters.

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Firefighters Surprise Homeowners With Next-Day Retardant Cleanup
RIVERSIDE ( - Gavin Bryant says his house looks so much better than it did after he shot video of it after a fire.  CAL FIRE made a series of retardant drops during an aggressive firefight in Moreno Valley Sunday saving several homes in the Box Springs Mountain area where more than 1000 acres burned. (video)          CBS
Hundreds of firefighters treated for poison oak while fighting recent fires
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Hundreds of firefighters got poison oak poisoning while fighting the recent Whittier Fire and Alamo Fire in Santa Barbara County.  Firefighters face several dangers when out on wildfires - whether it's smoke inhalation or the fire itself. There's one danger though that we might not think about and it took its toll and a lot of firefighters recently.  (video)         KEYT
American Medical Response ambulance business to be sold in $2.4 billion deal
American Medical Response, the Colorado-headquartered ambulance business of Envision Healthcare Corp., will be sold to New York buyout firm KKR & Co. LP in an all-cash deal worth $2.4 billion, Envision said.  KKR plans to combine Greenwood Village-based AMR with its Texas-based portfolio company, Air Medical Group Holdings.   biz journals

Proposed bill aims to track higher cancer rates among firefighters         

JEFFERSONVILLE - U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth met with local fire service members to discuss a bill aimed at tackling increased cancer rates among firefighters. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, co-sponsored by Indiana's 9th Congressional District representative, would provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the funding and capability to collect and analyze data related to cancer incidents within the profession. It would create a national, voluntary registry for firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer.      newsandtribune

New program helped save mother, daughter hit by car in N. Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Fire Department said that two people are alive thanks to a program called Automatic Aid. The automatic aid program is an agreement between fire departments that the closest crew will respond to the incident no matter what jurisdiction it falls in.  (video)    KREM

Feds urge training improvements after firefighter's fatal fall at warehouse
Daniel Capuano, 42 years old and a 15-year veteran of the department, fell through a 7-foot-square elevator shaft while fighting a fire in a former slaughterhouse in the 9200 block of South Baltimore Avenue in December 2015.  Capuano and another firefighter had split up after reaching the second floor and encountered heavy smoke as they conducted a search for anyone trapped, according to the report by the National Institue for Occupational Safety & Health.       Chicago Tribune



Union Ave  
Station 9 SJ District 9
Full 1 st after receiving a report of a garage fire.  Truck 9 arrived and reported smoke showing from the duplex.  The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.  2 adults were displaced. 

8.2.17     S. 6th
Station 3     SJ District 3
A full first was dispatched to calls of a business on fire.  Engine 3 arrived and found a working fire at an automotive repair shop. 


Astin Canyon Cr
  Station 24    SJ District 8
Engine 24/E624 after a report of a grass fire.  E24 reported flames seen from the station and requested a Tier. The event was upgraded to a Tier 2. The fire was under control after 1 hour. 


8.6.17   Santa Teresa Bl
   Station 27  SJ District  2
RESCUE response for reports of a vehicle rolled over. The first arriving fire unit reported a vehicle that rolled over with one person trapped inside and three others self-extricated. The USAR Taskforce was requested to assist with extrication and a total of three ambulances were requested. The patient was extricated after 50 minutes.


Tuers Rd.
  Station 24  SJ District 7
Engine 24 /E624 were dispatched to reports of a fire and explosions heard near a homeless encampment in the area of the Los Lagos Golf Course.  Engine 24 requested a TIER response after encountering access problems to the scene of the fire.  E24 reported that paint cans had exploded in the homeless camp.  The fire was knocked down after 40 minutes 

8.8.17    Edwards
  Station 3   SJ District 3
Multiple calls reporting a structure fire.  The first arriving fire unit reported working detached garage fire that had extended to the residence. SJPD was requested to assist with the hysterical homeowner and PG&E was requested to secure the utilities.  

8.12.17  Otto Ct
   Station 19   SJ District 4
Multiple calls reporting a house on fire.  The first arriving fire unit reported a working structure fire and requested a 2nd Alarm.  The fire was knocked down and all units cleared after 4 hours. 

NB 101 
 Station 24  SJ District 2
Engine 24/E624 to a report of a vehicle fire.  Engine 18 was also dispatched at the request of E24.  E24 arrived and reported a fully involved vehicle fire.  A Tier I was requested as fire spread to the wildland area long the Hwy which was upgraded to a Tier II.  CalFire also sent a full response.  

8.14.17   NB 101
Station 27  SJ District 2
Multiple reports of a vegetation fire. An I-ZONE response was dispatched. The first arriving unit reported a vegetation fire at a fast rate of speed and ordered a TIER response. 

8.15.17  Golden Wheel    Station 5  SJ District 4
Full First response for multiple callers reporting a mobile home on fire. The first unit arrived and reported a mobile home fully engulfed. SJPD was requested for traffic control. PG&E was requested, as well as a precautionary ambulance. The fire was knocked down after 20 minutes. 


8.3.17 CalFire Morgan Hill
E27, E627, E35  structure fire/backfill to Station #4

8.11.17 CalFire Morgan Hill
E27/627 to vegetation fire Hale Ave

8.11.17 CalFire Morgan Hill
E35 backfill

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