SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 230
September 21st,  2017   
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Fire Departments are not businesses, they are critical infrastructure
Businesses are easily replaced and profit driven; Fire departments are critical infrastructure and community driven. Like your heart, fire departments cannot be replaced if they fail; there are no competitors to fill the void. When it comes to disaster response, the fire department is the community's first and only option.  Medium
Firefighters Respond to a Two-Alarm Fire in South San Jose During Bay Area Heat Wave
Firefighters responded to an apartment blaze in South San Jose that quickly became a two-alarm fire thanks to the Bay Area heat wave.  Mercury News   NBC Bay Area   
     
R EMEMBERING OUR
FALLEN BROTHERS &
SISTERS   

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
*Click photo for obituary

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

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"They had to close the 16th, 17th, and 18th because of a fire. Thank you #sjfd for getting it out fast in this heat!"





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SAVE THE DATE - OCT 10, 2017

 Indiana Officials take on the Fire Ops 101 Challenge

Facing large flames and breathing through dark smoke clouds are things Evansville firefighters deal with every day, but on Saturday, local stakeholders got to see first-hand just how challenging it can be to keep the community safe.        14 News
 

Will your local leader be up for the challenge?

San Jose Firefighters Help With Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas
Many of the same San Jose Firefighters who rescued hundreds from the swollen Coyote Creek this past winter are now rescuing victims of flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas..     NBC Bay Area   

San Jose Firefighters Rescue Driver From Car Down Embankment
San Jose fire crews extricated a man from a car that had become trapped between a hill and a steel girder retaining wall after it plummeted down an embankment.  The driver was on a property above the retaining wall and for unknown reasons did not stop before a drop off. The car plummeted down the hill and was wedged between the hillside and the girders below.

Residential Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations in San Jose
A residential gas leak has prompted evacuations in San Jose. The evacuations and gas leak are reported in the area of Stokes Street and Caspian Sea Drive, south of Interstate 280 and near Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park.     NBC Bay Area   

TURNING WHEELS FOR KIDS


Turning Wheels for Kids
Bike Repair Clinic 2017.  In 95 degree heat, San Jose Fire Fighters became volunteer mechanics and worked hard to repair 111 BIKES for the community! 

So many smiles left on expertly repaired two wheels that day!

 Turning Wheels for Kids
          
 

Two People Transported to Hospital After Fire Ignites Inside San Jose Duplex
SAN JOSE -  Two people were transported to the hospital and one dog died after a blaze broke out at a duplex in the 500 block of Hazel Dell Way.  Three people managed to escape the blaze, but two of them had to be transported because they were both suffering from smoke inhalation and one had a slight burn injury.     NBC Bay Area
 
      
2017 Recruit Graduation The 22 recruits of class 17-01 graduated the afternoon of the 25th of August in the City Hall Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony was an event that welcomed not only the recruits but their families into the large, ever growing fire department family.  @csmeadphotography

      

LOCAL NEWS    
Bay Area Firefighters, Aid Workers Bring Resources To Texas Coast  
SAN FRANCISCO - Firefighters and aid workers throughout the Bay Area are being deployed to the Texas coast in response to Tropical Storm Harvey, which has dumped more than 50 inches of rain and made landfall in the Houston area as a hurricane Friday.     KPIX5
 
East Bay Regional Park District Names New Fire Chief
From the East Bay Regional Park District: Richard "Rick" Seal, a 25-year veteran of the San Jose Fire Department has been selected as the new Fire Chief of the East Bay Regional Park District, succeeding Dan McCormick who retired in April.     Patch
   
 
Gilroy Brush Fire Caused by Fireworks; Arrests Made:
CA-TASK FORCE 3 - HURRICIANE IRMA


Hurricane Irma: San Jose Fire Fighters with Brigadier General Evan C Dertien, Commander 96th Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.   Eleven  SJFD  Fire Fighters were deployed as members of Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) to Florida. The team paused for a photo as they prepare to return home.        @sanjosefirefighters



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CALIFORNIA NEWS
   L.A. Fire Department's newest helicopter lost control while fighting Burbank fire, report says
A preliminary report says the pilot of the Los Angeles Fire Department's newest helicopter reported that the aircraft made un-commanded movements before hitting trees while making a water drop on a wildfire.    LA Times

NATIONAL NEWS
House Passes Bill to Develop Firefighter Cancer Registry 
The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a registry of firefighters who develop cancer in an effort to study the risks they face on the job.     Firehouse 

Without official order, Houston firefighters were undermanned for Harvey flood rescues
HOUSTON - With Tropical Storm Harvey lashing at his city and no official word from headquarters, Houston Fire Capt. Scott Wilkey took matters into his own hands and drove the 35 miles from his home to the Houston fire station he commands.     USA Today 

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires
The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country - a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons.   Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles          ABC News



8.30.17  
Qume Dr 
  Station 23  SJ District 4
Call from an alarm company reporting a general fire alarm at the business. On call to site, security stated there was smoke from a pump house, and that the site was evacuating. The first unit on scene stated the smoke was due to motor oil leaking on a hot engine. The first arriving unit was able to handle, and the balance of the Full1st response was cancelled. Further investigation found water flowing in one area that had a sealed compartment with hazmat placards on it. The unit requested a structure response and the HAZMAT team to respond out. The situation was placed under control after 1.5 hours. 


8.31.16   Pebbletree Way         Station 35   SJ District 2
Full First to multiple calls reporting smoke from the roof of a house.  Truck 35 arrived reporting a working attic fire.  PG&E and a precautionary ambulance responded.


9.1.16   
Bridgeport Lake
    Station 35   SJ District 2
Multiple calls for a house fire.  Engine 12/Eng 612 arrived reporting a working house fire.  A Second Alarm was requested. The IC switched to defensive operations after a roof collapse.  A civilian was treated for injuries.  Red Cross assisted displaced residents.  

9.1.16   Hillsdale     Station 33   SJ District 7
A single unit was dispatched to reports of a vegetation fire in the area.  Engine 18/WT18 requested a TIER and eventually a TIER 2 as the fire was found to be ½ acre and moving uphill.    The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.

9.2.16   
Lonus St
   Station 30   SJ District 4
Engine 4 dispatched to multiple reports of a fire off of Hy 280@Bird Avenue.  E30 was requested to assist with locating the fire.  Fire units located a roadside vegetation and debris fire that began to compromise the exterior of the Safe Place Storage facility.  E13 and WT13 were dispatched to assist at the scene.  The fire was stopped before causing any damage to the interior of the business. Crews remained on scene for 2 hours mopping up a ½ acre of garbage and vegetation.  

9.6.17 Quebec Way    Station 31 SJ District 8
Full First response to a report of a garage fire.  E31/E631 arrived on scene and reported a working garage fire.  Knockdown was declared after 50 minutes.  San Jose Police Department responded for traffic control.  PG&E assisted with utilities.  


9.6.17 Summer Blossom   Station 26 SJ District 7
Engine 26 arrived and found light smoke coming from a two story, single family house.  Fire was found in the attic and was knocked down after 30 minutes.  Red Cross responded for 6 occupants who were displaced. 

9.7.17 Monterey Road       Station 26 SJ District 7
A full first was dispatched to a report of a restaurant on fire.  Engine 26 arrived and found burn marks to the exterior of a business called Café Paradise and reached the roof of the structure. 

9.7.17 Monterey Road       Station 26 SJ District 7
Full First response to a report of an RV on fire inside of a garage.  Engine 2 arrived reporting a working fire.  A Second Alarm was requested due fire extending into the home and exposures.  The IC requested two additional engines to assist suppression. One civilian was treated for minor injuries. SJPD assisted with traffic control.  PG&E assisted with utilities and downed power lines. 


9.11.17 Clarice Av         Station 16     SJ District 8
A Full first alarm assignment was dispatched to the report of a mobile home on fire.  Engine 21 arrived on scene and established IC and went into attack mode for a fully engulfed mobile home.  Red Cross was requested for 8 adults displaced by the fire.
 

9.11.17  Tuers Rd        Station 24     SJ District 7
One call received with a report of smoke from behind the golf course.  Engine 18 and WT18 were sent to investigate.  While nearing the area they noted a large column of smoke and upgraded to a TIER 1.  The fire was in the creek area, ½ acre.  The fire was under control after 1 hour. 

9.11.17  Nottoway Av     Station 2   SJ District 5   
Several calls reporting a fire in a garage were received and a full first alarm was dispatched.  Units arriving on scene reported a fully involved garage fire.  Fire was under control after 45 minutes.  Red Cross was requested for 3 adults displaced.   One firefighter sustained unspecified injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

9.12.17 Edgar Ct.        Station 13   SJ District 9
One caller reported electrical equipment on fire in a room of an apartment.  A full first alarm assignment was immediately dispatched.  Engine 13 investigated and declared a working fire.  The fire was isolated to one room with computers burning inside.  

9.14.17 Gilchrist       Station 19   SJ District 8
A Full First was dispatched after receiving multiple reports of a house fire.  Engine 19/E619 reporting a working structure fire.  Initial knockdown was reported after 30 minutes. PG&E responded for utilities.  Red Cross assisted displaced residents. 

RESCUE

9.14.17 Quimby       Station 31  SJ District 8
A rescue response along with the USAR Taskforce responded to a report of a vehicle accident.  Engine 31 arrived and after investigating, found a vehicle that was pinned between the embankment and 60 inch steel I beams.  Santa Clara County Sheriff's helicopter STAR1 responded and assisted with lighting the scene for rescue crews.  The patient was extricated and airlifted via Life Flight. 

9.16.17 Tami Lee Drive    Station 26 SJ District 7
Full 1 st response after receiving reports of an apartment on fire.  Engine 26 arrived and reported smoke coming from a 2 story apartment building.  The fire was under control after 30 minutes. Red Cross was requested for 2 adults and 4 children. 

9.19.17  
Hazel Dell Wy   Station 14  SJ District 1
SJFD received reports of a fire in a duplex. Engine 14 arrived, and reported black smoke coming from the attic. The fire was knocked down, and under control after 45 minutes. PGE, Animal Control, and board up were requested, as well as Red Cross for 3 displaced residents. *article above


9.20.17  West San Carlos   Station 30 SJ District 6
Multiple calls reporting a vacant house on fire.  Engine 30 arrived and found an abandoned, boarded up Victorian house with flames from the back corner of the structure.  The fire was knocked down and placed under control after 45 minutes. 




MUTIAL AID REQUESTS FOR SJFD UNITS


8.25.17 Eclipse Complex, Siskiyou County.
BC as Safety Officer

8.28.17 Mines Complex
B213 to Group Supervisor for Mines Complex.

8.29.17 CalFire Morgan Hill
Engine 22 Water Tender 22 Backfill 

8.30.17  CAL OES - Helena Fire
Engine 9 with SCCo Strike Team 2304A

8.29.17 CalFire Morgan Hill
Engine 11 for Structure Fire

9.3.17  CAL OES - Fork Fire
Engine 13, BC with SCCo Strike Team 2305-A

9.3.17 Gilroy Fire
Engine 27/E627, E35 & B13 for Structure Fire







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