October 15th, 2015 
San Jose firefighters battle 4-alarm grocery store fire      
Firefighters arrived on scene and discovered heavy smoke showing from the Cho Senter Market. Crews made entry into the occupancy, but were unable to locate the seat of the fire. Intense heat and zero visibility forced firefighters to vacate the structure and establish a defensive operation.        Fire Engineering Magazine 

Three Teens Die, One in Critical Condition After Street Race in San Jose: Police       
Three teenagers were killed and one was in critical condition after a stolen Honda hit a pole and smashed into a tree in San Jose late Tuesday night, landing upside down and crumpled on the sidewalk, according to police.  (video)        NBC Bay Area   


Gordon Wallace (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 6-8-80

Deceased: 8-2-15  
Sebastian J Catania (Ret.)
Retired: 10-1-86

Deceased: 8-1-15  
Michael Rosingana (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 7-4-03
Deceased: 7-10-15  
Rick Wardell (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-21-11
Deceased: 7-10-15  
Robert L Webb (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 5-7-85
Deceased: 7-9-15 
Harvey E. Webb (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 11-6-91
Deceased: 5-8-15  
Leslie Harms (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1-5-03
Deceased: 4-10-15  
Randy Wiens (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 8-10-04
Deceased: 3-28-15   
Harold S. Funk (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-14-79
Deceased: 12-7-14  
Larry Cunningham (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired: 5-7-94
Deceased: 12-12-14 
Ralph H. Donnelly (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 1-15-94
Deceased: 11-4-14    
Darryl Weeden (Active)
Fire Captain
Deceased: 11-27-14   
Kay B. Ashby (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 6-7-89
Deceased: 11-5-14 
Kenny Hernandez (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 8-9-08
Deceased: 10-21-14      
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SJFD Promotional Badge Ceremony
The San José Fire Department will be hosting a Promotional Badge Pinning Ceremony event for the recently promoted personnel and their families.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

San Jose Fire Museum 
  SJFD Event Invite

2015 Heroes Gala
San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation hosts the Heroes' Charity Gala honoring a select group of Burn Survivors from the who have demonstrated perseverance, grace and a positive attitude while recovering from their burn injuries.   Burn Foundation 

Join the Golden State Warriors in Celebrating Local Heroes Night. A Commemorative Warriors Heroes giveaway is included with every special event ticket.

Dozens of children safely evacuated from San Jose child care center fire
Dozens of children and adults safely evacuated from a one-alarm fire at a child care center in San Jose Wednesday afternoon.  Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Kiddie Academy.  (video)     KTVU    

San Jose boy receives donation to help family cope with devastating June apartment fire
A wry smile spread across his face as Julio Gomez settled into the back cab of the fire truck at Station 1 in on Wednesday afternoon. He then slowly lifted his bandaged arms and placed them on the wheel, letting out a light laugh before he was gently helped out by two San Jose firefighters.        Mercury News    

Pedestrian struck by VTA train in San Jose dies despite rescue efforts
A VTA light rail train hit and killed a man Tuesday afternoon. For a time, the man's body was stuck underneath the train. San Jose Firefighters from the USAR Task force worked for an hour to lift the train and revive the man. (video)         ABC 7   

LOCAL NEWS                                                            
Traffic Congestion Reduces Emergency Responders' Effectiveness, Places People at Risk Say Menlo Park Fire Chief  
Bay Area drivers may view traffic congestion as a frustration, but, to a veteran fire chief, it is a killer.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman blames urban designers who are not consulting with safety experts for eating into emergency response times. (video) 
  NBC Bay Area   

'We Have Been Working Very Hard to Make Improvements:' Santa Clara County to Discuss New Ambulance Contract  
A fight is brewing over how a new ambulance contract should look in Santa Clara.  "One of the options the county has taken off the table is the possibility of a public private partnership," said David Vossbrink, San Jose city spokesman. (video)         NBC Bay Area   

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California drops plan to let violent inmates fight fires    
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -California corrections officials on Tuesday dropped a plan to include prisoners with violent backgrounds in the nation's largest and oldest inmate firefighting unit, a day after the proposal was first reported by The Associated Press.   KCRA   

Firefighters object to 'unreal' ambulance delays   
Three times in recent weeks, San Diego firefighter-paramedics loaded sick and dying patients onto fire engines to rush them to the nearest hospital.          San Diego Union Tribune   

IAFF Affiliates Get Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month  
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity to advocate for men and women in their fight against breast cancer. IAFF members get involved for many reasons - often it's because they have been personally affected by the disease. Breast Cancer is also a recognized occupational cancer for fire fighters..       IAFF

President Obama salutes firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty    
President Obama paid tribute to firefighters who have died in the line of duty, citing the sacrifices they made in service to a grateful nation.   Baltimore Sun

Report details burned Valley fire firefighters' harrowing ordeal     
In vivid detail, the report - called a green sheet - describes how one firefighter had to remove his gloves to tear the melted plastic covering away from the aluminum shell of his shelter. Another firefighter couldn't get his shelter out of its case because the plastic cover had melted and fused to a white plastic protective sleeve.     The Press Democrat

Sudden collapse trapped veteran KCFD firefighters in alley    
Teresa Brown says she screamed for fellow residents to flee the apartment building  as fire engulfed the structure killing two Firefighters Monday evening.
Kansas City Star

For firefighters, a different kind of battle    
Firefighters are at a higher risk than the general population for many types of cancer, and thyroid is one of them. So are testicular and prostate cancer  bladder cancer and lung and pancreatic cancer. The reason is fairly intuitive: Firefighters are exposed to a lot of toxins when they fight fires. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has identified several carcinogens in fire smoke.
Ocala Star Banner 

Structure Fires                                                                                                             First Due  
10.1.15  Meadow (2nd Alarm)                                        Station 2 
After receiving two calls reporting a house fire with black smoke showing, Engine 2 arrived and confirmed a working garage fire upon at 2107 hours and a 2nd alarm was called at 2122 hours. The fire was knocked down at 2204 hours.  Red Cross was requested for 7 displaced occupants made.
10.3.15  Senter Rd                                                        Station 18  Calls reporting smoke and flames from a commercial building on the corner of Senter Road and Lewis Road. A second alarm was requested at while units were enroute due to a visible column of heavy smoke. A 3rd alarm was called at 9 minutes later hours and the fire was eventually upgraded to a 4th alarm.  IDT845 was dispatched to the call to assist with communications. San Jose Fire Associates responded to the scene at 0336 hours. (article)

10.8.15  W. Capitol Exp                              Station 33 (CLOSED)  Full first to a report of a fire in the day care center. Arriving units reported a fire within the walls and began initial attack. The day care was confirmed to have been evacuated. (article)

10.13.15   Southwest Expressway
                               Station 4
Report of a pedestrian hit by a train. Responding units also requested the USAR Task Force. Upon arrival, E4 confirmed a subject was trapped under the train. All trains were stopped in the area and the lines were de-energized. The patient was extricated at 1726 hours and the incident was under control at 1811 hours. (article)
10.13.15   11th @ Keys                                                   Station 3
Report of a multiple vehicle accident with multiple subjects trapped. E3 arrived on scene and confirmed patients trapped and had them both extricated 14 minutes after dispatch.

10.13.15  E Santa Clara Street                                     Station 08 
A Rescue response was sent to a report of a two vehicle accident with multiple subjects trapped with a street light down involving possible live wires. Battalion 1 requested an ambulance task force respond to the event for a total of four patients. Three patients were extricated from the vehicles. Two civilians were confirmed deceased.  (article)
Wildland Fires
10.8.15  Hellyer Ave  (TIER 2)                                      Station 18
After receiving multiple calls reporting 2-3 separate fires, communications upgraded the call to a TIER. E24 arrived on scene and stated two of the fires were larger and had trees involved and a TIER 2 was requested at 1611. CalFire sent a full response with aircraft and park rangers also assisted on scene. 
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