December 30th, 2018   
Firefighters donate 200 Christmas Trees
San Jose Fire Fighters joined Councilmember Raul Peralez at the Winter Candyland event at the Roosevelt Community Center. Fire Fighters teamed up to donate 200 Christmas Trees to the community.  YouTube

San Jose firefighters rescue man from bedroom fire
SAN JOSE - A man was badly burned as he was rescued from a burning home in San Jose on Lanai Avenue.  At around 2:20 p.m., one of the residents of the home heard screaming. He turned the corner and saw his roommate's room on fire, with the victim trapped in the middle of the flames. One of the residents told KPIX 5 that the victim had been smoking in his room before, likely accidentally setting the room on fire.  The witness grabbed a hose to try quickly putting out the flames before firefighters arrived and rescued the victim. The firefighters then fully doused the flames  (video)    CBS5      Mercury News 


36.28 Years of Service

Paul King (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-24-2009
Deceased: 12-24-2018

10:30am, Jan 4,2019

Darling & Fischer Memorial Chapel
231 E. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

Ronald Rizzo (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Deceased: 11-12-2018
Lloyd "Benny" Benson (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired 1986
Deceased: 10-2-2018
Jerry Williams (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired 1997
Deceased: 10-12-2018
Mauri Reeder (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired 6-1-1995
Deceased: 8-19-2018
Tom Davis (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 2-5-1998
Deceased: 6-23-2018
Thomas G. Shultz (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 1-25-1997
Deceased: 6-15-2018
Thomas A. Gianatasio (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired 2009
Deceased: 6-10-2018
Nicklas A Granoski (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 1-6-1988
Deceased: 6-9-2018
Theodore Bohn (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired 1981
Deceased: 5-12-2018
Terry Newman (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 1-6-1988
Deceased: 3-28-2018
Elvin G Ragsdale (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 11-11-1979
Deceased: 3-20-2018
William J. Stout 
Deceased: 3-14-2018
Pete Lovier (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 2003
Deceased: 1-2-2018
Dan Bourbon (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired 1993
Deceased: 2017


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Craig Rose


12.21.18 Milpitas
Engine 23 for backfill

12.23.18 CDF
E2 to Lick Observatory for medical incident



2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review

2016 IAFF Media
 Award Winner


The 2018 wildfires in California had a catastrophic effect on thousands of people.

While we continue to serve the community, donate to members of the public impacted, and help those devastated by the fires, we are also taking this opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in need.

Many firefighters who committed their lives and careers to serving residents in need found that they lost their homes. Several served an entire career only to lose their sole residence in retirement.
This fundraiser is in support of San José fire fighters, active and retired, current and past members of San Jose Fire Fighters IAFF Local 230, who lost their primary residence in the 2018 California wildfires.

A committee of San Jose Fire Fighters Executive Board members and Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters fire Board members will evaluate all applications for inclusion in the benefit distribution.        gofundme 

Fireworks Remain Illegal, South Bay Fire Departments Remind

SAN JOSE -If you're using fireworks to ring in the new year, fines could be ringing up if you're caught, South Bay fire departments from Redwood City to San Jose are reminding residents. Fireworks are illegal, dangerous and can result in fires and injuries.
Residents will incur fines for using, possessing, storing or selling illegal fireworks.   "We need the community's assistance to stop illegal fireworks in San Jose," Fire Chief Robert Sapien, Jr. said.

District 1 Councilmember Jones visits Station 14
"My staff and I had the pleasure of eating lunch with the crews at @sanjosefirefighters Station 14 last Friday. We had a great discussion about the House and I am excited to continue working with #SJFD. Thank you for all you do for our community - especially in #District1.  (Oh and thanks for the sandwiches, they were delicious!)

Man Dies in Early Morning San  Jose Apartment Fire
A man died and 15 others were driven out of their apartments after a fire erupted on the second floor of a San Jose complex. Authorities said a neighbor called the fire department around 4 a.m. to report smoke billowing out of a second-floor unit at the Driftwood Manor Apartments on the 1200 block of Blossom Hill Road in South San Jose     ABC7

San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep visits San Jose Fire Fighters on Christmas

Councilmember Lan Diep makes a few Christmas Visits
This Christmas Eve I visited our on duty @sanjosefirefighters in District 4. We hung out, I updated them on what the city is up to, they shared their concerns with me, and - because of a cooking mishap at one station - I got a live demonstration of the "positive pressure ventilation" technique. 

Who should lead the state department responsible for wildland fires? Someone who knows how to manage forests, or someone who knows how to put out the flames?

SACRAMENTO - The union contends that California's recent wildfires have grown so dangerous that Newsom should appoint someone with a deep professional background in firefighting rather than forest management. "Forests need to be managed, but it's not going to stop the fires," said Tim Edwards, the union's incoming president.
     SAC Bee

Seattle EMT strike on hold as ambulance company agrees to continue bargaining
SEATTLE - A strike of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) is on hold as the company and union prepare for a last-minute bargaining meeting. The EMTs work for the private ambulance company American Medical Response (AMR), which contracts with the city of Seattle to provide some ambulance service. The company and the EMTs' union, Teamsters Local 763, have been negotiating a new contract since January. In late November, union members rejected AMR's latest contract offer and authorized a strike. The company had not agreed to meet with the union since, both sides said.    Seattle Times

Rising concern for Minnesota firefighters: Calling 911 for help standing up

Firefighters across Minnesota are increasingly responding to 911 calls to lift elderly people off the floor, even at some senior care facilities with their own staff.   More than 7,100 times last year, fire departments across the state were dispatched to assist frail but uninjured people, a nearly threefold increase from a decade prior. The unreimbursed runs come at a cost to taxpayers - $825 per call, by one estimate  - summoning a fire truck and several firefighters to perform a "lift assist" without medical treatment.      Star Tribune


            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  

12.7.18   Whitton Ave   Station 34   SJ District 5
Full first response after receiving a report of smoke coming from a garage.  Engine 8 reported smoke visible while en-route to the call.  E34 arrived on scene and reported black smoke coming from the structure.  The fire was knocked down after 25 minutes.


12.09.18  Lanai Ave      Station 16   SJ District 7
Call reporting a room on fire and one possible patient. A Full1st was dispatched. The call was upgraded to a 2nd alarm for reports that someone was still in the house an unable to get out. The first unit arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke from the alpha side of the home. One patient was pulled from the home. The fire was knocked down after 15 minutes. One patient was transported to the hospital, and one patient was treated on scene and released. 

12.10.18  Blossom Hill  Station 12    SJ District 10
Engine 12 was dispatched to a fire alarm activation at the Blossom Valley Plaza.  E12 arrived and upon investigation found smoke inside one of the businesses.  E12 requested the balance of a full first alarm.  A garbage dumpster was located outside of the building and was determined to be the cause of the smoke and activated sprinkler.  Fire did not spread to the interior of the structure.

12.14.18  Ezie St    Station 18   SJ District 7
A full first was dispatched to a call from the occupant of a single family home stating there was a fire in the kitchen.  Engine 18 arrived and reported there was smoke in the garage and fire was found in the wall behind the water heater.  Fire was contained to the wall and did not extend further.  The fire was placed under control at 0020 hours.  There were no reported injuries.
1 hour.

12.19.18  Martin Av   Station 4    SJ District 6
A full first was dispatched to a single call reporting a garage fire.  Engine 4 arrived and found a working fire in a detached garage.  The fire was placed under control after 10 minutes. 


12.20.18  Blossom Hill  Station 17   SJ District 9 
Communications received one call for smoke coming from an apartment. A Full first was dispatched. Engine 17 arrived at  and reported a working fire on the second floor of an apartment complex. There was one civilian fatality. The fire was placed under control after 50 minutes. 

12.21.18   Terilyn Ave   Station 16   SJ District 7
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st response to reports of a house on fire. The first arriving unit reported a working attic fire. The fire was knocked down  and placed under control after 1 hour. Red Cross and Board Up were requested. PG&E assisted with securing utilities. 


12.21.18  NB 280     Station 4    SJ District 6
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a rescue response after receiving a call for an overturned tanker truck.  After receiving an update stating that the truck was carrying gas as cargo, the HIT was dispatched.  Engine 30 arrived on scene and reported an overturned propane tank that did not seem to be leaking.  The situation was under control after 2 hours.  Several units remained on scene until the tanker truck could be righted and towed.  All units were clear of the event after 6 hours.

12.22.18 Leigh Ave Station 6   SJ District 4
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a full first response after receiving a call for an apartment on fire.  Engine 4 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the back of the complex.  San Jose Police assisted with traffic control, Red Cross and board up were ordered. 

12.22.18  Skytop St.   Station 29    SJ District 4
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a full first response after receiving a call reporting smoke coming from an upstairs unit.  Engine 29 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the 4th  floor apartment.   The fire was knocked down after 15 minutes.


12.23.18 S. White Rd    Station 2  SJ District 5
Engine 2 was dispatched to a two vehicle accident. Updates indicated that one of the involved vehicles had flipped. The call was upgraded to a rescue response and the additional units were dispatched.  E2 arrived on scene  and advised that there was one vehicle overturned and confirmed that no one was trapped. There were a total of 11 civilians injured and transported to local hospitals


12.30.18 Linder Hill Ct.  Station 28  SJ District 10
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st  response to multiple reports of a townhouse on fire. Engine 29 arrived and called for a 2 nd  after reporting a fully involved garage fire of a townhouse. San Jose PD was requested for traffic control. Two fire personnel injuries were reported


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