December 6th, 2018   
2 Rescued, 1 Hurt After Fire Breaks Out in San Jose Apartment Building
SAN JOSE - Two women were rescued and a man was taken to the hospital with "significant" injuries after a blaze ignited at an apartment building in San Jose.
The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. at the residential building located along the 700 block of Menker Avenue, Mike Van Elgort with the San Jose Fire Department said. One of the residents said she heard an explosion before she realized she was surrounded by flames and smoke.   NBC Bay Area    KRON4
Homeless Camp Brush Fire Shuts Down Hwy 880 and Worries SJ Neighborhood
SAN JOSE - A brush fire shut down all southbound lanes on Interstate Highway 880  and sparked worry in a nearby San Jose neighborhood. The fire was reported at about 6:20 p.m. just south of North First Street, which is near Mineta San Jose International Airport and several yards from Rosemary Gardens neighborhood.
"It was in the homeless encampment close to the freeway. And there was balls of flames going high up in the sky and engulfing trees and everything," said San Jose resident Angie Young. (video)     NBC Bay Area    CBS5

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


11.5.18 CAL Fire
Structure Fire
Engine 12 and E612 Engine 18

Engine 35
Station coverage

11.11.18  CALFire
Structure Fire
Engine 27/E627
Station coverage
Engine 35

11.12.18 Gilroy Fire
Station Backfill
Engine 26/627
Truck 35
Battalion 13

11.14.18 CAL Fire
Station backfill
Engine 27/627
11.27.18  CAL Fire
Structure Response
Engine 27/627
Truck 35
Battalion 13 



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One Fatality several injured as Fire Fighters use Jaws of Life to rescue trapped victims after rollover crash

SAN JOSE - A 24-year-old man died and three others were injured following a suspected DUI crash on Interstate 280. The CHP and the San Jose Fire Department responded to the solo-vehicle crash at about 1:45 a.m., after a 2013 Mercedes went off the connector from northbound state Highway 17 to southbound 280.  The car failed to negotiate the curve and went off the roadway, striking a tree and rolling several times before landing on its wheels on southbound 280.   (video)   On Scene TV   

Brush Fire Extinguished Near Sikh Temple In San Jose

SAN JOSE -  A brush fire sent hundreds of people scrambling to get out of a Sikh temple in San Jose.  Cal Fire and SJFD fire crews moved in on the blaze with a big response team to prevent it from escalating further.   The fire rose quickly to a two-alarm blaze because there was a heavy brush near it as well as eucalyptus trees. There was a steep incline and homes and structures nearby as well.  Fire crews doused the flames quickly-it took 60 firefighters 90 minutes to contain the blaze. (video)  CBS5  

San Jose assists in CAMP Fire response

SAN JOSE -  San Jose Fire Fighters were part of 1600 Firefighters who battled the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA in mid November. Engine Companies responded as part of Santa Clara Co. Strike Teams. We also deployed single resources as part of overhead staff to the Hill Fire In Ventura County.  

Engine 2
Engine 13
Engine 16
Battalion 1

FEMA Task Force 3
CA-TF3 was deployed as a Type III Urban Search and Rescue Team to the Camp Fire. The team has searched over 1000 properties ranging from large homes to small trailers. The search teams have been lifting debris and sifting through rubble looking for signs of deceased remains. While the mission and conditions are truly horrifying, the team finds peace and are thankful for the opportunity to give some small measure of solace to those who have lost so much. The team is comprised of more than 45 members with nine (9) of them being San Jose Firefighters.

Willow Glen: Fire Station 37 construction could begin in 2020
SAN JOSE -  Willow Glen could soon see the long-awaited Fire Station 37 become a reality.   The San Jose City Council is set to vote on a proposal to prioritize using money from the recently approved Measure T infrastructure bond to begin building the fire station - planned for Lincoln Avenue next to the Willow Glen Community Center - in the next year and a half.   While the city's public works staff won't present a fully fleshed-out list of Measure T projects to the council until February, the city wants to move forward with the station now.(video)   Mercury News      

San Jose Fire Department Receives $77K Grant to Replace Alarms, Educate Mobile Home Residents

San Jose firefighters have received a $77,021 federal grant to replace fire alarms and educate about 600 mobile home residents about fire prevention and safety, the city announced Thursday.

San Jose has the highest number of mobile households in the state at 59 mobile home parks and 10,386 residences, according to the city.
Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said a combination of factors make mobile homes more susceptible to fires, including crowded living situations as a result of cheaper costs.

Residents of mobile homes are often economically constrained, meaning extended families may live together. This increase in density causes greater fire risk, according to Matlow.   NBC Bay Area

60 Minutes: Lost- Inside California's Camp Fire
PARADISE -  The morning of November 8th, a massive wildfire tore through California mountain communities north of Sacramento. Because it started near Camp Creek Road, it was called "The Camp Fire." The cause is still under investigation. But within a couple of hours it devoured the town of Paradise - population 27,000. About 95 percent of Paradise was lost; its smaller neighbors, Concow and Magalia, were all but destroyed.   (video)   CBS News      

Officials alarmed over long-term health effects from toxins in smoke from California wildfires

Cellphones, computers, refrigerators and cars - these are just some of the objects that have been vaporized in California's deadly wildfires, and the chemicals and particles from the melted objects have blanketed the northern part of the state in endless smoke this month.
"It literally felt like you were living in a cloud of fog, but it was not fog, it was smoke from the fire," said James Steele, a realtor in San Francisco who described nearly two weeks unrelenting air pollution even being over 150 miles south of Butte County, the center of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in the state's history.    Washington Times

They thought they'd die trapped in a parking lot. How 150 survivors of California's deadliest fire made it out alive

PARADISE, A complicated series of small decisions made by firefighters, law enforcement personnel, volunteers and evacuees themselves saved the people in the parking lot and hundreds of others - men, women and children who could not leave their burning neighborhoods and had to do what no one wants to do in a disaster.   
   LA Times      


Lowrider Magazine Role Model - Randy Perez 

Proud to share Lowrider Magazine's Role Model and retired San Jose Fire Fighter Randy Perez. Lowrider magazine profiled Randy and his 1936 Packard as well as his passion for the fire service, the community and of course his cars.     YouTube

2 Firefighters Hurt, 1 Man Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on I-5

SAN DIEGO - Two firefighters were injured when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into their engine on Interstate 5 near downtown San Diego.
San Diego Fire-Rescue engine 11 was responding to a pedestrian hit-and-run crash at about 2 a.m. when a Toyota Carolla, traveling the wrong way on I-5 at State Route 94, slammed into it, CHP said.       NBC San Diego


Fire Fighters Fill the Boot for Burn Survivors
SAN JOSE - Firefighters armed with empty boots worked San Jose street corners to fill-the-boot for the San Jose Fire Fighters Burn Foundation on Thanksgiving weekend,


Firefighters, mayor disagree on path forward after voters approve pay parity
HOUSTON, TX - One day after Houston voters approved a sweeping pay raise for the city's firefighters, union officials called for an end to "divisive politics" and a return to collective bargaining, even as Mayor Sylvester Turner said the ballot initiative's passage would force him to downsize the Houston Fire Department, cause response times to rise and endanger public safety.    Houston Chronicle


            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  


10.31.18   Monterey Rd   Station 27    SJ District 2
Structure response and HIT29 to reports that a vehicle struck a gas line. The first arriving unit confirmed a ruptured gas line upon arrival. PG&E assisted with the gas leak and securing utilities. Residents in the mobile home park were advised to shelter in place. 

10.31.18  Foxdale Loop       Station 2    SJ District 5
Multiple calls reporting an apartment on fire.    A Full First was dispatched and the first arriving unit, Engine 2 confirmed smoke showing from an apartment.    San Jose Animal Care Services assisted for displaced pets, Red Cross was requested for 5 displaced residents, PG&E responded to secure utilities. 

11.2.18  Monterey Hwy   Station 27    SC County
Fire Communications received a call from County Fire reporting a grass fire approximately 100 yards in size near Coyote Creek Golf Drive at 101.    Multiple calls were received and the location was determined to be at the model airplane park in CALFIRE'S jurisdiction.    San Jose Fire dispatched a TIER level response units utilized CALFIRE'S channel for coordination with their responding units.   

11.2.18  Ferrari Ave    Station 5   SJ District 3
Several calls reporting smoke and a grass fire in this vicinity.    CHP requested fire units to respond to SB 880 North of Coleman, and VTA dispatch called in to advise they thought this to be a structure fire on the residential street side near Ferrari and San Juan Avenue.    Communications dispatched a structure response to the above location and a unit to the freeway to investigate.    Units reported that there was a large field with trees on fire and they attacked from both sides.   CHP closed the freeway due to smoke across the freeway and Caltrans was requested for special equipment to assist with extinguishing the smoldering mulch.    The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.


11.7.18  Menker Av   Station 4    SJ District 6
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full1st response to reports of flames coming from an apartment. San Jose Police Department also responded for reports of a fight on scene. The response was upgraded to a 2nd
Alarm after receiving reports of someone possibly trapped in the apartment. A total of 3 ambulances were requested. Patients were treated on scene and transported to local hospitals. 

11.8.18  Brown Ave  Station 18   SJ District 7 
Multiple 911 calls reporting a trailer on fire to the rear of this structure.    Engine 18 arrived and found a fully involved trailer fire, power lines down and other structures threatened and requested a 2nd  alarm.     The fire was placed under control after 40 minutes   There were no reported injuries.


11.11.18   Gurdwara Ave   Station 31   SJ District 8
Fire Communications received a call near the Sikh Temple reporting 3 trees on fire near Engine 31 who was on scene tending to a medical call inside the site.    Engine 24/E624 was dispatched to handle the tree fire.    E31 requested a TIER response and the balance was quickly dispatched.   PG&E was advised that the fire was threatening power lines.   E24/E624 requested a TIER 2 level response.   CALFIRE assisted with the fire as this area was in a mutual threat zone.    B2 reported a possible structure was threatened and requested an aircraft response.    Approximately 100 people were evacuated from the temple.    San Jose Police assisted with traffic control in the area.    PG&E responded as well as a precautionary standby ambulance.    There were several spot fires that the crews handled as well as multiple downed trees; a total of approximately 4 acres burned. The fire was deemed under control after 3.5 hours.   


11.11.18  Via Encinitas. Station 23 SJ District 4
Multiple calls for a house on fire at this location.  Engine 23 arrived on scene with the front room to the house fully involved. B2 requested a 2nd  alarm. Fire under control after 45 minutes.   One civilian fatality was reported.


11.15.18 Capitol @ Seven Trees  Station 18 SJ District 7
A call for a vehicle accident with someone possibly trapped came in to SJFD Communications. Engine 18 was dispatched and the call was upgraded to a Rescue Response.  The first arriving fire unit confirmed a vehicle into a tree with two occupants and requested a second ambulance and an additional truck; t
here were a total of two fatalities. 


11.16.18 E. Foss Ave   Station 2    SJ District 5
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a Full 1st  response to a report from Santa Clara County Sheriff on scene of a structure fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke from the building and people evacuating. An ambulance was dispatched to assist with treating patients on scene and San Jose Police Department assisted with traffic control. HIT29 responded to assist with chemicals on scene for pest control


11.30.18 Perrymont    Station 26   SJ District 7
Multiple calls reporting flames from the roof of a cabinet shop. One RP stated there was a fire in the spray booth. A full 1 st was dispatched. While en-route, units reported smoke showing upgrading this incident to 2nd alarm. T he first unit arrived and reported smoke showing from the Alpha side of the building. SJPD was requested for traffic control, and PGE was requested for gas and electric. An alert tone was initiated for potential collapse on the Charlie side of the building. The fire was knocked down after 30 minutes


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