February 4th, 2019  
Active Shooter Training Comes to San Jose
This month the SJFD began the initial training for "active shooter" operations alongside our local law enforcement partners.   The need for this type of specialized training is an unfortunate reflection of the times we live in.  SJFD  members will now be better prepared to respond to this increasing threat from terrorism and active shooter events in our community, with the ultimate goal of saving more lives!
1 dead in 2 alarm fire at apartment in East San Jose

SAN JOSE - One person died in a fire at an apartment complex in East San Jose, the fire was reported around 6:50 a.m. at the building on Foxdale Loop near Capitol Expressway.  Firefighters called for a second alarm because of the size of the building and reports that someone may be trapped inside.   (video)    KTVU      NBC Bay Area 

San Jose Fire Fighters welcome our new Fire Chief

Recently San Jose Fire Fighters Local 230 was proud to host our newly appointed Fire Chief Robert Sapien Jr., his family, friends, and colleagues for an evening at the Fire Museum.
This special event was an opportunity to proudly welcome one of our own as the next Fire Chief of the City of San Jose. As part of the festivities the Chief placed his name, the 30th in the history of the SJFD , atop the Fire Fighters Memorial Bell. There it will be forever enshrined alongside his predecessors and eventual successors. Congratulations to Chief Sapien as we look forward to your leadership!     Instagram          


Jerry Boyer (Ret.)
Fire Fighter
Retired: 1-7-1993

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

Congratulations to our new Assistant Fire Chief Reginald Williams



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Fire heavily damages Victorian apartment complex in Downtown San Jose

A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a Victorian apartment complex in Downtown San Jose.   The first call came in at 3:20 a.m. as a report of smoke at the four-plex Victorian on N. 5th Street and E. Julian Street. Firefighters found flames on the second floor. It took about an hour before they had control.   Six to eight people are displaced.   No one was injured.    The Red Cross is helping out two of the occupants.    (video)     ABC      CBS 


Protecting the Cup!

San Jose Fire Fighters were proud to welcome the tens of thousands of visitors attending this years NHL All-Star Game and fan events throughout downtown. 

Along with emergency response, members of SJFD's Special Operations Teams worked diligently to keep the weeklong festivities safe. This included monitoring for radiological and biological attacks by our Hazardous Incidents Team (HIT29).       Instagram

We here in San Jose are increasingly finding ourselves the focus of prominent national sporting events and news. Our fire fighters are proud to serve San Jose, as members of a world class fire department serving a world class city! 
2 Homes Involved In 2-Alarm San Jose Alum Rock Fire

SAN JOSE - Firefighters rescued a person from a burning home in Alum Rock on after a fire was reported on Claudia Drive A second alarm was called seven minutes later because two homes were involved.   (video)     CBS5      Mercury News 

Oakland Firefighters Rescue Puppies From Burning Building

Three puppies are alive after firefighters rescued them from a burning building in Oakland. After putting out the flames, fire crews noticed three puppies not breathing and proceeded to give them oxygen, the puppies are in stable condition.   (video)       NBC Bay Area     CBS5


San Jose Fire Fighters Rescue Hummingbird 
Firefighters  from Station 14 recently encountered this hummingbird who was severely fatigued after becoming trapped and disoriented in the fire station apparatus bay. Firefighters recovered, then gently feed and nursed this little guy back to health. Eventually he flew home with a full belly and a story to share of his unplanned visit to the Fire Station. . . . Great work everyone! (video)
*Notice the fly-by after he first takes off to thank his heroic rescuers.              Instagram         Facebook

California wildfires: $12.4 billion in insured losses and growing

Wildfires that devastated California last year caused at least $12.4 billion in insured losses, according to the state's insurance commissioner. Of that total, $11.4 billion came from three fires - and represents a jump of 25% from the initial loss estimate last month.

"These are unprecedented numbers," said Ricardo Lara, who was sworn in as California's insurance commissioner earlier this month.   In December, the department estimated $9.1 billion in insured losses from the three big November fires.        SB Sun

North Metro Fire using drones, infrared technology for ice rescues
COLORADO -As ice rescues  become more common across the Front Range, emergency departments are turning to a second set of eyes in an effort to save people faster. North Metro Fire has been using drones for about a year, but this week they added a new feature:infrared technology.  .
"What we're looking for is holes in the ice. We're looking for signs of life, which include heat signatures, which before we'd never be able to see," says firefighter Jeff Burke.   Burke is one of two drone operators at North Metro who are specially trained to use the drones in emergency situations.
"We can find people we couldn't before, and do it faster and safer than ever before."


            FIRE INCIDENTS 

           First Due      San Jose Council District  


12.31.18   N 5th Station 1   SJ District 3
Communications received a call reporting smoke in the area. A single engine was dispatched on a smoke investigation. A second update reported the smoke was outside and possibly a fence on fire, and then stated the fire started inside a residence on the 2nd  floor and traveled outside.  A Full1st was dispatched. The first unit arrived on scene  and reported a large amount of smoke from the 2 nd  floor of the complex. The call was upgraded to a 2 nd  alarm. The fire was placed under control after 1 hour.

12.31.18  Hummingbird Dr     Station 13   SJ District 6
Full first after receiving a call for smoke coming from the vents of a house. Engine 13 arrived and reported smoke coming from the vents and the roof. The fire was placed under control after 25 minutes.


1.2.19  Coyote Creek Cir Station 8    SJ District 3
F ull first alarm after receiving a call reporting a garage fire.    Engine 8 requested a 2nd  Alarm while en-route due to a column of smoke seen from Fire Station 8.    E8 arrived on scene and reported a 3 story townhouse with a working fire on the 1 st  floor.    The fire was knocked down at 1700 hours and under control at 1727 hours.    San Jose Police were requested for traffic control.    Board up was ordered as well as Red Cross for 4 displaced residents.   


1.3.19  Teresi Ct Cir      Station 10    SJ District 
Multiple calls reporting a fire at a triplex.  A Full First was dispatched and upgraded to a 2nd  Alarm after a report of someone possible trapped in the structure.  The first arriving fire unit reported a working fire and went into rescue mode.  The fire was knocked down and under control after 50 minutes  SJPD was requested for traffic control, PG&E to secure the utilities, Red Cross for the six displaced residents

1.6.19  Garden Ave     
Station 26    SJ District 7
Multiple calls reporting a backyard shed on fire threatening a house; a Full First was dispatched at  The fire was under control after 1 hour 20 minutes.  Red Cross was requested for the seven displaced residents.


1.6.19  Merrill Dr     
Station 17    SJ District 9
Call from the site reporting a candle caught the house on fire. Multiple calls were received shortly after. A Full1st response was dispatched. The first unit arrived on scene at reported a fully involved structure. The call was upgraded to a 2nd  Alarm. The fire was under control after 1 hour. 


1.8.19  Alum Rock      
Station 34    SJ District 5
Multiple calls reporting a structure on fire. The first arriving fire unit confirmed fire in a commercial structure.  A second alarm was requested  immediately.  The fire was knocked down  and deemed under control after 1 hour. 

1.12.19  West San Carlos      
Station 30    SJ District 6
Several calls reporting a tire shop on fire .    The first arriving unit reported an exterior fire that extended into a tire shop.    PG & E and a standby ambulance were requested. An arson investigator was notified and the fire was deemed under control after 30 minutes.


1.14.19  Foxdale Loop   Station 2   SJ District 5
Two calls were received reporting an apartment on fire.  While the full first units were en route, another call came in reporting someone trapped in the involved apartment. A second alarm was requested. Engine 16 arrived on scene and reported a large two story apartment complex that was fully involved with exposures threatened. There was one civilian fatality. The fire was under control after 1 hour.

1.22.19  Camino Ecco     
Station 16    SJ District 7
San Jose Fire Communications dispatched a full first response after receiving multiple calls regarding a house on fire.  Engine 16 arrived on scene and reported heavy flames from the bravo side of the structure.  The fire was knocked down under control after 30 minutes.

1.25.19  Claudia    Station 2   SJ District 5
Multiple calls reporting a house on fire in the area of Claudia and Chrisland. A Full1st was dispatched. While enroute, Engine 16 reported smoke showing. SJPD was requested for traffic control, and a precautionary ambulance was started. The first unit arrived on scene and the call was upgraded to a 2nd alarm. It was originally reported that there were two homes involved, however it was later determined to be only one structure with a large shed. One person was rescued from the home and treated on scene. The fire was knocked down and under control after 45 minutes. PGE and board up were requested, as well as Red Cross for 5 displaced residents. All appropriate notifications were made.

1.26.19  Southcreek Ct   Station 27   SJ District 2
Multiple calls reporting a vehicle on fire inside a garage. A Full1st response was dispatched. Engine 27 reported smoke showing from the station. A precautionary ambulance was dispatched. The first unit arrived on scene and reported a working garage fire. The fire was knocked down and under control after 35 minutes 1507 hours. Red Cross was requested for 2 adults and 5 children

1.26.19 San Ysidro Dr      Station 18 SJ District 7
A Full1st response was dispatched to reports of a roof on fire. The first unit arrived on scene and reported an active fire with people on the roof trying to extinguish. A precautionary ambulance was requested. Red Cross responded to assist 4 displaced adults. The fire was under control after 40 minutes.


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