SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 230
April 1st,  2019  
     
IN THE NEWS
San Jose Audit Recommends Robust Hiring to Support Understaffed Fire, Police Dispatchers
San Jose will work to streamline non-emergency and emergency phone calls after a city audit this week found firefighters and police dispatchers struggling to keep up with growing call volume amid staffing shortages     
 NBC Bay Area    Mercury News

R EMEMBERING OUR 
FALLEN BROTHERS & 
SISTERS

Jerry Boyer (Ret.)
Firefighter
Retired: 1-7-1993
Deceased: 1-27-2019

Paul King (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired: 1-24-2009
Deceased: 12-24-2018
Ronald Rizzo (Ret.)
Fire Captain
Retired 
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 
Chaplin
Deceased: 3-14-2018
Pete Lovier (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired 2003
Deceased: 1-2-2018


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San Jose firefighters call on county to open ambulance contract

After failing to meet response times amid a spike in 911 call volume, San Jose firefighters are asking the county to consider opening an ambulance contract to competitive bidders.              San Jose Spotlight 
                 
      
3 sickened after strong odor reported at San Jose post office

San Jose Three employees were inside the post office at Market and West Saint John Streets separating packages for about an hour when they began to feel nauseous. The three employees called 911 and reported smelling gas. Firefighters, PG&E and a hazmat crew rushed over.  (video)     
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IN THE COMMUNITY
    

"Thank you all for your amazing work. I have a beautiful baby girl that you delivered about this time last night. There aren't words that can describe how grateful I am. God bless you all."     @sanjosefirefighters
 

ST. PATRICKS DAY - 2019
    
 
 
St. Patrick's Day 2019 ☘️
In a time honored tradition many San Jose Fire Fighters travelled to Boston, New York and Savannah Georgia to march in their respective St. Patrick's Day parades.
 
Everyone agreed it was an honor to represent the SJFD and the City of San Jose, alongside firefighters from all over the world, sharing our love and pride in the job!   @sanjosefirefighters



Cal Fire recommends aggressive plans to reduce fire risk in California, Bay Area
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- With as much rain that has fallen recently in the Bay Area, that's going to foster tree and vegetation growth. That, in turn, could lead to higher fire risk later in the year.     KGO
 

DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?


Spotted on highway 99 in Livingston California . . . The new San Jose Fire Department Truck 1 on its way to Golden State Apparatus in Sacramento. 

This 100 foot Aerial Truck was built in Appleton Wisconsin by Pierce.  When completed by Golden State it will then be delivered to  San Jose and placed into service at the Market St. Firehouse. (video)   @sanjosefirefighters


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PUBLIC EDUCATION

Anaheim Fire Department Defends Viral Photo After Receiving Backlash

ANAHEIM - A viral photo of a car's windows broken out after the driver parked in front of a fire hydrant has received some unexpected criticism.  When firefighters have seconds to act, they will do whatever it takes to put out a fire, including smashing the windows of a carparked illegally in the way.   CBSLA 
 
      
CALIFORNIA NEWS
CA Firefighter Suicides Show Toll of Fire Seasons, Stress
As California's wildfire seasons get longer and more mass casualty events occur, many worry the suicide rate for firefighters and EMS workers will keep climbing.       Firehouse
 
LAFD adding thermal imaging cameras for all firefighters
 
LOS ANGELES - When firefighters enter a burning structure, they're faced with low visibility in a place where they don't know the layout.  So in a dark, smoke-filled room, thermal imaging is a life saver. Now, the department has 1,000 thermal imaging cameras, each the size of an iPhone.       KABC  
 

Environmental group questions use of bulldozers to fight wildfires
 
Bulldozer drivers cut 305 miles of fire lines through scenic forest land last year in a desperate bid to stop a massive wildfire's advance on a Northern California city, an effort an environmentalist group said largely ineffective.  The Oregon-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics & Ecology organization released a report detailing bulldozer use during the July wildfire that killed eight people and destroyed 1,000 homes in and around Redding. One dozer driver died and another was seriously hurt.      Ventura County Star 
 
NATIONAL NEWS
    
Houston firefighters march on City Hall over Prop B raises, layoffs
HOUSTON - Houston firefighters take to the streets during a march on City Hall by the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association over the labor dispute related to Proposition B. Mayor Sylvester Turner recently told council members he intends to lay off up to 400 firefighters to fund the pay raises mandated by Prop. B.     Houston Chronicle

Detroit fire union sues to halt blood, bodily fluid cleanup rules
DETROIT -  Detroit's fire administration this month issued a written "Bodily Fluid Aftermath Cleanup" policy that says fire personnel involved with medical response must ensure cleanup of blood and other bodily fluids at any and all accident scenes, medical first responder runs, and other incidents, as requested
by police.    Detroit News
      
      
      

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