September 7th, 2016 

Tour Bus Catches Fire on San Jose Highway, No Injuries: CHP   
A tour bus caught fire on northbound Interstate Highway 880 in San Jose according to the California Highway Patrol. 16 Passengers safely evacuated, luckily no one was injured. (video)          NBC Bay Area        @sanjosefirefighters (video)

San Jose: Firefighters corral grass fire near Los Lagos Golf Course
Firefighters fought a grass fire Wednesday that broke out near the Los Lagos Golf Course that consumed about 12 acres, sending a large column of smoke into the air before it was brought under control, authorities said.        Mercury News

Guy Newgren (Ret.)
Battalion Chief
Retired: 1999  
Deceased: 7-23-16
Michael Spinelli (Ret.)
Fire Fighter*
Retired: 1994  
Deceased: 7-13-16
J.C. Walton (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Retired: 4-1-73 
Deceased: 3-8-16
Tom Tiopan (Ret.)
Fire Engineer
Deceased: 10-28-15 
Gregory Martell (Ret.)
Fire Fighter 
Retired: 1-9-99 
Deceased: 10-13-15 
Michael Cunningham (Ret.)
Fire Captain 
Deceased: 10-28-15 
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  


"Met some of the friendliest firefighters today. they gave coop stickers, a helmet, and let him sit in the truck! thank you #sjfd for making my son's day and risking your lives to keep us safe" 
             Jean Yoshida


San Jose Honors and Remembers 9/11

Mass: 11:30
Line Up: Immediately Following
Bell Ringing: 1pm

Market St., Downtown San Jose



2015 Year in Review

San Jose Fire Fighters 2015 Year In Review


San Jose Fire Crews Control 2-Alarm Residential Fire
Crews knocked down a two-alarm fire at a four-unit residential building in South San Jose
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 5900 block of Fig Grove Court and arrived to find flames and smoke coming from both floors of a middle unit at the four-unit building.    CBS 5 

Firefighters Extinguish Brush Fires Near Interstate 280 in San Jose
Vegetation fires on both sides of Interstate Highway 280 in San Jose have been extinguished with no damage to any nearby buildings in the area of Forestdale and Jeanne avenues.   NBC Bay Area

SPOTLIGHT INCIDENT                 
Cookie company takes on  unique delivery vehicle and  4 new drivers.
Fire Fighters from Engine 29 recently responded a vehicle accident involving a Nox cookie delivery driver who required transported to the hospital. The driver was very concerned about the pending delivery as he had customers waiting, one even called during the incident. That customer was suprised to see  Firefighters arrive in the Fire Engine, lit roof top sign included, to deliver the goods on time.

Thank you Engine 29! Talk about going above and beyond in serving your community! And an even bigger thank you for your rapid response and medical assistance to our driver. He is recovering and very grateful for your help on the scene. You guys are awesome!

POLITICAL ACTION              

San Jose Fire Fighter's stand in solidarity with CAL Fire Firefighters
San Jose Fire Fighter's joined Fire Fighters from around the state in a Rally for Pay and Equity for CAL Fire Firefighters on the steps of the State Capitol to support the fight for fair and appropriate wages.  Facebook @sanjosefirefighters

SACRAMENTO -- The union representing Cal Fire firefighters plans to rally at the Capitol on Monday calling for equal pay.
An analysis by Cal HR, California's human resources department, says analysis of that pay shows Cal Fire firefighters base pay is on average 89.3 percent lower than that of municipal firefighters.     FOX 40 

TWITTER                             @SJFD

Menlo Fire makeshift "sky crane" lifts injured man from construction site
Menlo Park Firefighters responded to Oak Avenue in  to a report of a construction worker who had accidentally fallen into a basement under construction at the site.  Firefighters located the conscious male victim in a corner of an open basement and performed cervical spine precautions and treated the victims severely fractured leg.       InMenlo 

Blind Man Rescued From Pittsburg Fire, Officer Injured
A Pittsburg police officer cut his hand while rescuing a blind man who was trapped inside his burning home on Wednesday evening, Contra Costa County firefighters said.       NBC Bay Area

San Jose Fire Celebrates Pride
San Jose Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson, Police Chief Eddie Garcia and San Jose Fire Fighters, friends and family ride atop the Shark Engine, lead by S.J. Sharkie celebrating Pride today in Downtown San Jose. Silicon Valley Pride started in 1971, this year thousands attended the parade and downtown Festival.  Facebook: @sanjosefirefighters 

San Diego Fire-Rescue Deploys Crews to Blue Cut Fire, Hits 'Draw Down' Limit
Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said no further resources will be committed outside of San Diego County. 
   San Diego Patch 
Kern County tries to find solution to backfill firefighter postions
 As the Cedar Fire continues to grow, so does the amount being spent on fighting this fire. The latest report from InciWeb shows this firefighting has cost the state more than $11 million. Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason said wildfires do not come out of the county budget, but instead are budgeted for from the state. 
Quadcopter4 shows Clayton Fire destruction
It has been a week-and-a-half since the Clayton Fire destroyed close to 4,000 acres in Lake County.
On Wednesday, air restrictions were lifted, so KRON took Quadcopter4 to one of the worst-hit areas of Lake County-Lower Lake. (video)    KRON 4

Orange County Dog Hid From Coyote In Storm Drain, Rescued By Firefighters
A dog named Sparky did what he had to do to save himself from a coyote; he hid in a storm drain.
The coyote moved on, but Sparky was stuck in the drain on Paseo Sombra.
(video)    CBS LA

Another multi-patient illness strikes skid row as 14 are transported to hospitals
Three days after 18 people were rushed to hospitals from downtown's skid row, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to another multi-patient medical emergency there on Monday.
The patients may have shared an illicit drug or other intoxicant, but the source of the illnesses has not yet been identified.           LA Times

California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state
California's state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than 10 percent for some fire engine drivers, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press.          KRON 4
EMERGENCY PHOTO     @smokeshowing911

Firefighters knock down 4-alarm fire in San Jose
Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at a public storage center in San Jose.  Smoke in a single storage unit was first reported and eventually reached 4 Alarms at the Public Storage center on Felipe Ave.   CBS 5 

Cal Fire firefighter goes back to work after being bitten by rattlesnake in Pointe Fire
EL CAJON, Calif. - A Cal Fire engineer is back to work this week after he was bitten by a rattlesnake as he helped battle the Pointe Fire in Spring Valley last week. (video)     ABC 10

Firefighter Patrick Hardison, a year later: Face transplant has 'given me my life back'
For Patrick Hardison, the Mississippi volunteer firefighter who underwent the world's most extensive face transplant one year ago, the highlights of the past year have been things most people take for granted: People no longer stare. Children don't run away. He can drive again.     Washington Post  
Could Uber funtion as an ambulance service? 
It's a call nobody wants to make. When someone picks up the phone and dials 911, it's probably because they or someone they know is hurt.
Dispatchers at the Phoenix Fire Dispatch Center are standing by.  "We are very busy," said Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Reda Bigler. "It's constantly moving in this place," (video)        News 12 
Albany FD to get first female deputy chief
Maria Walker is modest when talking about her promotion Friday to deputy chief of the Albany Fire Department - the first woman to take the post.
"I understand the importance of it - it's not lost on me. It's an honor, it truly is," Walker said, adding she knew this question would be asked. "But for me, it's work."
Times Union 
9/11 first responders show early memory problems
Cognitive impairment, long considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, has been detected in a significant proportion of people who served as first responders during the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook University researchers have found..     Fire Rescue    


Structure  Fires                                       First Due 

8.20.16 North 4th St.                                    Station 5   

Structure response was dispatched to a report of smoke from the front door of a restaurant.  The balance of a full first was dispatched when additional reports came in that smoke was coming from the roof.  E5 arrived and found heavy smoke coming from the flue.  A large pot was left on the stove inside the restaurant which caused the smoke, there was no extension of fire to the flue or roof.  The event was downgraded and all units were released within 45 minutes.

8.27.16 Felipe Ave.                                          Station 16
Engine 16 was dispatched to a report of smoke seen from under the highway 101 overpass.  E16 arrived and upon investigating the area, found that the smoke was coming from the Public Storage facility and requested the balance of a structure response.  E16 Smoke was located from a storage unit and B2 upgraded the response to a full first.  The 2nd alarm was called as the fire had spread to multiple storage units in a 2 story warehouse like structure.  After 2 hours a 4th alarm of mutual aid units were requested.  One fire fighter sustained injuries.  Fire watch over the structure was maintained overnight.

8.28.16 East Santa Clara Street                          Station 8
A full first was dispatched to multiple reports of smoking from a theater.  E1 arrived and found a working fire at the ticket booth of the Mexico Theater.  The fire did not extend to the main theater structure.  The fire was placed under control after 30 minutes.

9.6.16 Fig Grove                                               Station 35
Fire Communications dispatched a Full First Alarm Assignment to a report of a house fire. Units reported smoke showing while enroute. Upon arrival Engine 35 reported a fully involved garden style apartment. B13 requested the 2nd Alarm. The fire was knocked down at 1336 hours and placed under control after 2 hours. Red Cross was requested for 6 individuals. 


8.23.16 Mt Hamilton Road                            Station 2  
Communications dispatched a RESCUE with the USAR Task Force to a report of a single vehicle off the roadway. An air ambulance along with CHP were also requested. The vehicle was located and patient contact was made after 40 minutes. The patient was brought up to the roadway, placed in the air ambulance and transported 30 minutes later. 
SJPD was requested for traffic control and PGE to secure the utilities.

8.21.16 Danna Rock Park                             Station 18 
Fire Communications received a report of a fire at the top of the hill.  E30 arrived on scene and, confirmed a working grass fire 100 feet by 50 feet, and requested a TIER response.

8.22.16 Mt Hamilton Road                            Station 2
E24 requested a structure response after observing black smoke in the general area.  E24 determined it was a TIER response with a ¼ acre fire in a homeless encampment.  Fire was contained at after 45 minutes, no injuries were reported.

8.27.16 Willow Street                                 Station 6
Engine 6 was dispatched to a report of trees and vegetation burning in the creek area.  E6 arrived and confirmed a working fire in the creek approximately ½ an acre in size and requested a TIER1.  

8.30.16 Remillard Ct.                               Station 3
Fire Communications dispatched Engine 30 to a report of a fire in the area. E26 attached after clearing a different call with similar details in the area. E26 requested the Tier Response after locating the fire hours. The fire was knocked down and placed under control after 2 hours.

8.30.16 Remillard Ct.                              Station 3 
Fire Communications received multiple reports of a brush fire and smoke in the area. E26 arrived on scene of a 100 x 100 working grass fire.  The response was downgraded and all units cleared after 25 minutes.

8.31.16 Capitol Ex                                        Station 24
Fire Communications received several calls reporting smoke and fire in the area. A fire was located in the park area south of Capitol Ex running towards Singleton Rd. A Tier Response was dispatched and eventually upgraded Tier 2. Approximately 11 acres burned. 

9.1.16 Southbound 101 South of 280           Station 8
Communications dispatched Engine 8 to investigate reports of an outside fire along Highway 101 at several different locations. Upon locating the fire, Engine 8 initially requested an additional engine and then upgraded the call to a TIER for a ½ acre grass fire. CHP assisted with traffic control along the freeway and SJPD assisted on the city streets.


8.21.16 Story Road                                   Station 16 
Reports of a vehicle into a building a strong odor of gas in the area from a broken gas line.  The call was upgraded to a structure and PG&E was requested to secure the gas leak.   Engine 216 confirmed a ¾ inch gas line to the business was sheared off.  SJPD assisted with evacuations 300 feet in all directions.  After 30 minutes an additional truck was requested to assist with monitoring gas in the surrounding buildings.   

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