San Jose Fire Fighters are Proud to Support Measure F
After years of pension battles, Measure F will allow us to move forward and focus on
making our city safer.
Measure F is a landmark agreement – negotiated between the City and its employee
unions – aimed at recruiting and retaining police officers and firefighters. The
agreement restores disability protections for officers injured in the line of duty, and
the City’s Budget Director and outside experts confirm that Measure F will produce
$493 million more in savings for San Jose taxpayers than any prior pension reform
Police Chief Eddie Garcia has reviewed Measure F and he agrees – it will help bring
back qualified police officers to San Jose.
We still need Volunteers for the upcoming CPF
Convention hosted buy Local 230. The event runs April 20-22nd. IAFF
General President Harold A. Schaitberger as well as all of the candiates
for California Governor will be in attendance.
we need members to volunteer to be "Sergeant at Arms." This group
monitors the delgates and helps the convention run smoothly. This is a
MAJOR event for our Local as Fire Fighters from throughout the state
will be in San Jose!! Let show the rest of the state how our members
step up and support the actions of the California Professional Fire
Questions Sean Lovens, Communications Director email@example.com
To Volunteer contact Vice President Jose Guerrero firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Robert Sparks was a 25-year veteran with the San Jose Fire Department.
On this date on March 17th, 1981, halfway through the shift on Engine
28, Captain Sparks suffered a severe heart attack. Members of his
company performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation trying to revive him and
rushed to the hospital with Captain Sparks in the back of Pick Up 28.
Despite the crew's gallant efforts he passed away on this date 35 years
The International Association of Fire
Fighters (IAFF) and San Jose Fire Fighters urge households to change more than just smoke alarm
batteries when Daylight Savings Time ends November 2. The IAFF also recommends
changing to a photoelectric smoke alarm. About 90 percent of homes are equipped
with ionization smoke alarms.
“More than 3,000 people die each year in the United States and
Canada in structure fires, and we need to do everything we can to reduce that
number,” IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger said. “Using better smoke
alarms will drastically reduce the loss of life among citizens and fire fighters
because it will mean earlier detection of fires and result in faster response by
residents spring forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday,
Cheyenne Firefighters are reminding people to change their smoke alarm
San Jose Firefighters recived a great letter from a young girl thanking us for our service.
Dear San Jose Firefighters,
In Honor of 9/11, I wanted to thank you for everything you do You risk your life everyday, which I admire very much.
I have a couple of questions for you all that I was hoping you could answer for me. I would like to know how it feels to help others, that you might not even know. Do you like your Job? Do you ever get scared?
Finally I would like to know if there is anything anyone including friends, family, neighbors, anyone, could do to help you all in return? Could we give you food, donate money or clothing? Name it and we will help.
Once again from the bottom of my and many other hearts, thank you for your service.
As you are aware the Urban Shield event took place over this past weekend. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our teams on their performance as well as thank all of the personnel who played a key role in making this exercise a complete success. San Jose Fire Department served as the host site for Red Area Command in partnership with all of the Fire Departments within Santa Clara County.
Our USAR team finished 3rd overall after participating in four challenging exercises. C shift personnel that participated - CA Galvin Charekian, CA Joe Rondone, FE Jim Shea, FE Felipe Ibarra, FF Chris Smith, FP Gil Posada, and FP Jose Luna. Our USAR Rescue Boat team finished 5th overall and also participated in a regional maritime exercise on Saturday. This was not a competitive event but an assessment of the region's ability to respond to a significant ferry incident on the bay. Personnel - CA Ray Trevino, FE Sean Hugger, FE Nick Bittner, FP Joe Pereira, FP Ryan West, and FF Cuong Tong.
Our Hazmat team also finished 3rd overall. B shift personnel that participated - CA Tim Miller, CA Aaron Herman, FE Tim Haag, FE Jason Schaefer, FF Josh Aranda, FF Mike Livingston, and FP Patrick Tognozzi.
The following personnel were part of the Command/General staff, Site Captains, Assistant Site Captains, Safety Officers, Evaluators, PIO, ICP Support, Site Support, Communications, Finance, and Logistics. The success of this exercise was the result of the tremendous work done by all involved. Joe Crivello, Gerry Laird, Jeff Riley, Shawn Tacklind, Paulo Brito, Paul Gonzalez, John Pavloff, Chris Salcido, Arthur Belton, Ed Dziuba, James Froisland, Bryan De Mare, Josh Frantzich, Mike Patterson, Mitch Matlow, Bob Adams, Angela Jacobs, Raul Mayorga, Chuck Wise, Michael Wodnick, Brenda Jaime, Ryan Russell, Marissa Gonzalez, Melanie Harmon, Quynh Dinh, Scott Boucher, Chuck Schulz, and Michelle Kahihikolo.
Congratulations to all and thank you for your professionalism and continued dedication to our Special Operations Programs.
Curtis P. Jacobson Interim Fire Chief San Jose Fire Department 1661 Senter Rd. Suite 300 San Jose, CA 95112
This year marked the 32nd year of Northern California Junior Sports Camp for youth with physical disability.
For 12 years straight San Jose Firefighters have supported Lake Day by providing watercraft and manpower. This years event was held at Coyote Lake in Gilroy on the Sandy Beach picnic area.
This is always a rewarding event that puts smiles on faces for the
kids who need it the most! Together with Paralympic Sport Club Silicon
Valley, we are proud to have put on another epic Day on the Lake!
I spent some time on the Fourth of July this past weekend with our Fire and Police Department crews at several locations to observe them in action as they handled the crush of calls over the holiday. As always, I came away with a renewed and profound respect for the men and women who serve as first responders to protect the lives and property of San José residents. It was a hectic and intense Saturday evening, but our front line teams from Fire, Police, and their respective Dispatch units worked together seamlessly to meet the challenge of keeping our community safe with their usual outstanding skill and professionalism.
In particular I want to acknowledge our Fire Department personnel at Station 10 in West San José, Station 16 in East San José, and Station 25 in Alviso, along with Deputy Chief Colleen Mulholand and Battalion Chief and Assistant Fire Marshal Javier Valle for their vigilance that I personally saw over the holiday. In addition, I thank Police Captain Tony Mata and his team in the Foothill Division who were staged at the Mayfair Community Center to help handle calls for service efficiently and effectively in partnership with Fire.
My visits on the Fourth also served as another reminder about the real reason for the Fourth of July, the reason for official (and unofficial) fireworks. It’s about our renewed commitment to the founding principles of American democracy and the aspirations expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the renewal of those aspirations in the Gettysburg Address by President Lincoln and the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. The concepts of “We the People,” “consent of the governed,” and our continuing commitment to seek a “more perfect Union” are a timeless foundation for what we do every day, both as Americans and as public servants for the people of San José. And what a privilege to work at the local government level where what we do day in and day out truly makes a difference for so many.
As a nation and as a community, we have great challenges, but we have great people and a great vision to complete the unfinished promises made by the Founders of our nation. I’m optimistic that together we can continue to make progress toward this vision in partnership with the community we serve. I both thank you for what you do to help us achieve this vision and welcome your ongoing dedication to this team effort.
The Union Blue store is now online. You can purchase your official on-duty apparel through our e-commerce site and have the items shipped to your location via USPS or choose to have the items packaged and waiting for you at the union store for free pickup. Payment can be made via Paypal or signing up for an account online. You must enter your employee ID# to purchase official on-duty apparel. Enjoy!
"Hello All, I wanted to thank you all so much
for helping to make our 2013 Northern California Junior Sports Camp the
success it was. None of this would be possible without your hard work
and dedication to serving others. The campers had an
amazing experience that will be remembered for a life time. I have
attached a group photo of the camp. Thank you again and I wish you and
your family a wonderful rest of the summer season!"
Dominique Pacolba City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Local 230 Firefighters, friends and family once again pair up with
NorCal Junior Sports Camp to put on a successful Day on the Lake.
Jose Firefighters assisted physically disabled teen campers from their
wheelchairs on the shore onto boats, jet skis and inner tubes at Coyote
Lake in Gilroy. The weather was beautiful, the people were great and the
smiles on those faces will always have us coming back for more! Thanks
again to everyone who made it out. See you next year!
Nothing else gives elected officials and community leaders a taste of the fire service like experiencing Fire Ops 101. This summer Local 230 will show participants the smoke, the sweat, the adrenaline rush and the physical stress and strain that San Jose Firefighters experience daily on the job, all while exposing them to the complex issues of the fire service affecting San Jose, like staffing, adequate equipment, and presumptive health. Spending a hands-on day as a first responder is one of the most effective ways for elected officials and local media to learn about our job.
The Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.
Join San Jose Firefighter Mike Moses in his Ironman journey which includes fund raising $3,500 for his Sponsor
The Children of Peru Foundation operates two ambulances in Huaycan for children in need of immediate medical assistance. They offer surgical and dental services to poor and under-privileged children in Cusco and Cajamarca. They also run a school in Cusco for special needs children.
If you ever wanted a way for your tax-deductible donations to reach a very deserving charity, now is your opportunity. Reaching his fund raising goal is the only way Mike can compete in the Ironman. He has been a Member of L230 since 2006, and a Trustee for the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation.
"I have a lot of energy and so my Ironman journey begins..."
Fire Engineer Jamie Kerin and Captain Lorin Engler were recognized at the "Blue & Gold / Wounded in Service" awards luncheon on March 15, 2013.
FE Jamie Kerin sustained significant injuries at a 4-alarm Fire on March 15, 2012. Jamie returned to full duty on August 1, 2012.
CA Lorin Engler sustained significant injuries at a 3-alarm fire on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012. He is still recovering from his injuries and has no anticipated return to duty date.
The Blue and Gold Award began in 1967 as a project of the Mobile, Alabama Club to increase awareness of and respect for the risks taken by law enforcement and firefighters in the line of duty. It soon came to the attention of the Exchange National Board, which adopted the program and encouraged other clubs to implement it. The Exchange Club of San José is proud to carry on this fine tradition by continuing to recognize law enforcement and firefighters wounded in the line of duty.
Recently members of the San Jose Fire Department personally funded a trip to New York City to assist both active and retired members of the FDNY who had either lost or suffered damage to their homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
San Jose Firefighters David Lang, Steve Forman, Mr. Reid, Rich Toledo and Glen McGuire. Al Pena (not pictured)
Mr. Reid, (Pictured on left) was an Iron Worker for 42 years, he has 3 sons and 2 nephews that work for FDNY. His family all live in the same neighborhood including his two daughters. The family lost all their homes in that area. Mr. Reid had hernia surgery two weeks prior to us working on his home. Mr. Reid’s home was 5ft under water with 5ft waves coming from both sides of the island. Mr. Reid’s home had major foundation damage. This was the first day Mr. Reid was able to go into his house and work on it.
The organization ‘Friends of Firefighters’ (FoF) have made logistic and lodging arrangements for Firefighters from across the nation to come to New York to assist firefighters with repairs to their homes in the surrounding communities.
Once again San Jose Firefighters helped build over 2600 bikes for Turning Wheels for Kids. This organization distributes bikes to promotes healthy living and supports low income children both during the holidays and year round with bike donations.
Jose Martinez was born in Tulare, California, on April 23, 1971. He graduated in 1990 from Tulare Union High School where he played football and wrestled. He attended California State University, Fresno, and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Community Health. During his college years he worked various jobs and always sent his earned money to his parents, Rueben and Maria Martinez. One of his longest jobs during college was at the Kennel Bookstore where he met his wife, Melissa, in the fall of 1992.
After college, Jose attended Butte College Fire Academy in Oroville. He began his fire career in 1997 at the age of 26 with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the Fresno County Ranger Unit. He worked as a seasonal firefighter and a Limited Term Engineer, and his last assignment at CDF was at the Piedra Fire Station near Sanger. He continued to work for CDF until he joined the San Jose Fire Department in September 2001. Jose worked as a firefighter from 2001- 2004, was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2004, and promoted again to Fire Captain in June 2011.
On the joyous day of November 10, 2001, Jose and Melissa were married, and their son, Jonah Miguel, was born in January 2004. The picture above was taken at his badge pinning ceremony on March 30, 2012, where his badge was proudly pinned on him by Melissa and Jonah. Jose wore badge number 633 with distinction as he served his San Jose career at Engines 5, 26, 35, and most recently Engine 12.
Jose's and Melissa's twin girls, Sophia Maria and Olivia Eleanor, were born on July 24, 2012. Jose was happy to spend time with his wife, son, and new daughters before his passing on August 10 at the age of 41.
Respectfully, Robert Sapien Jr. President IAFF Local 230
Craig Rose is always out there! Regardless
of the time of day (or night), Craig captures the work we do and he
rarely gets the recognition he deserves. The Mercury News has featured
Craig in an article and short video.