San Jose Fire Department

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San Jose Fire Department (SJFD)
SanJoseFireDepartmentLogo.png
Operational area
Country United States
State California
County Santa Clara
City San Jose
Agency overview
Annual calls94,900
Fire chiefRobert Sapien, Jr.
EMS levelALS
IAFF230
Facilities and equipment
Battalions5
Stations33
Engines32
Trucks9
Squads3
Rescues2
Tenders3
HAZMAT2
USAR1
Airport crash3
Wildland7 - type 6
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) provides fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services to the city of San José, California, United States. The San Jose Fire Department protects the third largest city in California (after Los Angeles and San Diego) and the tenth largest city in the nation.[1]

Coverage[edit]

The San Jose Fire Department's jurisdiction covers San José’s incorporated city limits and unincorporated areas of the County of Santa Clara totaling approximately 200 square miles and one million residents.[2] SJFD is the emergency service provider for a number of high-hazard occupancies, including an International Airport; a municipal airport; 7 major hospitals (including 3 trauma centers, and 7 emergency departments); the SAP Center, home of the NHL San Jose Sharks, (maximum occupancy 20,000); San José State University (the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast), student population of 31,906; three regional super malls; and over 108 high-rise structures.[3]

Call Volume[edit]

The San Jose Fire Department responded to 94,500 incidents in Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This included 3,500 fires and 7,000 rescue, HazMat, USAR and other non-fire related emergencies. The remaining 61% were medical related emergencies.[4]

Organization[edit]

The San Jose Fire Department is organized into four bureaus of operations: the Bureau of Administrative Services (BAS), the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO), the Bureau of Support (BOS), and the Bureau of Fire PreventIon (BFP). Fire Communications is under BFO and is staffed by non-sworn Fire Department dispatchers. These highly-skilled dispatchers meet or exceed the criteria required for the SJFD Communications Center to be nationally accredited. [5]

Services[edit]

The San Jose Fire Department is an “all risk” department meaning that it has the trained personnel and equipment to mitigate a variety of emergencies, and provides a wide array of services throughout the city. These include:[6]

• Fire Suppression: Firefighters and fire apparatus extinguish fires of all types, including structure fires, vehicle fires, and vegetation fires.

Advanced Life Support (ALS): All San Jose Fire Engines and Trucks have firefighters trained to provide specialized medical care. All firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians. Some are EMT-Paramedics, meaning they have the special training and skills to treat patients with drugs, to intubate patients who are not breathing, to gain intravenous access, to provide electrical therapy (defibrillation)to patients in cardiac arrest and much more. This level of care is known as Advanced Life Support.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR): Rescue teams are prepared to handle Confined Space, Low-Angle, High-Angle, Trench, Swift-water, Open water, Flood, Collapse and a variety of other technical rescues. Several department USAR members also serve on the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 3. The San Jose Fire Department USAR team has been certified as a Type I resource, the highest level of USAR capability.

• Hazardous Materials (HazMat): A Hazardous Incident Team is trained to the HazMat Specialist level to identify hazardous materials using technical test procedures and contain, neutralize or otherwise mitigate dangerous gases, liquids or solids. The San Jose Fire Department HazMat team has been certified as a Type I resource, the highest level of HazMat capability.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting: The department provides airplane crash fire suppression and rescue services by a specially equipped and trained crew based at the Norman Mineta San José International Airport.

Fire Prevention: Firefighters and Fire Prevention Inspectors help ensure schools, businesses, and multi-occupancy dwellings follow fire safety codes and are safe for residents. While on emergency incidents such as medical calls, firefighters routinely check for smoke detectors and offer detectors or replace batteries.

• The Arson Unit is responsible for investigating the origin and cause of fires. The unit is staffed by Investigators who are cross-trained as law enforcement officers with powers of arrest. Personnel in the unit are designated peace officers under California Penal Code Section 830.37(a).

• Public Education: Firefighters meet with the public to do home safety inspections, teach families about “Exit Drills in the Home,” teach fire safety techniques such as “Stop, Drop and Roll” in schools, and distribute fire or home safety literature.

• Emergency Preparedness: The Fire Department’s firefighters work with the public to encourage basic preparedness for routine or major catastrophes.

Operations[edit]

The San Jose Fire Department currently operates out of 33 fire stations located throughout the city, organized into five battalions.[7] Each battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief. The following charts list the Battalions, the Stations within each Battalion, and the apparatus at each station. On October 13, 2018 Battalion 29 was deactivated and moved to station 5 to become Battalion 5.

Engines, Trucks, Squads and Battalion apparatus are staffed throughout the year. Some Wildland apparatus are not staffed during summer months. Under "Other", vans, utilities, reserve engines, air units, fire support units, rescue units, USAR trailers, and the USAR boat are unstaffed - personnel from Engines, Trucks and Squads staff those apparatus when they are needed to respond. Wildland engines are prefaced with a "6" to indicate they are Type VI engines based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group rating criteria.

In November 2018, San José voters passed ballot measure T. This measure provides bond funds to support the building and repair of critical city infrastructure. Some of the projects planned for Measure T funds include construction of a new fire station in the Willow Glen neighborhood (Fire Station 37 at Lincoln Ave. and Curtner Ave.), rebuilding Fire Stations 8 and 23, and building two additional new stations. During calendar 2019, the city will adopt a new 5-year fire department infrastructure plan, which will include the timing for building and staffing those stations.

Battalion 1[edit]

Address Engine Company Truck Company Squad Company Wildland Unit Other
1 225 N. Market St. Engine 1 Truck 1 Command Van 1 & Battalion 1 [8]
3 98 Martha St. Engine 3 Squad 3 [9]
7 800 Emory St. Engine 7 [10]
8 802 E. Santa Clara St. Engine 8 [11]
26 528 Tully Rd. Engine 26 Squad 26 [12]
30 454 Auzerais Ave. Engine 30 Truck 30 MED 30 [13]

Battalion 2[edit]

Address Engine Company Truck Company Wildland Unit Other units
2 2949 Alum Rock Ave. Engine 2 Truck 2 Water Tender 2 Battalion 2 [14]
11 2840 The Villages Pkwy. Engine 11 [15]
16 2001 S. King Rd. Engine 16 Truck 16 [16]
19 3292 Sierra Rd. Engine 19 Engine 619 [17]
21 2100 S. White Rd. Engine 21 Engine 621 [18]
24 3910 Silver Creek.Rd Engine 24 Engine 624 [19]
31 3100 Ruby Ave. Engine 31 Engine 631 [20]

Battalion 10[edit]

Address Engine Company Truck Company Other units
4 710 Leigh Ave. Engine 4 [21]
6 1386 Cherry Ave. Engine 6 Fire Support Unit 2 [22]
9 3410 Ross Ave. Engine 9 Truck 9 [23]
10 511 S. Monroe St. Engine 10 Battalion 10 [24]
14 1201 San Tomas Aquino Rd. Engine 14 Truck 14 [25]
15 1248 S. Blaney Ave. Engine 15 [26]

Battalion 13[edit]

Address Engine Company Truck Company Wildland Unit Other units
12 5912 Cahalan Ave. Engine 12 Engine 612 [27]
13 4380 Pearl Ave. Engine 13 Truck 13 Water Tender 13 Battalion 13 [28]
17 5170 Coniston Way Engine 17 Reserve Engine 617 [29]
18 4430 S. Monterey Rd. Engine 18 Water Tender 18 Air Unit 18 [30]
22 6461 Bose Ln. Engine 22 [31]
27 6027 San Ignacio Way Engine 27 Engine 627 [32]
28 19911 McKean Rd. Engine 28 Engine 628 [33]
35 135 Poughkeepsie Rd. Engine 35 Truck 35 Fire Support Unit 3 [34]

Battalion 5[edit]

Address Engine Company Truck Company Squad Wildland Other
5 1380 N. 10th St. Engine 5 Squad 5 Battalion 5 [35]
20 1433 Airport Blvd. Engine 20A, 20B (ARFF Units) Reserve Engines 20C, 20D, and Rescue 20 (ARFF) [36]
23 1771 Via Cinco de Mayo Engine 23 [37]
25 25 Wilson Way Engine 25 [38]
29 199 Innovation Dr. Engine 29 Truck 29 HIT 29A, 29B, Foam 29 [39]
34 1634 Las Plumas Ave. Engine 34 USAR 34A, 34B USAR Trailers, USAR Boat [40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to the San José Fire Department". San Jose CA. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "City of San Jose Budget". San Jose CA. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the San José Fire Department". San Jose CA. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ "City of San Jose, Adopted Operating Budget, 2018-2018".
  5. ^ "Bureaus". San Jose Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ "ServicesVideo". San Jose Fire Department. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Stations". San Jose Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Station 1". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Station 3". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Station 7". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Station 8". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Station 26". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Station 30". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Station 2". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Station 11". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Station 16". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Station 19". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Station 21". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Station 24". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Station 31". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Station 4". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Station 6". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Station 9". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Station 10". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Station 14". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Station 15". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Station 12". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  28. ^ "Station 13". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  29. ^ "Station 17". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  30. ^ "Station 18". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  31. ^ "Station 22". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  32. ^ "Station 27". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  33. ^ "Station 28". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  34. ^ "Station 35". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  35. ^ "Station 5". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  36. ^ "Station 20". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  37. ^ "Station 23". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  38. ^ "Station 25". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  39. ^ "Station 29". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  40. ^ "Station 34". Your Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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