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!
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
"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.
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