City and Department Overview
San José Fire Fighters “Year in Review”
We are the 676 men and women of the San José Fire Department who serve our community by protecting life, property and the environment through emergency response and prevention.
Over 85,000 times last year, we responded to our community’s panicked 911 calls for help – including structure fires, vehicle fires, vegetation fires, vehicle accidents and extrications, aircraft emergencies, high and low angle rescues, hazardous materials releases, highrise incidents, USAR rescues, medical emergencies and much more. Our community includes innumerable residences, critical transportation infrastructure, two airports, seven major hospitals, three regional super malls, 516 highrises, and the SAP center to name just a few critical operations we protect.
San José fire fighters train daily to be able to respond 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, providing comprehensive life safety services to a million residents and visitors over 200 square miles and throughout the state through mutual aid. Since 1854, our members have served tirelessly – all sacrificing their health and well being in some form or another, and fifteen having paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Our work touches the lives of tens of thousands every year, often as the critical last line of defense when all other safety standards, equipment, protections, laws and social programs have failed.
On some occasions, members of the public pause to preserve a glimpse into what we do every day to keep them and their families safe.
This book is a collection of photographs showing just a very small sample of San Jose Fire Fighters at work, protecting our community.
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