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Great surprise as this crochet Fire Engine appeared outside Old Fire Station 1, stitched to a light pole, in downtown Sa...
03/27/2020

Great surprise as this crochet Fire Engine appeared outside Old Fire Station 1, stitched to a light pole, in downtown San Jose. Please practice social distancing and wait a few weeks to come visit. #SJFD #sanjose #sjfiremuseum #firemuseum @ San Jose Fire Museum

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is growing and posting some great photos.
03/25/2020
Los Angeles County Fire Museum

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is growing and posting some great photos.

Gold leaf on the 1903 Metropolitan American Steam Engine pump...
In 3D

San Jose Fire Fighters
03/18/2020

San Jose Fire Fighters

Your #sanjosefirefighters from Fire Station 6 (Willow Glen) stopped by to check in on San José Centenarian and retired San José Fire Department Fire Captain Sam Siebert today.

With shelter in place mandates implemented in the Bay Area and around the Nation, now is the perfect time to reach out to family, friends, and neighbors who may be vulnerable, even if face-to-face contact isn’t advisable.

As you can see, from 6 feet away of course, Sam’s doing great, and he sends his best wishes to all of our firefighters who will be working long hours in the fire houses over the next few weeks. Note: Sam is also Founder Emeritus of the San Jose Fire Museum . . . .

That’s the #SJFD 1937 American LaFrance out for First Responder Night at the @sjquakes match vs the @mnufc. The @sanjose...
03/07/2020

That’s the #SJFD 1937 American LaFrance out for First Responder Night at the @sjquakes match vs the @mnufc. The @sanjosefiremuseum is proud to honor our first responders. @ Avaya Stadium

02/24/2020
Golden State Fire Apparatus, Inc.

Our San Jose Fire Fighters need your help as the Our San Jose Fire Fighters need your help as the new San José Fire Department USAR takes on Rockin FD for the Fire Truck Face off.. click on the SJFD rig to cast your vote now!

Next up for #FireTruckFaceOff are two more apparatus from the GOLD BRACKET.
San José Fire Department VS Rocklin Firefighters. Click here for details: goldenstatefire.com/fire-truck-face-off/

You have 24 hours from the time of this post to cast your vote and select which apparatus you like best! Tag your friends. The final winner gets $1,000 toward their favorite charity!

⬇️Click a picture below to cast your vote.⬇️ Next match is tomorrow at 10am.

Los Angeles County Fire Museum
02/19/2020

Los Angeles County Fire Museum

2/18/2020
Hello all,
Look who was in town for a few minutes and made time to stop by to say hi!
Johnny Gage (Actor, Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Actor Kevin Tighe)...
Great guys.
We may have something in the works to have them back.
Please “LIKE” the LA County fire museum....

Flashback 1980 - Advertisement in the previously published Fireman’s Muster program from Channel 36 KGSC - Many locals m...
02/10/2020

Flashback 1980 - Advertisement in the previously published Fireman’s Muster program from Channel 36 KGSC - Many locals might remember the Carol Doda, from the Condor club as she voiced the Channel 36 on-air call sign “I see you, San Francisco. You're watching the perfect 36 ... KICU, San Jose." . . #sanjose #sjfiremuseum #SJFD

Back in 1980 the San Jose Muster Team hosted the West Coast Championship Fireman’s Muster here in San Jose.  The Muster ...
02/04/2020

Back in 1980 the San Jose Muster Team hosted the West Coast Championship Fireman’s Muster here in San Jose.

The Muster team eventually became the SJ Fire Museum, but at the time, it consisted of a group of dedicated #SJFD Firefighters and their wives.

The group looked to recapture the glory of the fire service - past and present - by displaying restore me antique apparatus and competing in skills related to their use.

Muster events were commonplace throughout the nation in the ’70s, and early ‘80s This Muster was held concurrently with the SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Motor Fire Apparatus in America). Many of the photos were taken by current Museum Volunteer Ed DelPrete. #sjfiremuseum #bayareafirefighter #californiafirefighter @ San Jose, California

01/25/2020
Localish

Localish

Can you guess how old the oldest firefighter in California is? Tell us in the comments!

01/24/2020
Localish

Great look at our Founder Emeritus Sam Siebert

Can you guess how old the oldest firefighter in California is? Tell us in the comments!

Reposted @sanjosefirefighters . . The City of San Jose has released its Annual Report on City Services for 2018-19. The ...
01/22/2020

Reposted @sanjosefirefighters . . The City of San Jose has released its Annual Report on City Services for 2018-19. The report details the performance, expenditures, resident feedback, and multiple other benchmarks for City service delivery.
The 2018-19 report shows our #SJFD responding to over 91,000 Emergency Incidents. That's an average of almost 250 calls each day handled by 33 Fire Stations. Photo by @thecraigrose. . . #sanjosefire #sanjose #bayareafirefighter #californiafirefighter

#repost @sanjosefirefighters・・・“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college deg...
01/20/2020

#repost @sanjosefirefighters
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“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King Jr. . . . . #sjfiremuseum #firemuseum

San Jose Fire Chief’s Buggy. 1890s in front of Franklin Engine 3. South 1st St., just south of Reed. where Hwy 280 cross...
01/19/2020

San Jose Fire Chief’s Buggy. 1890s in front of Franklin Engine 3. South 1st St., just south of Reed. where Hwy 280 crosses 1st street today. — photo courtesy Juan Diaz

Second Street and San Fernando Street in San Jose following the 1906 earthquake."Date: 1906. Title: 1906 Earthquake, San...
01/13/2020

Second Street and San Fernando Street in San Jose following the 1906 earthquake.
"Date: 1906. Title: 1906 Earthquake, San Jose, CA. Description: Firemen fighting a fire at Louise Building, Second and San Fernando streets, San Jose, CA following 1906 earthquake. Note on reverse of print: "Dr. Irvin Fraser". Copyright J.G.Munson '06. Print size: 5" x 7"" Source: History SJ

Second Street and San Fernando Street in San Jose following the 1906 earthquake.
"Date: 1906. Title: 1906 Earthquake, San Jose, CA. Description: Firemen fighting a fire at Louise Building, Second and San Fernando streets, San Jose, CA following 1906 earthquake. Note on reverse of print: "Dr. Irvin Fraser". Copyright J.G.Munson '06. Print size: 5" x 7"" Source: History SJ

Firehouse Find!!! - San Jose Fire House Fixins cookbook in the Station 21 showcase . . . Publish date unknown ..  #SJFD ...
01/13/2020

Firehouse Find!!! - San Jose Fire House Fixins cookbook in the Station 21 showcase . . . Publish date unknown .. #SJFD #sjfiremuseum #sjfire @ Fire Station 21

Rodeo Time.. who knew San Jose Fire Fighters used to participate in a Rodeo? . . #SJFD #sanjosefiremuseum #sjfiremuseum ...
01/09/2020

Rodeo Time.. who knew San Jose Fire Fighters used to participate in a Rodeo? . . #SJFD #sanjosefiremuseum #sjfiremuseum #firemuseum @ San Jose, California

Robert Handa
01/03/2020

Robert Handa

SIGNING OFF FOR 2019
Last live shot location of the year at historic Fire Station 1. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Have a great 2020!

Happy New Year from the San Jose Fire Museum. Here’s to protecting and sharing the history of the past while looking tow...
12/31/2019

Happy New Year from the San Jose Fire Museum. Here’s to protecting and sharing the history of the past while looking towards the future! . . . #sanjose #sjfiremuseum #firemuseum #SJFD

Great story about our friend Jim Salata who has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of Old Fire Statio...
12/29/2019
San José Spotlight

Great story about our friend Jim Salata who has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of Old Fire Station One.

In the Spotlight: Jim Salata has spent decades revitalizing San Jose’s downtown, contributing to some of its most important development projects, while spearheading renovation projects that include the Jose Theatre, the city’s oldest theater built in 1904.

Conehead Christmas at Station 8 . . . reposted from @8enginesjfd・・・#SJFD #sjfiremusuem #sanjose #firemuseum
12/26/2019

Conehead Christmas at Station 8 . . . reposted from @8enginesjfd
・・・#SJFD #sjfiremusuem #sanjose #firemuseum

Great post from our  @sanjosefirefighters . . . Updated Holiday Hours for the San Jose Fire Department. . . A Holiday Me...
12/25/2019

Great post from our @sanjosefirefighters . . .
Updated Holiday Hours for the San Jose Fire Department. . . A Holiday Message from #yoursanjosefirefighters . . . #sanjose #bayareafirefighter #californiafirefighter #SJFD

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12/25/2019

#repost @thecraigrose
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Willow Glen Charm
12/23/2019

Willow Glen Charm

Couldn’t resist this charming shot!
Fire truck from the San Jose fire museum.

CarCapades Podcast on Twitter
11/20/2019
CarCapades Podcast on Twitter

CarCapades Podcast on Twitter

“Oh man! One of the best shots of the day, look at this vintage @SJFD fire truck. #carcapades #sjfd #sanjosefire”

The San Jose Fire Museum was honored to host the San José Fire Department and San Jose Fire Fighters for the reception a...
11/17/2019

The San Jose Fire Museum was honored to host the San José Fire Department and San Jose Fire Fighters for the reception and ceremony outside Old Fire Station 1 today.

As part of today’s 45th Annual Firefighter Memorial Mass honoring those retired #SJFD members who have passed over the last year, we were proud to place retired Fire Captain Rick Wardall’s name on our Memorial Bell.

Before modern technology, this 3000lb bell, cast in 1881, was used to call members to service whenever fire broke out. Now, it sits outside Old Fire Station 1 on Market St., memorializing those members whose deaths are a direct result from their work on the line. Rick retired in 2011 and passed in 2015 from cancer contracted while on the job. His wife Maria helped secure his plaque. . . #bayareafirefighter #californiafirefighter #sanjose @ San Jose Fire Museum

Vintage 1970’s Turnout Pants - Great donation, not surprisingly from Museum Founder Emeritus Sam Siebert of these vintag...
11/14/2019

Vintage 1970’s Turnout Pants - Great donation, not surprisingly from Museum Founder Emeritus Sam Siebert of these vintage Body Guard turnout bottoms. As Sam recalls these were only worn by firefighters at night unlike today where these are part of a firefighters personal protective gear, that is worn on all emergency’s. . . #SJFD #firemuseum #sjfiremuseum #sanjosefiremuseum @ San Jose Fire Museum

11/02/2019
San Jose Fire Fighters

Great "push back" ceremony at Fire Station 1 as firefighters placed a new fire engine in service!

The San Jose Fire Department officially placed into service one of several recently purchased fire engines at Fire Station #1 on Market Street, in downtown San Jose. Fire Fighters celebrated the placement of this Engine into service with a traditional ceremony historically known as a ‘push back.’ The tradition embodies the meticulous care firefighters take of their assigned equipment.

The origin of pushing a fire truck into the station dates back to the 1800's when horse-drawn equipment was used throughout the nation's Fire Service. Horses commissioned for service would be washed along with the pumper at their newly assigned firehouse and backed into the firehouse bay. Firefighters had to push the fire pumpers into the fire station because horses were incapable of backing the equipment.

This new Fire Engine is from Hi-Tech Fire Apparatus, located in Oakdale, CA. They have been the largest provider of Fire Engines to the SJFD since 1996.

San Jose Fire Fighters are grateful to the Mayor, City Council, Fire Chief, and SJFD staff for their support in keeping our front line equipment some of the best and safest in the nation.

Video by @Csmeadphotography

Legeros Fire Line
10/02/2019

Legeros Fire Line

THE DRIVER HAD THE HARDEST JOB IN THE SERVICE

See also blog version: legeros.com/blog/the-driver-had-the-hardest-job/

He was the first man up in the morning, and the last one to bed at night. Three times a week the horses were taken out at 5 a.m. for exercise, unless they had run the night before. This meant the driver got up at 4 a.m. There were stalls to clean and horses to groom and harness to polish. This all had to be finished by 10 a.m. Otherwise 6 a.m. was the usual rising hour for all firemen. Upon rising, the driver curried and brushed his horses, while another scrubbed down the stalls with boiling water, and a third man took care of the harness. Still others took care of the specific feeding routine.

Each fireman who had the care of a horse went back to do his final chore for the day before retiring. He cleaned the stall floor, and bedded it with straw or peat moss. He filled the wire basket with hay, and put water in the basin on the left wall. Also, at 10 a.m., every morning there was uniform inspection, and examination of quarters, horses, and apparatus. During these inspections the men stood at attention, while the captain walked about. If all was satisfactory, the men were saluted and were released to go at will to quarters.

They looked forward to the leisure time after inspection. Unless they were called, their time was their own, to do as they wished. Some slept, others read, and almost always there was some kind of card game in progress.

They worked twenty-four hours a day under the old system, with only one day off each month. The hours were long and tedious. The driver had the day watch from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the lieutenant from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Then the night watch was given over to the regular firemen on four-hour shifts.

The main floor was dark save for a small lamp on the watch desk and the lanterns that hung, one on each side of the hose wagon, steam engine, ladder truck and chief’s carriage. The signal gongs and wall telephone that linked the firehouse to headquarters and to every corner and alley in the city, and the automatic switching, levers, and push buttons that operated the various alarms, release devices and house lights in the station, were all in the compact space against the wall toward the front of the room.

There sat the man on watch, at a tilt-top desk on which the journal lay opened and ready to take the record of the next alarm. He sat alone at the desk. The house rules kept all the other firemen upstairs or out in the yard, except when there was an alarm or fire, or when they had some station duty to perform.

Turned down boots stood waiting in pair about the floor, rubber coats, with insides up so the sleeve holes could be found in a hurry, hung conveniently over knobby parts of the apparatus. Between the hose wagon and the ladder truck was the chief’s black carriage, small, delicate. Over the dashboard hung the chief’s white coat and while helmet and the driver’s cap and jacket.

At unannounced times, the assistant chief made rounds of the house to look over the horses. He would pull a white silk handkerchief from his pocket, and rub it over the back, neck, and sides of the horses. Any slight soil on the silk was serious; a real offense. A complaint about the horse of the horses meant a fine of at least ten days’ pay. Cleanliness was important, but much attention was also paid to the feet of the animals. Without good, healthy feet a horse was useless. Shoes were changed approximately every four weeks.

A weekly inspection was held, in the old horse-drawn apparatus days, to determine how quickly horses could be harnessed to the engines. The battalion chief of the district stood with a stop watch in his hand and checked the time. A firehouse’s reputation was only as good as its horses and men.

If it took more than twelve seconds for the men to harness up and be at the curb line of the street, it was considered poor time. One might say here that they rolled out of quarters quicker with the horses than they do with the motor apparatus today. But today, of course, the time is made up on the road.

A competitive, or speed test was held on April 22, 1893, to ascertain the exact time in which one man could dress, harness the horses and have the engine in the street after the gong sounded. At this test, Lemuel Rudolph of No. 7 Engine, carried off the prize […] by making a hitch in 25 ½ seconds.

Selected excerpts from The Firehorses of San Francisco by Natlee Kenoyer. Published 1970 by Westernlore Press, Los Angeles.

Photo – Engine No. 11, San Francisco Fire Department. A call out at night, April 1914. Courtesy San Francisco Fire Museum.

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Flashback Friday!
A few pics of some moves helping out our brothers in blue.
The 1963 JC Penney boiler explosion:
Found this PDF online today and it has a good recap of the early history of the SJFD.
I found this website, reminds me back in the days of "gas washdowns" and medic units carried only bandages, splints, and resuscitator units.
Retired Fire Captain Joe Roberts USAR5 still doing it! Representing SJFD and paying tribute to a fallen Santa Cruz City Firefighter.
We are green with envy on your success. Congratulations on a fantastic program. I hope my old ALF aerial is doing well!