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The San Jose Fire Museum is saddened to share the loss of one our founding members, retired Fire Engineer Randy Perez. R...
04/27/2019

The San Jose Fire Museum is saddened to share the loss of one our founding members, retired Fire Engineer Randy Perez. Randy played an instrumental role in acquiring and restoring many of the apparatus in our collection, helping shape our organization during its early years.

Randy's love of automobiles and his attention to detail is unmatched, he is truly a one of a kind artist. His contribution has forever enhanced our mission of preserving and protecting the history of San José and its Fire Department.

Pedal car is a perfect fit - recently a young visitor to our museum at Old Fire Station 1 took a liking to this vintage ...
04/23/2019

Pedal car is a perfect fit - recently a young visitor to our museum at Old Fire Station 1 took a liking to this vintage pedal car as well aS the authentic #SJFD turnouts . . . As we look to build our museum it’s one of our goals to include our youngest fans in experiencing the History of San Jose and it’s Fire Department. #sjfiremuseum #firemuseum #sanjose #sanjosefiremuseum @ San Jose Fire Museum

Thanks to Ken Freeman for this great photo.
04/14/2019

Thanks to Ken Freeman for this great photo.

Thought you might like this picture of my grandfather Lloyd Freeman working on the brakes of a San Jose firetruck around 1935. His shop was located at 7th. and Santa Clara. Maybe this truck is in your museum. Will have to come by and see.

San Jose Fire Museum Extramen Program . . . . Hydrantman -This is the mark of one of our proud San Jose Fire Museum Extr...
04/14/2019

San Jose Fire Museum Extramen Program . . . . Hydrantman -This is the mark of one of our proud San Jose Fire Museum Extramen.

The Extramen program is for current and retired San José Fire Department Firefighters. Ranks within the program include Pipemen, Drivers, Foremen, Engineers and Chief Engineers. Years ago the Chief of the Department was called the Chief Engineer.

Each level of membership is named and colored as an homage to those who came before us. . . #sjfiremuseum

Great to see our San Jose Fire Fighters getting into the Playoff Spirt! GO SHARKS!
04/12/2019

Great to see our San Jose Fire Fighters getting into the Playoff Spirt! GO SHARKS!

GO SHARKS! 🦈 . . . The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs continue tonight as the @sanjosesharks take on the @nhl.goldenknights at the TANK ... #SJFD #sjfire #sanjose #sharktank #bayareafirefighter #californiafirefighter

Throwback Thursday - SAN JOSE, Nov 23 1937 —After vetoing a pay boost for city officials last week, the San Jose Counc...
04/11/2019

Throwback Thursday - SAN JOSE, Nov 23 1937 —After vetoing a pay boost for city officials last week, the San Jose Council today raised salaries of police and firemen $22,000. Maximums under the new scale range from $350 plus $50 for car expenses to chiefs of both departments, down to $190 for patrolmen and firemen. #SJFD #sanjose #firemuseum #sanjosefiremusuem #sjfiremusuem

1906 Earthquake in downtown San Jose, Fire in the Dougherty Building on 2nd Street
04/04/2019

1906 Earthquake in downtown San Jose, Fire in the Dougherty Building on 2nd Street

04/03/2019

We asked Siri . . . why are Fire Engines Red? 🚒. . . #sjfiremusuem #sanjosefiremusuem #firemuseum #SJFD

History Of The Fire Pole Started With Black Chicago Firehouse In 1870s
03/02/2019
History Of The Fire Pole Started With Black Chicago Firehouse In 1870s

History Of The Fire Pole Started With Black Chicago Firehouse In 1870s

African American firefighters played a key role in developing a staple of the firehouse: the sliding pole. In honor of Black History Month, CBS 2’s Derrick Young spoke with a retired fire chief turned author.

Anyone remember this book? Great post from San Jose Fire Fighters about CA Dave Allshouse and this book from 1988
03/01/2019

Anyone remember this book? Great post from San Jose Fire Fighters about CA Dave Allshouse and this book from 1988

On April 29, 1988, 100 of the worlds finest photojournalists roamed the Golden State to capture its essence. One of those 175 photos from “A Day in the Life of California” was of #SJFD Fire Captain Dave Allshouse. Today we share that memory, 21 years later our turnout costs have gone form yellow to black and our helmets from modern yellow and red to classic black with red stickers... but much remains the same.

Great rescue by our San Jose Fire Fighters . .
02/14/2019

Great rescue by our San Jose Fire Fighters . .

Dog Rescue & Reunion - The San José Fire Department recently responded to a structure fire in the Auzerais-Josefa neighborhood, just west of downtown. While searching for victims and extinguishing this blaze #yoursanjosefirefighters located a furry little friend hiding in the bedroom. Bella the dog was pulled from the smoke and was happy to be held in the arms of this firefighter from Truck 1. She was eventually reunited with her grateful owner. As you can see she had a few burns, scrapes and scratches, but nothing this little fighter can’t handle! We were happy to bring a happy ending to this unfortunate fire. #sanjose @ Auzerais, San Jose

Great look at some vintage firefighting advertisements.
02/11/2019

Great look at some vintage firefighting advertisements.

Definitely Old School here ...

Update: Chief Juan Diaz and the profile of his story of survival on the PBS Documentary series "We’ll Meet Again with ...
01/02/2019
Juan Diaz: 'I Was Experiencing for the First Time a Superman, a Hero'

Update: Chief Juan Diaz and the profile of his story of survival on the PBS Documentary series "We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry"

In 1980, American Captain Hooper braved a harrowing storm at sea while aiding men, women and children as they departed Cuba and made way to the U.S. Juan Diaz, a passenger of his boat, the Sun Hippie, speaks with PBS about the impact of Captain Hooper's bravery and honoring the man who rescued h...

Here’s to a successful 2018 . . . Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.... !
12/29/2018

Here’s to a successful 2018 . . . Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.... !

Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley
12/13/2018

Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley

On Friday night Fire Associates held their annual Christmas party and installation of officers for 2019. CalFire B/C Jim Rajskup joined us for the evening along with Santa Clara County Fire Department's Deputy Chief Linney and Deputy Chief Kerdkaew representing the Santa Clara County Fire Chief's Association. Of course, there was also a room full of Fire Associates members and family on hand to celebrate.

Chief Kerdkaew installed our 2019 Board of Directors, President Bruce Dembecki, Vice President John Whiteside, Treasurer Cliff Smith, Secretary Larry Carr, Director Bill Roth, and Director Walter Huber.

During 2019 we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary, and we were delighted to have one of our Founding Members, Len Williams, with us to celebrate. Look forward to more news around the anniversary celebrations in the coming months.

12/04/2018
1911 Christie Fire Engine - Jay Leno's Garage

Great Look at Jay Leno's Garage and this 1911 Christie Fire Engine. #SJFireMuseum

After blowing a piston that shot through the side of the block, Jay is ready to take this 9-ton 1911 Christie Fire Engine back on the road and give it a send...

12/01/2018
San Jose Fire Fighters

Great profile of San Jose Fire Museum volunteer Randy Perez

Proud to share Lowrider Magazine Role Model and retired San Jose Fire Fighter Randy Perez. Lowrider magazine profiled Randy and his 1936 Packard as well as his passion for the fire service, the community and of course his cars. #SJFD

San Jose Fire Fighters
11/12/2018
San Jose Fire Fighters

San Jose Fire Fighters

FRAUD WARNING:

Please know that neither San Jose Fire Fighters Local 230 nor the San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) solicit funds via phone campaigns.

We are NOT raising funds on the phone.

Members of the public are notifying us about phone calls they received asking for money for "firefighter fund.”

If you wish to donate to an organization, we recommend you contact them directly. Most legit non-profits will have an online donation option.

Thank you and beware! Unfortunately, disaster-related fraud is not uncommon but we ask you share the word so others will not fall victim.

www.sanjosefirefighters.org
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New Donation! BIG Thanks to Retired #SJFD Fire Captain Stanley Jones for this generous donation of a 2 - 60’s era SJFD...
10/30/2018

New Donation! BIG Thanks to Retired #SJFD Fire Captain Stanley Jones for this generous donation of a 2 - 60’s era SJFD Fire Helmets. Both a Fire Captain and Battalion Chief lid!

We wouldn’t a have a museum without important donations and support like this! Thank you Captain Jones! . . . If you have a historic artifact or wound like to make a donation to support the Fire Museum please contact us. . . . #SJFireMuseum

The Museum and Old Fire Station One were proud to host the most recent graduation ceremony for our SJFD Public Safety Di...
10/25/2018

The Museum and Old Fire Station One were proud to host the most recent graduation ceremony for our SJFD Public Safety Dispatchers. #SJFD

Congratulations to the graduates of our Fire Public Safety Radio Dispatcher Academy Class 17-01! Great job Justin, David, and Haron! Also, a big thank you to the San Jose Fire Museum for hosting the SJFD for tonight's event.

We regret to inform you of the passing of retired San Jose Fire Captain Jerry Williams. Jerry was hired in 1972 and rose...
10/16/2018

We regret to inform you of the passing of retired San Jose Fire Captain Jerry Williams. Jerry was hired in 1972 and rose through the ranks eventually promoting to Captain in 1996 before his retirement in 1997. He is survived by his wife Ethel.

His services will he held October 24th, 2018 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N White Rd, SJ at 11am.

Today San Jose Fire Fighters honor the 1929 Line of Duty Death if Captain G. Walsh
09/19/2018

Today San Jose Fire Fighters honor the 1929 Line of Duty Death if Captain G. Walsh

Line of Duty Death - Captain George Welch. . . Born 1861 - Died Sept 19, 1929 . . . . . Engine 2 received a midnight alarm of a fire from a cottage at 430 N. 4th Street. As the Company arrived on the scene, Captain Welch “leaped from the engine as it stopped, took a few steps, stopped, and fell over,” dead of a heart attack. Members of his crew tried vainly to revive him, while the fire was easily extinguished.

Appointed Extraman in 1896 George Welch at his death was the oldest man in the Department in point of service, having been stationed at North 3rd St. (Engine 1 until 1908, later at Engine 2) for 33 years. . . . . In 1916 he suffered a broken leg and head injuries in a porch collapse at the Gillespie Mill Fire. In 1922 Welch became acting Captain, a rank made permanent a few months before his death. Today we honor his sacrifice! #SJFD

OPEN HOUSE: This Weekend join us for our first Public Open House 10-2pm at Old Fire Station 1.Come see the progress on t...
09/14/2018

OPEN HOUSE: This Weekend join us for our first Public Open House 10-2pm at Old Fire Station 1.

Come see the progress on this historic building as the museum shares some of its world class collection of antique fire apparatus, photos, badges and equipment.

Old Fire Station One
201 N. Market St, San Jose
San Jose, CA

Time: 10am-2pm
Admission: Free

Parking: San Pedro Square Garage and nearby street.

History San José Raul Peralez Charles Chappie Jones Dev Heinert Davis San Pedro Square Market Bar SanJose.com Willow Glen Resident Willow Glen Charm

San Jose Fire Museum's cover photo
09/14/2018

San Jose Fire Museum's cover photo

09/12/2018
San Jose Fire Fighters

San Jose Fire Fighters

Patriot Day 2018 - SJFD Memorial Bell Ceremony

Acting Fire Chief Robert Sapien broadcasts a message to all San Jose Fire Fighters over the air as we remember the events of September 11th, 2001.

Members of Fire Station 1 led by the SJFD Honor Guard conducted the ceremony in front of the Fire Fighters Memorial Bell at 5:46 am. This marks the time American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower on that fateful day 17 years ago.

08/30/2018
Bold & Untold by MAKERS

Bold & Untold by MAKERS

A record-breaking 72 women currently serve in the New York City Fire Department. This is the story of the woman who extinguished sexism—and made it all possible. 🙌👩‍🚒

Happy 99th Birthday to retired Fire Captain and San Jose Fire Museum Founder Emeritus Sam Seibert. Sam has been instrume...
08/24/2018

Happy 99th Birthday to retired Fire Captain and San Jose Fire Museum Founder Emeritus Sam Seibert.

Sam has been instrumental in the success of the Museum and the restoration of Old Fire Station 1. So it was only fitting that the Museum host Sam and his friends and family today at Old Fire Station 1 for a party fitting this SJFD Icon! #SJFD

Progress on the 1954 GMC restoration as the paint and logos are getting completed. Thanks to Richbond Signs for recreati...
08/18/2018

Progress on the 1954 GMC restoration as the paint and logos are getting completed.
Thanks to Richbond Signs for recreating this amazing logo. #SJFD

08/14/2018
County of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is up and running!!!

You can see horse-drawn steam engines, antique carriages and old water bags at the County’s new Fire Museum. The museum tells the history of the County's fire service and hopes to inspire new generations of recruits through workshops and classes. For more information about the museum, visit www.lacountyfiremuseum.com.

Los Angeles County Fire Department

San Jose Fire Fighters
08/12/2018

San Jose Fire Fighters

Line of Duty Death Update: Fire Captain Jose Martinez

This week marks the 6th Anniversary of the passing of San Jose Fire Captain Jose Martinez. Jose passed in 2012 after a courageous but extremely short fight with a rare and aggressive work-related cancer. He was only 41 years old.

Instead of a respectful reminder of Jose's sacrifice we wanted to update everyone on his wonderful family.

When Jose passed he left behind his wife Melissa, son Jonah, who is now 14 and twin daughters Olivia and Sophia, who just turned 6 earlier this year.

Jonah is starting High School, loves computer science and technology. His is growing tall, something Jose would have been excited to see. He thrilled to be able fit into some of dad's old clothes that he saved over the years. Jonah talks often about Jose with his mom and to his sisters, keeping the memory of his father alive.

The twins just months old when Jose passed will start kindergarten soon which will cut into their dance and swimming! Olivia we hear is quite the artist and Sophia is the music lover, sometimes quickly reciting lyrics heard for only the first time.

As for Melissa she considers herself a "Domestic Engineer," a fitting name for a firefighters wife. Taking the kids to school, playdates and all the other activities you can imagine kids do in her mini-van!

We are pleased to hear the Martinez's are doing well and ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Jose's name is forever inscribed along with over 1,300 other Firefighters on the California Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in Sacramento as well as the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, CO.

The tables for old station 1 are in. Thank you Dave Wood and Sam Siebert for all the hard work converting slabs of bowli...
08/02/2018

The tables for old station 1 are in.
Thank you Dave Wood and Sam Siebert for all the hard work converting slabs of bowling alley into fine furniture

07/29/2018
San Jose Fire Fighters

San Jose Fire Fighters

Happening Now: Arrival of your San Jose Fire Fighters from Station 1 (N. Market St.) to the 100 block of N 6th st in downtown #SanJose. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire to the rear. Note the zero visibility inside the structure as fire attack and search were immediately initiated by responding crews. This incident was quickly upgraded to a 2nd Alarm. #SJFD NBC Bay Area KRON 4 News ABC7 KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area

07/15/2018
Los Angeles County Fire Department

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Today is the Grand Opening of LACoFD fire museum. Public Safety members from across the 🌎 are here to view our vintage apparatuses. Visitors are able to receive signed memorabilia by the original cast members of Emergency 51. Please come out and join us, this event is family friendly and open to the public.

Help support the Toy Drive with "Christmas in July" , July 27-29th with the San Jose Giants
07/13/2018

Help support the Toy Drive with "Christmas in July" , July 27-29th with the San Jose Giants

The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole
07/13/2018
The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole

The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole

Imagine this: it's 3:30 in the morning, and you're deep in some pillowy dreamscape. All is calm; all is serene. Then, a piercing alarm whiplashes your senses: you're awake now, scrambling in the darkness with ten equally frazzled men. In a flurry, boots are pulled on, helmets are snatche...

07/11/2018
Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Excited to see our friends in Los Angeles County host a Grand Opening Event for their new Fire Museum.

Sneak Peak a the brand new Museum Building and Fire Service Event. It is the Event Trailer Video!

HISTORY SAVED! Big thanks to the team from San Jose Water who today presented the San Jose Fire Museum with this 1909 SJ...
07/09/2018

HISTORY SAVED! Big thanks to the team from San Jose Water who today presented the San Jose Fire Museum with this 1909 SJFD Fire Hydrant.

Up until last week this was the oldest working fire hydrant in the City, standing guard at Cesar Chavez park, across from the Fairmont Hotel. It was recently replaced with a modern "plug" and donated to the Museum for restoration & preservation.

This is a "wet barrel" hydrant which means each outlet has its own individual valve. While common in most of the Bay Area, it's rare in San Jose as our modern hydrants are primarily all dry barrels, where the valve steam reaches 6-8 feet below the ground. When opened, all the outlets are charged simultaneously. These dry hydrants are primarily used in cold weather environments to prevent freezing. Two major advantages of the dry hydrant are cost and ease of replacement when sheared by a vehicle accident. #SJFD

04/13/2018
Mickey Mouse Lover

Mickey Mouse Lover

Mickey the firefighter 🔥🚒🔥🚒
TRY NOT LAUGH at Best Classic Cartoon. (Since 1952)

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