San José Fire Department February News, Recruitments and Events
Welcome to San José Fire Department's first e-newsletter since the launch of our new City website! With the new website comes updates to our fire department email subscription lists. If you previously subscribed to receive general information or recruitment-specific updates, please note these email lists have been combined. We hope you will continue to stay in touch, as we plan to provide more consistent email updates that will include recruitment announcements along with general news and department updates.
SJFD Women’s Boot Camp
We’re hosting our 2nd Annual Women’s Boot Camp on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Women interested in learning more about a career in the fire service are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with us at this event. Participants will engage in a 90-minute circuit training workout followed by female firefighters sharing their career journey, a Q&A session with the women of SJFD, and “hands-on” experience with firefighting tools and equipment. The goal of the SJFD Women’s Boot Camp is to orient women to the fire service career path through physical fitness education, information sharing, and professional mentorship. This free event will be open to 60 participants age 18 years and older. Registration will begin on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 12 p.m. via Eventbrite. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask A Dispatcher
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a 9-1-1? Well, our dispatch team is currently recruiting and invites you to 'Ask a Dispatcher' what it's all about! Join us at one of our upcoming 'Ask a Dispatcher' events to meet with SJFD dispatchers, learn what happens when you call 9-1-1 in the City of San José, and hear more about the duties of a San José Fire Public Safety Dispatcher. Three events are planned on February 20, 22, and March 3 at varying times and locations. For more information, visit www.sjfd.org.
The construction of San José’s new Fire Station 37 located near the Lincoln Avenue/Curtner Avenue intersection is set to begin this summer. This new fire station will address a significant emergency services coverage gap and improve the Fire Department’s performance in the surrounding areas. In November 2018, San José City Council approved prioritizing money from Measure T—a Disaster Preparedness, Public Safety, and Infrastructure Bond passed by voters in 2018—to begin building the fire station. The location of Station 37 was strategically selected based on information and recommendations from a 2016 organizational review, internal performance data, and Envision San José 2040 General Plan information. From this analysis, the Fire Department prioritized 11 areas where additional fire stations would enhance system performance and improve emergency response times.
Photography by Larry Dietz and Terry Unter, courtesy of American Red Cross.
Sound the Alarm
We’re partnering with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to install free smoke alarms as part of their Sound the Alarm program on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Colonial Mobile Manor. Sound the Alarm is a national campaign designed to install life-saving smoke alarms in vulnerable communities while also sharing safety information and fundraising to help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires. According to the American Red Cross, home fires claim seven lives every day but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. Since 2017, over 3,000 free smoke alarms have been installed in San José. In August 2019, SJFD crews were dispatched to the Sunshadow Mobile Home Park for a reported structure fire. Two residents were able to safely exit their home after being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm that had been installed just six months prior at a February Sound the Alarm event. The safe escape by these residents underscores the importance of smoke alarms and the value of Sound the Alarm efforts. If you are interested in volunteering from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on February 29, please visit http://tiny.cc/STAVOL.
Station 14 Open House
San José Fire Department and Vice Mayor Chappie Jones (District 1) hosted an Open House at Fire Station 14 located at 1201 San Thomas Aquino Road on Saturday, January 4. The community was invited to see and explore one of the newest fire engines to be added to the fleet serving the District 1 community. Our brand new, state-of-the-art fire engine features a 500-gallon water tank and is capable of discharging 1500 gallons of water per minute. It is also equipped with the same supplies found in an ambulance, providing crews with the resources of an EMS unit as they respond to emergency medical calls. We hosted tours of the fire station, offered complimentary training in hands-only CPR, and invited children to take part in a hands-on fire hose experience alongside firefighters. We will be announcing our next Open House very soon, so please stay tuned for updates!
We are currently recruiting for the following positions. We encourage qualified candidates to apply or visit www.sjfd.org for more information.
- Associate Engineer – Closing February 20, 2020
- Information Systems Analyst – Extended to February 19, 2020
- Public Safety Radio Dispatcher Trainee – Closing March 11, 2020
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