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San Jose Fire Department, California
The city of San Jose is 3rd largest city in California (after Los Angeles and San Diego), and also the 10th largest city in the nation. San Jose serves a population of just over 1.2 million people. The San Jose Fire Department serves both San Jose proper and some unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The City of San Jose is located just south of San Francisco and spans approximately 200 square miles of which 3.4 square miles is water. While the city of San Jose was founded in 1777, it was incorporated in 1850, the San Jose Fire Department was established in 1854.
Some of the more significant target hazards include the San Jose International Airport and municipal airport, the San Jose Sharks arena. Other target hazards include commercial railroads, Amtrak, Caltrain and BART rail systems, wildland urban interface, museums, churches, theme parks, various stadiums and arenas, multiple colleges and schools including San Jose State University, multiple shopping malls, freeways, residential and commercial high-rise buildings, large scale manufacturing, technology, major hospitals & medical facilities, waterways and pacific ocean, auditoriums, technology sector companies such as Ebay, PayPal, Adobe and Cisco, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
The San Jose Fire Department’s 2020/2021 operating budget is just over $288 million divided between fire administrative services, field operations, fire prevention, and fire communications.
Total incidents: 91,900 approximate
Approximately 843 sworn and civilian personnel housed in 34 Fire Stations located within 5 battalions.
5 Battalion command vehicles
9 Ladder Trucks
23 Paramedic squads
2 USAR units
1 foam unit
1 light and air unit
3 Water tenders
2 Haz-mat units
7 Airport crash units
7 Type 6 wildland engines