SJS Squad 4
San Jose Fire Department responded to reports of a garage fire on Topaz Ave in May 2012. First in units reported the house well ablaze and the Delta exposure already ablaze. A second alarm was immediately struck.
The fire continued to threaten an exposure on the Charlie side, and a 3rd alarm was called to deal with the out of control fire.
The house of origin was destoyed while two adjacent properties suffered various levels of damage as a result of the blaze. 7 people were displaced, but there were no reported injuries.
In May 2012 San Jose Fire Department introduced a Trial Squad program. The 5 Squad units replace the old Rescue Medics and Light Units San Jose used to run, using the Rescue Medic rigs. Unlike their predecessors which were attached to Truck Companies as Satellite rigs, Squads will be dispatched on their own and handle all EMS Alpha and EMS Bravo level calls, as well as Lock outs and Hydrant calls and so on. The intent is to reduce the wear on the larger Engines and Trucks responding to minor medical calls.
The Squads are ALS level ambulances, and are staffed by two people. In addition to the responses indicated above Squads are dispatched to pick up Air Unit 30 or Command Van One when required for large fire incidents. This vehicle is a 2002 MedicMaster/ALF built ambulance on a Freightliner FL70 chassis.
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