San Francisco Fire Department

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    April 9, 2014

    Swimmers Missing at Ocean Beach

    The San Francisco Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are currently conducting a surf rescue off of the waters of Ocean Beach where two people went missing this afternoon Firefighters dispatched to the beach at 3:53 p.m. The San Francisco Fire Department confirmed to SF Weekly that one person ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Blaze at Boudin's Bakery on the Wharf

    A fire interrupted lunchtime at Boudin's Bakery on the Wharf where tourists were undoubtedly enjoying breadbowls and oysters. Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 1 p.m. which apparently started in the restaurant's flue -- the vent above the oven.

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    June 10, 2013

    Body Found Underneath Ferry Boat at Hyde Street Pier

    Police found an unidentified body this afternoon floating underneath a paddle wheel of the historic Eureka ferryboat at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier on Fisherman's Wharf. According to Gordon Shyy, the San Francisco Maritime Park police found the body at about 12 p.m. with the assistance of the ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Lai Ying Tam Identified as Elderly Woman Found Floating in the Bay

    Authorities confirmed it was 94-year-old Lai Ying Tam whose body was found yesterday morning floating in the water right behind Pier 2 Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department, told reporters that fire crews were called to Pier 2 near Sinbad's Restaurant at about 11 a.m. a ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Sukilena Quin Identified as Woman Killed in Suspicious House Fire

    Medical authorities identified the 66-year-old woman who died in a fire last week as Sukilena Quin, a San Francisco resident. Fire crews were called to the 4300 block of Kirkham Avenue on Thursday at about 6 p.m. on reports of a fire on the second floor of an apartment complex, said Mindy Talmadge ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Donate Your Ethnic Doll and Make a Kid in Need Happy for the Holidays

    Gone are the days of kids pining away for a blonde Barbie. The San Francisco Fire Department is collecting ethnic dolls to give away to ethnic children in need this holiday season. So if you have the time and money you might as well put it to good use and show your face at Don Ramon's Mexican Resta ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Roosevelt Watts Identified as Elderly Man Who Died in Apartment Fire

    Medical authorities have identified the man who was killed in Wednesday morning's apartment fire as 78-year-old Roosevelt Watts of San Francisco. Firefighters were called to the three-story, 12-unit building, located at 65 Cleary Court at about 9:50 a.m. The fire had started on the first floor unit ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Faux Firefighters Are Scamming the Good People of San Francisco

    Remember, your local firefighters are here to help you, not harm you ... The San Francisco Fire Department is warning local residents of a callous scam that's started up again. According to department, one too many residents and businesses have contacted the Fire Department lately complaining that f ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Man Killed in Apartment Fire This Morning

    An unidentified man was killed this morning in a two-alarm fire that started on the bottom floor of an apartment building in the Western Addition. Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the fire started at about 9:50 a.m. at the three-story, 12-unit building, locate ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Pier 29 Fire: Officials Identify Two Possible Causes

    After digging through rubble and ash from the Pier 29 fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon, the San Francisco Fire Department says it has identified two potential causes that sparked the blaze: an electric malfunction, or a glitch in worker equipment.Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The Cost of a Funeral

    Albert Law​Huge red ladder trucks from Alameda were parked along the Embarcadero this morning, and it wasn't difficult to figure out why. It's traditional that firefighters come from miles away to parade their apparatus at funerals. It's also traditional for them to park in front of churches a ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Vincent Perez, Anthony Valerio, S.F. Firefighters Killed in Blaze, to be Honored Friday at Funeral

    Tony Valerio​San Francisco Fire Department will gather on Friday to honor two of their own who were killed while battling a blaze at a Diamond Heights home last week. Lieutenant Vincent Perez, 48, died Thursday after the fire and Anthony "Tony" Valerio, 53, was pronounced dead on Saturday morning. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Fire Department Doesn't Favor White Officers, City Says

    Who's in charge here?​The Civil Service Commission has rejected accusations that the San Francisco Fire Department purged itself of African American supervisors by helping white officers cheat on an advancement test. Now, chief Joanne Hayes-White is free to appoint new, high-scoring assistant chie ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Art Kenney, Fire Official, Didn't Help White Colleague Cheat on Test, Report Says

    Did the Department of Human Resources douse a racial inferno in the Fire Department?​City investigators say Art Kenney, an assistant chief with the San Francisco Fire Department, did not help a white officer get an unfair leg up on a promotion exam, as had been alleged in an earlier complaint.On F ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    SOMA Fire: Bourbon-on-BBQ Origin 'Just a Rumor'

    Jake SwearingenBarbecue to go?​Rumors are swirling on the Internet that yesterday's blaze at the Park Hotel in SOMA was sparked by the moronic one-two punch of barbecuing indoors -- and pouring bourbon onto the coals. That may be, but the San Francisco Fire Department has yet to find any material ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Fire Rages in SOMA

    Much of Mission Bay and SOMA smells like a tinderbox at the moment as a three-alarm fire burns at Russ and Folsom. SF Weekly has dispatched web editor Jake Swearingen to the scene. Our calls to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge have not yet been returned. More when we know mor ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Dude, Where's My Stash? Paramedics Ditch Faulty Narcotics Tracking System.

    When you dip into the paramedics' stash, the world begins to look a little different...​The San Francisco Fire Department's paramedics division, which keeps a stock of federally controlled narcotics for pain control and sedation, will abandon a notebook-based tracking system that had put the drugs ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    San Francisco Wants Homeless People to Shower and Groom

    A shower will get you farther in life than a college degree​Most people who live on the streets or in Portland, Ore., don't take showers -- and it's unsavory. But how can anyone expect a homeless person to find a job that pays them enough to live in an apartment if they don't lather up routinely?S ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

    ​In our cover story this week, we explore the little-publicized form of compensation known as "premium pay" -- a vast range of bonuses available to government employees for performing certain types of work, many of which are in their job descriptions.Categories of premium pay include bonuses for f ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    San Francisco Students Accidentally Eat Rat Poison

    Rat Poison Is Not Good For You​A group of San Francisco middle school students ate a tablet of rat poison that they found on a filing cabinet inside a classroom at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.Mindy Talmadge, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the incident happened a ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Christmas Tree Arson Evacuates Building -- 'Tis the Season

    Fa la la la la...​An arson fire using a Christmas tree as kindling led to a frantic evacuation of an apartment building in Potrero Hill. Nobody was injured, but it was an unpleasant 4:30 a.m. wakeup call for the residents at Connecticut and Wisconsin streets. News reports stated that the Christmas ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Genius Thief Attempts to Steal Fire Department Emergency Vehicle

    Ready to steal...​A thief who will likely never qualify for Mensa failed in his quest earlier this week to steal a highly visible, highly traceable fire department emergency vehicle. The description of the vehicle in question: "A San Francisco Fire Department emergency vehicle; red paint with ligh ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    School of the Epiphany's Gas Leak Scare Just Barbecue Leftovers

    Back to class, kids...​A gas odor that the Excelsior District's School of the Epiphany to evacuate its students onto the playground was just the remnants of a weekend barbecue. School attendants tell SF Weekly that the rectory held a cookout this weekend, but left a propane tank open in the school ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Boogaloos Closes for Several Days Following Fire

    Allan Ferguson/FlickrBoogaloos, in a rare line-free sighting.​As El Tecolote first tweeted, Boogaloos, the breakfast-lunch spot on Valencia and 22nd Street with the perennial line, is temporarily closed due to a fire. According to the public information office for the San Francisco Fire Depa ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    HazMat Teams On Scene at Pier 96 Recycling Facility

    ​Update: "White powder" at recycling facility was Ammonium Phosphate, a fertilizer. See more after the jump. Reports are trickling in of workers at Pier 96 -- the city's recycling sorting facility, which is operated by Recology -- being sickened by some manner of "chemical."Televised images reveal ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Ammonium Phosphate, Which Sickened 12 Workers in S.F., Considered 'Non-Toxic'

    WikipediaKeep this stuff out of your eyes, folks​This morning, SF Weekly reported on the "white powder" that sickened a dozen workers at the Pier 96 recycling facility and sent one to the hospital. While the term "white powder" evokes the very worst post-9/11 memories, the white powder in question ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Tenderloin Fire Started on Roof of Transitional Housing

    ​Yesterday's three-alarm blaze at the Taylor Street Center -- transitional housing for just-released prison inmates 111 Taylor Street in the Tenderloin -- started on the roof, where a construction crew had been working, Bay City News is reporting today.

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    June 9, 2010

    Car Immolated on Potrero Brings Back Bad Memories

    It wasn't quite this bad. We think​ An automobile was set ablaze on Potrero Hill last night, and while it wasn't a portable toilet -- the most infamous item to be regularly burned in San Francisco in recent history, perhaps ever -- there's a history here, too. Was this the work of the infamous c ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Fire Fighter Parks Porsche in Red Zone During Giants Game

    The only official fire business on this day, apparently, was watching the Giants get burned​Last week, complaints about fire fighters improperly using their San Francisco Fire Department parking permits while leaving their cars strewn about town led the department to issue an official memo. Its me ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Baylinks: Tonga Room, Bus Parties, & Bleeding Eyes

    We like, we like to party.​When your bus gets delayed you can pout or you can throw a party. [Muni Diaries]Are you between the ages of 12 and 23? Do you love civic duty? Have we got the non-paying gig for you. [Richmond District]Did somebody bomb Duboce Park? [haighteration]Site hawking San Franci ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Fatal Fire on Golden Gate Avenue

    View Larger MapThe San Francisco Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim of a fatal fire last night on Golden Gate Avenue, but is not releasing the man's name until notification of his family. The fire occurred at about 11 p.m. at 1900 block of Golden Gate Avenue and claimed the single m ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Snuffed Out

    Massive layoffs, internal conflict, and decreasing morale have all contributed to a less effective arson unit.

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    January 12, 2010

    'Tis the Season -- For Bastards to Ignite Discarded Christmas Trees

    If San Franciscans were in the habit of stacking boxes of unexploded shells, TNT cartridges, jerrycans of kerosene, and half-full bottles of Everclear outside their homes, it might be something residents saw fit to complain about. It might even force Gavin Newsom to say "I get it" a few times whil ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Do We Know How Many Spare Fire Rigs S.F. Has? Maybe. Will We Be Getting Money For Any More? Don't Count On It.

    There's one! Count it! ​ Fire rigs are big, red, and noisy. You'd think that counting them would be a task roughly as difficult as tracking a bleeding elephant in the snow. Well, you'd be wrong. Last week, SF Weekly broke the story that, down to its last two spare rigs, the San Francisco Fire Depa ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Burned: San Francisco Spurns State's Plea to Send Fire Strike Team to Battle SoCal Blaze

    ​While much of Southern California is currently blazing away like an old Christmas tree, we've got a little bit of a fire going on up here in San Francisco, too. It's a four-alarm blaze under John Hanley's collar. The head of the San Francisco firefighter's union is incensed that the SFFD has spur ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009
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    January 21, 2009

    Are Firefighters Being Poisoned By Their Pants (Held Up With Red Suspenders)?

    The joke referenced in the headline is most definitely not funny. But you know what's even less funny? Heavy metal poisoning. Firefighters in Boca Raton have persuaded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an investigation to determine whether flame-retardant pants are a contribut ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2007

    Where There's Smoke

    Yet more allegations of racism and mismanagement reveal smoldering tensions within the Fire Department

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2003

    Board President

    Smile, Thrasher loves you

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    May 21, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of May 21, 2003

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    May 14, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of May 14, 2003

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    April 30, 2003


    The Fire Department is a bloated fiscal mess that, thanks to union politics, won't face the budget cuts it should

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    November 7, 2001

    Firehouse Blues

    Firefighters are wondering why the renovation of two stations was awarded to a contractor with a history of construction problems

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    August 9, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Geez, Someone Didn't Get His Nap; New Design Gets Two Thumbs Up; Pouring Fuel on the Fire; Girls in the System

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    July 26, 2000

    Pants on Fire

    How the San Francisco Fire Department turned a manageable house fire into a lethal disaster -- and then tried to cover up its firefighting mistakes

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    December 8, 1999

    Manifest Destiny

    The Fire Department finds the easiest way to park in SOMA -- a land grab

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    October 29, 1997
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    August 20, 1997
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    June 4, 1997

    Dream Job

    Do you like sleeping, eating, shopping, reading, TV watching, Internet surfing, large amounts of overtime pay, and small amounts of actual work? You may have a future as a dispatcher for the San Francisco Fire Department.

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    April 3, 1996

    The Fire Next Time

    As a civil rights advocate, Bob Demmons called in the federal government to end racism in the Fire Department. Now that he's chief, he has to remove federal control and prove that firefighters can manage race relations on their own.

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