150TH SO FAR…
The SFFD 150th Anniversary Kick-off event on April the 18th was attended by many dignitaries and members of our community.
On April the 18th, the San Francisco Fire Department held the 150th Anniversary Kick-off event in Union Square. It was attended by many dignitaries, retired and active SFFD members, as well as members of our community. Pictured above is FF/Caungula who Climbed the 65 foot ladder for the Community and the world to see.
San Francisco City Mayor Edwin Lee speaking at the SFFD 150th Anniversary Kick-off event on April the 18th, 2016.
Chief Joanne Hayes-White with Senator Mark Leno displaying the SFFD 150th Anniversary Proclamation.
Local 798 President Tom O’Connor giving commemorative remarks at the April 18th SFFD 150th Anniversary Kick-off with other City, State and Federal dignitaries.
President of the San Francisco Fire Commission Francee Covington giving remarks at the April 18th Kick-off.
Chief Joanne Hayes White and dignitaries observing the SFFD Color Guard at the SFFD 150th Anniversary Kick-off.
This year would not be possible without our sponsors, pictured above is PGE handing out free safety kits to the public at the SFFD 150th kick-off on April 18th.
SFFD CHIEF ENGINEER HISTORICAL PANEL
On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, the SFFD held the Chief Engineer Historical Panel as part of the 150th Anniversary year long celebrations. Attendees were able to meet and listen to the members who have served as Chief Engineer of the San Francisco Fire Department in the past and present. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Belva Davis. Panelists included the following:
Retired Chief Edward Phipps
Retired Chief Frederick Postel
Retired Chief Robert L. Demmons
Retired Chief Paul Tabacco
Retired Chief Mario Treviño
Current Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White
Fire Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo
Retired Fire Commission Secretary Raymond Connors
2016 EMS WEEK
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. This year’s theme is “Call to Care”. To learn more, visit www.emsstrong.org
On May the 20th, Chief Joanne Hayes-White wanted to do something commemorative for our EMS members, and private EMS 911 providers. A gracious donation by the San Francisco Fire Credit Union www.sffcu.org was secured to provide a day long BBQ for all morning, afternoon and evening crews. Thank you to the SFFCU and all the members who helped to make this a success.
City Hall was lit up in EMS colors to commemorate EMS week.
On May 19th, 2016, SFFD, DEM, AMR, King American, and many more EMS providers celebrated to honor the 50th Anniversary of Emergency Medical Services, as well as the 2016 National EMS Week at Civic Center Plaza. Hundreds of citizens attended this event and were able to learn Hands Only CPR, view a display of Ambulances, Fire MCU’s, and the new MCU Buses. Thank you to members who showed up on-duty and off-duty to make this event a success.
SFUSD’S SPECIAL OLYMPICS
On May 13, 2016, members of the San Francisco Fire Department participated in the annual San Francisco Unified School District’s Special Olympics Track and Field Competition at Kezar Pavilion. The SF Fire Veterans’ Association led the Opening Ceremonies with the SFFD Color Guard that was met with cheers from the excited audience of more than 600 children and their families. Many off-duty members volunteered their time to ensure the success of this event for the deserving school kids.
Our 1961 American LaFrance “Turbo Chief” was filled with children throughout the day, simulating fire crews responding to working fires. To commemorate our Department’s 150th Anniversary, the Bureau of Fire Prevention handed out Fire Helmets, Decals and Coloring Books. Special thanks to the United Fire Service Women, Fire Veterans’ Association, SF Fire Reserves and to the crews of Rescue 1, Engine 12, Truck 12 and Engine 21 for being part of this great event. A true sense of pride and community was displayed by our Department that day and also created memories for these children and their families.
VOLUNTEER DAY AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK – AUGUST 23RD, 2016
SFFD 150TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PARADE – SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016
ANNUAL POLICE/FIRE MASS AT ST. MONICA’S CHURCH – SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2016
COMMISIONING OF SFFD FIREBOAT #3 – ST. FRANCIS – OCTOBER 17TH, 2016