SAN JOSE (BCN) — San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo promised to carry a public listening to to deal with communication points that led to over 350 individuals having to be rescued by firefighters from their flooded houses on Tuesday.
“The bureaucratic finger-pointing stops in the present day,” Liccardo stated at a information convention Friday morning. “This occurred in my metropolis. I’m accountable. I don’t care what any paperwork or another company believed they did or didn’t do. It occurred in our metropolis. We’re accountable.”
Liccardo, Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and 5 members of Metropolis Council have been at Hearth Station 34, the bottom for the hearth division’s City Search and Rescue Workforce, bringing espresso and donuts and formally thanking first responders who led the rescue operation.
“Our firefighters saved greater than 350 residents in peril with none critical damage, with none lack of life,” Liccardo stated. “This was distinctive work by dozens of firefighters working a number of shifts with little or no sleep.”
“We have been capable of take 20 individuals at a trip. The youngest have been newborns. The oldest have been pushing one hundred years previous,” Worldwide Affiliation of Hearth Fighters Native 230 president Sean Kaldor stated on the convention.”
“A number of individuals have been taken from wheelchairs into these boats. We had the bodily disabled, the training disabled, and cats, and canine, and birds and full households crammed into these boats,” Kaldor stated.
Different response assist got here from San Jose police, Cal Hearth, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Workplace and hearth division, the town and county workplaces of emergency providers, the Purple Cross and volunteers, hearth Chief Curtis Jacobson stated.
Hearth Station 34 staffs eight firefighters who reply to three,000 calls a yr, Kaldor stated. Fifty San Jose firefighters are educated for in-water rescue.
“For this storm, we had sixteen educated swift water rescue personnel on obligation, and even after these personnel had carried out a whole lot of rescues over forty eight hours, we held them for an additional 24 hours in order that we had elevated our capability to 32 educated rescuers,” Kaldor stated.
Dozens of different firefighters notified residents, carried out decontamination and offered medical care.
The Santa Clara County sheriff’s dive staff and the Santa Clara County Hearth Division’s City Search and Rescue workforce, in addition to a Cal Hearth helicopter crew offered additional help, Kaldor stated.
On Tuesday morning, firefighters rescued various individuals who woke as much as…