Public Safety in Almaden Valley
Updated April 2013
Bob Boydston, Past AVCA President
and Trent Engler, AVCA Public Safety Advisor

Fire Department

The Almaden Valley has the services of two fire engine companies located at Bose Lane and on McKean Road.  Each station has four firefighters on duty, twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.  A minimum of one firefighter at each station is a paramedic; the others are Emergency Medical Technicians.

Eighty-five percent of the emergency calls are for medical reasons; the rest are fires.  The job of the engine companies, in case of a fire, is to bring and apply water.  The Bose Lane engine company is Station 22 which is located across Camden Avenue from the Almaden Library.  The McKean Road engine company is Station 28 which is located on McKean Road near Harry Road.

For jobs involving people trapped in collapsed buildings or automobiles, a fire truck company is called with assistance from the other engine companies.  The fire truck company is located at Pearl and Branham, and consists of four firefighters with special training in operation of special rescue equipment and power tools.  This fire truck on Pearl Avenue also carries a 100-foot aerial ladder and other rescue equipment.

Station 22 responds on over 1,000 Emergency calls a year, while the McKean Road Station 28 responds to about 500 Emergencies every year.

When a structure fire is dispatched, San Jose sends 3 Engines, 2 Truck Companies, 2 Chiefs, and 1 Paramedic Supervisor for a total of 23 Firefighters.  San Jose currently has 33 Fire Stations, but several more are being built as San Jose continues to grow.

A nice example of the good work done by the fire department is shown at the Web site that features fires throughout the San Jose area.

See the section of the San Jose Web site about the Fire Department.    See a list of fire station locations.

Police Department

The San Jose Police Department has one officer assigned to the area of Redmond Avenue south and another officer assigned to Blossom Hill Road south to Redmond Avenue.  One sergeant is assigned to supervise these officers in the Almaden Valley area.

Rural Metro is the County Ambulance Company.  They stage an ambulance near the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill Road to respond to all medical emergencies in the Almaden Valley area.  There are a total of 55 ambulances available in Santa Clara Country.