New Research Report on First Responder Suicides Released

The mental and physical well-being of first responders is now considered a top priority by police and fire departments across the nation. The Association has made coping with trauma-related impacts a priority for its members. A new research report that analyzes suicide among first responders was published in the Journal of Safety Research this Spring.

The study provides comparisons of first-responder and non-first-responder suicides, including prevalence and issues preceding suicide. You can read the study by clicking here.

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SJFD Honor Guard Services Available to Retirees

We want to remind our members of the services available to you as a retired member of the San Jose Fire or Police Department. The San Jose Fire Department Honor Guard honors the service and sacrifice of active and retired SJFD members upon their passing. The Honor Guard works in cooperation with churches and clergy, funeral home services, military honor guards and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Honor Guard services are free of charge; the only request is a “Letter/Email of Appreciation” to the Fire Chief.

Honor Guard services include:

  • Presentation of Colors (flags and tools).
  • Bell rung in accordance to last engine/truck assignment.
  • Bagpiper to march with the procession.
  • If available, the SJFD fire station closest to the service may provide an engine or truck company to stage outside at the start service.

For more information or to make arrangements, please contact F.E. Darryl Poblete, Director of Honor Guard services at (510) 304-4795 or via email at Alternatively, you may also contact F.E. (Retired) Jeff Una’Dia at (408) 461-6463 or via email at

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