Few San Jose firefighters live close to city

September 13, 2010 5:36:35 AM PDT
The San Bruno fire has ignited new concerns in San Jose over its firefighting capabilities.

Only one out of four San Jose firefighters live in the city and barely a third even live in Santa Clara County.

The rest reside in towns as far away as Chico and South Lake Tahoe, one lives in Idaho.

Some council members say this means the city can't get timely help from off-duty firefighters, in a major emergency.

Some have proposed that new hires live within 50 miles of the city.


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