SVVFD Assistant Chief Jerry Serpa, SCFSC President

Jerry SerpaTwenty-eight Year Fire Veteran New SCFSC Director
Fire Captain Jerry Serpa all-around volunteer
Published in February 2007 SCFSC Newsletter

Three new Directors were recently elected to SCFSC's Board of Directors: CDF (CAL FIRE) Fire Captain Nick Ciardella, Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department Fire Captain Jerry Serpa, and San Jose Fire Department Fire Captain and Wildland Officer, Jose Guerrero. The three, who have already contributed much in the way of expertise and energy to the council, bring their significant fire fighting and fire prevention experience to the Board.

Jerry Serpa is one of SCFSC's three new directors. He is absolutely a natural for the position! His roots in San Jose's East Foothills and his experiences growing up here make him a perfect choice.

Jerry has been involved in firefighting for 28 years. He says that as a child he helped his dad at a ranch on Sierra Road putting out wildfires with wet burlap sacks. You might find him even today extinguishing fires on Sierra Road in his role as a Fire Captain for the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Jerry spent his first 40 years living in the Alum Rock neighborhood where he attended James Lick High School. He earned his Firefighter I degree from Mission College. Clear back in 1978, he applied as a seasonal firefighter for CDF only to find himself hired for the next ten seasons.

Since 1989, Jerry has worked for the California Office of Emergency Services and is currently a paid call Fire Captain for them. He began his "day job" the same year at Motion Industries in Santa Clara where he's in inside sales. Somehow over the years, he has managed to find time to be on hand at "many large fires all over the state," he says.

His busyness being both a paid and a volunteer firefighter has not kept him from having a "life" including spending spare time with his girlfriend Lori and her son William. Jerry even coaches Little League!

A Milpitas resident for the last seven years, Jerry works closely with Milpitas Fire, San Jose Fire and CDF. He says he enjoys being part of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and the feeling is decidedly mutual. Jerry faithfully brings his smiling face and bright can-do attitude to many of the volunteer activities in which the Council takes part.

Thank you, Jerry, for your commitment to the Council and its mission of "Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires."

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