|SFFD Staged at LODD scene|
Credit: screenshot from NBC video
|SFFD-LODD-Diamond heights home fire scene|
|SFFD briefing at Diamond heights home fire scene|
Perez first fought blazes in the Mission district, where he was born and raised. Two of his brothers also work in public safety, as police officers in Oakland and San Francisco.
Fellow firefighters used to call Perez “Creature” because he would get up late at night and rummage around the station refrigerator looking for food. “He’d eat dinner before dinner, and dinner after dinner,” O’Connor recalled. “He’d have five meals a night.”
A flashover engulfed Vincent and two other Firefighters during firefighting operations at a diamond heights house fire, the same flash-over seriously injured FF Anthony Valerio.
Valerio is a veteran paramedic with a passion for medicine. He cross-trained as a firefighter after paramedics were transferred to the Fire Department in 1997.
When he isn’t working, he’d be surfing or kayaking the beaches of Pacifica. Despite thinning hair, the free-spirited veteran never shed his ponytail.
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“It’s especially difficult in the Twin Peaks area, where houses are basically upside-down,” “You have to approach a fire by going on top of it.” - said Tom O’Connor, president of Firefighters Local 798.
Note: Flashover -Situation when the heat in a room reaches ignition point and turns all the flammables into fuel at once.