Csmeadphotography | About

Welcome! I am Chris Smead, volunteer fire photographer. This site is dedicated to those who serve and protect in the San Jose Fire Department, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire Department, and Cal Fire. My goal is to share these experiences with those who may not be aware of the intensity of a scene, the amazing communication used to control a fire, and the dedication and bravery of the fire fighters. The struggle and determination found on the faces of these heroes serve as a great example of how selfless a human being can be.


The following people have in one way or another helped me to pursue my goals of capturing the images of those serving in the fire department. A huge thanks to the following members of the San Jose Fire Department for their support and assistance:

  • Chief Robert Sapien
  • Chief Rob Brown
  • Captain Mike Van Elgort
  • Captain Sean Lovens
  • Chief Chuck Rangel 
  • Chief Juan Diaz 
  • Chief Jose Guerrero
  • John McMillian​

And the following individuals in my life who have supported my passion and work:

  • Barbara Smead
  • Pardis Khosravi
  • Jennifer Mcneil
  • Jeff Mcneil
  • David Rose
  • Rob Paveo
  • Ryan Rich
  • David Wood
  • Craig Rose
  • John Haak


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