Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection Districts UAS/Drone Team is working for the Butte County Sheriffs Department along with personnel from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Sheriffs’ Departments and the Union City and San Francisco Police Departments to provide aerial damage assessment mapping for the City of Paradise, Migalia and other areas of Butte County.

On Friday, the District’s eight-member Drone Team concentrated on theCity of Paradise. .

Today (November 18), the eight-member Menlo UAS/Drone Team is capturing aerial imagery and damage assessments for the community of Migalia.

“The guys know that this one hits close to home for me,” said Menlo Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.”One of our Engine crews out on a Strike Team already sent me the street view of my parents’ destroyed former home (both passed away several years ago). It felt like getting punched in the stomach when I saw it, but then you immediately think about everyone else who lost so much more, including their lives.

“Neither Migalia nor Paradise were ever my home, but my parents loved living there after they left the Bay Area, and it was always so relaxing to visit them, minus my normal punch list of small repairs and maintenance items that always seemed to be waiting for me. Like so many people who cashed out their Bay Area homes, they found a beautiful community, good friends, and a much quieter pace of life in retirement. No one could have ever imagined it would turn into hell on earth.”

In a statement about how people can help survivors, the American Red Cross reminded potential donors that while  people are inclined to give items like clothes, shoes, food and household items, the reality is cash donations are best.

You can help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

Photos courtesy of Menlo Fire; top shows Menlo Fire UAS/Drone Team Members Captain Jason Martin, Engineer Kevin White and UAS Intern Jack McCandles fly over the devastated City of Paradise on Friday

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Spotted: 1899 Fire House being moved to its new location in Menlo Park

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We were in downtown Menlo Park at the right time this morning and saw the top portion of Menlo Park Fire District’s 1899 Fire House being moved to its new home near Fire Station 6 on Oak Grove Ave. The 119-year-old “Carriage House” is one of the oldest Fire Houses in California. The Fire House was […]

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The Menlo Park Fire District’s first Fire Station was built in 1919 and paid for by the War Department that supported Camp Fremont, which was training Army soldiers for World War I. At one point the Camp supported 28,000 soldiers, thousands of horses and mules, and 1,125 mostly temporary (flammable), wood buildings. A fire at […]

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Menlo Park Deputy Fire Chief checks in from Paradise, reporting widespread devastation

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Texting 911, as well as calling, is now an option in San Mateo County

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Eating pancakes and climbing on fire trucks makes for fun morning in Menlo Park

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Ethanol, not cyanide, is culprit that sickens UPS driver yesterday in Menlo Park

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Responding to a medical aid call yesterday, Menlo Park Fire District personnel found a 41-year-old male next to a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery vehicle. He identified himself as the driver and stated that he believed that he had been exposed to some type of chemical spill inside the back of the vehicle. The UPS driver was transported […]

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Annual Pancake Breakfast at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters set for Oct. 6

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