Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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Aerial photos and video taken by a drone on Friday, March 17, show progress on building the new downtown Fire Station on Oak Grove Avenue, scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Piloted by Captain Tony Eggimann, the drone provides a unique view of the new station’s concrete footings being poured in place, which will provide an anchor for the building’s walls.

In recent months, Captain Eggimann has flown the District’s drone for Search, Rescue and Recovery missions in the Bay, inspected bridge damage during a rain storm at the San Francisquito Creek and Highway 101, and in Sacramento where the Swift Water Rescue Team was deployed into the Central Valley.

“We now have four different drone platforms and six pilots who can operate them,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.  “We just applied to the FAA for an expanded authorization to fly at night and over crowds. We continue to find new ways to use this incredible technology”.

You can watch the video here.

Photo and video courtesy Menlo Fire UAV/Drone Program

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Menlo Park Fire District partners with local company to develop drone capabilities during emergencies

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Menlo Park Fire District  Chief Harold Schapelhouman recently received authorization from the Fire Board to officially partner with Matternet, Inc. to collaboratively explore drone options for delivery during emergencies. The Menlo Park-based company develops autonomous drone logistics systems. The Fire District officially started its drone program in 2014 and was one of the first emergency response agencies […]

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Fatal accident occurred early this morning on Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park

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Update: The San Mateo County Coroner’s office identified the victim as 26-year-old Newark resident Jonathan Ferguson, according to the San Mateo County coroner’s office. At approximately 3:14 am this morning (3/4), Menlo Park Police officers and Menlo Fire responded to a single vehicle fatal injury accident on Eastbound SR 84 (Bayfront Expressway) east of Chilco Street. The vehicle […]

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Potential flooding in state keeps Menlo Park Fire Districts Swift Water Rescue Team in demand

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Just over a week ago the Menlo Park Fire Districts Swift Water Rescue Team was deployed to Oroville in the event of a dam failure. More recently, the Rescue Team was strategically staged at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento (pictured) in case of flooding, levee failure, or any other type of technical water-related emergency as deemed by the Governor’s […]

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Menlo Park firefighters sent to Central Valley as part of state-sponsored Swift Water Rescue Teams

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Fourteen Menlo Park Firefighters, one group of nine state-sponsored Swift Water Rescue Teams, arrived in Sacramento after midnight last. They are being staged at McClellan Air Force base, awaiting potential water rescues during this latest winter storm. The team is equipped with three inflatable boats and two power water craft. A week ago the team was deployed to Oroville […]

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Bad car damage, thankfully little human damage, following head-on collision in Menlo Park today

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There was a head-on collision today shortly after 1:00 pm on Chilco Street near Fire Station 77 in Menlo Park. Both occupants of the automobiles survived the crash. Captain Jeff Schreiber and the crew of Menlo Engine 77 arrived on-scene at 1.06 pm and found that a Volkswagen Sedan and BMW 325 Sedan had collided head-on […]

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Menlo Fire stays busy during recent series of winter storms that brought rain and wind

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During the last series of winter storms, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to 168 emergencies that were received through 911 calls. Crews came across other unofficial incidents as they drove around their first-response areas. Of weather-related significance were two power pole fires, 13 wires down, 13 trees down, nine public assist water-related and nine alarm soundings due […]

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Ceremonial ground breaking for new Fire Station 6 in Menlo Park

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A ceremonial ground breaking for the new fire station at 700 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park took place today, attended by city officials, council members and fire district personnel. The old Fire Station 6 was opened in 1953, two years after a new main fire station was opened in 1951 next door to Saint Patricks’ Seminary […]

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Fire on Selby Lane in Atherton damages garage and deck

Update: “Our investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was fireplace ashes that were removed from the home two days ago and placed in a cardboard box that was left on a table on a back patio table next to the home,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. “We believe that this was an accidental […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park Firefighters Honor Guard at Foster Farm Bowl

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The Menlo Park Fire District and Firefighters Association Honor Guard posted the colors for the playing of the National Anthem at the Foster Farms Bowl Football Game at Levi Stadium yesterday. From left to right: Fire/Engineer Dave Bragg – USMC Gulf War 1 Veteran, Fire/Paramedic Scott Johnson, Captain John Wurdinger – USMC Veteran, Captain/Paramedic Rob Johnson, Retired Fire/Engineer Ken Steele, Fire/Engineer Eric […]

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Menlo Park Fire hires twenty new firefighters after rigorous training

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The Menlo Park Fire District has hired 20 new firefighters and firefighter/paramedics over the last year, the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980’s, if ever. The 20 new personnel represent almost a quarter of the 90 safety, or line staff personnel, who respond to 9,000 emergencies per year and live […]

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