Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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Members of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will visit the Belle Have Branch Library (413 Ivy Dr.) for  a fire safety show-and-tell on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. This is an opportunity to meet some of Menlo’s firefighters and have a close-up look at a fire engine.

No registration is necessary. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District was formed in 1915. The first firehouse was a small wooden structure at Santa Cruz Avenue and Merrill Street, and the first “fire engine” was actually a horse-drawn wagon.

Today, the District has a fleet of specialized units, and seven stations that are strategically placed to provide the most efficient response times. The District responds to approximately 8,500 emergencies a year, with about 60% of them being emergency medical incidents.

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Menlo Fire and US Coast Guard demonstrate cooperation in exercise on air and water rescue

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the United States Coast Guard regularly work together on water and mud rescues and recoveries in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay. The Fire District has operated a unique and specialized Air Boat needed for shallow water or mud conditions as part of their mission for […]

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100-year-old oak topples, narrowly missing Menlo Park Fire District Station 3

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A giant oak with a base trunk circumference of 138 inches and estimated to be over 100 years old gently laid over at an angle almost intentionally avoiding contact with the Fire District’s Station 3 located in the Town of Atherton Monday night. Last June, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District purchased the 39,640 square foot residential […]

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Postal vehicle fire disrupts mail service to Suburban Park residents

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The US Postal Services unofficial motto is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” but that routine was interrupted yesterday when a mail carrier’s vehicle caught fire in the Suburban Park area of Menlo Park. When Menlo Park Fire Engine 5 arrived […]

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Hundreds expected at funeral mass for three young men killed Halloween night on Skyline

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A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 pm today, Thursday, Nov. 9, at Nativity Church (210 Oak Grove Avenue) in Menlo Park for Matthew Cruz, Andrew Gonzales and Ricky Torres, followed by a procession to Skylawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm. A joint memorial and viewing service held was Wednesday evening at Nativity to an […]

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Two of the teens killed earlier this week were Fire Explorers – Menlo Park Fire District mourns the loss of promising lives

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The three teenagers — Ricardo Torres, 19; Andrew Gonzales, 19; and Matthew  Cruz, 18 — who were killed in a vehicle accident on Halloween night on southbound Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) were not only very close friends, two belonged to Fire Explorer Post 109 sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, and one was the oldest son […]

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Menlo Park Fire District revives nighttime fire fighting demonstration after 16 year absence

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To cap off its 100th anniversary celebration, the Menlo Park Fire District held a nighttime fire fighting demonstration at its headquarters on Middlefield Avenue on Friday night (Oct. 27). The last nighttime demonstration, a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, was held 16 years ago,  It was particularly popular during the 1950’s when Menlo Park […]

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Menlo fire fighters and district officials gather for official 100th anniversary photo

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Fire fighters and district officials of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District gathered this morning for an official 100th anniversary portrait, seen above from a drone perspective. Emails Jim Lewis of the Menlo Park Historical Association: “The Fire District took a similar photo for their 75th year anniversary and again at their 90th. They are […]

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Dog alerts Atherton resident to house fire before alarm sounds

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Menlo Park Fire District Engines 3, 4, 6 along with Truck and Battalion 1 battled a single story residential structure fire early Wednesday morning, Oct. 18. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and reported that it had extended into the homes entry way, a bedroom and was spreading into vegetation next to the carport. Battalion Chief […]

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Menlo Park Fire Department’s Night of Lights returns after a 16 year absence

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A fire fighting demonstration held at night returns for the first time in 16 years on Friday, October 27, to cap off the Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s 100-year anniversary. The event will take place at the District headquarters, 300 Middlefield Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. There will be rope rappelling, a movie with a […]

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More local fire personnel and equipment headed to North Bay

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Fire Agencies from throughout San Mateo County have stepped up to send any available additional personnel and apparatus to fires in the North Bay and northern California. Early Thursday morning, four more Engines from Belmont and Central County Fire Departments along with the Menlo Park and Woodside Fire Protection Districts combined with a Fire Crew […]

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