Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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Lots of news coming from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, thanks to updates from Chief Harold Schaplehouman.

Community meeting in Belle Haven

There will be a community meeting on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at Fire Station 77 located at 1467 Chilco Street to discuss the future of essential fire and emergency services in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and the M2 areas.

Fire Chief Schapelhouman will explain the current emergency services deployment in Belle Haven, the strategic location of Fire Station 77, the impact on fire services due to the current and future expansion, growth, and development in the M2 area as well as the limited fire station location options in the Belle Haven and M2 areas.

Progress continues on Fire Station 6 despite rainy winter

Fire Station 6, located at 700 Oak Grove Avenue, in downtown Menlo Park is almost ready to go up. General Contractor Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Company has finished all of the preparation of the underground utilities and seismically-rated concrete footings strengthened with reinforced steel rebar. On Friday, A week ago, the contractor finished pouring and finishing the concrete slab floors for the new Fire Station.

This winters constant rain has delayed the project by about two months but the contractor has recently managed to reduce that by about half. The Fire Station  is still on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Eight firefighters pass a one-year probationary period

Earlier this month, eight Menlo Park Firefighters are sworn in at Fire Station 1 as full time and permanent employees after successfully completing a rigorous twelve-month probationary period. They are (left to right) Brett Bates, Norman Bolanos, Sean Cole, William Fitzsimmons, Joseph Foster, James Kanzler, Alexander Perlstein and Charles Washington.

They started the Joint County Fire Academy in September of 2015, finishing the Fire Academy in December, and starting the probationary period. Prior to attending the Fire Academy, they taken entry level written exams, had oral interviews, underwent psychological and medical evaluations as well as polygraph and background reviews prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment.

Fire District rated a Class 2 Fire Agency

Menlo Park Fire was recently rated a Class 2 Fire agency under the Insurance Services Organizations (ISO) Publication Protection Classification (PPC) system after a review that began six months ago and culminated with a presentation and report to the Fire Board asking them to accept the report and rating last week.

Nationwide, ISO evaluates and grades 46,042 fire agencies using a newly updated Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) every four years. Agencies are assigned as a 1 – 10 classification rating, with 1 being considered superior and a 2 being very good.

“The Fire District maintaining a class 2 rating is good for residential and business owners because it affects the cost of insurance they purchase,” Fire Chief Schapelhouman said. “Nationwide only 241 fire agencies have earned a class 1 rating and 1,324 were rated as a class 2 Fire Agency. That places the Fire District in the top 3.42% of all fire agencies rated by ISO in the United States and that’s something to be proud of.”

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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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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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Firefighters bid adieu to downtown fire station

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Retired Menlo Park Firefighter Dave Carr and Chief Ollie Brown stood across the street from Fire Station 6 in Menlo Park on Monday (11/28/16) as it was torn down to make way for a new modern and larger emergency fire facility, estimated to be completed by May of 2018. Carr was assigned to Fire Station 6 located at […]

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Menlo Fire makes a second dramatic mid-air rescue within a few months

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Two workers were safely rescued from lift basket some 80 feet in the air yesterday by Menlo Park Firefighters. In the early afternoon, Engine 2 was dispatched to 1315 OBrien Drive in Menlo Park on a report of two men trapped on an elevated platform that had malfunctioned. When they arrived, they could see two men […]

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A new Fire Station 6 is coming to downtown Menlo Park

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Last week, the Menlo Park Fire Protection Board of Directors authorized the rebuilding of Fire Station 6 located on Oak Grove Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. General Contractor Gonsalves and Stronck was awarded a “not to exceed” contract for $7,547,400 as the lowest, qualified bidder. Menlo Park Firefighters assigned to that station have moved out of the old […]

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Menlo Fire makeshift “sky crane” lifts injured man from construction site

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Menlo Park Firefighters responded to 1650 Oak Avenue in Menlo Park on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1.42 pm to a report of a construction worker who had accidentally fallen into a basement under construction at the site. Upon their arrival at 1.49 pm, firefighters located the conscious male victim in a corner of an […]

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Squirrel knocks out power to 1,700 customers in Menlo Park trapping two people in elevators

An explosion and a fire alarm Tuesday evening at 1275 Crane Street was followed by a broader power outage, with people calling out that they were trapped in an elevator. Local residents on Crane Street told Fire Captain Seth Johnson that they heard a loud explosion, the power immediately went out in the area, and they found a […]

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Menlo Park Fire begins its official 100th anniversary celebration today

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Today, June 27, 2016, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District begins the official journey into its 100th anniversary. On this date in 1916, 100 residents voted in favor — and 58 against — to establish a “Fire Company” in Menlo Park. A petition had been submitted to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to establish a […]

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Menlo Park Fire District celebrates 100th anniversary with parade on May 21

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The Menlo Park Fire District’s 100-year anniversary parade is being held on Saturday, May 21, starting at 10 am on Santa Cruz Avenue. Among the highlights: – The Fire District’s 1899 Hose Wagon will be pulled by a team of two horses, the first time in 25 years that has occurred. The Hose Wagon is the oldest piece […]

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