Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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The 81 person Bay Area Urban Search and Rescue Task Force is returning home from Florida, a 2,465 mile journey back to Menlo Park with a convoy of two buses, 11 vehicles seven equipment trailers, and over 60,000 pounds of Search and Rescue equipment.

The team was staged at Eglin Air Force Base where they rode out Hurricane Irma along with other FEMA Task Forces from San Diego, Nebraska and New Jersey, all whom are also returning home.

“The team filled its time preparing for any type of potential Search and Rescue mission and also used the opportunity to conduct small group and full team training sessions,” said Mike Shaffer of the Menlo Park Fire District, a veteran of the team’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

Photo of Task Force Leaders Mike Shaffer (left) and Joe Crivello (right) presenting Eglin Air Force Base Commander Brigadier General Evan Dertien (center) with a team memento signed by every member of the Task Force courtesy of Menlo Fire

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Fire stations in Menlo Park remember those who died on 9/11

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Flags are on display today at all Menlo Park Fire District Fire Stations to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY Firefighters who lost their lives responding to the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11 16 years ago. A week after the attack, Fire District-sponsored Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 would travel to New […]

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CA-TF3 currently headed to Florida in response to Hurricane Irma

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Reports Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman: “30 Personnel left early Friday morning at 2:00 am with vehicles and equipment as part of a convoy traveling across the country. “51 Personnel left Saturday morning at 4:00 am in two buses. They hope to catch up to the equipment convoy. “The current destination is Eglin […]

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Spotted: Task Force 3 headed home from Texas

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Fifteen members of the California Water Rescue Team known as Task Force 3 based out of Menlo Park posed for one last group photo before leaving Katy, Texas, today at noon and heading back to the Bay Area. The Firefighters, representing the Menlo Park Fire District, Palo Alto, Central San Mateo County, San Mateo, San […]

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Fire Station #6 in downtown Menlo Park is taking shape

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The structural steel and the metal framing is near completion, and the outline of the new 8,300 square foot, two-story new fire station #6 is now easily seen on Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park The completely non-combustible structural steel and aluminum framing components were all made in the United States as specified by the Fire District’s buy American clause in […]

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Menlo Fire rescues man from basement under construction in Atherton

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For the second time in the last nine months, Menlo Park Firefighters used specialized rescue techniques and technical rope and rigging equipment to safely remove a construction worker from a large residential construction projects basement, after the 33-year-old male worker fell from an incomplete first floor assembly. On April 21, 2017, Firefighters on Menlo Engine 3 were dispatched […]

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Update on various Menlo Park Fire Protection District news & activities

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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 […]

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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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