Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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In remembrance, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is honoring the 343 fallen firefighters and all those who lost their lives on the anniversary of 9/11 today by displaying 343 individual American flags representing each FDNY member who perished at all seven Fire Stations in the District. The ones pictured here are at Station 4 on the Alameda

The Fire District is the sponsor of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 whose members were deployed to the World Trade Center and Pentagon immediately after the attacks on 9-11 to assist with the difficult human rescue and recovery phase of the operations.

Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman included a video of the recovery work in a press release he sent out to media.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Lumber truck overturns at Station 1300 construction site in Menlo Park

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A truck carrying a full-load of lumber overturned this morning a little after 7:00 am at the Station 1300 construction site in Menlo Park, tumbling into the underground parking area. The driver of the truck, owned by Channel Lumber, was transported by paramedics to Stanford Hospital with back and shoulder injuries. According to Menlo Fire […]

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Menlo Fire Task Force continues search and damage assessments on big island of Hawai

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Menlo Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman emailed that yesterday [Sunday, Aug. 26), California Task Force 3 Members were assigned remote search areas in the Fern Forest and Mountain View areas outside Hilo, Hawaii, where they conducted home-by-home welfare and area-wide damage assessments under the guidance of Hawaiian Civil Defense Agency.

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Bay Area Task Force re-deployed to the Big Island from Oahu reports Menlo Fire Chief

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Reports Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman: “No sooner did they finish preparing all of their equipment for use, being briefed and brought up to speed by the Honolulu Fire Department, than they received new orders to pack up for immediate re-deployment to the Big Island on Saturday. “I just heard from Battalion Chief Coyle that they anticipate […]

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Update on Menlo Fire’s drone work in Redding

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Menlo Park firefighters and Alameda County sheriffs will be completing their work documenting the damage and destruction caused by the Carr Fire using drones in the skies above the City of Redding today. The Public Safety Drone Teams are using DJI UAS Platforms, all under 50 pounds, to fly half-mile grids, under 200 feet in […]

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Menlo Fire using drones to document damage from Carr Fire

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Multiple public safety drones will be flying over the burnt out and damaged areas of the city of Redding and Shasta County starting today and over the weekend. The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and Alameda County Sheriff’s Department are once again partnering their Drone Programs to assist with aerial damage assessments, mapping and documentation […]

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Menlo Fire Station 6 opens – Chief’s contract renewed for three years

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s new downtown fire station, located at 700 Oak Grove Avenue, is open. “Some people say it’s one of the most attractive fire stations they have ever seen, and neighbors are already enjoying the outside doggie drinking fountain and wood bench. We plan to get 70 years of service out of […]

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Spotted: Menlo Fire drone team participating in Cal-OES simulated earthquake exercises

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Captain Chris Dennebaum, program coordinator for the Menlo Park Fire District’s Drone Team, along with DJI representative Romeo Durscher, were the only ones allowed to operate Drones inside the Sacramento Sleep Train Arena last week, during “Operation Sentinel Response”, one of two Statewide Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) simulated earthquake exercises coupled with a […]

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Noxious chemical smell – first suspected as meth lab – at VA Campus in Menlo Park sickens three workers

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Three people called 911 on Wednesday shortly before noon, reporting that they felt sick after breaking into a locked cabinet inside a second floor apartment. They had been cleaning a one-bedroom apartment of an evicted tenant at a public/private transitional housing project located at 605 Willow Road in Menlo Park at the Veterans Administration (VA) […]

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20 years ago today the oldest and first bridge across the San Francisco Bay caught fire

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Shortly before 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 3, 1998,a fire at, or near, the abandoned Sportsmen’s Gun Club located off of University Avenue at the tip of the City of East Palo Alto was reported to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Acting Battalion Chief (B/C) Harold Schapelhouman (pictured below), now the District’s Fire Chief, […]

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Squirrel is likely culprit in Christmas Eve fire on San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park

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Shortly after 6:00 am this morning, Menlo Fire responded to smoke coming from the roof of a home on San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park where they found a fire burning around the door casing of the front door of the home. The small fire was quickly brought under control, and the rest of the home […]

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