Menlo Park Fire

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Members of Task Force 3, one of eight California State Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) Task Forces and one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Teams, headed to Texas this evening (8/27) on a 28-hour plus drive.

The Team deployed with a convoy of five vehicles and 10 boats in trailers from Menlo Park Fire District’s Special Operations Warehouse in Menlo Park at 6:00 pm Sunday evening. They were already in contact with other teams ahead of them to find out the best and open travel routes.

The Task Force is a blend of multiple Bay Area Fire Agencies and civilian professionals sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District. Similar state teams from Oakland, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Fire Departments have already been deployed.

“This is the most significant national response event since Hurricane Katrina,” said Menlo Park Fire District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

“Our main mission is to protect and serve our local communities first while sending out highly- skilled personnel to assist the people and State of Texas. Today’s requests will be balanced against personnel and units currently out on Wildland Fires along with maintaining our daily staffed positions in each of our seven Fire Stations.”

The Water Rescue members being deployed today will come from not only Menlo Fire but also from central San Mateo County, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo and South San Francisco Fire Departments.

Several of the Team members responded to Hurricane Katrina, while others were involved with this year’s response to Oroville Dam, potential flooding in the Central Valley, and flooding along Coyote Creek in San Jose.

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Menlo Park firefighters are flying history-making drones at South Fork fire

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Two members of the Menlo Park Fire District’s UAS/Drone Team, Battalion Chief Tom Calvert and Captain Tony Eggimann, have been flying drones in Yosemite National Park since Saturday, August 19, working directly with the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team that is assigned to the “South Fork” fire. “History was recorded during the South Fork incident in Yosemite […]

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Dumbarton Bridge collision and fallen tree branch at Menlo College keep Menlo Park Fire personnel busy

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Emergency response personnel were kept busy yesterday afternoon (Saturday, Aug. 5) with two almost simultaneous emergencies. The first incident occurred at 2.16 pm 0n the Dumbarton Bridge involving multiple vehicles with one car on fire and injuries. Menlo Fire Engine 77 was actually on Bayfront Expressway headed to a training event with personnel in full protective […]

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Fremont Park is transformed into triage center today for disaster response training

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most headed to Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park today to capture some of the action at the emergency response training drill hosted by the City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Fire Department, the Menlo Park Police Department, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The objective of the drill was to prepare […]

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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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Come eat pancakes at Fire District Headquarters, an event benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

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The 16th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 8 at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road. This popular annual event, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Fire District, the Stanford Park Hotel and the Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, benefits the […]

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Cause of structure fire on Grayson Court remains illusive, damage to home is extensive

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The cause of a structure fire early Sunday evening that caused $300,000 in damage to a home and day care center on Grayson Court in Menlo Park is still undetermined. When Menlo Park Fire arrived, they found that a covered patio was fully engulfed, and the fire was spreading into the house. No one was home […]

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Menlo Park Fire locates body of man who jumped to his death from Dumbarton Bridge

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Menlo Park Firefighters suspended search efforts around noon yesterday (7/21) when they located a male body just south of Cooley Landing in the waters of the San Francisco Bay. Firefighters first responded to the reports of an individual who had abandoned his vehicle on the center span of the Dumbarton Bridge on Saturday, July 16, at 6.56 pm. Witnesses stated they had […]

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Quick action by neighbor minimizes fire damage, saves pets at home in the Willows

  A neighbor noticed smoke coming from a home on Concord Drive in the Willows late Monday afternoon and heard a smoke detector sounding inside the home. The neighbor called 911, entered the home, and found a dryer on fire on the second floor. Before leaving the structure, the neighbor saved the family dog and bird by […]

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Suspect arrested in March 28 brush fire in Menlo Park

On 03/28/2016, shortly before 4:00 pm, the Menlo Park Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire District responded to the area of University Avenue, east of Adams Drive on the report of a brush fire which involved a homeless encampment. The fire, once extinguished, was later determined by investigators of the Menlo Park Fire District […]

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CERT training offered in March in Menlo Park

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Free CERT training is being offered this month in Menlo Park. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The training teaches you how to take care of yourself, your neighbors, and help your community in the event of an emergency or disaster. You’ll learn things like how to properly put out a fire, lift heavy objects off people, […]

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