Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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 radiological terrorist event.

The DJI Drone was equipped with the new and never seen before COBRA Camera system, which guided to each of the victims locations.

The DJI Cobra Camera System is revolutionary for Fire and Rescue Operations in smoky conditions because it can see objects previously not visible by the human eye.

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

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

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

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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Menlo Park police and fire team up with American Red Cross to donate blood

Members of the Menlo Park community are invited to roll up their sleeves and join their local police and fire fighters in helping to ensure hospitals and patients have the lifesaving blood they need. Menlo Park firefighters and law enforcement personnel are teaming up with the American Red Cross for their first-ever Battle of the […]

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Menlo Fire will visit Belle Haven Library on Saturday, Dec. 9

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. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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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