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Menlo Park: Interim deputy fire chief chosen

Original post made on Jun 27, 2013

Staffing changes continue at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District with the appointment of Daniel Belville as interim deputy fire chief. The district announced this week that the retired firefighter will start July 8.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:02 AM

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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so what happened to the first replacement chief????

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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Nothing. He appointed the interim deputy chief. So now there's an interim chief, and an interim deputy chief.

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Posted by Doubting Thomas
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

The real question is what is going on with Chief Harold Schapelhouman?

Is the "he fell off the roof" just a smoke screen for other issues, or was his fall so bad that we need to have an interim chief and an interim deputy chief?

Isn't there anyone qualified to run the fire district during Harold's absence without hiring from outside? That doesn't seem to be a very good position to be in.


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Posted by jake
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

so now the district is paying 2 extra chief salaries, along with harolds.!!!! how long will they pay harold since it is not a workers comp issue? they have 2 division chief who can fill the roll of chief or deputy chief. div chief navarro was the chief of colorado springs, he cant fill the roll of interim???? sounds like harold doesnt want anyone from the inside to take his seat..hmmmm

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Doubting Thomas-I sometimes enjoy your conspiracy theory posts, but not in this instance. Chief Harold has sustained what is most likely a life changing injury. A little research on your part for other articles, or a call over to the fire district would tell you that he broke his neck and currently is paralized and in a wheel chair. While those of us who know Harold, and even those who do not but respect him for his magnificent service to his fellow man over many years of fire service, are hopeful for an eventual recovery, the reality his he really hurt himself very badly. He, and his family, are suffering and in need of our compassion; not petty sarcastic remarks about "smoke screens", etc. Please be ashamed of yourself, Thomas.

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Posted by Doubting Thomas
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for the info.

Since this newspaper simply said Chief Schapelhouman "hurt his back," I had no idea he broke his neck. I'm sure you'll agree there is a big difference between the two.

Best wishes to Harold and his family; that goes without saying.

This still doesn't answer the question of why the fire district needs two interim people hired from outside. Are there no underlings capable of steering the ship in Chief Schapelhouman's absence? And if there aren't, is that really a wise strategy for the fire district?

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