Menlo fire district renews SLAC contract


When Stanford University's National Accelerator Laboratory calls, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will still come running.

The district announced on March 25 that it has renewed a three-year emergency services agreement with the facility, with a possible two-year extension. According to the press release, the number of emergency calls to SLAC decreased by 40 percent since the district began providing services in 2012, thanks to a combination of better alarm systems and improved emergency response training on site.

As part of the renewed contract, effective April 1, SLAC will pay a base rate of $34,000 a month to the fire district. The district will receive a 1 percent increase in the monthly amount if it buys a pumper truck, which it plans to do in July, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

SLAC will provide higher reimbursement for service calls that last longer than two hours, which happened twice during the fire district's first three years at the facility.

— Sandy Brundage

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I guess I am at a loss..... I am all about getting additional funding from businesses, but is it a standard in CA to charge for a fire response / Contract to respond? What if SLAC did not pay - would MPFD not respond?
My reason for the questions: Where does the line get put in the sand? Meaning do all businesses start paying, next do homeowners? We have seen that on news where homeowners in other states have not and the fire dept will not respond to their house for a fire....
So the question is - who created the clause of how much and why? This article lacks basic information

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

SLAC's fire services were previously provided by Palo Alto Fire which serves Palo Alto and the non-SLAC portions of Stanford. The current arrangement is a win-win for both SLAC and the citizens of the Fire District. Stanford and SLAC do not pay property taxes and hence would otherwise contribute nothing to the cost of fire services

Years ago all of the fire agencies in San Mateo County agreed to drop their geographical boundaries and now every call for service is responded to by the closest in-service fire station.
Out of District calls under this system are not reimbursed but part of a mutual aid system where the fire agencies help each other and the aid goes both ways. In SLAC's case they do not have their own fire agency to participate in such mutual aid agreement so they contracted with MPFPD.

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Posted by robert
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 7, 2015 at 6:48 am

Peter - Thank you. Great explanation. When can we put you in place as content Editor?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

SteveC is a registered user.

Thank you Peter. Excellent info.

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