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.