Menlo Park firefighters rappelled down ropes, simulated a live auto crash and showed off the "jaws of life," a pincer-like metal device used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles. They also helped make enough pancakes to feed more than 1,000 guests.
The 15th annual Menlo Park Fire District Pancake Breakfast and Open House, held on Saturday, Oct. 3, raised more than $14,000 for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, the district said.
Hosted at Menlo Park fire station 1 at 300 Middlefield Road, the breakfast delivered pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee cake, juice and coffee to visitors, thanks to the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, the Stanford Park Hotel, Trader Joe's, Hobee's, and the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.
In addition to the breakfast and demonstrations, the open house offered children and others the chance to meet firefighters, sit in fire engines, try on firefighter gear, and play in the firehouse.