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Menlo Park fire district to expand services

Agency holding ceremonies Monday in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven

Two Menlo Park firefighters assigned to Rescue 2, designated as a "Light Rescue," or smaller, more maneuverable response unit, check their equipment at Station 2 in East Palo Alto. Photo by Peter Mootz for Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will hold two dedication ceremonies Monday, coinciding with the expansion of services in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven residential area.

The first ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 2, at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto. There, the department's new Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck Company (Truck 2) will be dedicated.

Then at 3 p.m., the second ceremony will be held at Fire Station 77 at 1467 Chilco St. in the Belle Haven neighborhood. Dedication of the department's new Light Rescue (Rescue Squad 77) will highlight this ceremony.

These two ceremonies happen the same day the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will begin operating four emergency first-response units staffed by 12 personnel — a doubling of capability and the number of units and personnel needed to adequately maintain an effective and essential fire force in this fast-growing area, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a news release.

Moving more crews to those stations, Schapelhouman said, should help all parts of the district provide emergency service. It should stabilize crews assigned to the department's Atherton, Menlo Park and unincorporated county areas that Schapelhouman said will likely see a decrease in emergency requests for response.

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8 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

How much does this expansion have to do with Facebook rather than just bringing up the service level for the residents of Bell Haven and EPA?


5 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Station 2 upgrade and additional equipment were driven by anticipated growth in EPA.

Station 77 equipment augmentation was driven by Gateway and Facebook developments.


3 people like this
Posted by Flyover
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

It's so unfortunate, but not surprising, that the Fire District wanted to hoard its new ladder truck for itself and not provide it for responses to other agencies. All the other departments give and take regardless of size or number of calls. This is how it should be. Glad the elitist plan didn't stick.


2 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Their is no elitist plan. On the contrary MPFPD provides more mutual aid to other agencies than MPFPD receives from those agencies.

While those other agencies are reducing their response capacity MPFPD is increasing its response capacity.


4 people like this
Posted by Flyover
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Thank you for not denying my statement. Now, please provide the numbers of calls and your source, preferably that of an independent third party.


1 person likes this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Flyover - You made the allegation ( not provide it for responses to other agencies.) so they burden of proof is on you not on me.


6 people like this
Posted by Flyover
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm

So, to my original comment, are you affirming or denying that the Department wanted to keep the ladder to itself?

Then, you cited statistics for which I'm simply interested in hearing the numbers that support your statement.


2 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"So, to my original comment, are you affirming or denying that the Department wanted to keep the ladder to itself?"

That was your comment, not mine.

Please cite the source for your comment.


6 people like this
Posted by Flyover
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

It can be hazardous to name employees who have insight. So rather than do that, you can simply tell us if this is all just a rumor and that the subject was never discussed.

Then, you can provide numbers related to the call statistics you cited.


3 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"So, to my original comment, are you affirming or denying that the Department wanted to keep the ladder to itself?"

That was your comment, not mine.

Please cite the source for your comment.


5 people like this
Posted by Flyover
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Thanks, as I suspected.


2 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Flyover - You made an unsupported assertion - simply document that assertion or we can recognize it as fake news.


5 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

Peter grow up and answer the person's question. Your responses or lack thereof can be very childish and exasperating.


1 person likes this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I answered their question:

"There is no elitist plan. On the contrary MPFPD provides more mutual aid to other agencies than MPFPD receives from those agencies.

While those other agencies are reducing their response capacity MPFPD is increasing its response capacity."


2 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

PS - And it is NOT my job to answer other people's questions. I no longer work for the citizens of the Fire District.


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