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News - May 2, 2012

Fire district strikes deal with Facebook

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board voted unanimously April 24 to enter into an agreement between Facebook and the fire district that would provide expanded emergency and fire services for the company and for residents in the district.

The agreement is separate from one between the social networking giant and the city of Menlo Park.

Under the agreement with the fire district, Facebook would provide up to $300,000, which would be used for traffic devices that give emergency vehicles the right-of-way through traffic signals on access routes leading to the campus, and would fund safety-related projects, according to the fire district.

"This is a win for everybody," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

If the company builds a new second campus at the Bayfront Expressway site, Facebook is projected to provide an additional $100,000 to $200,000 in annual property taxes to the district.

The benefits from the agreement would go "beyond dollars and cents" and is an important step in building a relationship between Facebook and the community, Chief Schapelhouman said.

— Bay City News Service