The Menlo Park Fire Department (a.k.a. the Menlo Park Fire Protection District)
is the Special District which provides fire protection
and emergency medical services
for the southernmost end of San Mateo County
. According to its web page, "It covers approximately that reaches into the bay." The District's population is estimated to be around 93,000. The fire district is primarily a bedroom community, with some industrial areas on the easternmost part.
The fire district covers the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto, plus some of the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County (Redwood City). The District has seven stations, which are strategically placed to provide the most efficient response times. The district responds to approximately 8,500 emergencies per year, with about 60% of those being emergency medical incidents.
The fire district has working agreements with the neighboring departments of Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Woodside to provide automatic aid. Each agency has assigned boundaries that indicate which apparatus is to respond.
Menlo Park Fire District is the home of California Task Force 3, a specialized urban search and rescue team. The team was established after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
when it was realized that the Fire District lacked much needed heavy rescue equipment for catastrophic disasters that may occur in the area. The rescue team now uses state of the art tools for rescue including listening devices and video... Read More