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Palo Alto to host its annual regional wildfire drill

Original post made on Jun 12, 2017

The community can expect to see plenty of fire trucks and crews in Foothills Park as the Palo Alto Fire Department hosts the Annual Wildland Training drill this year from Monday to Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:09 AM

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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 12, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

The article says:
"Fire Station 2 on Hanover Street and Fire Station 5 in the Barron Park neighborhood cover the area with response times that not only meet the department's performance standards for the Foothills community, but also have faster response times than the engine from Station 8.”

I find this statement taken from a PAFD press release to be misleading as it not realistic if there were to be a fire in Palo Alto Hills. Without fire-season engine staffing in the Foothills Park Station (which was discontinued last year), it might take 15 to 20 minutes for an engine to come up from the flats. The first responder in that situation would probably come from a county engine housed at Foothill College.

Posted by Willis
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

I would have to agree that D/C Capriles is full of bull pucky. If you repeat a lie over and over again, eventually everyone will eventually believe it. There is no way on this planet that the crews from E62 @ FS2 or E65 @ FS5 could swap rigs from their pavement queens to any wildland engine, don their wildland gear and arrive on any scene under 15 minutes. Maybe the park ranger from Midpen or Palo Alto could arrive within 10-12 minutes. With the chief and his deputies spinning their version of the truth, they are putting residents and their property in danger. Rumor has it that chief Nickel and at least one of the D/Cs are planning to retire within the year leaving a huge experience and knowledge gap at the helm of the department. Maybe it is time that the residents and city leadership consider looking in another direction. There are other options other than the "same old way" to provide emergency services to the city and those that make the final decision by voting.

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