Menlo fire accreditation report stresses the need for speed in emergency response

  • Source: Menlo Park Almanac
  • Published: 02/12/2020 01:00 PM

A report analyzing Menlo Park Fire Protection District operations from 2016 to 2018 has suggested improvements in the district's response times to emergencies. The amount of time between fire dispatch receiving calls and alerting the district, times for assembling firefighters' apparatus and beginning response to emergencies, and times for traveling to and from incidents are higher than the district's performance goals and national standards, according to a consultant's report entitled "Community Risk Assessment: Standards of Cover" commissioned by the district from Emergency Services Consulting International. The report is part of the district's accreditation process, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. The amount of excess time in emergency responses was part of a list of 25 findings about department performance, Schapelhouman wrote in a response to the report.


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