Feature story: Menlo Park fire district’s growing pains
This may be the only fire that Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman wishes had not been extinguished so quickly: A firefighter once knocked a light off the wall while leaving Station 6, causing a small fire. The chief wondered whether it would’ve been better if the station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park had burned down, since that could have allowed renovations sooner.
Nevertheless, the district, which serves Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, is now going full steam ahead with building a new station at the site after winning unanimous approval from both the City Council and the Planning Commission.
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