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Firefighters put out home blaze in Palo Alto hills

Original post made on Dec 18, 2007

A house fire in the Palo Alto hills in the 900 block of Laurel Glen Drive, near the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, has been brought under control by personnel from the Palo Alto and Mountain View Fire departments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 17, 2007, 3:59 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Christine, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2007 at 6:27 am

So glad no one was hurt..But 17 minutes to get to a house!!! Maybe the city should open up Station 8 year round!!!!! The house could probally have been saved it there Station 8 was staffed full time! Hopefully this is a hint to the city.

Posted by openspace, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:38 am

The time the Palo Alto Fire Department made to that home was a lot quicker than it was for them to reach my House when my cottage had a fire in October. It took Palo Alto Fire 31 minutes to reach my house. It happened the day Fire Station 8 was closed for the season. They had to come from the Hanover station.

Posted by Remotte-Fires-Are-Hard-To-Stop, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:40 am

Many locales are recognizing that sprinkler systems are a better solution that manning fire stations in remote locations. Construction codes are being updated to require fire suppression equipment in home rebuilds, as well as new commercial properties.

If there is a message here, it is that Palo Alto needs to begin to think about residential fire suppression as an alternative to manned fire stations in the hills.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 20, 2007 at 6:55 am

Sprinkler systems are great, but you would still need to manned this station during wildland season. A wildland fire would destroy a house even with a sprinkler system inside.

Posted by Remotte-Fires-Are-Hard-To-Stop, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2007 at 9:12 am

> still need to manned this station during wildland season

Perhaps. The issue is:

1) How long to detect a wildfire?
2) How long to get a truck up to this location?
3) How long to get two trucks up to this location?
4) How long to get "N" trucks up to this location?

Currently, automatic fire detection equipment is not be employed. If the city could employ equipment that would detect small fires reliably, then perhaps a manned station might not be needed.

Having a regional fire suppression agency for the hills should be considered.

Posted by Ashley, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Station 8 needs to be open year round. Yes a wildland fire is very dangerous and it took the first engine 17 minutes to get to a FIRE call, luckly the firefighters did a great job and saved the house.

But what if it were a medical call???? If you were having a heart attack you would be dead in 17 minutes, but if there were trained professionals that were down the street they maybe able to save your mother, sister, father, or even your child....

The fire department responds to all sorts of calls not just fires.

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