Earlier foothills fire station cuts cost PA money Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 21, 2007 at 8:46 pm
When the fire station in Palo Alto's Foothills Park first opened in the mid-1980s, one of the three firefighters was contributed by Los Altos. Even following fire department mergers in the early 1990s, Los Altos Hills paid about a third of the cost of staffing Station 8 though 2005.
Posted by CeCe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007 at 8:46 pm
I can't believe the City of Palo Alto solution to negotiating with the fire fighters is to keep firestation 8 closed. The only ones being harmed are the residents west of 280 and the +/-3000 acres in Palo Alto foothills.
No other neighborhood would put up with 20 minute response times. Wild Fires can happen any day not just high fire days.
Posted by believe it or not, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007 at 9:20 pm
The council is just using the firefighters as an excuse - they wanted to use the money instead on the new "environmental coordinator" position, which will cost $150,000 - an amount of money that is very close to the cost of staffing the fire station.
Posted by An Observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2007 at 9:39 pm
This demonstrates just how much the City of Palo Alto, the regional open space distric and the committee for green foothills cares for the region West of Hwy 280 to Skyline Blvd.. The entire area should be closed to the general public until the rainy season arrives..
Posted by Palo Alto Tax Payer, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2007 at 9:03 am
Palo Alto doesn't want to spend the money to staff Station 8 but then neither does Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. Lets face it, it would be the residents of Los Altos Hills who would benefit most from having Station 8 staffed. Why don't they continue to contribute?
Palo Alto should negotiate terms for staffing Station 8 with both Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Los Altos should provide at least one firefighter and Los Altos Hills should contribute at the very minimum one-third of the cost. Why should Palo Alto pay for fire protection for Los Altos Hills - they can afford to help?
Posted by a friend of the PAFD, a resident of another community, on Jul 2, 2007 at 7:59 pm
To answer Mr. Wallis' question above: no, station 8 did not respond to the Dish Hill fire last week because station 8 is closed once again this year. They most certainly WOULD have responded if open. That fire should be a BIG wake up call to Mr. Benest and the City Council. We got lucky that it was not close to homes this time.