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Original post made by fireman, another community, on Mar 7, 2008

Question #4

Does the Department listen to input from those in the Boat Rescue Program.

45[73%] answered the question: 17 [27%] did not. Of those who answered 6 [13%] stated yes, 39 [87%] stated NO

There were no positive comments given.

Negative comments;

What Boat Rescue Program? Every year in the annual report, we tell the citizens of Palo Alto we have a water rescue team, but we don't have one. Why does the Chief allow this lie to continue? Doesn't anyone care?

The Department doesn't listen to the people in the program.

We had the most qualified person in charge of the program, but the Chief took the program away from him.

The Boat Program has become more political than functionable.

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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm

What is the boat rescue program and why does it matter?

The only disaster I could conceive of in which Palo Alto would need boats, is a) either a tsunami caused by an underground earthquake from the San Andreas fault, or b) global warming and sea level rise.

But who really thinks either of those two scenarios would occur?

Thus, why waste the time and effort on a boat rescue program in Palo Alto?

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm


Well you got it right. why. because a airplane crashed into the baylands. We the firefighters had no way to help him.

He died.

So to look good and act like something was being done. The birth of the water rescue team.
Funny it never rescued anyone. Most of the time the Boat got stuck in the mud and the firefighters had to self rescue. Being out of service for hours.

Now the program was on the books getting funded, but no money went to this program.

Fire Administration took that money and spent it else where..[LEGAL ?]

Then Frank cuts the program that never got the money and told you by doing this he saved 140k.. Now you see it,Now you don't?

It was not the program that was bad... The leaders{LOL-cry} that are too blame.. Remember all the Airport talk.?

Where did the funding go?? Would'nt you like to know? I would.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Wow see how simple it is when someone tells you the truth.

We can talk more about this later.

I will show you more details... Get your copies..

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Posted by Logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm

I remember, several years ago, a group of kids got stuck in a boat, in the mud of the bayland estuaries once the tide went out. If I recall the PAFD rescued them, but I may be wrong.... I can't find the article searching the weekly.

Does anyone else remember that?

If it wasn't the PAFD, then who?

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Kids in a boat. Are safe in the mud. If they are in the boat. the water will come back, it does twice a day. For a long time it has done this.
Lets see if there boat got stuck.

Why would are boat not... We tried to tell the Chief

BOATS NEED WATER.... Menlo has the air boat. as part of this program. They never seemed to have the staffing to place it in service.
That is Menlo lets stick to PALO ALTO..

Logical. If you want to be that way. Just wait get your copy and then ask.

You are reaching of straws>> Go to station #3 on the wall is a broken oar from the rescue Program.

The stuck in the MUD TEAM MEMBERS.. Names are there.. and you had to have been stuck in the mud to get there. They broke the paddle trying to get the boat unstuck...

Maybe you should be asking where did the money go. That never made it to the program. It was in the budget. But not in the program??

I will explain everything to you..

Its called a SPIN DOCTOR... Make something look differant then it is really..

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 8, 2008 at 6:00 am

I recall discussion about Palo Alto getting an air cushion vehicle for mud flat and water rescue, but that they had decided to let Menlo Park cover for them. Perhaps if Frank went to fewer conferences we could operate the rescue vehicle.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

The program would be a good one. Should have one.

It is not all Frank. Go back to the past fire chief and now the present one.

They are the one's who should be asked WHY... Think SO Cal firestorm.

Oh and WALTER wher did the MONEY GO?????

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Posted by FOB
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 9, 2008 at 6:34 am

Are we talking about Fresh off the Boat rescue program?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I suspect a rescue in the mudflats now would require a chopper. Bet the air cushion vehicle would be cheaper.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm


We are not even going to talk about the cost.

A air cushion vehicle would work. What we had, sent are Firefighters out in was a joke.

Great boat.. really nice boat.

But all the money and time was a waste.


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