Community Meeting: The Status of our Fire Services, and Emergency Preparedness.
This coming Thursday, January 28 @ 7:00PM, representatives of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department will be holding a meeting with San Carlos residents to discuss the state of our community fire services today, and what could be in store for the department in the face of upcoming budget cuts. In addition, they will discuss emergency preparedness, and what could happen to our community in the event of a large-scale emergency.
This meeting will be hosted by City Council Member Andy Klein, and will feature presentations from Fire Chief Douglas Fry, and Disaster Preparedness Officer Cristy Adonis. Here are a few of the topics that will be discussed:
- Our Shrinking Fire Department: What we have – and don’t have – in the way of resources, and why it is worse off than any other fire agency in the county.
- What Our Fire Department Does: Did you know that it operates a hazardous materials team for all of San Mateo County? Did you know that more than half of all calls are medical emergencies – strokes, heart attacks, falls, fainting and the like? Is one of those calls likely to happen on your block?
- Communications: How our fire department works with county emergency services, and why this is important to us. Did you know that the fire department also is required to have a plan for the outbreak of a pandemic virus, such as Swine Flu? Did you know that this could involve a quarantine of the neighborhood?
- CERT (Community Emergency Response Team): This is a training program that shows residents how to deal with emergencies and how to create neighborhood preparedness groups, block by block. We need to sign up for this quickly since it might well become another victim of budget cuts.
- Home Fire Insurance: How you premium might go up, way up, if Fire Station 16 – OUR White Oaks station – is closed because of budget cuts. This affects EVERY one of us.
The Meeting Details:
When: Thursday, January 28th @ 7:00PM
Where: Museum of San Carlos History
533 Laurel Street, San Carlos (right next door to Fire Station 13.)
If you’re concerned at all where your own fire service is headed (and you should be) then it’s worth attending this meeting!
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