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As part of a collaborative effort to improve fire protection and response services in Santa Clara County and the region, Los Altos Hills County Fire District (LAHCFD), Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District (Central Fire), and the City of Palo Alto forged an agreement to fund and staff Fire Station 8 in Palo Alto. Station 8 is currently unoccupied, but the agreement will provide staffing through the high fire season to protect the areas around Foothills Park and the surrounding communities.
Fire Station 8 services will commence on June 15 and continue until the end of October.
This regional partnership is an important step in providing critical fire resources and a regional response for public safety during an anticipated high fire danger season.
“This just makes so much sense; it’s a critical and life-saving cooperative agreement as we struggle with climate change and wildfire in ways we couldn’t imagine just a few years ago,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian, whose District 5 includes Station 8 and its neighboring communities in the higher-risk wildland-urban interface of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto. “I’m particularly pleased we could get it done before fire season officially starts on June 15.”
The Agreement was approved by the LAHCFD Board of Commissioners on May 18, by the City of Palo Alto City Council on June 1, and by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on June 8.
See the Press Release from Supervisor Simitian: Station 8 – Communities Pull Together to Fight Fire.