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San Mateo County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
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What are the District's Unmet needs?

By Peter F. Carpenter

Candidate for Board Member; Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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If additional tax or non-tax revenues become available to the District, how should these funds be spent?
Any excess revenues over existing expenses should be prioritized to the following uses:

a. bringing firefighters' pay and benefits to competitive levels

b. modernizing our physical facilities

c. improving our Urban Search and Rescue capabilities beyond that which is supported by FEMA. The recent deployment of our Task Force to the World Trade Center disaster demonstrated both the capabilities of our Task Force as well as the limitations that are imposed on the Task Force because it relies solely on FEMA funding. This Task Force is the best in the country and we should be sure that it has the support and resources necessary to perform at its fullest potential.

d. Implementing innovative response techniques (equipment pre-positioning, citizen disaster training etc.) which will reduce the adverse impact of increased congestion.

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