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San Mateo County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
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Improving emergency response times in spite of increased congestion

By Peter F. Carpenter

Candidate for Board Member; Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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Increased traffic congestion will make it more difficult to respond to emergencies if we continue to utilize our current procedures.
Congestion is a serious problem and will get much worse. A 10 % increase in traffic will mean a much greater increase in congestion. We need to develop innovative ways to respond quickly to fire, medical and rescue calls. For example, Tokyo has prepositioned fire and rescue equipment in neighborhoods and dispatches firefighters to those neighborhoods on motorcycles. We should consider utilizing schools, businesses and community spaces as prepositioning sites for critical fire and rescue equipment. The District also needs to find ways to respond to medical calls that do not require the dispatch of large pieces of fire equipment.

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