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On Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9am and concluding around noon, the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services and North County Fire Authority will conduct the annual Community Wildfire Awareness Event. This year's event appropriately takes place on Disaster Preparedness Day, being held from 10am - 2pm at the San Mateo County Event Center (in conjunction with the County Fair).
With the 10 major fires in San Diego County this past week, we are reminded that we need to always Be Ready for a disaster. The Wildfire Awareness Event, in addition to wildland fire awareness, provides community outreach and public education regarding wildland fire preparedness and planning. As part of community outreach, important information will be provided by fire companies to those residents living on Margaret and Paul Avenues and Kings Rd. (from the 100 block through the 300 block) so expect a knock on your door, as firefighters will be delivering information to these homes which are adjacent to a Wildland Urban Interface area. Click here to read the letter that was sent to all Brisbane addresses from Mayor Clarke Conway. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services at (415) 508-2131 or the North County Fire Authority Prevention Services Bureau at (650) 991-8138.
Last Saturday, dozens of community members came to Station 81's Open House to welcome the firefighters back into the station after mold remediation and structural improvements were made to the fire station. Check out the video below, and learn some kitchen safety tips while you're at it.
On Monday night, the Brisbane Firefighters moved back home to Station 81! It's been just over three years that the firefighters have been in an interim mobile trailer facility located outside of Station 81. On September 14, 2010, the City received a report that Brisbane Fire Station 81 had a severe case of mold within the facility - specifically the apparatus bay and living quarters. Because Brisbane is a part of the North County Fire Authority, our firefighters were able to be immediately relocated to Station 93 in Daly City for evenings, though still spending the daytime hours in Brisbane responding to calls, conducting fire inspections, and all other required and necessary workload and assignments. To meet the community's desire for the firefighters to be in town 24/7, three mobile trailers were brought in as a temporary solution. We are happy to report that those trailers are no longer needed, and will be removed once the firefighters are able to get fully moved back in to the station.
A grand "re-opening" celebration will be planned in the near future so that the community is able to formally welcome the firefighters back home, as well as to see and hear about all the renovations that took place at the facility, including a roof repair and inspection and new carpet and paint in the living quarters. The re-opening event will also be discussed by the City Council at their meeting next Monday, January 13th at 7:30pm. Tune in on Ch. 27 or watch via live streaming on your computer or mobile device.
You may recall receiving a letter earlier this week from North County Fire Authority, asking you to trim down any excessive weeds located on your property. The importance of doing so should be of no surprise, especially in light of the 2008 fire that erupted on a quiet Sunday evening on San Bruno Mountain, burned the northern side of the Mountain, Owl and Buckeye Canyons, specifically (click here to take a look back at the incident via the former blog). As the rains cease and fire season approaches, the Fire Department wants to ensure that Brisbane residents are doing all they can to prevent the fire from having any more fuel than what's already afforded by grasses found on the Mountain.
Please make sure your property is in compliance by the deadline outlined in the letter: May 16, 2011, as this will be the week the Fire Department will begin inspecting all properties for compliance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clyde Preston, Safety Inspector, Fire Prevention Services Bureau 650-991-5741. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this vastly important effort!
Earlier this week, Brisbane Firefighters made a special delivery to EBI Aggregate owner, Bob Guida. As you may have read in this post, Bob and his staff generously donated enough asphalt to the Brisbane Fire Dept. so that a few "trouble spots" at Station 81 could be rehabilitated. So if you see a fellow walking around sporting a BFD t-shirt, don't expect him to be ready to put out any fires, per se...thank him instead for his warm and generous heart!
Earlier in 2010, Station 81 was in need of some outdoor improvements. The task at-hand was to asphalt three specific weed-infested areas: the front hydrant area and two locations to the rear of the station. Pictures shot by Firefighter Isaac Hinojos depict the problem areas:
Thanks to the generous donation of materials rendered from EBI Aggregate, Station 81's outdoor improvement project was a success. Not only did the new asphalt help with weed control but it also enhanced the overall appearance of the Brisbane Fire Station.
Special thanks and appreciation to Bob Guida and his staff. Soon, the firefighters will be presenting them with a few tokens to show their sincere appreciation in true Brisbane firefighter spirit. Stay tuned...
North County Fire Authority is offering a series of CPR, AED, and FIRST AID CLASSES. Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants, after which a waiting list will be developed. For more information, check out the full schedule and guidelines or contact Elizabeth Solis at 650-746-8350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Friday, November 12th, Brisbane Firefighters spent their first evening back in Brisbane. For the last 2 months, they had been spending evenings in Daly City at Station 93 (464 Martin St.) after severe mold was discovered at Station 81 -- click here to read more on our old blog site. Now, the all firefighting crews will be staying in the semi-permanent trailers that can be seen just outside the Fire Station when you're driving along Bayshore.
Today, the firefighters had a special delivery -- their lockers! And it was no big deal that the delivery man didn't have a ramp to unload them from his truck. With 3 firefighters -- Capt. John Murphy and Firefighters Craig Briscoe and Aaron Sorani -- the job got done. From unloading the 200 lbs. lockers, to getting them on the dolly and up the ramp and through the small entryway of the trailer, these guys make it look easy.
And with most things, you learn as you do. The second time up, the guys used the floor mat to drag the lockers through the doorway.
They asked for the palettes (pictured below in the foreground) that the lockers were delivered on -- one of the firefighters thought they would make for good shelves to use in the lockers! Smart thinking.
And lastly, a peak inside their trailers -- featuring the most important room of them all -- the kitchen.
We're glad you guys are back in town, and within the expected time period!
With the modulars having been delivered last week, this week and the early part of next week is all about getting them readied for the firefighters to move in. Because the utilities were identified by City engineers as being located to the left of the Fire Station (looking from Bayshore Blvd.), it was decided that the best spot for the modulars would be on that left side (instead of the right side where the staging trailer was set up).
The Brisbane Fire Station got its start as a volunteer station back in 1932, so it is only fitting that the labor and materials used for the modular be local to Brisbane. For instance, the men below are from Stellar Plumbing, Inc. who recently moved their offices to 23 San Bruno Ave. Abner, Daryl, and owner Lon Carter all live in town. So it's no wonder that if there are items such as recycled wood from a recently remodeled house in Brisbane, they know about it and are using it. In the left-hand picture below, Lon is drilling in a ledger board (the recycled wood mentioned earlier) which the shower will mount on and be screwed into from above. In the right-hand picture, Daryl and Abner help Lon place the shower.
And, a plus is that Stellar Plumbing has made a lot of purchases for this Fire Station project at none other than at Brisbane Hardware. Thank you for your hard work in helping give our firefighters a place to call "home" for now.
The modular trailers arrived on schedule Wednesday, October 20th. Between then and November 1st, work will be done to ready them for the firefighters who are still scheduled to move back to Brisbane on Monday, November 1st. Brisbane fire crews will be stationed in Brisbane during the day, and relocate to Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) during the evening hours. If you need to get a hold of them at any time of day, please call the main Fire Dept. line, (415) 657-4300 as they are regularly checking messages left for them.
The digging that is going on outside of the Brisbane Fire Station may have caught your eye. Workers are installing the interim water, sewer, and gas lines for modular trailers that were ordered yesterday by the City. It will be 1 month on October 16th since severe mold was discovered at Station 81, resulting in the Brisbane firefighters traveling between Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) where they spend nights, and Station 81 in Brisbane (3445 Bayshore) where they are stationed in a staging trailer during the day. This staging trailer, however, is meant solely for such purposes and not equipped with showers, bathrooms, or sleeping quarters. The mobiles that were ordered today, so that the firefighters can remain in Brisbane around the clock, will be equipped with such, as well as a kitchen for them to once again cook together as a crew. The mobiles are scheduled to arrive October 20th and all of the final connections are targeted for completion by the end of the month, with the firefighters back in Brisbane 24/7 by November 1, 2010.
The firefighters continue to stay at Station 93 in Daly City during the evening hours - returning to Brisbane during normal working hours - as analysis for a more long-term solution is done in response to the severe mold discovered a few weeks ago at the Brisbane Fire Station. But this back-and-forth scenario will only be for a little while longer. On Monday night, the City Council approved the rental of a triple-wide trailer which is to be installed by the end of October at the current location of the Brisbane Fire Station (Station 81 is currently located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd). But to give you an idea of the route the Brisbane Firefighters take from Daly City to Brisbane, see the map below:
They basically take a left at Carter Dr., and another at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway before hanging a right onto Bayshore Blvd. and entering Brisbane. The total driving distance from Station 93 to Brisbane City Hall is 2.1 miles.
We are glad that our Firefighters will be able to return to Brisbane by the end of the month - the premiere goal of the City Council and staff, and the Firefighters themselves are most definitely looking forward to spending their nights back in town!
The Brisbane Firefighters, who returned to town this past Sunday after spending three nights in Daly City, will need to return to Station 93 in Daly City (10 Wembley Dr., Daly City) during the evening hours for the time being. A trailer, located beside the Fire Station on Bayshore Blvd., was originally intended to be used for staging purposes and thus did not contain sleeping quarters, a shower, kitchen, or have proper outdoor lighting. Additionally, the Brisbane fire engine needed to be parked outdoors at night due to there being mold detected in the bay/garage area of the fire station. Earlier this morning, fire administration and city management decided that in the interest of the firefighters' safety, the best solution at this point in time was to relocate the firefighters back to Daly City during the evenings, but have them be in Brisbane during the day. In Daly City, the firefighters will have gotten the rest they need, have ready access to the fire engine and their gear, and be able to shower and cook while concurrently, a longer-term solution is worked upon and investigated. We will update the community when any other additional information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding and patience regarding this matter.
The following are North County Fire Authority Media Releases that pertain to Brisbane. For a complete list see their Media Releases Page.
05-14-10: Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill
09-02-09: HAZMAT Incident
08-26-09: HAZMAT Incident
05-16-09: Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill
04-09-09: Hazardous Materials Incident