Station 3 in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District serves the Town of Atherton. In addition to Atherton, Station 3 also covers areas that are in the unincorporated areas of Redwood City. Since it's response area borders the City of Redwood City, the personnel manning Engine 3 find themselves responding into Redwood City as an automatic aid engine.
The original Station 3 was an old red brick building settled around the large Atherton style homes. Many of the District's firefighters often called Station 3 the brick house. After the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Fire District began to study the District's buildings for earthquake sturdiness. During that study, it was determined that the original Station would need to be torn down. This phase of the seismic project was completed in 1998, with a brand new modern style Fire Station.
The District's Seismic Upgrade Project Team worked very closely with the Architects, CJW Architecture, and the Contractors, Gonsalves and Stronck to build the modern Station 3. Just as the old brick Station fit very comfortable in the Atherton surroundings, the Project Team built a Station that blends into it's surroundings very nicely.
The Station is manned by one Captain and three firefighters. One of the three personnel will also be a licensed paramedic providing the Town of Atherton an Advanced Life Support Engine.
Housed in this Station is one of the District's newest Pierce combination pumpers that was purchased in 2000. It was designed by the District's Apparatus Team, made up of firefighters and management staff, that has many modern features.
This Station also has additional duties within the District. The firefighters working at this Station are also involved in managing the District's EMS Operations. They not only assist the EMS Division Chief with the day to day operations, but they also coordinate the restocking of all EMS supplies in the District.