Station 4
3322 Alameda de Las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Menlo Park Fire Protection District Proposes to Replace

Alameda De Las Pulgas Fire Station 4 with

 a New, Expanded Fire Station

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is recommending to the County of San Mateo Planning Commission the replacement of the current 70-year old fire station at 3322 Alameda De Las Pulgas with a new facility to accommodate increased staffing and service needs for areas in both Menlo Park and Atherton.

This project would demolish the existing Fire Station 4 and a single-family residence, and merge the existing lot with an adjacent property on Valparaiso to make room for a new fire station.  Operation of the fire station would continue throughout construction.  The Firefighters will temporarilly operate out of the District owned residential home on Valparaiso and an apparatus structure would be temporarily erected during the construction of the new fire station.

The new fire station would have:

  • Contemporary architectural style.
  • Two-story firehouse with a public lobby, three offices, living quarters for on-duty firefighters and utility space.  The additional living and office space will provide the District with flexibility to address ongoing and future development that could occur over the next 50+ years.
  • Three apparatus bays all of which will accommodate the District’s largest ladder truck. This would allow the District to position a ladder truck on the west side of El Camino.
  • Drive-through station for the fire apparatus that will increase safety by eliminating the current need to block traffic while backing into the station.
  • Ample parking, including a van accessible space.
  • Conference room for trainings and meetings.
  • Improved emergency alerting capabilities such as alerting lighting, dorm selector units, gas shut off and early earthquake warning.  These functions will increase both safety and the District’s ability to respond during emergencies. 
  • Emergency back-up generator and a 1000-gallon above ground fuel storage tank.  The current station lacks the capability to provide backup power to the entire station.
  • Automatic gate and security cameras to improve site security.
  • Energy efficient systems such as solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station.


County of San Mateo: Fire Station 4


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st4.JPG Station 4 of the Menlo Park Fire District serves the West Menlo Park and West Atherton areas of the Fire District. This area is the hilliest part of the Fire District, and some of the largest homes are built in this area. Firefighters have to always be thinking on their feet to achieve the District's high standard of service.

Station 4 was built in 1949 by the Howard J. White Construction Company. The Architecture firm used was Kingsford Jones and William Simrell Jr. During the District's Seismic Upgrade Project, Station 4 was brought up to current earthquake standards. The Architecture firm used for the project was CJW Architecture. The Contractors, Beals Martin and Associates, completed the project in 1996.

Station 4 Engine.jpg Housed at Station 4 today is one of the District's newest Pierce Engine. It was purchased in 2002, and is a combination pumper (carries hose, ladders, water and a pump). Manning the Engine is one Captain and two firefighters. One of the personnel will be a licensed paramedic which provides the citizens of Station 4's response area with advanced life support.


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