A Type 1 fire engine is what you'll most likely see if you live in Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto relies on Type 1 fire apparatus based on versatility, staffing and the ability to operate at homes, apartments, businesses, urban interface and high rise buildings. Technically, a Type 1 fire engine is designed for structural firefighting however, this type of engine is very adaptable. Palo Alto's engines include a pump capable of discharging 1500 gpm, a 500 gallon water tank, nearly 3000 feet of different diameter hose, 30 + feet of ladder, a 1,000 gpm Master Stream (deck gun), defibrillator for restarting a non-beating heart and emergency medical supplies including medications. One Captain, one Engineer, and one Firefighter/Paramedic staff all Type 1 engines in Palo Alto. These engines respond to calls for emergency medical service, fires, vehicles rescues and most anything you can think of.
The Palo Alto Fire Department staffs six full time stations located strategically throughout the City with a staff of 114.50 full time positions and 0.55 hourly. To provide coverage in the sparsely developed hillside areas, an additional fire station in the foothills is operated during high fire danger days.
The City of Palo Alto currently operates six different types of apparatus. Each apparatus has its own unique functions and capabilities.
Standards of Cover
The Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan assess the risk in the community and determine the distribution and concentration of emergency resources in order to ensure proper preparation to respond to potential emergency incidents. It offers an in-depth analysis of the Fire Department's resources and plans for high-level emergency incidents in accordance with the model developed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.