Message from IAFF President Schaitberger

No one Should Tell You How To Vote

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Don't Forget - This weekend, 4/14 Battle of the Badges


Reminder, this weekend is "Battle of the Badges" charity softball game benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Come out and join us for an afternoon of fun! 

Fire Fighters BBQ, Kona Shaved Ice Truck, bake sale and more! 

Sunday April 14th, 2019
10am - 2pm Greer Park
1098 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto 

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Kings CO. Fire Apparatus Engineer Keith Hernandez


The Kings County Fire Department and Kings County Firefighters, Local 3747 are saddened to announce the passing of one of their own in the line of duty.

Fire Apparatus Engineer Keith Hernandez passed away on February 23, 2019 from job-related cancer. He was 30 years old.

Brother Hernandez served the last 5 years with Kings County Fire Department. He also worked as a Seasonal Firefighter for Cal Fire Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, Seasonal Paid Call Firefighter for Fresno County Fire Protection District and an Explorer for the Clovis Fire Department.

Brother Hernandez is remembered as a proud firefighter who loved his career. He is survived by his wife Crystal, daughter Henley and son Harper.

Memorial Information

A memorial service for Brother Hernandez will be held at Visalia First, 3737 S. Akers Street, Visalia, CA 93277. Details on the date and time of the services will be announced as soon as they become available.

Expressions of sympathy of condolences for the family or department may be sent to Kings County Fire Department, 280 Campus Drive, Hanford, CA 93230.

Honor Guard

All department and local union honor guards are encouraged to participate in the memorial services for Brother Hernandez in Class A uniforms. Honor guard personnel are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to Ben Dominguez of the California Fire Foundation’s Last Alarm Service Team (CalLAST) at either (916) 709-9069 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Palo Alto will be protected by fewer firefighters and reduced resources


While many Bay Area fire departments are adding resources to enhance their jurisdictions overall safety; effective today the City of Palo Alto will be protected by fewer firefighters and reduced resources than yesterday. Today will mark the third major reduction in department personnel in the past five years and is being done in the name of “efficiency.” The Fire Chief is using national minimum standards for emergency response times as means to justify this reduction in available emergency resources. With response times expected to suffer greatly, it will require firefighters to arrive late to emergencies approximately 500 additional times before an appreciable reduction in service is recognized, or acknowledged, by the Chief.

Palo Alto Firefighters will continue to do everything in their power to protect you, your family and the community. We recently added active shooter to our list of all risk responsibilities; along with the usual, fire, technical rescue, EMS, hazmat, water rescue, automobile extrication, aircraft rescue, life safety inspections, public education, and on and on. This is everything you count on us for. Our Chief believes we can provide all of that with less people and less training time. We believe we became inefficient a long time ago and should be adding resources to become efficient.

A city and its fire department shouldn’t be profit driven. It should be safety driven. It should focus on the realities of delivering excellent service all the time, not just showing up on time (most of the time).

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New Limited Response Model


Due to the downsizing of Palo Alto FD personnel along with the new limited response model (multiple apparatus staffed with just one crew at multiple stations) ; Mountain View FD has chosen to end the automatic aid border drop agreement between our two cities. This agreement had been working well for both cities and provided coverage that made everyone safer. The new PAFD model would have required more help from MVFD than was being given back. Without MVFD participating response times will increase. Palo Alto Firefighters enjoy working along side our Mountain View counterparts, but we certainly understand why they chose not to supplement the city of Palo Alto with their resources.

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