Fire Chief, Menlo Park Fire Protection District
Harold Schapelhouman is the Fire Chief for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District which provides essential fire and emergency services to the Town of Atherton, Cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. The Fire District also provides contract services to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and State and Federal Government for specialized technical rescue capabilities related to water and urban search and rescue operations. The Fire District has a service population of 100,000 residents and covers 29 Square miles of land, mud and open bay waters through the strategic positioning and deployment of 10 front line Paramedic Units consisting of Engines, a Light Rescue Squad, Aerial Ladder Tuck and Battalion Commander who are assigned to three shifts, as part of an organization with 132 employees who in 2016 responded to over 8,500 emergencies. Chief Schapelhouman has been with the organization for over 37 years and served as the Fire Chief for the last 10 years. As a member of the National Response System, he has been deployed to multiple earthquakes, hurricanes, acts of terrorism and special circumstance emergencies all over the Country, notably, the Oklahoma City Bombing, World Trade Center Collapse, Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, Hurricane Katrina – New Orleans Branch, and PG&E Gas Distribution Line Explosion and Fire in San Bruno, to name a few. He has served as an advisor to NATO on Terrorism and was involved with the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) on exploratory ways to integrate robotics into the urban rescue environment. The Fire District is currently one of a small number of fire agencies in the Country that has its FAA COA and is actively moving forward with Drone integration into emergency operations.