Station 1 was designed by Leslie I. Nichols A.I.A. and built in 1955 by Sibley G & I Company. The station serves the City of Menlo Park and parts of the Town of Atherton. In addition to the service response area within the District, Engine 1 and Truck 1 also respond into Palo Alto as part of mutual aid.
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 Station 1 needed some reinforcing. The District's seismic upgrade project team worked very closely with the Architects, CJW Architecture, and the Contractors, Beals & Martin and Associates, to a successful conclusion in 1996.
Engine 1 is staffed by a Captain and 2 firefighters. Truck 1 is staffed by a Captain and 3 firefighters. One of the personnel on Engine 1 and Truck 1 is also a licensed paramedic providing the citizens of Station 1's response area an Advanced Life Support Engine or Truck.
There are classroom facilities at Station 1 which are used for employees training and monthly board meetings.
Three firefighting apparatus are housed at Station 1. Truck 1 is the District's aerial ladder truck. It's 100' ladder is pre-plumbed for elevated water application.
Rescue 1 is a specialized piece of equipment. It carries a variety of equipment for all kinds of rescue operations. Also carried on this vehicle is the Jaws of Life rescue tool that is used to extricate trapped victims in vehicle accidents. Rescue 1 is available for special response, by utilizing the firefighters from E1 and Truck 1.