Help Us Remember The Belmont-San Carlos Fire Dept.

San Carlos Patch would like to ask residents to submit any interactions, moments, memories or encounters they have of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department.

In October, the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department will cease to exist. The city will begin a new chapter in fire services, partnering with Redwood City.

As the dissolution date approaches, San Carlos Patch wanted to acknowledge the work done by the Belmont-San Carlos fire team by collecting thoughts, memories, comments and thanks from our readers.


Please leave a comment about any unique experience you may have had with the fire fighters, be it a life-saving rescue or watching the truck carry Santa down Laurel Street at Christmas. Whatever your memory is, please share it with us!

Andy C August 09, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I remember the big waste of money spent on all the shiny new decals, emblems, business cards, letterhead, etc. when they changed the name from South County Fire to BSCFD. I also remember the tax dollars that they spent for the failed property tax increase measure. They spent your money to send out campaign materials under the false pretense of a "Community Update" as if we had them before or since then. We can do much better without Belmont as a "partner" and possibly some day we will have our "own" department. Although, it makes absolutely no sense to have so many departments on the Peninsula and a shared department could cut out so much waste and fluff.
pat bell August 10, 2011 at 05:10 PM
If you think tax dollars were spent inappropriately to send out campaign literature, you should report that to the DA. Of course, you have no evidence, so you probably won't get far.
pat bell August 10, 2011 at 05:19 PM
I remember the first time a dissolution letter was sent, and competent adults disagreed strongly but managed to work out an agreement that worked for both cities and would be reviewed in 4 years. Everyone worked hard, meeting once or more per week, at all hours of the day and night. Both cities were committed to the firefighters who had stuck with us despite the way they had been treated and had served us so well. We were ahead of "regionalization," which is now the buzz word. We had a shared department that was running smoothly and could have been the basis for further regionalization. We had a terrific Fire Chief who was respected in both communities and by other departments in the county.
Andy C August 10, 2011 at 09:10 PM
pat you continue to live in a fantasy land. You leave out a key fact while pumping up the history of the department - THE COSTS ARE TOO MUCH!!!! As a tax payer, I see this clearly. You on the other hand, never see this point and only continue to lobby for more costs that can not be afforded right now.
Andy C August 10, 2011 at 09:15 PM
I do have copies of all bills and receipts that were used to fleece the city residents for the "update". It is tough to prove as the City Council (Grocott) was complicit in sending the "update" out on behalf of the Fire Union. If you have any other "Community Updates" that have been sent out prior to or after this scam took place, I would be happy to see them. They do not exist... There is a long statute of limitations for this kind of fraud so there is still plenty of time to run with this. Some of us do have to actually work and we cannot sit at City Hall on someone else's dime.
Kenny Porpora August 10, 2011 at 09:21 PM
@Andy C - Hi Andy, please email me at kenny@patch.com when you get a free second. I would like to discuss your above comment. Thanks.
pat bell August 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM
You have once again misrepresented my views. You are so off-base that it's not worth arguing with you.


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