SF Examiner: ‘Report: Large parts of SF “not adequately protected” from fires after major earthquake’

Areas impacted by Grand Jury report include parts of District 7. From SF Examiner. Source: https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/report-large-parts-of-sf-not-adequately-protected-from-fires-after-major-earthquake

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Report: Large parts of SF ‘not adequately protected’ from fires after major earthquake

Civil grand jury urges expansion of emergency firefighting water system

JOSHUA SABATINI

Sep. 22, 2019 1:30 a.m.

San Francisco’s high-pressure fire-fighting water system protects some of the densest neighborhoods but large parts of The City are not covered by it, leaving residents “inadequately protected” from blazes after a major earthquake.

A recent civil grand jury report, “Act Now Before It Is Too Late: Aggressively Expand and Enhance Our High-Pressure Emergency Firefighting Water System,” raised the alarm about the lack of coverage for neighborhoods like the Sunset, Richmond and Bayview.

Stephen Garber, who served on the civil grand jury, said that “to have large areas of The City not adequately protected is simply wrong.”

“This is not a new issue. The City has known about it for years. We are not criticizing anybody in the past, but the question is how quickly can we act and what can we do now,” Garber said during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing on the report.

The Auxiliary Water Supply System, also known as the Emergency Firefighting Water System, dates back to 1913 and was installed in response to the fire following the Great Earthquake of 1906. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission operates the independent system, which delivers water at high pressures, comprising 135 miles of pipeline and 150 cisterns. Continue reading “SF Examiner: ‘Report: Large parts of SF “not adequately protected” from fires after major earthquake’”

Nov 30: SFFD Safety Fair at City College

From SF Fire Dept:

San Francisco Fire Department Fire Prevention and Public Education Community Safety Fair

San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Battalion 9 will hold a Community Safety Fair for members of the public. This fair will include Fire Prevention and Education material, demonstrations, and answers to inspection questions. SFFD EMS members will teach hands only CPR, and our Recruitment team will be available to answer questions related to our Departments hiring process. Free Smoke detectors will be available while supplies last to residents of San Francisco.  Details below.  Continue reading “Nov 30: SFFD Safety Fair at City College”