Menlo Park Firefighters Vow to Protect Facebook

Social media company agrees to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for enhanced services.

Facebook agreed this week to pay for devices that will let Menlo Park firefighters turn red stop lights green.

Facebook and the signed a service agreement this week in which Facebook agreed to pay for “traffic-pre-emption devices,” the fire protection district announced Thursday. These devices will give firefighters the right of the way on the roads that lead to 1601 Willow Road, where in Menlo Park. 

“We are very appreciative of the financial and community support is providing to help support emergency response, so the fire district can respond quickly in any emergency situation to the eastern areas of Menlo Park,” said Harold Schapelhouman, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief. 

committed to paying up to $300,000 to enhance the fire department’s ability to respond to emergencies and support safety enhancement projects in the area. will get $75,000 when the campus at 1601 Willow Road is finished. When the company has more than 3,600 employees on that site, Facebook will pay the Fire Protection District $75,000 more. The other $150,000 will be paid when the company develops the second half of their campus across the street.

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