Menlo Park Fire District Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman stressed that not having such an electronic alarm when no one is there - especially when fires spark during off school hours - can be detrimental. This was evidenced, he pointed out, during the 3:45 a.m. fire Thursday at the private, nonprofit Beechwood Elementary on Terminal Avenue.
"If we knew there was a problem," Schapelhouman said, "we can respond and arrive more quickly."
This is a news report from NBC Bay Area (9/15/2012) that talks about this issue and the challenges faced.
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