San Francisco first responders prepare for next major quake on 1906 anniversary

 – San Francisco’s first responders took the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake as an opportunity to prepare for the next major quake.

For the city of San Francisco April 18 is a day to remember the 1906 earthquake. But, the city is also looking forward, preparing for the next big one.

First responders saying the exchange of information from all areas impacted by a major earthquake will be critical. “How will I communicate with our neighboring counties to see how badly they are effected,” said Jonathan Baxter from San Francisco Fire Department. “What resources they need and then what resources they can give to us.”

San Francisco’s Fire Department also backing planned improvements to fire house 35 in particular the boat docks where marine units are ready to respond.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted unanimously to allow the construction of a new two story fire boat station and to replace the aging dock creating room for an additional  boat and a number of Jetskis to be housed here.

Fire fighters say with water on three sides of the city the fire boats are critical to responding to the next great quake just as they did in 1989 when fire support from the water helped save the city’s marina district. “That vehicle, the boat, is going to be able to provide a complete water source if needed,” said Baxter. “1989, if we didn’t have that fire boat pumping water from the bay I don’t want to speculate. But, we’ve all seen what occurred.”

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