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At a Glance
Ensuring public safety is a top priority of the County of San Mateo. The Board of Supervisors has allocated local sales tax funds (Measure K) to build a new regional operations center that will house 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatchers and other key disaster-response personnel, purchase new firefighting equipment, prepare former jail inmates for jobs and improve school safety, among other initiatives.
New Engines, Support Vehicles Bolster Fire Protection
New powerful fire engines plus smaller off-road wildland engines are coming into service in some of San Mateo County's most diverse and challenging regions. The engines are going into service as front-line protection against structure and forest fires and can provide assistance in the event of vehicle crashes, floods, mudslides, earthquakes and other emergencies. Additional vehicles are coming into service for in-the-field incident commanders, fire marshals and support staff. Learn more.
The County’s Emergency Operations Center is in the basement of a building that was constructed during President Dwight Eisenhower’s first term.
With the Cold War long over, the County is trading in its cramped and outdated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a new $37 million building to coordinate the response to disasters. It will also serve as a home for the County's 9-1-1 public safety dispatchers, a secure data center and the daily offices of the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services and Division of Homeland Security of the Sheriff’s Office. Learn more.
San Mateo County officials on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, broke ground on a new $8 million fire station in Skylonda that will give firefighters modernized quarters and speed up public safety response to the remote surrounding community. Donning hard hats and painted gold shovels on the existing Skyline Boulevard site, District Three County Supervisor Don Horsley, County Manager John Maltbie, Public Works Director Jim Porter and others key to the project kicked off the first steps toward constructing a two-story, 12,037-square-foot main building and a 1,638-square-foot vehicle building. Learn more.
Human trafficking — it’s modern-day slavery, the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise, and it’s happening right here in San Mateo County. Mike Brosnan, the County's first Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, was hired with local sales tax (Measure K) funds to prevent the exploitation of children and adults for sex or labor. Learn more.
The San Mateo County Parks Department and the Human Services Agency have partnered to create the Re-Enty Employment Preparation program with Measure K funding to help reduce recidivism among individuals released from state prison. Supportive vocational training offers adults re-entering the community from prison a chance to gain valuable experience in technical skills as well as soft skills. Learn more.