More than 15 San Francisco neighborhoods could burn to the ground due to a lack of water at the SF Fire Department’s disposal after a major earthquake.
A plan to expand the city’s emergency firefighting network was stalled for years because of political interference and one city agency’s refusal to ask voters for the money that is needed to protect neighborhoods in the southern and western parts of the city. Critics say alternative plans being promoted are likely to fail, leaving vulnerable city residents, like seniors and the disabled, to perish in a firestorm due to the city’s negligence or to suffer the consequences of disease and other maladies due to a lack of fresh water after a disaster.
NOV, 2017: FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ THE FULL STORY
NOV., 2017: LINK TO COMMENTARY BY THOMAS W. DOUDIET, RETIRED ASSISTANT DEPUTY CHIEF WITH THE SF FIRE DEPARTMENT
DEC., 2017: LINK TO EDITOR PAUL KOZAKIEWICZ’S COMMENTARY RELATED TO THIS SUBJECT
DEC., 2017: LINK TO THE RESPONSE FROM CITY AGENCIES REGARDING OUR FIREFIGHTING STORIES.
JAN., 2018: LINK TO THE JANUARY REPLY BY THOMAS W. DOUDIET TO THE DECEMBER RESPONSE FROM CITY AGENCIES REGARDING OUR FIREFIGHTING STORIES.
FEB., 2018: LINK TO “SFPUC RELEASES 12 NEW OPTIONS FOR FIRE FIGHTING.”
MAR., 2018: LINK TO “AGENCIES CHOOSE PLAN TO FIGHT FIRES AFTER QUAKE.”
FEB., 2019: LINK TO STORY ABOUT USING WATER FROM LAKE MERCED TO FIGHT FIRES.
MAR., 2019: LINK TO TOM DOUTIET’S LETTER RESPONDING TO THE CITY’S LATEST PROPOSAL.
JULY 17, 2019: LINK TO PRESS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO CIVIL GRAND JURY URGES CITY TO UPDATE FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES.