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Redwood City Fire Department Praises Oracle for its Community Spirit and Contributions - Presentation Ceremony Planned

Redwood City, CA - November 25, 2003 - As the world's largest enterprise software company, Oracle Corporation has consistently been a technology leader. And, as a Redwood City corporate neighbor it has also been a leader in responding to local community needs. One shining example is Oracle’s ongoing commitment to supporting the Redwood City Fire Department (RCFD).

The Department will be publicly recognizing Oracle for its support over the years, at a special presentation ceremony on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:00 pm outside Oracle’s building 600, located at 600 Oracle Parkway in Redwood City. Mayor Jeff Ira, Fire Chief Gerry Kohlmann, and fire fighting staff will attend to honor this example of public/private cooperation and corporate responsibility.

In 1996, the RCFD asked Oracle to be part of its emergency/disaster planning process, resulting in a great deal of mutual preparation and logistical planning. This relationship is crucial given the great number of people within the Oracle facilities in Redwood City. Beyond that involvement, Oracle has shown a deep commitment to the community. The corporation underwrote a portion of the funding for a three-day disaster training program for RCFD staff, and has provided its facilities for a variety of training and fire-fighting exercises by RCFD and other agencies.

Oracle also contributed funding for the RCFD to purchase its first Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC), a tool which has become a critical weapon in the City’s public safety arsenal. The TIC responds to heat signatures allowing fire fighters to see “behind” smoke from a burning building and identify people that may still be threatened. It also allows them to determine a fire’s intensity at different locations, and even to locate nighttime car-wreck victims that may have been thrown from a vehicle. Oracle’s contribution toward the TIC represents a clear commitment to ensuring the public safety throughout Redwood City.

More recently, Oracle helped underwrite the printing of RCFD “trading cards” which are a key tool in helping to build relationships between our fire fighters and members of the public, particularly kids. The trading cards, featuring pictures and “statistics” of RCFD staff, are a big hit at schools, at special events, and even on the street when a fire fighter makes contact with the public.

The trading cards enhance the RCFD’s ability to not only connect with the community, but to connect as role models to kids while delivering a fire safety message as well as the message that "you can be a firefighter, too!"

Oracle has also taken the lead in employee safety by installing Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout its facilities, devices which vastly improve the odds of survival following a heart attack.

Oracle’s involvement clearly shows their commitment to being a leader in our community and illustrates their belief that public safety is not solely the City’s job, but is a responsibility shared with our corporate neighbors.

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff. The Redwood City Fire Department’s website is

Oracle’s website is located at Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

Contact: Gerry Kohlmann, Chief
Redwood City Fire Department
(650) 780-7451


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