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  • Prior to contracting with Electro-Motion, we did our own maintenance, which was very little due to lack of qualified staff and budget concerns. We have four diesel units at our various high schools and none were in great operating condition. Electro-Motion came in and provided us with professional services and brought our generators up to full operational capability. We are also considered emergency shelters due to unforseen natural disasters; and we need our generators to support this type of operation.

    John Schultz
    Director of Operations/Maintenance/Health-Safety & Transportation
    Jefferson Union High School District

    San Francisco Power Outage

    April 27, 2017

    San Francisco Power Outage 4-21-2017

    On Friday morning, April 21st, a massive power outage caused by a fire at PG&E's Larkin Street Substation struck San Francisco's Financial District, leaving nearly 90,000 residents (roughly 1 in 10) without power, closing down the Montgomery BART station hub, and bringing traffic to a standstill due to impacted traffic signals. The San Francisco Fire Department responded to more than 100 calls for service, including 20 stuck elevators in multiple buildings with people trapped inside. While there were no injuries due to the outage, emergency backup power systems in hospitals kicked in, allowing them to stay in operation for their patients. Other businesses were not as lucky for the 7 hours that the outage lasted. Of the nearly 50 generators that Electro-Motion performs preventive maintenance on in San Francisco, we only received one emergency call (and it wasn't even service-related) - all other units we service operated as designed.

    In a world that relies so heavily on electricity, being prepared is the best defense against power outages; and proactive, preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure your backup power system is in good working condition in the event of an emergency.


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