JUN
13

Contra Costa County Residents Can Now Text 911 for an Emergency

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) - If you live in Contra Costa County, you can now text 911 in the event of an emergency.  The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff announced the news on Wednesday.  Authorities say during an emergency it's still advised to call 911 first, but if you are unable to speak or in a situation where it is unsafe to speak, you can send a text to 911.  Here's how it works: To send a text, enter the numbers 911 in the "To" field.  The body of the text sh...
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MAR
30

LACK OF FUNDING HAS CRIPPLED EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND FIRE SERVICES IN EAST CONTRA COSTA

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_-PCqwiMK4&w=560&h=315] “You Can Help Improve Our Fire Services” It is a fact: public safety is critical to the quality of life we all expect for our families. It is also a fact that the level of fire and medical services in East Contra Costa County is unacceptable. The time it takes to travel from a fire station to a public safety emergency in the district is more than twice as long as it should be – currently around 10 minutes. If you have ever...
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MAR
31

Vote YES! for Rapid 9-1-1 Emergency Fire Response Services in East Contra Costa County

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Vote YES! for Rapid 9-1-1 Emergency Fire Response Services in East Contra Costa County! A federal grant that kept two of your local East Contra Costa County fire stations open, recently expired and cannot be renewed or extended. Unless new revenue is secured now, two local fire stations must close permanently and 18 Firefighter/EMT positions will be eliminated. This would leave 250 square miles and over 100,000 residents in East County with just three fire stations and nine on-duty Firefighter/E...
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OCT
22

Contra Costa Regional Fire Comms Center Upgrades New 9-1-1 Telephone System

The Contra Costa Regional Fire Communications Center (CCRFCC) in Pleasant Hill reports the installation of a new telephone system that will aid in improved services to its’ customers. “The need to decrease response times by reducing (9-1 -1) call processing times and the need to improve current technology gave us the opportunity to upgrade our existing equipment to a system that can meet the demands of our growing community. NG9-1-1 technology has provided those tools for us.” Read more
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AUG
24

Overview Of The 9-1-1 Emergency Fire Response Measure For East Contra Costa Fire District

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A federal grant that keeps two of our local fire stations open is set to expire in November and cannot be renewed or extended. Unless new revenue is secured now, two local fire stations must close permanently and 18 firefighter/EMT positions will be eliminated. This would leave 250 square miles and over 100,000 residents in East County with just three fire stations and nine on-duty firefighter/EMTs to keep us safe. If two more fire stations close this year and we lose 40% of the firefighter/EMTs...
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AUG
16

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) - Introduction

Getting emergency medical help to your location requires many partnerships when calling 9-1-1: a 9-1-1 telephone system must route calls to a dispatch center; the dispatch center must gather information and communicate it to field personnel; field personnel must stabilize the patient; the ambulance and/or helicopter must transport the patient to the hospital; the hospital must triage the patient, possibly further stabilize the patient, and send him or her to the appropriate specialist. Below you...
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FEB
27

1-1-2 Emergency Telephone Number FACTS

You may have seen recent posts on social media sites urging people in the U.S. to dial 1-1-2 rather than 9-1-1 in certain emergencies. This is bad advice. The posts claim that 1-1-2 is especially effective if you are being pulled over in your car and want to ensure that you are dealing with the police. It also claims that by dialing 1-1-2, your call will be answered faster and may go directly to the police.  Here are the facts: FACT: 1-1-2 is the European emergency number. Several wireless ...
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FEB
02

Quick Trauma Care Video - From the Field to Trauma Center

An interesting 5 min. video on what happens when a trauma patient is taken to the trauma center with injuries sustained from a vehicle accident. In this video the injuries are simulated but the experience and care given by the CALSTAR flight crew and medical teams at the Kaiser Trauma Center in Vacaville are real. Seconds do count towards the "golden hour" of trauma care, starting with a quick response from the fire department and ambulance provider through a 911 call. Personnel on scene at the ...
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NOV
07

Thank You To Supporters Of Measure Q

Supporters of Measure Q, I would like to thank all of you who supported our efforts to pass Measure Q. It is rewarding to see that the majority of the voters within the district support the Measure but unfortunately in this state a parcel tax requires a 2/3’s vote in order to pass, which we will not get this election. On behalf of the fire fighters of Local 1230 who proudly serve the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, I want to thank the elected officials that supported this measure a...
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NOV
01

Response Analysis - Fire vs. EMS Calls

Does your Fire District still respond to fires? There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding the primary mission of the Fire District and why we respond to medical emergencies. Your Fire District, like many other fire departments across the country, has evolved from its traditional role of just being a fire department to being an “all hazards” emergency response organization. As the table below illustrates, the District responds to a wide variety of incidents including fire, rescue, and...
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OCT
06

The Importance Of Measure Q and the Partnership Between Fire and EMS


Why is this Ballot Measure so Important: The Fire Agencies are our (American Medical Response Ambulance) partners and need help to get the Measure passed to ensure current FD stations remain open and adequate FD personnel levels are maintained. In addition to contractual compliance metrics, AMR measures our EMS system success on community/patient outcomes. These are achieved through collaborative efforts with response times, joint treatment skills/intervention and rapid transport. Together we ac...
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SEP
30

Give Five For Our Firefighters

We are your local firefighters, and we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. When a fire rages or accident happens, every second of response time is critical. We work hard to provide capable, quick response when you dial 9-1-1. But now, we need your help. Please consider contributing to the “Yes on Measure Q” campaign today, to help us spread the word about the importance of Measure Q. The economic downturn has hurt us all, and the loss of revenue has made it harder for us to do...
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AUG
05

The Relationship Of Fire Department First Response To Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Fire services play a vital role in providing an engine "first response" to 9-1-1 medical emergencies. In some areas (Moraga-Orinda and San Ramon Valley) fire services also provide emergency ambulance response. In other areas of Contra Costa County, emergency ambulance response to 9-1-1 calls is provided by a private company, American Medical Response (AMR). With significant budgetary pressures currently affecting nearly all public sector entities, Contra Costa County has already been impacted by...
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FEB
20

New Content Added to Our Website Under FAQ - Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Getting emergency medical help to your location requires many partnerships when calling 9-1-1: a 9-1-1 telephone system must route calls to a dispatch center; the dispatch center must gather information and communicate it to field personnel; field personnel must stabilize the patient; the ambulance and/or helicopter must transport the patient to the hospital; the hospital must triage the patient, possibly further stabilize the patient, and send him or her to the appropriate specialist. Click on ...
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