MAY
18

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Academy #49 in Video

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JUN
27

Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County

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Just a reminder that ALL fireworks of any kind including the "safe and sane" type are ILLEGAL in Contra Costa County. Sale, possession or discharge of fireworks is illegal, constitutes a misdemeanor and is a violation of Contra Costa County Ordinance, section 44-2.002 Being in the 4th year of a major drought, local vegetation is extremely dry and fires can spread rapidly. Weather is forecast to be in the upper 80's to 100 degrees in the week leading up to the 4th of July. Please take extra preca...
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JUN
07

Pool Safety Resources

We've updated some of our links on our pool safety page on our website. Please take a moment to take a look. These safety tips are a good reminder with the recent tragedy in Concord ( KTVU story ). Drowning Prevention - Backyard and community pools are popular with children and adults of all ages but owning or operating one is a major responsibility. Take every step possible to prevent unintended injuries in and around pools and spas. Learn about the hazard of drain entrapment and what to look f...
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APR
20

Doctors Medical Center Closing April 21 - List of Resources for West County Healthcare

Doctors Medical Center Closing April 21   As of April 21, Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo will be closing and no longer accepting patients. The following information will help you find urgent medical care or primary care services in West Contra Costa or free medical advice by phone to help you decide what kind of care you need. Information provided by Contra Costa Health Services http://bit.ly/1CXwZFg
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MAR
27

Traffic Information for Memorial Service in Pinole Saturday March 28th 2015

Memorial services for Pinole Fire Captain Richard Voisey will be held on Saturday, March 28th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church beginning at 1:00 pm. Pinole Fire Captain Richard "Rich" Voisey passed away at home after a two year battle with brain cancer. Rich served the City of Pinole Fire Department for 35 years and was a lifelong citizen of Pinole. Captain Voisey 's Memorial will have full Fire Service honors. West County Battalion 7 and EI Cerrito fire stations will be covered by mutual aid eng...
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MAR
13

Job Announcement For FIREFIGHTER – RECRUIT and FIREFIGHTER – PARAMEDIC RECRUIT

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ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ONLY The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is seeking enthusiastic women and men interested in establishing a challenging career in the fire service. Firefighters and Firefighter - Paramedics employed by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District engage directly in firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster responses, fire prevention, public education, and community service. No prior firefighting experien...
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MAR
12

Funeral Service Information For Line Of Duty Death: Pinole Fire Captain Richard John Voisey

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The City of Pinole Fire Department and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 are saddened to announce the line of duty death of Pinole Fire Captain Richard Voisey. Richard Voisey served the City of Pinole as a firefighter for 35 years, rising in the ranks from volunteer firefighter to Fire Captain. Captain Richard Voisey, passed away surrounded by his family on March 4, 2015 at age 54, due to occupational brain cancer.  Richard Voisey was a loving husband, f...
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MAR
04

Passing of Retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey

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March 4, 2015 Friends and Community Members, It is with great sadness that we inform you that Pinole Fire Captain and retired Local 1230 Vice President Rich Voisey, passed away this morning after a two year battle with occupational brain cancer which forced him to cut his career short. Rich passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family. Rich is well known to the citizens of Pinole; having been a lifelong citizen and servant of the city for the majority of his life. Rich raised his family...
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JAN
30

PRESS RELEASE - PARTNERSHIP TO AID VICTIMS OF EMERGENCIES ANNOUNCED

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release PARTNERSHIP TO AID VICTIMS OF EMERGENCIES ANNOUNCED Fire Departments Will Now Provide Gift Cards To Families In Need Friday, January 30th, 2015 “For victims of fire or other natural disaster, the aftermath can be devastating. Fires and natural disasters not only wreak havoc on the emotional state of its victims, but also their financial state. Often left with just the clothes on their back, victims of fire or other natural dis...
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JAN
25

Meal Train Established For One of Our Own Who's Battling Cancer

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TakeThemAMeal.com has established a meal train/meal schedule on behalf of retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey and his family. Rich is a retired Pinole Fire Captain as well as a previous Vice President of our organization. He has been battling cancer for quite some time and has recently been put in the care of hospice. The Voisey family has requested assistance with dinners. This will allow them to spend more time with Rich during his final days. We would like to aim for 3 dinners a week. The...
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JAN
16

Reopening of CCCFPD Station 11 and Staffing of EMS Squad 1

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is proud to announce that effective today (1/16/15) at 8:00 am the Fire District will restaff Fire Station 11 in Clayton and staff EMS Squad 1 from Station 1 in Walnut Creek. This expansion in their staffing with the addition of two operational units will greatly improve their response capacity to better serve the communities. After several years of service reductions which included the closing of five fire stations and de-staffing of two addition...
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DEC
09

MAJOR STORM TO IMPACT AREA WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY

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The National Weather Service (NWS) San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area has issued an alert for a powerful storm system that will begin to spread rain into the North Bay by Wednesday afternoon and  spread south overnight. Heavy rain, possible thunderstorms, and strong winds are expected through Thursday evening across the entire area. Be prepared for possible widespread downed trees and power lines, urban and small stream flooding, possible flash flooding, and debris flows. Possibility of 1.5" -...
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DEC
03

Creek and Flood Channel Safety Information

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With the forecast for heavy rains over the next few days our normally calm creeks and channels can become full of swift moving water and debris without warning. Please stay out of the creeks and channels and  Stay Alive! We must take advantage of this opportunity to speak to our children and friends about the dangers of fast moving storm water and the almost certain fate that awaits anyone who goes into rain swollen creeks and channels. The flood control channels are part of our community’s...
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NOV
30

Sandbag Locations In Unincorporated Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is providing information on sandbags for the unincorporated areas of the County. Residents must provide their own shovel and transportation. Sand and the bags are available at: Richmond: West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond. Sandbags are cached on site in a container at the sand cradle located on the south side of the facility public parking area. Bay Point: Ambrose Recreation & Park Center — 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. ...
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NOV
11

Veteran's Day 2014

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On behalf of all the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, we wish to express our gratitude to all active & retired service members who have proudly protected our country & served honorably. Thank you for your service to our Country!
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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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SEP
25

Reopening of Fire Station 75 in Rodeo - PRESS RELEASE

RODEO HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT  MEDIA RELEASE DATE:  October 1, 2014 TIME:  11:00 AM TYPE OF EVENT:  Reopening of Fire Station 75 in Rodeo LOCATION:  Fire Station 75 Rodeo, 326 Third Street, Rodeo, CA. TOTAL FIRE PERSONNEL PROMOTING/GRADUATING:  13 GENERAL INFORMATION: On October 1, 2014 the Rodeo Hercules Fire District is proud to announce the following promotions/appointments of 13 personnel. Two (2) of our members have promoted to the rank of fire captain, three (3...
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AUG
29

CCCFPD Fire Academy 46 Graduation

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Congratulations to the 17 recruit firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire Academy #46 who will graduate this morning in Concord. Some of these new recruits will be working on your neighborhood fire engine starting tomorrow morning! Best of luck to them during their probation assignments.
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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
24

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Are you prepared for an earthquake? Do you know how to survive an earthquake? Have you assembled a mini-survival kit for your home or car? Has your family or co-workers planned for an earthquake? These answers and more can be found on the following earthquake preparedness informational website by FEMA.gov. Please take a moment to browse and prepare yourself, your family, and your workplace for the next earthquake. http://www.fema.gov/earthquake
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JUL
31

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day - Help Spread the Word

Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies while unattended in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk – the death toll this summer has already reached 18. July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Safe Kids is working to get the message out about the dangers of heatstroke and how to prevent these tragedies from occurring. We can prevent heatstroke with your help. - See mor...
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JUL
21

President Wells' Speech From Annual CCCFPD Memorial Service

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To those that were not in attendance at today's memorial service in Concord at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Training Division, we would like to share President Wells' speech: On behalf of the members of Local 1230 I wou ld like to thank you for coming to this memorial service to join us as we remember our fallen firefighters. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Local 1230 Honor Guard for their participation in this service and for the many other services they provi...
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JUN
21

First Official Day of Summer Makes for a Busy Day for Firefighters

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As the first official day of summer comes to a close, firefighters throughout the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District continue to brace for a long and busy summe r. With resources in the CCCFPD still stretched dangerously thin, as 7 of their 30 fire companies have been de-staffed or experienced station closures, crews from all over the district were kept hazardously busy. Shortly before 2 pm (1:44) a grass fire in El Sobrante initially began as a small ¼ acre incident but quickly grew e...
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JUN
12

RODEO-HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT PASSES

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County  Press Release RODEO-HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT PASSES Much Needed Revenue Will Allow a Shuttered Fire Station to Re-Open   Thursday, June 12th, 2014 The Rodeo-Hercules Fire Board announced a victory at last night’s board meeting on the passing of a benefit assessment for Fire and Emergency Services. The assessment, which was approved by the board at the same meeting, will bring up to a million dollars of much neede...
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MAY
05

Start Of 2014 Wildland Fire Season In The Bay Area

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APR
28

CCCFPD Lateral Job Announcements for Firefighter and Firefighter Paramedic

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) has established a lateral entry recruitment program for skilled Firefighters and Firefighter-Paramedics. Deadline is this Friday, May 2nd at 5:00 pm. Read announcements for details: Lateral Firefighter Lateral Firefighter-Paramedic
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APR
11

Napa, CA: Death of child in crash leads to parents to get carseats checked - KTVU news story

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APR
05

Unattended Stove Top Fire Causes Fire in Bay Point, CA

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Bay Point, CA -- A fire this afternoon in Bay Point could have been prevented: CCCFPD fire crews responded to a house fire that began as an unattended stove top fire. The fire on Seaview Drive in Bay Point caused significant damage to the  single family home. The best way to prevent a fire from happening in the kitchen is to never leave food unattended while cooking, even if you leave for just a few seconds. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. According to the USFA/FEMA, un...
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MAR
30

Contra Costa Firefighter Headed To Boston To Pay Respects

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Contra Costa County Fire District Engineer and Honor Guard Member Jason Conner will be traveling to Boston tomorrow, Monday, March 31st to represent Local 1230 Firefighters and pay respects to Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who lost their lives in a 9 alarm structure fire last week in Boston. In 2007 when we lost two of our own firefighters in a fatal residential structure fire in San Pablo, several members of the Boston Fire Department attended our services at the Concord Pavi...
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MAR
27

"Squish Out Cancer" Fundraiser

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The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, on behalf of the East Contra Costa Firefighters would like to thank the community for its generous support of our "Squish Out Cancer" Pancake Fundraiser that was held at Fire Station 93, in Oakley on Saturday morning, March 22nd, 2014. We were humbled to have the opportunity to serve over 500 pancakes breakfasts in support of 3 year old, Quentin "Squish" Rios as he battles brain cancer. In partnership with participants we w...
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MAR
26

Boston Firefighters Mourned In Contra Costa County

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County mourn with our Brothers and Sisters from Boston Firefighters Local 718 who suffered a tragic loss today, losing two of their own on a 9 alarm structure fire. While the details are still unclear, what will always be clear is the ever present danger and the complete and utter loss for words that every firefighter in Contra Costa County has at this moment. We are reminded of our own loss in 2007 and were grateful for the outpouring of support ...
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FEB
23

Sandbag Locations Throughout Contra Costa County

  ANTIOCH:  1201 W 4th St – Maintenance Center Limit 20 - Cost: $1 - DO IT YOURSELF Open from 700 am -400 pm Some are left out after hours in case of emergencies BRENTWOOD: 2201 Elkins Way – Public Works Department Limit 4 – already filled by gate CLAYTON: 5901 Heritage Trail – Corp Yard 1st 25 free, additional $.25 each Limit of 100, DO IT YOURSELF CONCORD: 1455 Gasoline Alley – Corp Yard Limit 25 free to residents with proof of residency Call ahead for pickup from 700 am - 500 pm wee...
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FEB
22

Contra Costa County Firefighters Back Mark DeSaulnier for Congress

For Immediate Release February 19, 2014 Contact: Dave Jacobson,  (818) 943-2348 Shallman Communications   CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 1230 BACK MARK DESAULNIER FOR CONGRESS   DeSaulnier Wins Essential Public Safety Endorsement in CA-11 Bid CONTRA COSTA, CA  —Today Mark DeSaulnier won a weighty public safety endorsement from the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 in his campaign to succeed Rep. George Miller in the 11 th Congress...
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FEB
08

Online Chat Planned for Monday, February 10 on future of ECCFPD

Online chat planned for Monday, February 10th, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 pm:   We encourage your participation in this forum, as this is YOUR fire district and its future depends on you! Please help spread the word on your social media sites.ECCFPD Fire Chief Hugh Henderson, Vince Wells, president of Local 1230, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, and East County Times reporter Rowena Coetsee will be a part of the online chat.In order to participate you will need to r...
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FEB
07

CREEK & FLOOD CHANNEL SAFETY AWARENESS

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With the forecast for heavy rains over the next few days our normally calm creeks and channels can become full of swift moving water and debris without warning. Please stay out of the creeks and channels and Stay Alive! We must take advantage of this opportunity to speak to our children and friends about the dangers of fast moving storm water and the almost certain fate that awaits anyone who goes into rain swollen creeks and channels. The flood control channels are part of our community’s infra...
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JAN
07

Humanity At Its Finest...

While shopping for food at Safeway today in Concord (1/7/14), a  Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  Fire Crew were called to a medical emergency. The fire crew had to leave their groceries at the check stand and go. The fire crew subsequently responded to 2 more medical emergencies after that. When they returned to the grocery store to get their food for the shift, the clerk had already bagged their food and said the lady in line behind them already paid for their food today. Thank yo...
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DEC
17

Come See Santa at the Firehouse

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County have been in direct contact with Santa Claus, and he has agreed to visit all of our Fire Stations beginning Friday night, December 20th!! Santa's Fire Station Schedule, will be as follows: Friday 12/20 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Station 94, 15 A Street, Knightsen Saturday 12/21 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Station 52, 201 John Muir Parkway, Brentwood Saturday 12/21 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Station 54, 739 First Str...
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DEC
13

ANTIOCH HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES RESIDENTS

At 11:27 PM last night on December 12th crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a structure fire at 405 Minner Ave in Antioch. Upon arrival the first engine found a fully involved travel trailer on the side of the house. Fire had also extended into the attic of the adjacent home as well as a fence on the side yard. All of the occupants made it safely out of the house and subsequent searches found nobody inside either the house or the trailer. The fire...
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OCT
06

Frequently Asked Questions - Page 2

What is fire and why do firefighters say seconds count? Is it true firefighters are paid to sleep? What do they do during the day when not responding to calls? Do taxpayers really pay for their meals? Find out the answers to more frequently asked questions and others on our FAQ 2 page. http://www.contracostafirefighters.org/index.cfm?section=29&pagenum=336
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SEP
09

PRESS RELEASE - MT. DIABLO INCIDENT

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County   PRESS STATEMENT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells September 9, 2013 (925) 768-5374 or [email protected]   MORGAN TERRITORY FIRE UPDATE ConFire's first priority is ensuring the community is safe CLAYTON - Vince Wells, President, IAFF Local #1230 released the following statement: "Today there will be 300 additional firefighters on the Mt Diablo Incident, bringing the total fire fighting force to close to 800...
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SEP
09

Morgan Fire - Mt. Diablo Incident Information/Updates

For updates to the "Morgan Fire" on Mt. Diablo check the link below provided by CAL Fire's Incident Information website. http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=908
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SEP
05

PRESS RELEASE - CCCFPD EMS Squad Pilot Program Agreement By Firefighters

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells Tel: 925-768-5374 Email: [email protected] CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FIREFIGHTERS OVERWHELMINGLY AGREE TO A SQUAD  PILOT PROGRAM, AN ALTERNATIVE SERVICE MODEL FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE. Martinez, CA - Starting Friday, September 6th at 0800, Firefighters from the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County overwhelmingly agreed to support pilot...
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SEP
01

Frequently Asked Questions - Page 1

How much do you pay for fire services in the County? How does the cost of Contra Costa County Fire compare to other fire departments? How are fire engines staffed and why (pre-2013) What are some tasks firefighters do at fires other than extinguishing the fire? Find out the answers to some frequently asked questions and more on our FAQ 1 page. http://bit.ly/hEOB53
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AUG
28

Contra Costa County Firefighters Assist Fairfield (CA) FD with Large 7-Alarm Conflagration

On many levels this incident demonstrates how quickly a conflagration can develop and the importance of effective prevention, hazard mitigation, and response capabilities of a local fire department. Fire crews from around the area including crews from Contra Costa County Fire and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District assisted in the firefighting efforts through an initial attack/immediate need County Strike Team. http://bit.ly/14D1sfi  
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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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JUL
21

Six Year Anniversary Of Line Of Duty Deaths In Contra Costa County

It was on this day 6 years ago, when Fire Captain Matt Burton and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty attempting to rescue Mr. and Mrs. Moore. This tragic event took place on Michelle Drive in Montalvin Manor, San Pablo. All four lives were lost leaving behind family and friends who cherished their them. Both Matt and Scott left behind their parents, wives and children. Matt with two...
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JUL
19

Commendation From CCCFPD for Fire Crews with Rescues

On two separate occasions over the last few weeks, Contra Costa County Fire crews have performed vital rescues, despite recent fire station closures and reductions in staffing levels. Your Contra Costa County Fire crews continue to limit the damage and loss from structure fires, prevent vegetation fires from spreading to threatened homes, and save countless lives by providing quick and efficient paramedic level service from every fire engine. Below are two recent examples of the extraordinary wo...
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JUN
18

CCCFPD Fire Station Closure – Station 87 (Pittsburg) Community Meeting Scheduled

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Press Release Subject: Fire Station Closure – Station 87 (Pittsburg) Community Meeting Scheduled  Release Date: June 18, 2013 Contact: Lewis Broschard, Fire Marshal [email protected] 925-941-3520 Office 925-383-5017 Cell 925-941-3309 Fax  The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting a meeting to discuss the impending closure of Fire Station 87 on West Leland Road in Pittsburg. The closure is necessary to close a budget deficit...
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APR
30

2013 Fire Season Begins in Contra Costa County

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Contra Costa County Fire has started full wildland responses effective today, Tuesday, April 30th as fire season has begun in Contra Costa County. The 2013 fire season is upon us. This winter saw below average rainfall for California and the County. Recent hot weather, coupled with wind events, has lead to premature drying of the light fuels and lower than normal fuel moistures in the Medium and Heavy wildland fuels. Early brush fires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties demonstrated rapid rates ...
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APR
30

Press Release - Re-opening of East Contra Costa Fire Station #54

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release Subject: Great news for Local 1230 Firefighters and the communities they protect. Date: April 30th, 2013 Contact: Vince Wells, President [email protected] 925-932-1230 Tomorrow morning May 1, at 0800 hours, East Contra Costa County Fire District, Fire Station 54, will be re-opened. Fire Station 54 is located in downtown Brentwood. Tomorrow it will be re-opened and staffed with three firefighters per day as it was prior ...
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APR
02

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder Announces Retirement

April 2nd, 2013 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Daryl Louder announced his retirement yesterday, to be effective October 31st, 2013. Chief Louder was hired as the Fire Chief in June, 2012 after a nationwide search. Prior to joining Contra Costa County Fire, Chief Louder worked for the Fairfax County Fire Department in Virginia for over 27 years. In a letter to the Board of Directors, Chief Louder cited the difficulty in balancing growing personal and family commitments on...
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JAN
15

Press Release From Local 1230 President Vince Wells Regarding CCCFPD Fire Station Closures Effective Jan. 15, 2013

Citizens served by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District: As of 0800 this morning (01/15/13), the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) has closed 3 fire stations and has reduced two of them to part time stations shared by one crew. The closed stations include Station 4 in South Walnut Creek, Station 16 in Lafayette, and Station 12 in the Mountain View area of Martinez. Station 22 of Concord and Station 11 out of Clayton, will share a crew. The plan is that Station 22 ...
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DEC
16

CCCFPD Statement on Upcoming Fire Station Closures

Statement from Contra Costa County Fire on their website regarding the upcoming fire station closures effective January 15, 2013. Please stay informed as more info will follow. http://bit.ly/R14Bj2
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DEC
12

CCCFPD Fire Station Closures

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December 11th, 2012 Shortly after 7pm the Board of Directors voted unanimously 5-0 with recommendation from the Fire Chief, Daryl Louder, to close four (4) fire stations effective January 15th, 2013. The Fire District presented additional information and analysis regarding the four fire stations identified for closure. Additional information was provided by staff from County EMS staff and American Medical Response regarding the effects on emergency medical first response should the stations clos...
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DEC
02

PRESS RELEASE Moraga-Orinda Fire District - Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

Moraga-Orinda Fire District 33 Orinda Way Orinda, CA 94563 Contact: Randy Bradley, Fire Chief, 925-260-4546 Release Date: December 2, 2012 Orinda, CA – On Sunday, December 2, 2012, at approximately 9:25 a.m. the Moraga-Orinda Fire District responded to a non-injury vehicle accident on Highway 24 east of Wilder Road exit in Orinda. While investigating the accident the MOFD fire engine was struck by a car that failed to stop due to extensive rain. This was also a non-injury accident with minor dam...
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DEC
01

CCCFPD Service Reduction & Fire Station Closure Plan

Please consider attending the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors CCCFPD Special Meeting this Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 130 p.m. Meetings are held at the County Admin Building located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez. The public is encouraged to get informed at this meeting and will be allowed 3 minutes to voice their concerns. The Board will: CONSIDER approving and authorizing the Fire Chief to implement the Service Reduction and Fire Station Closure Plan due to the failure of the Di...
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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
06

Today is Election Day - Vote YES on Q!

Today is Election Day. Polls in CCC will be open until 800 pm. To find a polling place click the link below. We have disseminated a lot of factual information over the past few months regarding what is at stake if Measure Q fails. We have done numerous outreach events in order to educate the public as to what the Fire District does for the community and the numerous services we provide. A lot is at stake if the Measure fails! Please make an informed decision, and remember to vote. Remind your fa...
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NOV
01

Measure Q YouTube Video 3

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NOV
01

Measure Q YouTube Video 2

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D7bEzL9Xso&w=560&h=315] "It's a no brainer, you need your fire service. We're not trying to cloak & dagger things. Pass this tax to sustain your fire district." Please Vote YES on Measure Q!
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OCT
29

Alternative Service Delivery Models

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has evaluated a number of alternative service delivery models and has summarized them in this document. The Fire District is a government entity and not a business. As such, we do have to consider more than enhancing shareholder wealth, maintaining profit margins, and ensuring return on investment. As a government organization, our highest priority is providing quality fire protection, emergency medical care, and rescue services for our community....
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OCT
29

Measure Q YouTube Video 1

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OCT
24

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder Sets Out Fire Station Shutdown Plan

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder sets out fire station shutdown plan. Fire Chief said the reductions have consequences. "Losing 10 of its 28 stations will lead to longer response times, more fire damage, greater chance of injury or death for emergency patients, and reduced participation in the regional and state mutual aid system," he predicted. "Fire service cutbacks will also impact the county's ambulance service," Emergency Medical Services Director Patricia Frost told county super...
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OCT
22

Fire Service Reduction Plan

On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 130 pm, is the final scheduled Fire Board meeting prior to the November 6, 2012 vote. The fire chief will be going over the framework of his "service reduction plan" should Measure Q fail on November 6th. You can review this plan by going to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors web site and looking up the agenda. It is item SD- 3 (see link below to agenda). This plan is generic in nature, but does outline his strategy. October 23rd, 2012 Fire Board Meeti...
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OCT
14

Help Support Measure Q!


Your help is needed. Support measure Q by phone banking October 17 and 18 from 530 pm to 800 pm. BBQ will be provided for those who attend. If you're not comfortable calling, come out, eat, and walk some neighborhoods with us. Thank you for your support! United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County 112 Blue Ridge Drive Martinez, CA 94553 (925)932-1230 www.contracostafirefighters.org
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OCT
08

Measure Q Updated Information And FAQ’s

After reviewing the candidate forums moderated by CCTIMES Reporter Lisa V. I realize that many of the candidates are not aware of the details of Measure Q and some of them are basing their comments on old information. The top four concerns seem to be, whether or not pension reform will or has taken place, what has been done prior to coming to the vote, whether or not the tax fixes the problem, and why do fire engines respond to medical emergencies, which brings up the question of a new service d...
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OCT
04

Measure Q Debate

Did you see the debate on Measure Q between United Professional Firefighters Local 1230 President Vince Wells and Contra Costa County Taxpayer’s Association representative Kris Hunt? The debate is available by clicking below on the link. Measure Q Debate Measure Q is a parcel tax on the November 6th ballot to provide funding for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District to maintain services and keep fire stations open.
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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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SEP
21

Reminder for Measure Q Fundraiser in Walnut Creek Saturday Night (9/22)

This is just a reminder about our fundraiser for Measure Q, tomorrow (Saturday 9/22) night in Walnut Creek at Pyramid Ale House. Join the Contra Costa Firefighters and Supervisors Gioia, Glover, Mitchoff and Piepho in supporting YES on Measure Q on September 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at Pyramid Ale House, 1410 Locust Street, Walnut Creek. We will also provide live music, entertainment, and silent auctions. Help us maintain Contra Costa County fire and emergency services. Thank you for your support!
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SEP
06

Condolences To The Family Of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom & Employees Of The CHP


On behalf of the members of the United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, we offer our condolences to the family of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom and the employees of the California Highway Patrol. As fellow Public Safety Officers, we recognize the risk we all take every day in the performance of our duties. Despite our acceptance of these working conditions, it doesn’t make it any easier when we lose a fellow comrade in the Line of Duty. We work side by side with each ot...
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SEP
05

Vote YES On Measure Q! Keep Contra Costa Fire And Emergency Services!


In an emergency seconds count. When you call 9-1-1 you expect an immediate response. Your Contra Costa County firefighters are on call every day to help you in an emergency. They respond to 9-1-1 calls quickly and efficiently. You can ensure our firefighters are there when you need it by voting yes on Measure Q. When a fire rages or accident happens, every second of response time is critical. Permanent brain damage can occur in as little as four minutes and brain death in as little as eight minu...
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AUG
30

Fundraiser For The Committee To Protect Contra Costa Fire and Emergency Services


Join us! Champion $5,000 Host $2,500 Sponsor $1,000 Single Ticket $50 For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or call Bonnie Sublett 510-231-4800. RSVP by September 18th Saturday, September 22nd 6 pm to 9 pm Pyramid Ale House 1410 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
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AUG
27

Support Measure Q In November To Provide Our Local Community With The Funding It Needs To Maintain Basic Fire and Emergency Services


Asking the voters to support a revenue measure is a last resort during this tough economy, but it is a critical piece of the long term plan to make up for essential revenue lost from property taxes and to maintain the 9-1-1 emergency services that keep our community safe. We will keep working with the Fire District and the community to continue closing the budget gap through cost saving measures, increased efficiencies, and much needed reform to the retirement system. Contra Costa’s firefighters...
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AUG
24

United Professional Fire Fighters Of Contra Costa County President Vince Wells Statement On Emergency SAFER Grant For ECCFPD


The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District has been awarded a one-time emergency $7.8 million dollar Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week to help them address the significant impacts that the loss of fire stations and firefighters has had on these communities. Since the failure of Measure S, response times have increased beyond safe levels and there are less firefighters available to respond to emergencies...
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JUL
31

Statement from United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County President Vince Wells


“Today, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District took an unfortunate but necessary step to protect fire and emergency services for the residents of the district. Asking the voters to support a revenue measure is a last resort during this tough economy, but it is a critical piece of the long term plan to make up for essential revenue lost from property taxes and to maintain the 9-1-1 emergency services that keep our community safe. We will keep working with the Fire District and the ...
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JUL
30

CCCFPD Fire Board Meeting 07/31/12 - WE NEED YOU!

WE NEED YOU! Show your support tomorrow, Tuesday, July 31st at 10:30 AM. Come to the CCCFPD Fire Board Meeting. The Board will be voting on the Fire District's Parcel Tax. Show your support by attending this meeting. 651 Pine St., Martinez, in the Board of Supervisor's Chambers. See you there! Thank you.
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JUL
09

Photos Added from LODD Memorial Service for Willie West


We added photos to our photo gallery from the LODD Memorial Service for East Contra Costa Fire Protection District ( ECCFPD ) Fire Engineer Willie West. http://bit.ly/OSMfyf
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JUL
08

Additional Social Media Sites for Information About Contra Costa County Fire & Emergency Services

For additional information about Contra Costa County Fire & Emergency Services, including the district's current financial difficulties and possible station closures please be sure to "like" the ProtectCCFire Facebook page and follow their Twitter account at @ProtectCCFire. http://www.facebook.com/ProtectCCFire https://twitter.com/ProtectCCFire
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JUL
02

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Parcel Tax Initiative Information Page


To assist you in finding relevant information regarding the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) 2012 Parcel Tax Initiative, please check our website FAQ section for updated and newly added information. Public documents, power point presentations, and public workshop videos will be located on this information page . Some of this attached information can also be found on the CCCFPD homepage .
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JUN
30

Statement from United Professional Firefighters Of Contra Costa County Local 1230 President Vince Wells On Station Closures

“As the representative of 6 different fire agencies in Contra Costa County – Contra Costa, East Contra Costa, El Cerrito, Moraga-Orinda, Pinole, and Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection Districts - we are deeply concerned about what’s happening to emergency services in the county. A lack of revenue has led to cuts to our fire service that are already having a dangerous impact on the safety of residents in our community, with more cuts to come. This week, residents in these areas of Contra Costa C...
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JUN
22

Reminder *ALL Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County*

With less than 2 weeks until the 4th of July please remember that all fireworks in Contra Costa County are illegal, including safe & sane ones and sparklers. ...the sale, possession, or discharge of fireworks, including sparklers and other so-called "safe & sane" fireworks is illegal in Contra Costa County, and constitutes a misdemeanor and is a violation of Contra Costa County Ordinance Section 44-2.002. If you have fireworks for disposal please call your local police department or fire...
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JUN
22

Press Release - 6/21/12 Dover Ave. Structure Fire in the City of San Pablo

Press Release from June 21, 2012 residential structure fire on Dover Ave. in the City of San Pablo: On 6/21/12 at 14:12:43 the Contra Costa County Fire District, Richmond Fire Department, and the El-Cerrito Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 2317 Dover Ave., San Pablo. CCCFPD Engine 70 (San Pablo) arrived at scene and found heavy black smoke and flame from the side door of a 1 story home. All occupants were reported out of the home upon our arrival. Firefighter...
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JUN
14

Funeral & Procession Information - Line Of Duty Death for William L. West

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Golden Hills Community Church of Brentwood, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood, California 94513, (925) 516-0653. An apparatus procession will follow the services. Staging location for apparatus will be at Brentwood PD, 9100 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513. Staging time will be 0800. The location for staging will be on Guthrie Ln.; enter Guthrie Ln. from Balfour Rd. Family has asked that donations be made to ...
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JUN
13

CCCFPD Hosting June Pool Day In Antioch This Friday

JUNE POOL DAY TO RAISE POOL SAFETY AWARENESS AND FOCUS ON CHILD DROWNING PREVENTION Friday June 15, 2012 Prewett Family Water Park, 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch The Contra Costa Pool Safety Council presents a fun and informative afternoon at the Prewett Family Water Park in Antioch, including: • REACH helicopter landing, aircraft tour, meet the crew • Fire engine and ambulance displays and tours • Lifeguard rescue relay races • CPR demonstrations • Learning activities for kids and parents Since 2...
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JUN
12

Response To Outcome Of June 11th ECCFPD Fire Board Meeting

The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County President Vince Wells response regarding the outcome of the June 11th East Contra Costa Fire Board Meeting: What happened last night at the East Contra Costa County Fire District Board meeting was quite sickening to me. It was an example of what seems to be the latest craze in this country. Let’s engage in an all out war against politicians and labor unions without a plan or any defined leadership. I believe they call it the “mob mental...
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JUN
06

The Defeat of Measure S for ECCFPD

With the defeat of Measure S in Eastern Contra Costa County, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District now prepares for firefighter layoffs & station closures in the immediate future. Thank you to those who supported the Measure and understood the consequences if the Measure failed. Please stay informed through any of our social media sites for future updates and information on how the defeat of the Measure will affect you and your family. -  www.contracostafirefighters.org - ...
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JUN
05

Get Out and Vote for Measure S / Afterwards Celebration in Brentwood

Have you voted yet? Your vote could mean the difference in this election. You can help ensure we have the fire and emergency service we need. Make sure you get to the polls before 8 pm tonight. If you still have a mail ballot, you can drop it at any poll site before 8 pm. If you have any questions, contact the Contra Costa Elections Department at (925) 335-7800 or  www.cocovote.us . After you vote, join us to celebrate! We are gathering tonight at Grazie Grill at 2505 Sand Creek Road i...
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JUN
04

Get Out The Vote!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th is Election Day. Please take a moment to vote if you haven't mailed in your absentee ballot yet. There are many important local and state ballot measures as well as seats in Congress and the State Legislature that need your vote!
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MAY
31

The League of Women Voters has endorsed Measure S

The League of Women Voters has endorsed Measure S! Here is their recent announcement: “The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley endorses Measure S, the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District parcel tax. Measure S preserves existing emergency services, adds paramedic services, and prevents the closure of up to 3 additional fire stations and layoffs of up to half of existing firefighters. It enacts a parcel tax of $197 per year on each parcel in the district, with an annual cost of l...
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MAY
29

Thank You for Visiting With Us at KidsFest


Thank you for coming out this past Memorial Day weekend to KidsFest in Concord. We truly appreciate the time we got to spend talking to you about Contra Costa County Fire, the jobs we do each day and allowing children, big and small to try on our equipment!
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MAY
29

There Is Just One Week Until Election Day

Dear Friends, There is just one week until Election Day and we need your help now more than ever. We have the momentum on our side. Just last week, the Brentwood, Oakley, and Discovery Bay Press endorsed Measure S, saying: "...far East County is no longer a Bay Area backwater, and we deserve and want the same level of modern fire service provided other suburbanized areas and established as the industry standard by the National Fire Prevention Association: three firefighters per engine, one of wh...
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MAY
19

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Presentation on Tuesday, May 22nd at 930 am

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will be adopting a resolution on Tuesday, May 22nd, declaring May 20-26 as “Emergency Medical Services Week”. This resolution will also include a presentation to several Contra Costa County Fire members for their role in saving the lives of 4 people during separate incidents, specifically during cardiac arrests. The presentations take place at the beginning of the BOS meeting, at approximately 0930.
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MAY
15

California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Statement on Measure S

Statement issued on May 15th, 2012 from California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Measure S: “As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I am concerned that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is facing serious budget shortfalls that could significantly impact your homeowners insurance rates. Measure S on the June 5th ballot will protect your current fire protection service. Most insurance companies use a Public Protection Classification program that evaluates key areas of fi...
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MAY
14

Election Preview Debate Video Presentation - Measure S for ECCFPD Parcel Tax

Election Preview Debate Video Presentation - Measure S for East Contra Costa Fire District Parcel Tax taped in the Board of Supervisors chambers on May 9, 2012. A debate on the East Contra Costa Fire District parcel tax, all headed for the June 5 ballot, have been posted online and will air on public access television channels in the next month. Here’s a rundown of when and where you can watch: Measure S, parcel tax in East Contra Costa Fire District — Hour-long debate between proponent and...
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MAY
10

Watch Contra Costa Debates About East Contra Costa Parcel Tax on Public Television and Online Soon

Watch Contra Costa debates on public television and online soon. A number of recorded forums and interviews with local candidates and a debate on an East Contra Costa Fire District parcel tax , all headed for the June 5 ballot, have been posted online and will air on public access television channels in the next month. Here’s a rundown of when and where you can watch: Measure S, parcel tax in East Contra Costa Fire District — Hour-long debate between proponent and opponent will air  May 13 ...
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MAY
03

Raw News Video from 3 Alarm Martinez Apartment Fire Today

Below is the link to the CBS 5 raw video from the 3 alarm Center Avenue Martinez apartment fire. Multiple crews from Contra Costa County Fire responded to assist with this late morning fire. No injuries were reported. http://cbsloc.al/IIjGlt
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MAY
02

CCCFPD New Blog Site Launched

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, known as “Con Fire” launches its official blog site today!  Con Fire now has a new home to educate the community, advise the public of important safety reminders, upcoming events, emergency incidents, and other useful information about fire safety and the fire district that serves 9 cities and over 600,000 people in Contra Costa County.  Con Fire plans to engage the community by keeping them informed through this sit...
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APR
14

Contra Costa County Mosquito & Vector Control NEWS RELEASE - FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE BIRD OF 2012 CONFIRMED

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      -      April 12, 2012 Contact: Deborah Bass Public Affairs Mgr. (925) 771-6112 - office (925) 260-4670 - mobile [email protected] www.contracostamosquito.com FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE BIRD OF 2012 CONFIRMED WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON BEGINS EARLY FOR CONTRA COSTA COUNTY   CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - - The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting a stellar jay from Pleasant Hill has tested positive for West Nile virus. This co...
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APR
03

Frequent Comments and Questions Answered Showing Why You Should Vote Yes On Measure S

#1 - This tax will just pay for exorbitant benefits for firefighters, so they can retire early with big pension payouts. Our firefighters risk their lives for us every day by running into burning buildings while the rest of us run out. Despite that, East Contra Costa County firefighters do not receive disproportionately large benefits or pensions. When contracts are negotiated, the average salaries of similarly sized jurisdictions are brought to the table for consideration. Despite this process,...
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MAR
28

Help Protect East Contra Costa County’s Fire and Emergency Services - Vote Yes on Measure S by mail or on June 5th


In an emergency, seconds count. When a fire is raging or an accident happens, every minute of response time is critical. That’s why it’s so important to vote yes on Measure S – to make sure critical firefighter, fire paramedic, and other emergency response services are there when we need it. Without Measure S, 50% of our firefighters will be laid off and 3 fire stations will be closed. That leaves only 8 firefighters daily to serve the 105,000 residents and approximately 6,000 service calls each...
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