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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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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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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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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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
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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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
11

LODD Notice - East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Engineer William West


The following message was delivered to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District from the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 President, Vince Wells: On behalf of all your brothers and sisters in Local 1230, we offer our condolences and support for the loss of Brother Willie West. Local 1230 has lost a member in “good standing” who has always been there for the fight, no matter what the issue was. As of this early morning, Willie’s fight is over. He has s...
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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

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
22

Understanding What Truly Is At Stake IF Measure S Fails to Pass

A message to all residents in East Contra Costa County from Vince Wells, President of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, and a local Fire Captain/Paramedic. This is in response to the Contra Costa Times editorial on East Contra Costa Fire's Measure S. Thank you for reading and understanding what truly is at stake here. "It is unfortunate that the Contra Costa Times Editorial Board decided to take a position against Measure S. Their decision to do so is irresponsible and...
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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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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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NOV
21

East Contra Costa Fire Annual Firefighter Of The Year Award - Capt. Craig Auzenne


Fire Captain Craig Auzenne of East Contra Costa Fire was recently honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789. Below is an excerpt from the story posted in the press.net. For the complete story click on the link at the bottom of the page. Fire engines rolling down First Street with sirens blaring and lights flashing are nothing new for downtown Brentwood, but they’re usually headed out, not in. Last weekend, however, it went the other way, as Engine 54 arrived a...
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FEB
14

East Contra Costa Firefighters 2010 MDA "Fill the Boot" Photos Added

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East Contra Costa Firefighters Check out our Facebook page and photo gallery on our website for photos from the East Contra Costa Firefighters and their 2010 MDA "Fill the Boot." Thanks for your support!
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