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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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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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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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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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
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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NOV
01

Measure Q YouTube Video 3

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj9ruoBiGw0&w=560&h=315] "Calls are not going to get answered. I don't think they believed it (response times) would happen, it's gonna happen, there's no way around it." Please Vote YES on Measure Q!
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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
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
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
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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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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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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FEB
28

United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County Issue Statement on East Contra Costa Fire District Special Meeting

“We applaud the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board for taking bold and decisive action to protect East County residents.  This plan will generate critical revenue that will stop dangerous and debilitating cuts to our fire and emergency services.  We urge the residents of East County to protect their homes, businesses, and schools by supporting this measure on June 5 th  and will work to support the measure in every way we can.” -  Vince Wells, President, United Professional Fire Fi...
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DEC
22

Contra Costa County Fire Hires Laid Off Firefighters from San Jose and Stockton

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has hired laid off firefighters from San Jose and Stockton Fire Departments in 2011.  Watch a recent video piece from the CCCFPD Fire Chief Daryl Louder and Local 1230 President Vince Wells about how these two fire academies of laid off firefighters has alleviated some mandatory staffing problems and has reduced costs in the training of these firefighters. YouTube Video Link
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DEC
20

Mr. John Walsh & Cuts To Local Services Video

Mr. John Walsh from America's Most Wanted recently shot this short two minute video on his opinion about cuts to local services & our kid's future. Click on the following link to view on our YouTube page: Video Link Here
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NOV
21

Rodeo-Hercules Fire District To Close 1 of 2 Fire Stations In January 2012


Beginning in January 2012, Rodeo-Hercules Fire will be temporarily closing 1 of 2 fire stations in their district. Here is the story that is now posted on the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Department website: CITIZENS of RODEO and HERCULES The Rodeo Hercules Fire District provides service from two fire stations in the communities of Rodeo and Hercules. In 2010 our members responded to over 2000 incidents, including fires, rescues and cardiac incidents. In addition they assisted in helping our neighbors in...
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OCT
14

Video from Board of Supervisors Meeting on October 4th, 2011 with CCCFPD

Below is the link to the online video of the recent Board of Supervisors Meeting with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District on October 4th, 2011. On the left side of the page you can click and jump to specific agenda items in the video. The Board of Supervisors meets in its capacity as the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District pursuant to Ordinance Code Section 24-2.402. Board of Supervisors Meeting Video - 10/04/11
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JUN
24

News Release from Board of Supervisor John Gioia - County Firefighter's Wage Agreement Expected to Save County Millions

NEWS RELEASE Contra Costa County - JOHN GIOIA (joy-a) - District One - Board of Supervisors For more information contact: Terrance Cheung; Chief of Staff, Supervisor John Gioia Office 510-374-3231 Cell 415-990-2087 Vince Wells; President, Contra Costa Firefighters Local 1230 Cell 925-768-5374 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2011 - Contra Costa County Firefighter’s Wage Agreement Expected to Save County Millions Contra Costa County, Calif., Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters Local 1230 ...
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JUN
22

Contra Costa County Fire Fighters And Safety Personnel Vote For 10% Pay Cut To Keep Stations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contra Costa County Fire Fighters and safety personnel vote for 10% pay cut to keep stations open. Martinez, CA – June 22, 2011 – On June 20 and 21, 2011, the members of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, IAFF Local 1230, voted to take a 10% pay reduction to keep fire stations open. In April of 2011, Local 1230 approached the County Board of Supervisors and requested to open negotiations. Local 1230 acknowledged that due to the economic downturn an...
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JUN
18

"The Truth About the Economy in 2 Minutes and 15 Seconds" by Robert Reich

Click on this link below for a short video about our economy called "The Truth About the Economy in 2 Minutes & 15 Seconds." Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. Robert Reich vi...
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FEB
16

Harold Schaitberger on the MSNBC "Ed Show" Talking About Firefighter Pension Attacks

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger responds to the attacks on firefighters & paramedics and their pensions on the MSNBC Ed Show. Watch video here
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FEB
14

Ed Schultz Standing Up For America's Firefighters

Ed Schultz from MSNBC recently ran this short opinion about America's firefighters. Click below to watch the clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OQLbR5pO0s
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JAN
21

The Shameful Attack on Public Employees

Article re-posted with permission by the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, c/o Robert Reich at http://robertreich.org/ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job prote...
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JAN
04

Do Public Sector Unions Bankrupt America?

Watch this video from the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC from 1/3/11 for information on why the public should think differently. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908#40902120
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