MAR
20

Connect With Us By Email

Be sure to join our email list to stay connected with us and receive our occassional emails. Your information is safe and won't be shared with anyone else. We perdiodically send out local news stories, charity events we're involved with, and other information from our organization to keep you informed of what we do. Our organization includes firefighters from the Moraga/Orinda Fire District, Rodeo/Hercules Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, East Contra Costa Fire D...
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NOV
19

Turkey Fryer Safety Information Video

Before making plans to fry your holiday bird, we urge you to watch this video to see how things can quickly go wrong. We have more turkey fryer safety information located on our homepage at www.contracostafirefighters.org https://youtu.be/Kspx1oOP_fE
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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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NOV
25

Turkey Fryer Safety Information

As many of you prepare for a Thanksgiving meal please keep the following safety tips in mind if using a turkey fryer this year. Below is a video demonstrating the hazards of frying a turkey. Turkey fryer hazards: - Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot. If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit. - Partially f...
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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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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 summer. 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 ex...
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MAY
05

Start Of 2014 Wildland Fire Season In The Bay Area

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APR
17

NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car - Set A Reminder!

Stories like this (see NBC Bay Area link below) in San Jose, CA are not only sad, but can be prevented with a few easy steps. Take a moment to read some safety tips that we've provided on our website and please share with family and friends.NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car, Not Even for a Minute - Set A Reminder!Almost 50 children died this way in 2012 alone! • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.• Ne...
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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, unatt...
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FEB
06

Explanation of Fire Engine Parking on Roadways - In Response to Firefighter Arrest at Vehicle Accident

Standard practice for fire departments while approaching a roadway incident or vehicle accident is to "protect" the scene with the large fire apparatus. This is to ensure the safety of not only the patients in a vehicle, but also the firefighters, police officers, tow truck drivers, and any other agencies that are working at the scene of the incident. Drivers are sometimes distracted by the emergency lights, cellphones, or interest in the accident scene and may accidentally drive into the fire a...
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OCT
30

Halloween Safety Tip

Halloween Safety Tip: Make sure your kids are safe and seen on Halloween! Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed than any other day of the year. Make it easier for drivers to see kids out at night. Give your child a flashlight or glow stick to carry at night, or attach retroreflective material to their costumes or bags. -- content provided by Safe Kids USA http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/skw_halloween_2013_visibility_flyer-color_copy.pdf
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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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MAR
07

Move Your Clocks Forward, Test Your Smoke Alarm

We'll all lose an hour of sleep when we turn the clocks forward on Sunday, March 10. And that's a great wake-up call to change (and test) our smoke alarm batteries. For the best protection (and peace of mind), install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom. If batteries were recently changed, it's still very important to conduct your monthly test of your smoke alarms. It could save a life! Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a...
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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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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, 2012Shortly 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 close...
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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 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

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 supervi...
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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)932-1230www.contracostafirefighters.org
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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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JUL
14

Is Your Home Prepared for a Wildland Fire?


With fire season in full swing with many fires out of control in Northern California, ask yourself if you're prepared for a wildland fire. 100' of defensible space around your home dramatically increases the chance for firefighters to save your home in the event of a wildland fire. There are many communities in Contra Costa County that are considered "wildland-urban interface" areas with homes built within open space and heavy vegetation, potentially causing many problems for firefighters during...
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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
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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MAY
19

Children & Helmet Safety Fit

Did you know ... Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent. Children with bicycle-related head injuries are more likely to require hospitalization and to have their injuries result in death. More children go to hospital emergency departments for bicycle related crashes than for any other sport. Make sure ... A h...
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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 fire...
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MAY
14

Prepare and Educate Yourself for Wildfires Before They Happen!

With Wildfire Awareness Week behind us, stay prepared & educate yourself on steps to prepare for wildfire before it happens. Wildfires are a natural, periodic occurrence in California. In an average year, wildfires burn 900,000 acres of California’s timber and grasslands. In 2007, one of the most severe fire years in state history, nearly 4,000 homes and numerous lives were lost. http://bit.ly/bCLXTC LINK to California Governor Brown Proclamation for Wildfire Awareness Week - May 6-12, 2012
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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 at...
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APR
14

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

NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     -     April 12, 2012Contact: Deborah BassPublic Affairs Mgr.(925) 771-6112 - office(925) 260-4670 - [email protected]RST WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE BIRD OF 2012 CONFIRMEDWEST 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 confirmation th...
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JAN
30

Becoming A Firefighter Workshop - February 26th, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to be successful in the entry level Firefighter hiring process? Looking back 16 years ago we had no idea how to approach the task of becoming a career firefighter. However, it is now very clear that, if we had the information and experience that the "Becoming a Firefighter Workshop" provides we would have been significantly more prepared and definitely got hired sooner. As a result of our mission to assist firefighter candidates in being more prepared for the hiring pr...
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JAN
28

New Content Added To Our Website About Child Safety In Home and Playing Sports

Be sure to check out our newest section of our website we just added on child safety. You will find information on keeping children safe around the home, playing sports, or using wheeled sports such as bicycles or scooters. Go to www.contracostafirefighters.org and click on the Public Outreach tab and select "Safety for Kids At Home and Sports." You can download the content onto your computer and discuss these topics with your family or print the activity books for children to learn from and enj...
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DEC
29

Contra Costa EMS Launching a Comprehensive Primary Stroke System in January 2012

The Contra Costa STROKE System program will consist of a collaborative network of Primary Stroke Centers who work in concert with 9-1-1 Prehospital Providers, to identify patients, who may be victims of stroke and rapidly triage them to stroke centers. Stroke Background: Stroke is a national and local epidemic. It is the third leading cause of death in California and a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke and every three minutes, someone dies of s...
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NOV
05

Move Your Clocks Back & Change Your Batteries SATURDAY Night


When it’s time to "fall back" and change the clocks on Sunday, Nov. 6th, make sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms - it could save your life. Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person's chance of dying in a fire by half? For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings, and tested monthly. It's important to replace smoke al...
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OCT
08

Local Firefighters Go PINK For Breast Cancer Awareness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 have joined with Susan G. Komen to raise money for breast cancer research. This will be the first year your local firefighters have decided to join in the fundraising efforts.The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the U.S. for calendar year 2011 are over 250,000 new cases. In addition over 39,000 women will die from this disease. Of all women 1 in ...
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SEP
08

2011 Lou Paulson Scholarship Winner Announced!

Every year, Local 1230 holds an annual Lou Paulson Scholarship Contest. We had numerous qualified entries this year. We would like to thank all those who encouraged their children to apply.The overall winner of this year’s contest is Nicole Graham, daughter of dispatcher Gillian Graham. Nicole’s essay has been placed on the website for everyone to read.The remaining four scholarships were chosen by random pick from the remaining entrants who had not yet won a scholarship. The winners are: Ed Est...
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