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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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

[brightcove vid=3455351384001&exp3=836564367001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=374678397001&pk=AQ~~,AAAAVzySoEk~,39KWv4t6IXBhr9fjdqt8jJhoVTxYZojR&lbu=http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/napa-death-of-child-in-crash-leads-parents-to-get/vCXTMP/&w=615&h=392] The Contra Costa County Fire District offers free child safety seat inspections to residents of Contra Costa County. Every other month, your local firefighters offer appointments in Concord for parents who ...
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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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JAN
29

Press Release - MORAGA ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT DECLARES IMPASSE

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County  Press Release MORAGA ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT DECLARES IMPASSE Fours Years of Contract Negotiations Has Resulted In An Impasse January 29th, 2014 It is with great disappointment that I announce that the Moraga Orinda Fire District, Fire Board of Directors has declared impasse on our members after four years of contract negotiations. The Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics of the Moraga Orinda Fire District are members of the United Pr...
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JUL
02

Prescott, Arizona - Line of Duty Deaths

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As a firefighter you know that there are many life safety hazards that you may be faced with during the performance of your duties. You know that by taking the job, you could be faced with any one of them and that it may put your life at risk as you attempt to mitigate the situation. How often you take these risks depends on the department you work for, the frequency of calls, or the hazards in your jurisdiction. With all of this in mind, the loss of 19 firefighters on one incident is never anti...
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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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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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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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JUL
13

San Jose FD Receives Second SAFER Grant in Two Years

San Jose Fire Department has just received an $8.6 million SAFER Grant to hire 27 new firefighters later this year. This will be the second grant SJFD has received in the last two years. The previous grant was a $15 million grant in 2010. http://bit.ly/OE6BYi
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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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MAR
16

LODD Notice - CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Operator Gordie Varney

CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Operator Gordie Varney CDF Firefighters Local 2881 is saddened report the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. CAL FIRE Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Gordie F. Varney , 55, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Varney died of job-related colon cancer. Memorial A Memorial Service is planned for next week to honor Varney. WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. WHERE : Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, California 95338; (209) 966-2432. ADDI...
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MAR
11

Residential Structure Fire in Pinole, Sunday, March 11th, 2012


On 3/11/12 at 08:50:16 the Pinole Fire Department, Contra Costa County Fire District, Rodeo-Hercules Fire District, and the El Cerrito Fire Department responded to a Residential Structure Fire at 480 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Engine 73 (Pinole) arrived at scene and reported heavy fire showing from the rear of a two story home. The fire involved a large deck and the exterior of the residence. Firefighters were able to quickly cut-off the fire and save the home and all of its contents. 20 firefighters...
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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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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
24

Contra Costa Firefighters Recognized for Lifesaving Actions


Firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District were recognized for their lifesaving efforts in October when they entered a burning residence in Concord and rescued two women. Fire Captains Chris Leimpeter, Chris Christensen and Firefighter Nick Long were honored by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors today at their board meeting. For more of the story click here to go to ABC Channel 7 News .
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JAN
10

KTVU News Story About 4 Year Old Miracle

In a testament to miracles, a 4 year old Martinez boy survives after accidentally being run over less than a year ago. See his story and hear from his parents, Contra Costa Firefighters and REACH Air Ambulance in a KTVU Channel 2 News story today. Link to CCCFPDTV YouTube News Story on Channel 2 News
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DEC
22

CCCFPD - Press Release for Serial Arsonist Arrest

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Investigators, assisted by the Pittsburg Police Department, arrested arson suspect, Thomas Hartman, 53 years old, from Pittsburg late Thursday afternoon December 15th after a Superior Court Judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Hartman was identified as the suspect in a very complex and lengthy serial arson investigation conducted by Fire District Investigators over the past six months led by Investigator Vic Massenkoff. The investigation occurr...
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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
11

LODD Notice - Coalinga Firefighter/EMT Jonathan Terra

Coalinga Fire Department and Coalinga Firefighters Association regret to announce the loss of one of their own. Firefighter Jonathan Terra passed away December 8th 2011 at the age of 36. “Johnny” had been involved with the department since he was 8 years old. For the past five years, Terra served as a Firefighter/EMT with the Coalinga Fire Department. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. Brother Terra was also involved in the Coalinga Firefighters Association and Coal...
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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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NOV
16

CCCFPD Engine 88 Rescues a Citizen from Early Morning Fire in Antioch

At 0648 hours on November 16th CCCFPD Engine 88 was dispatched to the report of a structure fire in Antioch. Upon their arrival they had heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor of a 2 story residence.   With a quick investigation the Fire Captain found a citizen who was in need of rescue from the 2nd story window. The crew snapped into action and were able to rescue the citizen from a ladder. Great job to Engine 88 and all other fire crews on scene at the early morning fire.
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NOV
02

Early Morning Rescue in Antioch on October 27th, 2011

In the early morning hours of October 27th a residential structure fire occurred in Antioch. Alarm came in at 0038 hours in Station 81's area. Upon arrival Engine 81 had heavy smoke & flames coming from the front of the structure and immediately went to work. After a quick knock down and a primary search a victim was located by Firefighter Cahill. The victim was found unconscious and with agonal respirations. The victim was quickly removed by Cahill and the crew from Engine 85. The patient h...
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OCT
17

Two Residents Rescued from Burning Home in Concord - Official Press Release from CCCFPD Fire Marshal

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a fire in a single family home in the 3700 block of Bon Homme Way in Concord at 1:30am this morning. While responding, fire crews were advised of occupants still inside the structure. On their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the home and were advised by officers from Concord P.D. that people were heard inside the home, but the police officers were not able to enter the structure due to the smoke conditions. Firefig...
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SEP
11

A Letter From Our President - 9/11 Never Forget


By now everyone should be aware that this is the 10th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. There have been many television specials, special events, news articles, and speeches, reminding us all of the tragic events of that day, over this past week. This day will also be full of memorial services, memorial dedications, and special events dedicated to honoring and remembering those that were lost this date, ten years ago. I have been thinking about how this event took our natio...
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JUL
19

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Press Release - 07/16/11

Subject:         FIRE HYDRANT TAMPERING Release Date: July 16th, 2011 Contact:           Randy Champion, Fire Prevention Captain                             Fire Investigation Unit Supervisor                             [email protected] 925-941-3522 Office                             925-383-5018 Cell     NUMEROUS FIRE HYDRANTS TAMPERED WITH IN CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY During a two hour period last night, unknown persons opened over a dozen fire hydrants in at least eleven different...
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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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JUN
02

LODD Notice - Pasadena Fire Engineer Kevin Moore

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The City of Pasadena and Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 mourn the death of Pasadena fire engineer Kevin Moore, a 32-year department veteran, who succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest on Tuesday, May 31 after just finishing his 24-hour shift. Moore, a second generation Pasadena Fire member, recently announced his intent to retire this July. His father, Tom Moore, served as the Department's Assistant Chief. Two of Kevin's brothers currently work for the Vernon Fire Department. As a senior fire engin...
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APR
05

East Contra Costa Fire Horse Rescue


East Contra Costa Fire Crews from Engines 94, 54, & 59 recently did an outstanding job along with Contra Costa County Animal Services in rescuing a retired race horse. Crews were able to rescue "Willie" from a large hole and "Willie" is now recovering and doing fine. View our photo gallery for more photos.
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FEB
25

Contra Costa Fire Swiftwater Rescue Crews Deployed in Search for Missing Teens



On Sunday Morning of February 20th, 2011, Contra Costa Fire Swiftwater Rescue crews were deployed in the search for 2 missing Walnut Creek teens. Crews provided in water search of the underground section of Walnut Creek in the city of Walnut Creek and in the channel south of Concord Ave in Concord. Crews were able to bring closure for the families of this tragedy by finding and retrieving the second victim.        
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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

The "Faces" of Your Local Firefighters

We thought you might want to see who "your" local firefighters are so take a look at our Facebook page and see some photos of us.  Thank you for allowing us to be there for you when you need us the most.
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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
06

More Information About Fire Services in Contra Costa County Available

Questions? We've been fielding a lot of questions lately about how fire services are delivered in Contra Costa County. We are aware that information on our services is sometimes hard to find. On our website you will find some of the more frequently asked questions and their answers. For more information in the form of FAQ's, click here and here .
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