MAR
04

Passing of Retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey

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March 4, 2015Friends 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 in...
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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 additional...
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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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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 FirefighterLateral Firefighter-Paramedic
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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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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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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 o...
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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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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, 2012Orinda, 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 dama...
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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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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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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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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
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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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 5th and will work to support the measure in every way we can.”-  Vince Wells, President, United Professional Fire Fight...
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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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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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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 HERCULESThe 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 W...
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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 ac...
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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.Firefigh...
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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 nation...
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JUL
19

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

Subject:         FIRE HYDRANT TAMPERINGRelease Date: July 16th, 2011Contact:           Randy Champion, Fire Prevention Captain                            Fire Investigation Unit Supervisor                            [email protected] Office                            925-383-5018 Cell  NUMEROUS FIRE HYDRANTS TAMPERED WITH IN CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTYDuring a two hour period last night, unknown persons opened over a dozen fire hydrants in at least eleven different locations...
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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 RELEASEContra Costa County - JOHN GIOIA (joy-a) - District One - Board of SupervisorsFor more information contact:Terrance Cheung; Chief of Staff, Supervisor John GioiaOffice 510-374-3231 Cell 415-990-2087Vince Wells; President, Contra Costa Firefighters Local 1230Cell 925-768-5374FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 23, 2011 - Contra Costa County Firefighter’s Wage Agreement Expected to Save County MillionsContra Costa County, Calif., Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters Local 1230 voted to ...
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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 RELEASEContra 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 and l...
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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

3 San Francisco Firefighters Hurt in a Flashover Today / 06-02-11

(06-02) 13:29 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Two San Francisco firefighters were badly burned and a third suffered minor injuries battling a house fire this morning in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood, authorities said.The firefighters were injured while trying to put out the fire in a four-story home at 133 Berkeley Way, Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.The firefighters were hurt during a "flashover," when everything in a room ignites at once because of a sudden influx of oxygen, Ta...
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APR
27

Concord City Councilmember Tim Grayson On A Ride-A-Long with Fire Crews


 On April 22nd, 2011, Concord City Councilmember Tim Grayson did a ride-a-long at Fire Station 6 in Concord. He was very eager to get an up close & personal look at what firefighters do on a day to day basis. He was able to go on several calls as well as learn more about the apparatus that protect the city in which he serves. During his visit he was able to interact with the Firefighters of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and the citizens of Concord. Station 6 would like to than...
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FEB
19

Los Angeles City Firefighter Line of Duty Death


United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 is saddened to announce the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen died Friday afternoon, February 18th, two days after being gravely injured battling a structure fire in Hollywood Hills. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Brother Allen was performing his duty when the ceiling of the structure partially collapsed. Five other firefighters, including two members of Los Angeles County Firefighter...
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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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DEC
22

You & Your Fire Department - Why Every Second Counts...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9clmdV3Ak&feature=youtube_gdata_player] Orlando Apartment Fire Video and Rescue of a Family: A mother and 4 children are trapped in their apartment bathroom while their apartment is on fire. An Orlando Fire Department dispatcher reassures them and coaches them while firefighters are searching for them inside. The firefighters were able to successfully rescue all 5 family members. This video shows the importance of staffing and response...
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DEC
16

Firefighting Essentials - Topic #1 "Rooftop Ventilation"

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  Firefighting Essentials - Rooftop Ventilation Contra Costa County Firefighters work quickly to cut openings in a roof of a residence in Concord. This "Roof Top Ventilation" operation is performed to remove deadly heat and gasses that build up within minutes after a fire starts in your home. Roof top ventilation represents only one of 22 essential fighting operations that need to take place within minutes of a residential structure fire incident. Assembling of 16 Firefighter...
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