JUL
21

President Wells' Speech From Annual CCCFPD Memorial Service

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To those that were not in attendance at today's memorial service in Concord at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Training Division, we would like to share President Wells' speech: On behalf of the members of Local 1230 I wou ld like to thank you for coming to this memorial service to join us as we remember our fallen firefighters. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Local 1230 Honor Guard for their participation in this service and for the many other services they provi...
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JUL
09

CCCFPD News This Week - July 10th, 2014

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is proudly hosting a certification training event all week for the John Muir Health Child Safety Coalition. The Coalition is a group of local public safety agencies, police & fire departments , non-profits, and other organizations committed to providing services for child passenger safety and inspects c!hild safety seats. Year after year studies have shown that nearly 3 out of every 4 child safety seats are not installed correctly or are being...
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JUL
07

FREE Child Car Seat Checkup Event July 10th 2014 - Concord

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be host to a Child Car Seat Checkup Event this Thursday, July 10th from 2-4 pm. Address: CCCFPD Training Center, 2945 Treat Blvd., Concord This Checkup Event is open to the public where parents and caregivers can have their child car seat inspected. Appointments must be made prior to the event; sorry no drop-ins will be allowed.  New technicians will be getting certified along side experienced members of the John Muir Health Child Safety...
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JUN
28

Reminder *ALL Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County*

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  Fire Investigator Vic Massenkoff speaks on camera (link below) about the dangers of illegal fireworks and how common they have become in the County each Fourth of July. http://www.tout.com/m/uve6dd As a reminder, the sale, possession, o r 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 S...
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JUN
26

LODD: Chula Vista Fire Investigator Samuel Escalante

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Chula Vista Firefighters Local 2180 is saddened to announce the line of duty death of Fire Investigator Samuel Escalante. Escalante died from a job-related he art attack at the age of 43. Samuel Escalante began work with the City of Chula Vista Fire Department in February of 2006 as the city's first Fire Prevention Engineer. Prior to joining Chula Vista, he was a Fire Protection Engineer in the Navy. Sam was highly technical and very thorough. Besides being the Fire Department’s “go to” for high...
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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 summe r. 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 e...
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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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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....
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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, un...
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MAR
30

Contra Costa Firefighter Headed To Boston To Pay Respects

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Contra Costa County Fire District Engineer and Honor Guard Member Jason Conner will be traveling to Boston tomorrow, Monday, March 31st to represent Local 1230 Firefighters and pay respects to Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who lost their lives in a 9 alarm structure fire last week in Boston. In 2007 when we lost two of our own firefighters in a fatal residential structure fire in San Pablo, several members of the Boston Fire Department attended our services at the Concord Pavi...
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MAR
27

"Squish Out Cancer" Fundraiser

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The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, on behalf of the East Contra Costa Firefighters would like to thank the community for its generous support of our "Squish Out Cancer" Pancake Fundraiser that was held at Fire Station 93, in Oakley on Saturday morning, March 22nd, 2014. We were humbled to have the opportunity to serve over 500 pancakes breakfasts in support of 3 year old, Quentin "Squish" Rios as he battles brain cancer. In partnership with participants we w...
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MAR
26

Boston Firefighters Mourned In Contra Costa County

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County mourn with our Brothers and Sisters from Boston Firefighters Local 718 who suffered a tragic loss today, losing two of their own on a 9 alarm structure fire. While the details are still unclear, what will always be clear is the ever present danger and the complete and utter loss for words that every firefighter in Contra Costa County has at this moment. We are reminded of our own loss in 2007 and were grateful for the outpouring of support ...
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MAR
09

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 3 Year Old Battling Brain Cancer

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Come down to ECCFPD Station #93 and have some delicious pancakes. This event is a fundraiser for 3 year old Quentin "Squish" Rios of Oakley who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. When: Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 900 am Where: ECCFPD Station #93, 530 O'Hara Ave, Oakley Cost: $5/person - all proceeds go to the Rios Family!
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MAR
08

Change Clocks / Change Your Batteries

Take a moment this Sunday, March 9th, 2014 when you move your clocks forward make sure you change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE! [youtube=http://youtu.be/XJ5yQ94i67k]
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FEB
23

Sandbag Locations Throughout Contra Costa County

  ANTIOCH:  1201 W 4th St – Maintenance Center Limit 20 - Cost: $1 - DO IT YOURSELF Open from 700 am -400 pm Some are left out after hours in case of emergencies BRENTWOOD: 2201 Elkins Way – Public Works Department Limit 4 – already filled by gate CLAYTON: 5901 Heritage Trail – Corp Yard 1st 25 free, additional $.25 each Limit of 100, DO IT YOURSELF CONCORD: 1455 Gasoline Alley – Corp Yard Limit 25 free to residents with proof of residency Call ahead for pickup from 700 am - 500 pm wee...
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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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FEB
17

Local 1230 Response to Article Regarding MOFD Fire Chief’s Pay Cut

Moraga Orinda Fire Chief’s offer, not quite the same sacrifice. According to a recent article in the Contra Costa Times, the Moraga Orinda Fire District Fire Chief Stephen Healy will ask the board of directors for a “temporary” 9.5% pay cut to his base salary. The article states that this is the same proposed cut presented as a “last best final” offer to the rank and file firefighters who are members of Firefighters Local 1230. As their lead negotiator and representative, I feel it is important ...
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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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FEB
07

CREEK & FLOOD CHANNEL SAFETY AWARENESS

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With the forecast for heavy rains over the next few days our normally calm creeks and channels can become full of swift moving water and debris without warning. Please stay out of the creeks and channels and Stay Alive! We must take advantage of this opportunity to speak to our children and friends about the dangers of fast moving storm water and the almost certain fate that awaits anyone who goes into rain swollen creeks and channels. The flood control channels are part of our community’s infra...
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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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JAN
11

CCCFPD Car Seat Inspection Event - January 30th, 2014

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting a car seat inspection event on Thursday, January 30th from 0930-1230. The event will be located at the CCCFPD Training Division at 2945 Treat Blvd, Concord, 94518. The event is open to the public but an appointment must be made. Space is limited so call early to reserve a spot. The make an appointment or for more information call the CCCFPD Child Passenger Safety Program hotline at (925)941-3326 or email at [email protected]
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JAN
07

Ride For Rich - Fundraiser Bicycle Ride To Support Cancer Treatment

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One of our brothers, Pinole Fire Captain Rich, was diagnosed with brain cancer this past Thanksgiving and we want to raise enough funds for him to get the proper medical treatment. Rich has been a part of the Pinole Fire Department for over 28 years! He is the biggest Raider fan we know, has been a season ticket holder for over 25 years, can probably name the entire 2013-2014 roster, but most of all he is a great friend, neighbor, husband, and father. On March 8th, 2014 a fundraiser bicycle ride...
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JAN
04

5th Annual Mr. Lucky's Crab Feed Benefit

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Sunday, January 19th from 2 pm - 5 pm Pasta, Salad, Bread & Lots of Fresh Crab! **Pre Pay $45 per Person** Please sign up & make payment by January 13th To purchase tickets and RSVP contact our office at (925) 932-1230 or Mr. Lucky's at (925) 933-7778 Mr. Lucky's Pleasant Hill 2618 Pleasant Hill Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 933-7778 ***** $10 per person will be donated to the United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230 “Bikes for Tykes” Program! Contra ...
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DEC
13

ANTIOCH HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES RESIDENTS

At 11:27 PM last night on December 12th crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a structure fire at 405 Minner Ave in Antioch. Upon arrival the first engine found a fully involved travel trailer on the side of the house. Fire had also extended into the attic of the adjacent home as well as a fence on the side yard. All of the occupants made it safely out of the house and subsequent searches found nobody inside either the house or the trailer. The fire...
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NOV
30

Let's Eat Out! Old Spaghetti Factory Fundraiser In Concord

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Join us at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Concord on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 from 5:00 pm to close as YOUR local firefighters will be serving YOU! The Old Spaghetti Factory will be donating 15% of your dinner bill when you present the attached flyer to our "Bikes for Tykes" charity program. Firefighters will be working with the restaurant staff and helping make this charity event a success! Your Contra Costa County Firefighters have raised and donated money and items to support our organizati...
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NOV
10

Veteran's Day 2013

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On behalf of all the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, we wish to express our gratitude to all active & retired service members who have proudly protected our country & served honorably. Thank you for your service to our Country!
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NOV
06

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Toy Drive

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It's that time of year! All Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Stations and Administrative Office in Pleasant Hill have begun collecting new, unwrapped toys and toys in the original packaging (new stuffed animals are allowed) for their annual Toys For Tots campaign. All donated toys are picked up by the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Concord and distributed to children. Toys can be dropped off at any of the CCCFPD Stations through December 22nd . After 12/22 residents can take...
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OCT
30

REMINDER - Change Your Clocks and Check Smoke Detectors

REMINDER : Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning so remember to change your clocks back before you go to bed. As a reminder each year, we encourage you to check your smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries. These two devices have shown over and over and many times this past year in Contra Costa County that they save lives! The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District offers a free smoke detector program if you meet certain qualifications. If you are: 60 ...
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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
12

3rd Annual CCCFPD Car Seat Event, Monday October 14th, 2013


  Nationally, statistics show that 3 out of 4 car seats are not properly used or installed correctly! Take the time to ensure your child is safe and that their car seat is installed the correct way. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting their 3rd Annual Car Seat Inspection Event on Monday, October 14th, 2013 from 1000 am to 1200 noon. The event is free to the public and will be located at the Fire District Training Division, 2945 Treat Blvd., Concord, 94518. No ap...
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OCT
09

Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013

It's Fire Prevention Week! This year's theme is all about kitchen fire safety - did you know that kitchen and cooking related fires account for the largest percentage of residential fires in the Contra Costa County Fire District? Here are some other facts about cooking related fires nationwide: •Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. •Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires. •Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking...
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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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OCT
01

Contra Costa County Firefighters Going PINK for October!

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For the third year in a row, your local Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters will be wearing pink to help bring awareness to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It has been estimated that there are over 225,000 new cases each year and over 39,000 women will die from this disease. Approximately 2,050 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 400 of them will die. As you can see, breast cancer is not just a women's disease. Starting on Monday, October 7th for two w...
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SEP
22

Fire Study Does Not Offer Proper Context

Contra Costa Times "Letter to the Editor" from Vince Wells, September 21st, 2013: Fire Study Does Not Offer Proper Context -- There is a perception by some that the Contra Costa Fire District is operating under an outdated service model. The Con Fire board of directors and even the consultant they hired acknowledge that our fire calls have not changed much over the years. Yes, we are responding to more medical emergencies than we are fires. But our core mission is unchanged and the number of fir...
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SEP
14

National Child Safety Seat Week September 15-21, 2013

Is your child's car seat properly installed? National statistics show that year after year 3 out of 4 car seats are improperly installed or have been subject to a safety recall. Some of these errors could cause injury or death to a child if involved in a vehicle accident. September 15th-21st is National Child Safety Seat week sponsored by NHTSA . Find out if your child's car seat is installed correctly by having it inspected by a certified & trained child passenger safety technician at a loc...
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SEP
11

9/11 - Never Forget

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Today we honor the thousands of people who lost their lives on 9/11. Take a moment to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of all the first responders and people of New York who risked their lives to save others. Never forget!
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SEP
09

PRESS RELEASE - MT. DIABLO INCIDENT

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County   PRESS STATEMENT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells September 9, 2013 (925) 768-5374 or [email protected]   MORGAN TERRITORY FIRE UPDATE ConFire's first priority is ensuring the community is safe CLAYTON - Vince Wells, President, IAFF Local #1230 released the following statement: "Today there will be 300 additional firefighters on the Mt Diablo Incident, bringing the total fire fighting force to close to 800...
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SEP
09

Morgan Fire - Mt. Diablo Incident Information/Updates

For updates to the "Morgan Fire" on Mt. Diablo check the link below provided by CAL Fire's Incident Information website. http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=908
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SEP
06

PRESS RELEASE - Signs Placed Near Fire Stations For Public Awareness About Station Closures

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells Tel: 925-768-5374 Email: [email protected] SIGNS PLACED NEAR LOCAL FIRE STATIONS TO BRING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL FIRE STATION CLOSURES IN JANUARY 2014 Martinez, CA - The prior closures this past year of 5 fire stations and 7 engine companies has placed the Contra Costa County Fire District and the communities protected by it, at great risks. Response tim...
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SEP
05

PRESS RELEASE - CCCFPD EMS Squad Pilot Program Agreement By Firefighters

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells Tel: 925-768-5374 Email: [email protected] CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FIREFIGHTERS OVERWHELMINGLY AGREE TO A SQUAD  PILOT PROGRAM, AN ALTERNATIVE SERVICE MODEL FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE. Martinez, CA - Starting Friday, September 6th at 0800, Firefighters from the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County overwhelmingly agreed to support pilot...
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SEP
01

Frequently Asked Questions - Page 1

How much do you pay for fire services in the County? How does the cost of Contra Costa County Fire compare to other fire departments? How are fire engines staffed and why (pre-2013) What are some tasks firefighters do at fires other than extinguishing the fire? Find out the answers to some frequently asked questions and more on our FAQ 1 page. http://bit.ly/hEOB53
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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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AUG
21

**REMINDER** TONIGHT's Final Fitch Study MEETING in Clayton

Consulting Team Seeks Public Input - Fitch Study for Contra Costa County Fire District: Fitch and Associates, LLC will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to engage citizens regarding current and future Contra Costa County Fire Protection District service delivery models. Tonight's final meeting will include a public education component regarding the study and a public forum – a chance for citizens to speak directly with the consultants regarding their views of District service delivery an...
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AUG
20

**REMINDER** TONIGHT's Fitch Study MEETING in Lafayette

**REMINDER** TONIGHT's MEETING in Lafayette Consulting Team Seeks Public Input - Fitch Study for Contra Costa County Fire District: Fitch and Associates, LLC will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to engage citizens regarding current and future Contra Costa County Fire Protection District service delivery models. Tonight's meeting will include a public education component regarding the study and a public forum – a chance for citizens to speak directly with the consultants regarding their...
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AUG
19

**REMINDER** TONIGHT's Fitch Study MEETING in Pittsburg

**REMINDER** TONIGHT's MEETING in Pittsburg Consulting Team Seeks Public Input - Fitch Study for Contra Costa County Fire District: Fitch and Associates, LLC will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to engage citizens regarding current and future Contra Costa County Fire Protection District service delivery models. Tonight's meeting will include a public education component regarding the study and a public forum – a chance for citizens to speak directly with the consultants regarding their...
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AUG
18

LODD: Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight of Los Angeles City Fire Department

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It is with great sadness that  United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112  announce the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. Fire Captian/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight  passed away in the fire station on Monday, August 12. The Los Angeles County Coroner will perform a detailed investigation into the cause, time and manner of Captain McKnight's passing. McKnight, 51, a resident of Thousand Oaks, is survived by his wife, teenage daughter and pre-teen son, as well as ...
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AUG
16

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) - Introduction

Getting emergency medical help to your location requires many partnerships when calling 9-1-1: a 9-1-1 telephone system must route calls to a dispatch center; the dispatch center must gather information and communicate it to field personnel; field personnel must stabilize the patient; the ambulance and/or helicopter must transport the patient to the hospital; the hospital must triage the patient, possibly further stabilize the patient, and send him or her to the appropriate specialist. Below you...
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AUG
14

Consulting Team Seeks Citizen Input - CCCFPD Fitch Study

Fitch and Associates, LLC will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to engage citizens regarding current and future Contra Costa County Fire Protection District service delivery models. In February 2013, the Board of Supervisors, serving as the Board of Directors of the Fire District, approved a contract with Fitch to conduct a study of District operations and make recommendations for future service delivery options. The District has been dealing with severe budget cuts that have resulted i...
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AUG
02

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Contact Information

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All concerns regarding any fire station closure or fire service reductions & cut-backs for Contra Costa County Fire should be directed to your local board of supervisors. Their contact information can be found through the link at the bottom. We also send out updates and information on our Twitter account @CCCFirefighters , our homepage , and our Facebook page. Thank you for all of your continued interest and concerns for your local fire department! Board of Supervisors Contact Info
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JUL
31

Contra Costa County Fire Station Closures & Engine Shut Downs

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5 Contra Costa County FPD Fire Stations Closed 7 Fire Engine Crews Shut Down List of Closed Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Stations : Station 4 in Walnut Creek : 700 Hawthorne Drive, Walnut Creek, 94596 Station 11 in Clayton : 6500 Center Street, Clayton, 94517 Station 12 in Martinez : 1240 Shell Avenue, Martinez, 94553 Station 16 in Lafayette : 4007 Los Arabis Drive, Lafayette, 94549 Station 87 in Pittsburg : 800 W. Leland Road, Pittsburg, 94565 Additional...
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JUL
21

Six Year Anniversary Of Line Of Duty Deaths In Contra Costa County

It was on this day 6 years ago, when Fire Captain Matt Burton and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty attempting to rescue Mr. and Mrs. Moore. This tragic event took place on Michelle Drive in Montalvin Manor, San Pablo. All four lives were lost leaving behind family and friends who cherished their them. Both Matt and Scott left behind their parents, wives and children. Matt with two...
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JUL
19

Commendation From CCCFPD for Fire Crews with Rescues

On two separate occasions over the last few weeks, Contra Costa County Fire crews have performed vital rescues, despite recent fire station closures and reductions in staffing levels. Your Contra Costa County Fire crews continue to limit the damage and loss from structure fires, prevent vegetation fires from spreading to threatened homes, and save countless lives by providing quick and efficient paramedic level service from every fire engine. Below are two recent examples of the extraordinary wo...
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JUL
08

Inaugural Whitener Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us for the Inaugural Whitener Memorial Golf Tournament on July 15, 2013 benefiting the family of the late, retired Fire Captain Ben Whitener from East Contra Costa Fire District. We will have a great day of golf and fun at the beautiful Discovery Bay Country Club in Discovery Bay, CA ( www.dbgcc.com ). The event will include a continental breakfast, 4-person scramble, shared cart, Tee-Prize, lunch, BBQ buffet dinner and awards receptions following golf. On course events include a $25...
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JUL
02

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release - July 2 2013

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release July 2, 2013 For Immediate Release SIGNIFICANT INCIDENTS & IMPACT OF FIRE STATION CLOSURES IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY - JULY 2013 Just three days before July 4, 2013, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and the East Contra Costa Fire District were proven to be unable to provide enough resources to respond to the major incidents that are part of the normal operations during this time of the year. Let alone the day ...
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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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JUN
27

Reminder *ALL Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County*

Reminder *ALL Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County* 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 department. Do not take fireworks to a fire station. Thank you. Click on the link below for a list of lo...
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JUN
18

CCCFPD Fire Station Closure – Station 87 (Pittsburg) Community Meeting Scheduled

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Press Release Subject: Fire Station Closure – Station 87 (Pittsburg) Community Meeting Scheduled  Release Date: June 18, 2013 Contact: Lewis Broschard, Fire Marshal [email protected] 925-941-3520 Office 925-383-5017 Cell 925-941-3309 Fax  The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting a meeting to discuss the impending closure of Fire Station 87 on West Leland Road in Pittsburg. The closure is necessary to close a budget deficit...
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JUN
08

Thank You for Your Donations This Past Week

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our "Fill the Boot" charity drive this past week. With the three locations we collected money at we raised over $12,000. We will be having several other charity drives later this year throughout the County. With your generous donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) it will help fund research, provide community services and educate the public on muscular dystrophy and other diseases of the nervous and muscular systems. Thank you again!
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JUN
03

A Sad and Tragic Accident That Could've Been Prevented

A sad and tragic accident that could've been prevented! ( Story & Video Link ) Several people including a 5 year old girl were traveling in an SUV in Richmond, CA, several days ago and were involved in a vehicle rollover accident. Only the driver was wearing a seatbelt and the 5 year old girl was not in a child car seat. 5 year olds need to be restrained in some type of child restraint not only for their safety but because it's California law. Please make sure your children are properly rest...
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JUN
02

Firefighters "Filling the Boot" For MDA

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Your local firefighters in Contra Costa County will be out again this year raising money for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). Firefighters will be at intersections in Antioch, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill this week holding firefighting boots accepting any amount of monetary donations for the MDA. The MDA helps fund research, provides community services and educates the public on muscular dystrophy and other diseases of the nervous and muscular systems. The dates and locations are as foll...
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MAY
01

4 YEAR OLD GIRL SAVED FROM NEAR-DROWNING IN ANTIOCH

Shortly after 6pm on Saturday, April 27th, Contra Costa County Fire District Engine 82 responded to a report of a 4 year old female drowning in the pool at the In-Shape Fitness facility on Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Fitness center staff reported they were performing CPR on the girl who was pulled from the pool. Engine 82, with two paramedics on board, arrived on scene within two minutes. They began immediate Advanced Life Support (ALS) care for the little girl who had no pulse and was not breathi...
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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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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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APR
23

CCC Board of Supervisors Set to Close 2 Additional Fire Stations

Today, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the County Administrator's proposed budget for FY '13-'14 which includes the closing of two additional fire stations, one on July 1st and the other in January 2014. This is on top of the 4 fire stations already closed and reduction of two additional fire crews. Supervisors are set to vote on this on May 14th. If this proposal moves forward it would mean only 66 firefighters will be on duty each day to cover over 304 square ...
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APR
21

Enough is Enough!

Press Release from Vince Wells, President of “The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County” April 21st, 2013 “Enough is Enough” The recommended budget for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District that will be presented to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on April 23, 2013, includes the closing of two more fire stations for Fiscal Year 13/14. It recommends the closure of one additional station on July 1, 2013 and a second station by January of 2014. The prior cl...
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APR
02

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder Announces Retirement

April 2nd, 2013 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Daryl Louder announced his retirement yesterday, to be effective October 31st, 2013. Chief Louder was hired as the Fire Chief in June, 2012 after a nationwide search. Prior to joining Contra Costa County Fire, Chief Louder worked for the Fairfax County Fire Department in Virginia for over 27 years. In a letter to the Board of Directors, Chief Louder cited the difficulty in balancing growing personal and family commitments on...
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MAR
23

CPK Fundraiser For Fallen Santa Cruz Officers

California Pizza Kitchen will be donating 20% of your total bill to the families of fallen Santa Cruz police officers Baker & Butler and their Scholarship Fund. Purchases include dine in, take out, catering, and all beverages. The fundraiser will take place from Monday, April 1st through Thursday, April 4th, 2013. Locally, the Walnut Creek & Stoneridge Mall locations will be participating along with 15 other Northern California CPK's . Print the attached flier and present it to your serv...
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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
15

4th Annual Crab Feed Benefiting Bikes For Tykes Program

Your local firefighters are partnering once again with Mr. Lucky's of Pleasant Hill to host our 4th Annual Crab Feed benefiting our Bikes for Tykes charity program. This year's event will be held on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm . Sign up early to reserve your table. Cost is $45 per person and includes pasta, salad, bread, and a ton of fresh crab! $10 from each person will be donated to the Bikes for Tykes charity. Mr. Lucky's of Pleasant Hill is located at 2618 Pleasant Hill Roa...
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FEB
08

Contra Costa County Fire Departments Launch New App To Help Save Lives With CPR

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The fire departments served by the Contra Costa Regional Fire Communications Center (CCRFCC) launched the new PulsePoint app on February 5, 2013. The participating agencies include Contra Costa County Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, Crockett-Carquinez Fire, East Contra Costa Fire, and Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection Districts as well as the City of Pinole Fire Department. The launch of this innovative application was made possible through close collaboration and support of the PulsePoint Foundation and...
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FEB
04

Darius Jones Foundation Fundraiser At Kinder's

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The following is a letter from the Darius Jones Foundation regarding this weeks fundraiser at 7 local Kinder's locations: Friends of the Darius Jones Foundation,  As we reflect on 2012, we want to express a heartfelt thank you for your dedication in preventing sudden cardiac arrest. As a result of your generous donations in just three years since it's establishment, the Darius Jones Foundation has placed a total of 33 AED's and trained more than 8,000 community members using hands only CPR ...
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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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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
29

Early Detection of Carbon Monoxide Saves Lives

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is created  when fuel, such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, natural gas, oil, wood or charcoal do not burn properly. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or cars left running in garages. At its worst, carbon monoxide can cause severe side effects or even death. Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon...
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DEC
29

Fire Districts in Contra Costa County Receive Heart Monitors Through FEMA grant

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LIFEPAK 15 heart monitors recently delivered to the Fire District await deployment to fire engines throughout Contra Costa County. Monitors Provide Critical Patient Information Wirelessly To Receiving Hospitals The Fire Districts of Contra Costa County recently received a substantial grant for 70 state of the art Physio Control LIFEPAK 15 (LP-15) cardiac monitor/defibrillators. The funds were obtained with the assistance of a FEMA grant and Measure H funds provided by the Contra Costa County Hea...
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DEC
26

Community Meetings Scheduled for Fire Station Closures

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting meetings to discuss the closure of fire stations in our affected communities. At the December 11, 2012 Board of Director’s meeting, the Board voted to close four fire stations – one each in the communities of Clayton, Lafayette, Martinez, and Walnut Creek. The closures are necessary to close a budget deficit due to reduced revenues from declining property taxes, coupled with increasing costs to the Fire District for personnel and g...
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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, 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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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, 2012 Orinda, 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 dam...
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DEC
01

CCCFPD Service Reduction & Fire Station Closure Plan

Please consider attending the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors CCCFPD Special Meeting this Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 130 p.m. Meetings are held at the County Admin Building located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez. The public is encouraged to get informed at this meeting and will be allowed 3 minutes to voice their concerns. The Board will: CONSIDER approving and authorizing the Fire Chief to implement the Service Reduction and Fire Station Closure Plan due to the failure of the Di...
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NOV
28

Wet Weather Preparation


The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting periodic severe rain storms and high winds lasting into Sunday, December 2. Rainfall totals for this period may approximate 4” for Contra Costa County and winds will approach 25 to 30 mph at different times for the next few days. Expect fast rises on streams and creeks and be prepared for potential flooding. Expect damaging winds Wednesday through Sunday that may cause downed trees and power lines. High surf and coastal flooding warnings will...
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NOV
16

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Toy Drive


All CCCFPD Fire Stations have begun collecting new, unwrapped toys and toys in the original packaging (new stuffed animals are allowed) for their annual Toys For Tots campaign. All donated toys are picked up by the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Concord and distributed to children. Toys can be dropped off at any of the CCCFPD Stations through December 20th. After 12/20 residents can take their toy donations to the Marines drop off location at: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots Program...
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NOV
11

Veteran's Day


On behalf of all the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, we wish to express our gratitude to all active & retired service members. Thank you for your service to our Country!
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NOV
07

Thank You To Supporters Of Measure Q

Supporters of Measure Q, I would like to thank all of you who supported our efforts to pass Measure Q. It is rewarding to see that the majority of the voters within the district support the Measure but unfortunately in this state a parcel tax requires a 2/3’s vote in order to pass, which we will not get this election. On behalf of the fire fighters of Local 1230 who proudly serve the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, I want to thank the elected officials that supported this measure a...
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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
03

Reminder: Change Your Batteries Tonight When You Move Your Clocks Back

Reminder: when you change your clocks back 1 hour tonight, please remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors. These devices have proven to save lives, with several instances this past year locally in Contra Costa County. The CCCFPD also has a smoke detector program available if you meet the following minimum requirements:If you are... 60 years or older, you own your own home or, you are disabled, you are qualified to receive a free smoke alarm with inst...
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NOV
01

Response Analysis - Fire vs. EMS Calls

Does your Fire District still respond to fires? There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding the primary mission of the Fire District and why we respond to medical emergencies. Your Fire District, like many other fire departments across the country, has evolved from its traditional role of just being a fire department to being an “all hazards” emergency response organization. As the table below illustrates, the District responds to a wide variety of incidents including fire, rescue, and...
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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
29

Measure Q YouTube Video 1

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG2FUQJyeKE&w=560&h=315] "Having the fire department available for you is like having an insurance policy. You don't use it every day, but when you do use it, you want it to work."
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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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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
21

CPK - Fundraiser For CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

KENYON YOUNGSTROM MEMORIAL FUND On September 4, 2012 at approximately 8:20 a.m., CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was assisting another CHP Officer with a traffic stop along southbound I-680, near Livorna Road in Alamo. Officer Youngstrom was shot by the driver of the vehicle and then succumbed to his injuries the following day. Officer Youngstrom was a United States Army Veteran and had been serving the California Highway Patrol for the past seven years. He is survived by his wife, four children, ...
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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)932-1230 www.contracostafirefighters.org
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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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