MAY
18

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Academy #49 in Video

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MAY
10

Show Your Support For Veterans On Wednesday, May 11

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In honor of Military Appreciation Month, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, your local firefighters from across Contra Costa County will be wearing their camouflage tee-shirts.     Our organization started a camouflage shirt campaign to support local veteran organizations. Throughout the year you will see personnel from Contra Costa Fire, East Contra Costa Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, Rodeo-Hercules, Pinole, and El Cerrito Fire wearing their camouflage shirts. These shirts are sold for $2...
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MAR
31

Local Firefighters Proud To Announce Camouflage Shirt Campaign To Support Veterans in Their Community

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United Professional Firefighters Of Contra Costa County Press Release Local Firefighters Proud To Announce Camouflage Shirt Campaign To Support Veterans in Their Community Thursday, March 31st, 2016 Martinez, CA The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 are proud to wear camouflage shirts throughout the year in support of the Veterans of our community. All agencies including East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Rod...
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MAR
30

LACK OF FUNDING HAS CRIPPLED EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND FIRE SERVICES IN EAST CONTRA COSTA

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_-PCqwiMK4&w=560&h=315] “You Can Help Improve Our Fire Services” It is a fact: public safety is critical to the quality of life we all expect for our families. It is also a fact that the level of fire and medical services in East Contra Costa County is unacceptable. The time it takes to travel from a fire station to a public safety emergency in the district is more than twice as long as it should be – currently around 10 minutes. If you have ever...
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MAR
03

Rocco's Restaurant Dine & Donate

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Join us for a Dine & Donate with the Contra Costa County Firefighters Auxiliary on  Wednesday, March 9th, 2016       Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road Walnut Creek, California (925) 947-6105   Lunch & Dinner - Food & Drinks! Dine In or Take Out! Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria will donate a generous portion of your purchase back to CCCFA! Just mention "Contra Costa County Firefighters Auxiliary" and they'll collect your receipt. The mission of ...
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NOV
19

Turkey Fryer Safety Information Video

Before making plans to fry your holiday bird, we urge you to watch this video to see how things can quickly go wrong. We have more turkey fryer safety information located on our homepage at www.contracostafirefighters.org https://youtu.be/Kspx1oOP_fE
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NOV
11

Veteran's Day

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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 & serve honorably. Thank you for your service to our Country! “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
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OCT
18

California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony 2015

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On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, family and friends of California Professional Firefighters gathered in Sacramento for the annual California Firefighter's Memorial. This year's ceremony was personal for many of us as the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County remembered one of our own, brother Richard Voisey from the Pinole Fire Department. Brother Rich served over 35 years with the Pinole Fire Department from the ranks of volunteer to Fire Captain. Rich touched many lives of th...
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JUL
20

Brothers Matt & Scott Tribute

July 21st is a solemn date for the members of Contra Costa Professional Firefighters Local 1230. It is the day we remember our brothers Matt Burton and Scott Desmond. On this date in 2007 Matt and Scott were killed in a residential structure fire in San Pablo. There is not a day that goes by that we don't remember our brothers. The following video is a tribute that was shown at their memorial in 2007. We ask that you watch and remember with us the lives and memories of our co workers, friends an...
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JUL
01

PRESS RELEASE

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Collaborative Effort with Fire District Reopens Previously De-Staffed Fire Engine in Concord Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Concord, CA The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County are proud to announce the reopening of previously de-staffed Engine 6 from the Downtown Concord Fire Station.  Engine 6 has been de-staffed since May of 2012, so the reopening of this unit is providing much relief during an extremely intense fire season and anticipated high heat throughout the summer.&nbs...
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JUN
27

Fireworks Are Illegal In Contra Costa County

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Just a reminder that ALL fireworks of any kind including the "safe and sane" type are ILLEGAL in Contra Costa County. Sale, possession or discharge of fireworks is illegal, constitutes a misdemeanor and is a violation of Contra Costa County Ordinance, section 44-2.002 Being in the 4th year of a major drought, local vegetation is extremely dry and fires can spread rapidly. Weather is forecast to be in the upper 80's to 100 degrees in the week leading up to the 4th of July. Please take extra preca...
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JUN
23

Firefighter Helping Others Off Duty

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Daniel Andrade, a local firefighter who recently graduated from the Contra Costa County Fire Academy is helping his community in more ways than one. In December, Daniel and 14 other fire academy recruits signed up for the “Be The Match” bone marrow registry where volunteers are placed in a donor registry in hopes that their bone marrow can be matched up to someone who has been diagnosed with life threatening blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. According to the Nation al Bone Marrow Prog...
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JUN
18

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Pool Safety Council Presents "June Pool Day"

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Tomorrow, Friday, June 19th, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park 147 Gregory Ln Pleasant Hill, CA Water Safety First! Learn about pool safety from local lifeguards, paramedics, firefighters and medical flight crews! Pools and spray grounds will be open for public swimming, lifeguard demonstrations and more! FREE ADMISSION
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JUN
07

Pool Safety Resources

We've updated some of our links on our pool safety page on our website. Please take a moment to take a look. These safety tips are a good reminder with the recent tragedy in Concord ( KTVU story ). Drowning Prevention - Backyard and community pools are popular with children and adults of all ages but owning or operating one is a major responsibility. Take every step possible to prevent unintended injuries in and around pools and spas. Learn about the hazard of drain entrapment and what to look f...
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MAY
03

Bay Area Firefighters Rally to Aid Cancer-Stricken Vacaville Girl

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) – Firefighters from across the Bay Area are rallying to aid a young Vacaville girl who has a bright smile and a tough fight ahead. Miley McCrary, a 6-year-old who sometimes just goes by Smiley Miley, has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer that is threatening to take her arm. Miley's dad is a firefighter in Oakland and when he asked for a few days off after her diagnosis, the response from his fellow firefighters was overwhelming. http://wn.ktvu.com/clip/114...
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APR
28

EAST CONTRA COSTA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT FAILS TO PASS

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release EAST CONTRA COSTA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT FAILS TO PASS The Future of The Fire District Takes a Dangerous Turn for the Worse Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Oakley, Ca The future of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District took a dangerous turn for the worse today as the proposed Benefit Assessment that would have brought in over 4 million dollars to the cash strapped District failed to receive the support ...
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APR
20

Doctors Medical Center Closing April 21 - List of Resources for West County Healthcare

Doctors Medical Center Closing April 21   As of April 21, Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo will be closing and no longer accepting patients. The following information will help you find urgent medical care or primary care services in West Contra Costa or free medical advice by phone to help you decide what kind of care you need. Information provided by Contra Costa Health Services http://bit.ly/1CXwZFg
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MAR
27

Traffic Information for Memorial Service in Pinole Saturday March 28th 2015

Memorial services for Pinole Fire Captain Richard Voisey will be held on Saturday, March 28th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church beginning at 1:00 pm. Pinole Fire Captain Richard "Rich" Voisey passed away at home after a two year battle with brain cancer. Rich served the City of Pinole Fire Department for 35 years and was a lifelong citizen of Pinole. Captain Voisey 's Memorial will have full Fire Service honors. West County Battalion 7 and EI Cerrito fire stations will be covered by mutual aid eng...
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MAR
13

Job Announcement For FIREFIGHTER – RECRUIT and FIREFIGHTER – PARAMEDIC RECRUIT

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ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ONLY The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is seeking enthusiastic women and men interested in establishing a challenging career in the fire service. Firefighters and Firefighter - Paramedics employed by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District engage directly in firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster responses, fire prevention, public education, and community service. No prior firefighting experien...
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MAR
12

Funeral Service Information For Line Of Duty Death: Pinole Fire Captain Richard John Voisey

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The City of Pinole Fire Department and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 are saddened to announce the line of duty death of Pinole Fire Captain Richard Voisey. Richard Voisey served the City of Pinole as a firefighter for 35 years, rising in the ranks from volunteer firefighter to Fire Captain. Captain Richard Voisey, passed away surrounded by his family on March 4, 2015 at age 54, due to occupational brain cancer.  Richard Voisey was a loving husband, f...
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MAR
04

Passing of Retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey

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March 4, 2015 Friends 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...
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JAN
30

PRESS RELEASE - PARTNERSHIP TO AID VICTIMS OF EMERGENCIES ANNOUNCED

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release PARTNERSHIP TO AID VICTIMS OF EMERGENCIES ANNOUNCED Fire Departments Will Now Provide Gift Cards To Families In Need Friday, January 30th, 2015 “For victims of fire or other natural disaster, the aftermath can be devastating. Fires and natural disasters not only wreak havoc on the emotional state of its victims, but also their financial state. Often left with just the clothes on their back, victims of fire or other natural dis...
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JAN
25

Meal Train Established For One of Our Own Who's Battling Cancer

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TakeThemAMeal.com has established a meal train/meal schedule on behalf of retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey and his family. Rich is a retired Pinole Fire Captain as well as a previous Vice President of our organization. He has been battling cancer for quite some time and has recently been put in the care of hospice. The Voisey family has requested assistance with dinners. This will allow them to spend more time with Rich during his final days. We would like to aim for 3 dinners a week. The...
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JAN
22

Public Open House at CCCFPD Station 11

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Clayton, CA –The Clayton community is invited to welcome back the crews of Station 11 with an open house held on Saturday, January 31, 2014 from 11am – 2pm. The event is being sponsored by the Clayton Business and Community Association, Republic Services and the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1230. The event will kick off with the Fire District and local Scouts Honor Guards raising the flag, followed by short remarks from local elected and other officials, followed by the open...
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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 addition...
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JAN
15

Help Shane Become A Firefighter

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A message from Shane's mother regarding their situation and reason for this gofundme request: Hello everyone, and thank you so much for willing to help me and my son out with this personal favor. We are just looking for different social media places where we can share his story and the need for financial assistance, as our family goes through these trying times. I can’t even put into words how much this means to me, that you all even care enough to take time out of your busy schedules to talk ab...
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DEC
09

MAJOR STORM TO IMPACT AREA WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY

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The National Weather Service (NWS) San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area has issued an alert for a powerful storm system that will begin to spread rain into the North Bay by Wednesday afternoon and  spread south overnight. Heavy rain, possible thunderstorms, and strong winds are expected through Thursday evening across the entire area. Be prepared for possible widespread downed trees and power lines, urban and small stream flooding, possible flash flooding, and debris flows. Possibility of 1.5" -...
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DEC
03

Creek and Flood Channel Safety Information

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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...
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NOV
30

Sandbag Locations In Unincorporated Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is providing information on sandbags for the unincorporated areas of the County. Residents must provide their own shovel and transportation. Sand and the bags are available at: Richmond: West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond. Sandbags are cached on site in a container at the sand cradle located on the south side of the facility public parking area. Bay Point: Ambrose Recreation & Park Center — 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. ...
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NOV
25

Turkey Fryer Safety Information

As many of you prepare for a Thanksgiving meal please keep the following safety tips in mind if using a turkey fryer this year. Below is a video demonstrating the hazards of frying a turkey. Turkey fryer hazards: - Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot. If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit. - Partially f...
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NOV
11

Veteran's Day 2014

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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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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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SEP
25

Reopening of Fire Station 75 in Rodeo - PRESS RELEASE

RODEO HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT  MEDIA RELEASE DATE:  October 1, 2014 TIME:  11:00 AM TYPE OF EVENT:  Reopening of Fire Station 75 in Rodeo LOCATION:  Fire Station 75 Rodeo, 326 Third Street, Rodeo, CA. TOTAL FIRE PERSONNEL PROMOTING/GRADUATING:  13 GENERAL INFORMATION: On October 1, 2014 the Rodeo Hercules Fire District is proud to announce the following promotions/appointments of 13 personnel. Two (2) of our members have promoted to the rank of fire captain, three (3...
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AUG
29

CCCFPD Fire Academy 46 Graduation

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Congratulations to the 17 recruit firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire Academy #46 who will graduate this morning in Concord. Some of these new recruits will be working on your neighborhood fire engine starting tomorrow morning! Best of luck to them during their probation assignments.
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AUG
24

Overview Of The 9-1-1 Emergency Fire Response Measure For East Contra Costa Fire District

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A federal grant that keeps two of our local fire stations open is set to expire in November and cannot be renewed or extended. Unless new revenue is secured now, two local fire stations must close permanently and 18 firefighter/EMT positions will be eliminated. This would leave 250 square miles and over 100,000 residents in East County with just three fire stations and nine on-duty firefighter/EMTs to keep us safe. If two more fire stations close this year and we lose 40% of the firefighter/EMTs...
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AUG
24

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Are you prepared for an earthquake? Do you know how to survive an earthquake? Have you assembled a mini-survival kit for your home or car? Has your family or co-workers planned for an earthquake? These answers and more can be found on the following earthquake preparedness informational website by FEMA.gov. Please take a moment to browse and prepare yourself, your family, and your workplace for the next earthquake. http://www.fema.gov/earthquake
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AUG
20

Fundraiser Benefiting East County Little League Challenger Division

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Join your local firefighters & Buffalo Wild Wings to raise $$$$ for local young athletes with disabilities from the East County Little League Challenger Division . Fundraiser takes place at Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday, September 4th from 4—9 pm. 6051 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood, CA Stay and watch the football games & meet Gorilla Rilla. Wing Eating Contest & Prizes Too! Background - The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys...
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AUG
01

Back to School Safety Tips

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With summer coming to an end Safe Kids USA reminds parents and drivers to do their part to keep kids safe as they walk to school. Parents should be proactive and take the time to talk about safety with their kids before they head back to school. Safe Kids USA recommends that parents walk the route to school with students before the start of the year to assess hazards and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings. Adults can teach and model the following safety behaviors that all...
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JUL
31

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day - Help Spread the Word

Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies while unattended in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk – the death toll this summer has already reached 18. July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Safe Kids is working to get the message out about the dangers of heatstroke and how to prevent these tragedies from occurring. We can prevent heatstroke with your help. - See mor...
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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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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
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
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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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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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
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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JAN
07

Humanity At Its Finest...

While shopping for food at Safeway today in Concord (1/7/14), a  Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  Fire Crew were called to a medical emergency. The fire crew had to leave their groceries at the check stand and go. The fire crew subsequently responded to 2 more medical emergencies after that. When they returned to the grocery store to get their food for the shift, the clerk had already bagged their food and said the lady in line behind them already paid for their food today. Thank yo...
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DEC
17

Come See Santa at the Firehouse

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County have been in direct contact with Santa Claus, and he has agreed to visit all of our Fire Stations beginning Friday night, December 20th!! Santa's Fire Station Schedule, will be as follows: Friday 12/20 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Station 94, 15 A Street, Knightsen Saturday 12/21 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Station 52, 201 John Muir Parkway, Brentwood Saturday 12/21 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Station 54, 739 First Str...
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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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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
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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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 vwells@iafflocal1230.org   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: vwells@iafflocal1230.org 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: vwells@iafflocal1230.org 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
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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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 lbros@cccfpd.org 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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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 vwells@iafflocal1230.org 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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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
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
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
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
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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