Approval of annexation of East Contra Costa Fire District to Con Fire
Will provide better response to fires and emergencies throughout the county, especially in East County
When complete, CCCFPD will absorb firefighting personnel, support staff, facilities, equipment from ECCFPD
By Steve Aubert, Fire Marshal and PIO, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District
MARTINEZ, CA, March 11, 2022 – On March 9, 2022, the Contra Costa County Local Area Training Board (LAFCo) unanimously approved the annexation of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) to the Fire Protection District Contra Costa County Fire Department (CCCFPD) and the disbandment of the ECCFPD. The LAFCo action is the latest step in a long-planned collaborative effort to shore up fire departments in eastern Contra Costa County.
The benefits of the annexation to residents are expected to improve and expand fire and emergency medical services in East Contra Costa County while improving the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of fire protection services. fires in the area.
“The annexation of East Contra Costa Fire to Contra Costa County Fire, along with the allocation of Measure X funds, will double the number of stations serving East County residents, with additional stations opening this summer” , Contra Costa County Council said. District 3 Supervisors Supervisor Diane Burgis. “This has rightly been called a historic achievement, solving service deficits that have plagued East County for decades. When I had the opportunity to attend the graduation ceremony for 27 Con Fire recruits last week, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the brave firefighters who serve us every day, the many community leaders who worked long hours to achieve this result and the residents who entrusted us with the resources to improve services.
“Today is a day of celebration,” said Brian J. Oftedal, Chairman of the ECCFPD Board of Directors. “The cooperation and collaboration of so many people made this annexation a reality. East Contra Costa residents will now receive the services they deserve. Response times will improve, firefighters will arrive with a paramedic on board, and slowly but surely improving ISO ratings will help residents and businesses save money on annual fire insurance bills. To everyone involved in improving public safety in our county, thank you.
Finally, making this decades-old concept of annexation a reality for our two fire districts will improve the delivery of fire, rescue and emergency medical services and improve the safety of our firefighters in the many communities we we serve in the eastern parts of our county,” Lewis said. Broschard, fire chief, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “As we move forward with implementing the changes that will see the benefits of annexation become a reality, I am grateful to our Board of Directors, labor organizations and our fire district staff for their support.”
“On behalf of the ECCFPD, we are thrilled that this monumental day has come to join our two agencies in improving emergency services throughout East County,” said the Fire Protection District Fire Chief. of East Contra Costa, Brian Helmick. “Thank you to Supervisor Burgis and everyone who supported us to reach this historic day.”
With the actions of LAFCo, CCCFPD will complete the operational and administrative consolidation of the two entities. When complete, CCCFPD will absorb firefighting personnel, support staff, facilities and equipment from ECCFPD, and the newly merged organization will provide enhanced fire and emergency services to more of 128,000 residents in eastern Contra Costa County.
While the two fire districts already work closely together on mutual aid missions beyond current borders, each maintains separate operations, training and administrative functions, the annexation will provide economies of scale by bringing together the separate operational entities under a single administrative structure.
The annexation is also expected to reduce current loads on the agencies’ busiest stations by increasing resources within the current footprint of the East Contra Costa Fire District in East County.
About the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) — A Recognized Leader in Fire Services – Con Fire provides fire and emergency medical services to approximately 625,000 residents in 14 cities and unincorporated areas within our 304 square mile territory. And, through our unique ambulance alliance, we provide EMS and ambulance transport services to much of the rest of Contra Costa County, CA. With few exceptions, county emergency ambulance transport services are provided by Con Fire through its unique contractor alliance model throughout the district and beyond to include some 520 square miles of the county. . In 2021, the district responded to more than 141,000 incidents of all types, including some 55,000 fire and EMS emergencies, and dispatched nearly 100,000 ambulances, providing expert medical care on more than 75,000 ambulance transports. The district, with 26 fire stations and over 400 employees, is dedicated to the preservation of life, property and the environment.
About the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District – The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is a funded rural fire district that currently operates three fire stations and has a shortfall of three stations. The district protects a population of over 128,000 within its 249 square mile service area. The ECCFPD provides firefighting personnel, emergency medical services (basic life support) and fire prevention services to residents and businesses in the towns of Brentwood and Oakley, as well as communities unincorporated Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory. Learn more at www.eccfpd.org or on social media via Facebook (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District), Instagram(@east_contra_costa_fire), Twitter (@ECCFPD) or our YouTube channel (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District).