Update – In June of 2010 the Board of Directors voted in a budget with 48 fire personnel and 6 stations. Two stations were closed; station 57 in Byron and station 58 in Discovery Bay.
The Bethel Island Station (Station 95) was closed on July 1,2012.
Recently the new governing board for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) toured the districts eight fire stations. East Contra Costa Fire operates 8 fire stations (plus one CAL-FIRE Contracted fire station) that are located throughout the District to try to provide an average emergency driving response time of about six minutes. These stations are staffed 24 hours a day.
Station location may not be optimal since ECCFPD was formed in 2002 through the consolidation of three fire districts: Bethel Island Fire Protection District, East Diablo Fire Protection District, and Oakley Fire Protection District. Although the districts provided support for each other station location was determined based on criteria for each district.
The tour began in downtown Brentwood at Station 54 located at 739 First Street. This station was constructed in 1957 for a part time volunteer fire department. Living quarters are spartan, reminding me of office cubicles. It is staffed with 3 personnel. There are 2 engines; one for structure fires the other for wildland fires. There is also 2000 gallon water tender, a specialized firefighting apparatus designed for transporting water from a water source to a fire scene. Brentwood has property to relocate the station to Sand Creek and Garin Parkway. Total responses – 1646
Still in Brentwood Station 52 located at 201 John Muir Parkway constructed in 2001. It is staffed with 2 personnel. Also located at this station is American Medical Response (AMR), a privately-owned ambulance company, and a Quick Response Vehicles (QRV) added to the system to provide faster advanced life support response to all areas of the district. The station has the same equipment and station 54 only newer. Total responses – 1788
On to Byron and Station 57 located at 3024 First Street. Built in 1964, once again for a volunteer fire department. It is staffed with 2 personnel and AMR QRV paramedics. Two engines, one for structure and one for wildland and a reserve engine. Total responses – 294
Discovery Bay Station 58 at 1535 Discovery Bay Blvd, built in 1980. Although newer it was still constructed for a volunteer fire department. It is staffed by 2 persons and has one structure engine and 2000 gallon water tender. Total responses – 379
Discovery Bay Station 59 at 1685 Bixler Road, built in 2002. It is staffed with 2 persons and has one structure engine and one wildland engine. Total responses – 453
Oakley Station 93 located at 212 2nd Street, built in 1963. It is staffed with 3 personnel. There are 3 engines, one for structure fires, one for wildland fires and a reserve engine. There is also a 2000 gallon water tender, which is owned by the State Office of Emergency Services. This station will be moved to an approximately 1.5 acres site located on the corner of O’Hara Avenue and La Viña Way. A preliminary site plan includes a three-bay apparatus area; approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of dorms, kitchen, restrooms and office area; and, approximately 1,500 sq. ft. of a training room/emergency operations center area. A concrete driveway and parking area is planned behind the fire station and a small asphalt parking area is proposed to the north of the station. Also, included are a concrete driveway and small landscaped areas in front of the station. Design would start in late May and construction likely in August or September. Depending on weather – probably early 2011 it’s open. Cost of the Station will likely be around $3million – paid for by Fire Facilities Impact Fees. Total responses – 1853
Knightsen Station 94 located at 15 “A’ Street, built in 1963. It is staffed with 2 persons. There are 2 engines; one for structure fires the other for wildland fires and 2000 gallon water tender. – Total Responses – 768.
Bethel Island Station 95 located at 3045 Ranch Lane, built in 1950. It is staffed with 2 personnel and AMR QRV paramedics. Staff is housed in a temporary trailer because the station was condemned in the spring of 2008 after a major roof leak. The station was tested and lead paint, mold and asbestos were found throughout the building. There are 2 engines; one for structure fires the other for wildland fires and 2000 gallon water tender. – Total Responses – 383.