Category Archives: Fire Dept

Virtual Town Hall with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District

  It’s Fire Season in East County! Join Oakley Community Leaders & Local Fire Service Leaders for a virtual town hall via Zoom. •East Contra Costa ALERT!Due to severe under-funding, our local fire service, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD), … Continue reading

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Take a Survey on Fire Services

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is a rural funded fire district that works hard to protect approximately 249 square miles and over 114,000 residents in East Contra Costa County. The District is in the process of developing … Continue reading

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District’s 2017 Accomplishments

ECCFPD Fire Chief Brian Helmick I would first like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope your holiday season was enjoyable while allowing you a chance to reset before the busy year ahead. In April of 2017, I … Continue reading

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Fireworks Are Illegal in the City of Oakley!

A new year is coming and here is a reminder, the use, possession, manufacture, and sale of fireworks is illegal in the both the City of Oakley and the County of Contra Costa. Our local firefighters are stretched thin enough … Continue reading

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Who is Responsible for Providing Fire Services to East County Residents?

I’ve recently read and heard comments regarding the relationship between cities and fire districts. These comments have been something to the effect that cities “have a statutory responsibility to provide for fire protection”. I appreciate this opportunity to explain how, … Continue reading

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ECCFPD – Where do we go now?

Providing fire services is not a function of the city of Oakley or Brentwood and, for that matter, almost all of cities in Contra Costa. Richmond, El Cerrito and Pinole are the only cities providing that service. There are seven … Continue reading

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Fire Protection – Another Option

The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District was formed in 2002 through the consolidation of East Diablo Fire District, Oakley-Knightsen Fire District and Bethel Island Fire District. East County Fire District serves the cities of Brentwood and Oakley, as … Continue reading

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Why does a Fire Engine show up to my Medical Emergency?

During a medical emergency, seconds count. Someone calls 9-1-1 stating they are having difficulty breathing. How precise is the 9-1-1 operator’s triage? Is it a precursor to a heart attack, stroke or are they having a panic attack? Is the … Continue reading

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Three Fire Stations to Close

On June 5, 2012; the District’s Parcel Tax (Measure S) was rejected by the voters within the District. Due to the sharp decline in property taxes since 2008, the District has been operating by relying on its reserves, which are … Continue reading

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) prepared to move forward after voters reject Measure S

ECCFPD set to vote on new staffing model at June 11 meeting As a result of East County voters rejecting Measure S (a parcel tax specifically aimed at increasing revenue within the ECCFPD) the District will immediately begin plans to … Continue reading

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New Fire Revenues; Where will They Come From?

First published June 8, 2011 Monday night the Board of Directors for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) met for their monthly board meeting. Before much could be discussed Board President Erick Stonebarger, resigned as President effective end … Continue reading

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Who’s on that Fire Engine?

Recently there have been editorials, letters to the editor and blog posting against Measure S. One of the arguments against Measure S is that the fire district is too top heavy. A claim, much like the rest, that is not … Continue reading

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Ribbon Cutting for new Fire Station 93 in Oakley

Saturday’s ribbon cutting was a milestone event for the City of Oakley and the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. Although it was the third station built in Oakley it was the first since Oakley became a City. It is … Continue reading

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ECCFPD Update – The Next Step

On Monday, July 11, the Board of Directors for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) met to consider the next steps for the District in regards to funding and organizational options. As a way of background – the … Continue reading

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Brentwood Throws a Match at the Fire District

On Tuesday night the Brentwood City Council directed staff to prepare the necessary paperwork and City Council resolutions for an application to Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) to allow Brentwood to withdraw from the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District … Continue reading

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Fire Services Assessment for ECCFPD

Fire services are funded via property taxes. For all entities that are reliant on property taxes for the majority of their funding the precipitous drop in home values has exasperated funding. County assessors across the state have been reassessing property … Continue reading

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Fire District in Search of New Revenue

Faced with operating at a level that is not sustainable any time in the foreseeable future, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is seeking ways to raise substantial additional revenues. Despite closing two fire stations, one in Discovery … Continue reading

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Fire Station Groundbreaking at 530 O’Hara

The City recently began working on the new fire station being bulit to replace station 93. Fire services are provided to the City by the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The Fire District has operated out of the existing … Continue reading

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ECCFPD to Close Two Stations to Balance Budget

Oakley’s Council Chambers were packed Monday night for the monthly meeting of the East Contra Costa Fire Protect District (ECCFPD) Board of Directors. The budget was the only issue for the majority of those in attendance. Options for balancing the … Continue reading

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Fire Stations of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District

Update – In September of 2019  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 … Continue reading

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