The following letter was issued by East Contra Costa Fire Chief Hugh Henderson after Measures to improve fire service in both the City of Brentwood and City of Oakley failed.
As of a 1:00 am update by county elections, Measure Z in Brentwood had just 39.17% voter support while Measure G in Oakley had just 32.37% support. The public did vote to support moving to an elected fire board with 62.29% support.
Below is a copy of his letter:
Dear Fire Family:
Clearly the citizens of this community can’t get out of their own way. I have multiple emotions over this, from outright anger to total frustration.
My sole focus going forward is saving all jobs.
Last night the voters took another step backwards and continued to not understand the lack of resources providing their safety. I am personally extremely disgusted in their actions. I will as your chief secure solutions to maintain all of our personnel, including those in Academy 16-02. Over the next 60 to 90 days there will be discussions between Brentwood, Oakley, the County and the District to maintain all of our personnel.
Each and every one of you personally should hold your head high knowing that you do an outstanding job, day in and day out, even though the public does not recognize the sacrifices you and your family make. As we continue to ride the rollercoaster of voter apathy we must stick together and work as a team even though inside our gut feelings and emotions tear us apart.
As this was the third attempt to go to the public for revenue it is obvious now that they will never understand the danger they are in or the extreme sacrifices you make daily. We have fought our asses off and I truly don’t know what else we could have done to provide further education to the public.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment in these extreme conditions.
Chief Hugh Henderson
Fire Chief, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District