East Contra Costa Fire Set to Hire Brian Helmick as Interim Fire Chief


The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced Friday that Brian Helmick has been selected as the next fire chief to replace Chief Hugh Henderson who is retiring after 36-years.

The move will become official Monday after a formal vote of the fire board where they will vote to authorize the employee agreement with Helmick.

Helmick’s career began as a reserve firefighter, EMT and Program manager where he then was hired in 1995 at Moraga Fire.

In 2000, he was hired by the Oakley Fire Protection District  as a firefighter/acting engineer where he worked until the District became the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District in 2002.

Since being with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District since 2002, he has worked his way up the ranks from firefighter, to engineer, to captain and in 2006 he was promoted to Battalion Chief.

Terms of the agreement between the Fire District and Helmick have not yet been released.

Henderson, who was hired as East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Chief in August of 2010, has spent 36-years in the fire service and will retire on March 30, 2017.

Henderson has 36-years in fire service and his retirement date is set for March 30, 2017. Henderson was officially hired as fire chief in August of 2010, even though he had been doing the job since 2008.