The Rodeo-Hercules Fire Board announced a victory at last night’s board meeting on the passing of a benefit assessment for Fire and Emergency Services.
The assessment, which was approved by the board at the same meeting, will bring up to a million dollars of much needed revenue to the Fire District. As with other Fire Districts in the county, the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District was forced to close one of its two fire stations due to the loss of property tax revenue after the housing market crash of 2008.
With successfully passing a ballot measure and the awarding of a SAFER grant, the Fire District will be hiring 9 new firefighters and will re-open fire station 75 in October of this year.
The Rodeo-Hercules Fire District is made up of two stations. Station 76 located in Hercules and the currently shuttered Fire Station 75 in Rodeo.
This is great news to the community of Rodeo and the areas surrounding them. The battalion has experienced the closure of two fire stations; one in the City of Pinole and the other being the Rodeo fire station.
“This puts another much needed resource back in service and couldn’t come at a better time,” says Vince Wells, President of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230. Battalion 7 was once made up of 6 fire stations and has been down to 4 for the last couple years. Bringing one of those resources back this year will be much appreciated by the citizens and the firefighters who work in the area.
Congratulations to the Fire Chief, Board of Directors, the Firefighters of Local 1230, and the citizens who supported this measure. It was a worthwhile effort and these efforts will result in the increase of the number of firefighters on the street, the reduction of response times, and safer working conditions for the firefighters who serve Rodeo and the communities of West County.
Here is the breakdown of what people would pay:
- Single-family houses: $82 a year
- Condos and apartments, $46.93
- Stores, $60.30 per one-fifth acre