Brentwood: Firefighters Respond to Vegetation Fire on Sellers

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At 11:50 am Wednesday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Chestnut St and Sellers in the City of Brentwood.

It was reported that a control burn was in progress and it got away from the person and extended to another property.

By 11:58 am, Engine 59 arrived on scene reporting multiple burn piles on fire. They were able to make quick known down on the grass fire.

No other details were available.


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  1. When you need need an 🚑 or 🚒 how long will it take to arrive?

    What’s the REAL emergency
    medical and fire response time?

    Today the Board of Directors of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) will hold their monthly meeting, and receive a routine communication from fire district staff entitled “Monthly Operational Report,” https://www.eccfpd.org/monthly-operational-reports

    ECCFPD is the primary provider of first-responder emergency medical and fire services for about 120,000 residents of the eastern-most 249 square-miles of Contra Costa County. The fire district is primarily funded by a small percentage of property taxes.

    Years of government investigations and published reports have documented the inability of ECCFPD to provide adequate service to the communities it serves due to a low funding level. Government at all levels has failed to address this situation, even though Assemblyman Jim Frazier has called it a “public safety emergency.”

    Because of this lack of adequate funding ECCFPD is unable to respond to emergency calls for significant periods of time each month. In 2018 this aggregated time totaled over one full day, 24 hours, each calendar quarter.

    The number of emergency calls that come in during this “unavailable time” varies. Calls that come in when ECCFPD is unable to respond are answered by other agencies, usually from stations outside the ECCFPD service area, with an associated increase in response time.

    The Monthly Operational Report for October, 2019, states that the “90% Response Time” for the Brentwood East zone as 11:20 minutes, and for Brentwood West 10:56 minutes. For Oakley the 90% Response Time is listed as 9:32 minutes.

    These are the three “urban” service zones within the fire district’s service area, and where about 88% of the region’s residents lives. National standards and Brentwood’s 2014 General Plan suggest that response time ranges be 4-6 minutes and 3-5 minutes, respectively.

    The ECCFPD Board and the public, however, are not being told the full story.

    These response time calculations do not include emergency calls that come in when ECCFPD is unavailable, when first-responders come from more-distant, neighboring fire districts.

    The public has no way of knowing if ECCFPD will be able to respond when they call 9-1-1, nor do they know what the emergency response time might be.

    From the public’s perspective this is a systemic failure of reporting transparency.

    The “Emergency Response for All Initiatives” plan includes municipal voter initiatives in Brentwood and Oakley. This plan will begin to solve the funding problem by increasing public safety services expenditures by nearly $8,000,000, with no new taxes.

    The ten-year plan requires each city to spend a portion of the growth in their property and sales tax revenues on life-sustaining, property-preserving services. In essence, the initiatives would tell the cities to spend more money on public safety services, instead of other quality-of-life municipal services.

    Donations to defray the costs of filing fees, signature-gathering and election-campaigning can be made by mailing a check to “East County Voters for Equal Protection,” the community group undertaking the initiatives plan, at 1300 Crescent Drive, Brentwood CA 94513. Online donations can be made at https://donorbox.org/east-county-public-safety-services

    The ECCFPD Board of Directors Meeting begins tonight at 6:30 pm at City of Brentwood – City Hall, 150 City Park Way, in Brentwood.

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    ​​​​​​​ “East County Voters for Equal Protection” is a non-partisan grass roots citizens’ action committee formed to address the issue of unequal funding of fire and emergency medical services existing in 249 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County. About 120,000 residents, as well as those who work and play in Eastern Contra Costa, have services funded at a level one-fourth to one-third of those levels in other parts of Contra Costa County. For more information contact committee Chair Bryan Scott [email protected]. The group’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/EastCountyVoters/ FPPC – 147914
    East County Voters for Equal Protection
    1300 Crescent Dr.
    Brentwood, CA 94513
    925-418-4428

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