Category: Firefighters

  • Video: Firefighters Knockdown Homeless Encampment Fire in Antioch

    Video: Firefighters Knockdown Homeless Encampment Fire in Antioch

    At around 2:45 pm Tuesday, Contra Costa County Firefighters responded to a report of a field on fire off Apollo Court and Wilbur in the City of Antioch. Upon arrival, firefighters located a homeless encampment fire under Wilbur Avenue. When they made access through a couple of fences,  they made quick knockdown on the fire […]

  • Fire Destroys 2 Barns in Brentwood, Firefighters Save Home

    Fire Destroys 2 Barns in Brentwood, Firefighters Save Home

    At 4:56 pm Friday, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fence fire in the area of Sellers Ave near Delta Road in the City of Brentwood. While fire units were responding to the scene, an AMR unit in the area arrived on scene and confirmed a vegetation […]

  • Firefighters Limit Antioch Vegetation Fire to 1-Acre

    Firefighters Limit Antioch Vegetation Fire to 1-Acre

    On Thursday at 4:32 pm, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a report of a hill on fire on Via Dora Drive off Deerfield Drive in the City of Antioch Firefighters were able to make quick knockdown on the fire and limit the spread of the fire to just around 1-acre. Firefighters […]

  • Antioch: Firefighters Knock Down Fire Across the Street from a School

    Antioch: Firefighters Knock Down Fire Across the Street from a School

    At 7:10 am Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of smoke and flames coming from a home in the 1800 block of E 18th Street near Trembath Lane across from Cornerstone Christian School in the City of Antioch. The fire sent a large cloud of smoke into the air as […]

  • Concord: Firefighters Battle 25-Acre Fire on Willow Pass Road

    Concord: Firefighters Battle 25-Acre Fire on Willow Pass Road

    At 3:02 pm Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a report of a vegetation fire along Highway 4 at Willow Pass Road and Evitt. The fire, which was wind driven, quickly spread and a second alarm response was requested along with CALFIRE units. By 5:00 pm, Contra Costa Fire reported the […]

  • Firefighters Battle Back to Back House Fires in Antioch on Saturday

    Firefighters Battle Back to Back House Fires in Antioch on Saturday

    On Saturday, June 2, Contra Costa County Firefighters were already battling a 23-acre vegetation fire in Pittsburg when a residential structure broke out on Candlestick Drive and a few minutes later on Tompkins Way in the City of Antioch. At 3:04 pm, firefighters were dispatched to the 2400 block of Candlestick Drive for a report […]

  • Updated: Firefighters Contain Pittsburg Vegetation Fire to 23-Acres

    Updated: Firefighters Contain Pittsburg Vegetation Fire to 23-Acres

    At 12:40 pm Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of 4300 block of Glen Canyon Circle in the City of Pittsburg. The fire is between Glen Canyon Circle and Palo Verde Drive and Kingsly Drive. The fire was described the size […]

  • Firefighters Battling 2-Alarm Response Vegetation Fire Near Antioch Marina

    Firefighters Battling 2-Alarm Response Vegetation Fire Near Antioch Marina

    At 7:50 pm Friday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to the Antioch Marina area, west of the Marina to the Dow Wetlands area for a report of a vegetation fire. The fire was also reported to be behind the Upon arrival, Engine 81 located heavy brush and trees on fire. By […]

  • East Contra Costa Fire Announce Promotions of Auzenne and Macumber

    East Contra Costa Fire Announce Promotions of Auzenne and Macumber

    On Monday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced during their Fire Board meeting that Craig Auzenne and Ross Macumber will now become permanent battalion chiefs after testing for the position for nearly a year. According to Fire Chief Brian Helmick, the process began in April of 2017 where 5 fire captains applied for […]

  • Garage Fire Destroys Oakley Home, Multiple Vehicles

    Garage Fire Destroys Oakley Home, Multiple Vehicles

    At 11:23 Tuesday night, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a report of a garage fire in the 1700 block of Edgewood Drive in the City of Oakley. While responding, ECCFPD received multiple other calls that the fire had spread to the home and by the time Engine 93 firefighters arrived on […]

  • Updated: Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Delta Road in Knightsen

    Updated: Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Delta Road in Knightsen

    At 7:39 pm Wednesday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and AMR responded to a report of a traffic crash in the 1400 block of Delta Road in the Knightsen. Upon arrival, AMR determined one subject was deceased. Preliminary information was that this was a vehicle versus pedestrian where a subject was walking along […]

  • East Contra Costa Fire December Average Response Time at 8:10 Minutes

    East Contra Costa Fire December Average Response Time at 8:10 Minutes

    The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District reported that in the month of December they had 732 service calls with an average response time of 8:10 minutes. Within November the District ran 568 calls with a response time of 8:15 minutes. In calendar year 2016, the District has an average response time of 8:03 minutes. […]

  • Dec. 17: Santa Set to Visit East Contra Costa Fire Stations

    Dec. 17: Santa Set to Visit East Contra Costa Fire Stations

    The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced that Santa will be visiting all three fire stations on December 17. Chief Brian Helmick invites the community to show up to the stations to see Santa and meet firefighters. “During the Holiday Season, we like to host Santa Visits at all the stations. We invite and […]

  • Fill the Boot Returns to Antioch to Raise Funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Fill the Boot Returns to Antioch to Raise Funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Fill the Boot is returning to Contra Costa County and will be in Antioch Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the intersection of Somersville and Delta Fair. Firefighters will also be in Walnut Creek on Friday at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Blvd. and North California Blvd. For 60 years, Fill the Boot […]

  • Ross Macumber Named East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief

    Ross Macumber Named East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief

    On Monday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced the promotion of Ross Macumber to Battalion Chief. He will serve in the position on an interim basis, replacing Brian Helmick in the position after Helmick was named interim fire chief of the District in April. Macumber, who is a 37-year Oakley resident, has 20-years […]

  • East Contra Costa Fire Announces Closure of Knightsen Station on June 30

    East Contra Costa Fire Announces Closure of Knightsen Station on June 30

    On Monday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced that the Knightsen fire station, which was funded for a period of 1-year with the assistance of the cities of Brentwood and Oakley, along with the County, will close on June 30, 2017. Fire Chief Brian Helmick explained that even with funding, they currently did […]

  • Firefighters Come Out Against Brentwood Fire Plan, Council Agrees to Restart Talks

    Firefighters Come Out Against Brentwood Fire Plan, Council Agrees to Restart Talks

    On Tuesday night, the City of Brentwood took no action on their proposed Memorandum of Understanding which was aimed to keep a fourth East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Station open. By taking no action, the MOU died. The move came after the Bob May, representative for the Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County […]

  • County Agrees to Help Fund Knightsen Fire Station, Oakley Delay’s Decision

    County Agrees to Help Fund Knightsen Fire Station, Oakley Delay’s Decision

    On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to come to the table and assist the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District keep a fourth station open. The Board of Supervisors stated they would help fund the Knightsen Station under two conditions which were that the City of Oakley comes to the table […]

  • East County Donates $13,474 During Fill The Boot in Brentwood

    East County Donates $13,474 During Fill The Boot in Brentwood

    East Contra Costa residents were very generous Friday during the Fill The Boot event at the intersection of Lone Tree Way and Empire Avenue in Brentwood. Between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters helped raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by accepting donations from drivers parked at the […]

  • Firefighters to Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 3-Year-Old Battling Brain Cancer

    East Contra Costa County firefighters will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for 3-year-old Quentin “Squish” Rios Saturday March 22 beginning at 9:00 am at Station #93 in Oakley. Rios, who is from Oakley, was diagnosed with a brain tumor which has affected his vision where the tumor is located throughout his optic nerves. The […]

  • Firefighters: Fire Chief’s Pay Cut Offer Not Quite the Same Sacrifice

    Firefighters: Fire Chief’s Pay Cut Offer Not Quite the Same Sacrifice

    In response to news that Moraga Orinda Fire District Chief Stephen Healy will ask the Board of Directors for a “temporary” 9.5% pay cut to his base salary, Local 1230, Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County pointed out some important missing facts such as the Chief received a 16.5% increase in November. Furthermore, on becoming […]

  • Let’s Not Confuse ECCFPD Base Salaries With Neighboring Districts

    With the talk about a proposed $98 Parcel Tax in June to help ensure East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will continue to have a 5-stations service model, the assault on firefighter salary has started back up again. My goal here is not to change your opinion about your feelings on a tax, but to […]

  • Local Firefighter Heads to Marine Boot Camp

    Firefighter Jaymes Laughlin lives by the motto “service above self” while serving residents in East Contra Costa County and will now take that motto globally and serve the United States after  recently joining the Marine Reserves. Laughlin, a firefighter for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, was working his final shift Sunday at Station […]

  • Photos: Firefighters Battle Early Morning Barn Fire on Bethel Island

    At 6:14 am, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a barn fire on Bethel Island on Gateway Road near N. Stone Road. Engine 94 arrived on scene and found a 30 foot by 100 foot barn fully involved along with several boats and automobiles. Fire crews worked to preserve nearby buildings and […]

  • Downtown Brentwood Station Set to Open at 8:00 am Wednesday

    Downtown Brentwood Station Set to Open at 8:00 am Wednesday

    After months of organizing and training probationary firefighters, the District is now prepared to open Station #54 in downtown Brentwood. Here is a Press Release issued from the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230 late Thursday night.  Great news for Local 1230 Firefighters and the communities they protect Tomorrow morning May 1, […]

  • ECCFPD Recruits Train for Wildfires

    You may have seen the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District out in a field near JC Penny’s the last few days, have no fear as they were training the new recruits that will be helping re-open the Brentwood Station in May. The recruits were performing wild fire and brush fires drills as part of […]

  • 22-Gallons of Gas Spill into Discovery Bay Storm Drain

    22-Gallons of Gas Spill into Discovery Bay Storm Drain

     Around 11:38 am Saturday morning, crews from East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and various other agencies responded to a gas spill in Discovery Bay. Crews arrived on scene to find a large fishing boat that had pumped twenty-two gallons of gasoline into the storm drain at the Safeway Fuel Station off of Highway 4 […]

  • ECCFPD: New Hires Nearly Ready to Serve

    ECCFPD: New Hires Nearly Ready to Serve

    East County will soon have the temporary benefit of our fifth fire station in Brentwood re-opening in early May; however, 11-new hires must first go through a grueling 8-week training program that will prepare them for job of ensuring top notch public safety to the District. These recruits are learning everything from basic District protocols, […]

  • ECCFPD Releases Bethel Island Fire Photos

    ECCFPD Releases Bethel Island Fire Photos

    The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District released the following photographs below this morning of the Taylor Road fire that left two homes destroyed and a third one damaged. The photographs show the aftermath of the incident. According to the report, the cause of the fire is still under investigation with the Contra Costa County […]

  • Bethel Island Fire Destroys 2 Homes, Damages 1

    Bethel Island Fire Destroys 2 Homes, Damages 1

    A 2-Alarm fire on Bethel Island destroyed two homes and damaged one as East Contra Costa Fire crews responded within 8-minutes of the reported fire. The fire started in a one-story home and quickly moved to a second home—both were deemed “total loses” by Chief Hugh Henderson. Fire crews were able to prevent a loss […]