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CONFIRE Set to Discuss Station 87 Closure with Public

by ECT

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In what could be the final nail in the coffin for auto/mutual aid between Contra Costa Fire Protection District and East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, there is a meeting scheduled for Monday June 24 to discuss the Fire Station 87 closure on West Leland Road in Pittsburg.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at Pittsburg City Hall, Council Chambers, 65 Civic Avenue.

The closure is necessary to close a budget deficit due to reduced revenues from declining property taxes, coupled with increasing costs to the Fire District for personnel and general operations.

The Fire Chief will be joined by members of the Board of Directors at this meeting. Fire District staff and Board members will be available to answer questions regarding the closure and efforts to reduce the impact to the community during the meeting.

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Noel Jun 24, 2013 - 10:43 pm

It should be very alarming to the public that when station 87 closes, Contra Costa Fire will have removed 8 Fire Engines from the department in the past 2 years. That is 24 less Firefighters on duty per day. All said and done, Con Fire would have eliminated over 100 positions. Having 22 stations to protect over 700,000 people is absolutely bare bones and unsafe at best. To the 52% that voted yes on Q, we are truly sorry that your safety is threatened. To the 48% that voted no, so sorry that you were duped by both the Contra Costa Times and the baseless propaganda that Kris Hunt and the CC Tax payers put out. They claimed this was a “pension” tax. Completely false, this tax was to keep fire engines responding to fires and medical emergencies. CCCFPD members contribute the highest dollar percentage to their pension of any public agency in the United States, as a matter of fact the firefighters pay a big share of the employers (County) contribution. In addition, the firefighters took a voluntary 10% pay cut to keep stations open as long as they could. I think that in this particular case, the loudest people (Coco Tax and Borenstein) were the ones that were heard, and now everyone has to pay the price.

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