Unique Program Encourages Residents to Safely Dispose of Dangerous and Illegal Fireworks
Brentwood, Calif. — For the first time ever, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is holding a fireworks take-back program. The amnesty program allows anyone residing in the District to turn in fireworks without questions asked.
As Independence Day inches closer, the weather is heating up making illegal fireworks all the more dangerous in East Contra Costa. All fireworks are illegal in East Contra Costa Fire Protection District to include so-called safe and sane ones.
“Fireworks are illegal and dangerous both for the people who use them and, in our current high-fire-risk conditions, for everyone around them,” said Brian Helmick, Fire Chief, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. “This program gives our citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of fireworks before they can cause injury, wildfires or worse.”
The District will operate three drop-off locations between now and the Fourth of July. Dates, times and locations are:
- June 29, 2019 from 9:00 – 12:00 @ Station 59 – 1685 Bixler Road, Discovery Bay
- June 29, 20019 from 1:00 – 4:00 @ Station 53 – 530 O’Hara Ave, Oakley
- June 30, 2019 from 9:00 – 12:00 @ Station 52 – 201 John Muir Park Way, Brentwood
Illegal fireworks are dangerous always, but even more so during current high fire risk conditions and this year, there will be no leniency for lighting them. Please help us continue to make our communities safe and turn in those fireworks.
The City of Oakley will be hosting their annual City Hood Celebration on July 6, 2019 from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. where there will be a commercial fireworks display, we encourage all residents to see this safe display and make this year a little safer for us all.
ABOUT THE EAST CONTRA COSTA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is a rural-funded fire district that protects approximately 249 square miles and more than 120,000 residents. The District provides firefighting personnel and emergency medical services (basic life support) to the residents and businesses of the cities of Brentwood and Oakley, and the communities of Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek, and Morgan Territory.
As of January 1, 2019, ECCFPD has three (3) fire stations staffed by three (3) firefighters, for total District staffing of nine (9) firefighters per day. The District responds to more than 7,700 calls a year that depend on approximately 9,600 fire engine responses. ECCFPD’s master plan calls for nine stations to adequately provide coverage to the District’s citizens and businesses.
Reposted from June 19, 2019