This week, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District welcomed five new firefighters who began training on Monday.
According to Chief Hugh Henderson, once training is complete, these firefighters are part of getting the Knigthsen fire station. The station is scheduled to open July 2, 2016 and will be open for a period of 12-months.
Chief Henderson said the hiring was much needed which came from the MOU between the Cities of Brentwood and Oakley as well as Contra Costa County who contributed $2.33 million to the cash strapped district for a period of 16-months.
“It means we can move forward with the Station re-opened as part of the MOU through temporary agreement to work on further funding. The contract allows us to fund the Knigthsen Station through June 30, 2017.”
The hiring process began in December with firefighters coming from the Sacramento Area, another from Southern California and a resident of Brentwood.
Chief Henderson said this is just a temporary solution while they work on a long-term solution. If people want to learn more about the fire district, can visit www.eccfpd.org