Brentwood – The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is pleased to announce it will now be able to lend residents a helping hand after disaster strikes.
In partnership with the California Fire Foundation who has launched the Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) Program, Chief Officers of the ECCFPD can now provide emergency financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims. The goal is to provide immediate short-term support in the aftermath of a fire or other natural disaster which displaces victims.
“As a fire district, one of our core values is trying to help people in their time of need whenever and however we can. The SAVE Program allows us to provide help to our residents that are impacted by a substantial incident,” said Fire Chief Brian Helmick. “We are proud to now be participating in this valuable program that enhances the services we provide to our community after an incident.”
Working with the SAVE Program, the ECCFPD will distribute gift cards in amounts of up to $100, to eligible victims of a fire or natural disaster so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.
Under the program, a disaster includes: fire, flood, earthquake or landslide/mudslide. The financial support will allow victims of these disasters to purchase food, water, over the counter prescription medication, gas, shelter, clothing, or basis household necessities.
“As firefighters, we realize once a fire is out and all life safety hazards are removed our job is done. With that said, we are always looking for opportunities to do more. This program allows us to do that by providing direct assistance to our community members who are need. It is great to be able to provide more support once a fire is out,” said Chief Helmick.”
The ECCFPD has joined more than 75 fire departments across California in the SAVE program. The SAVE Program is funded by donations to the California Fire Foundation and Corporate Sponsors.
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District spans 249 square miles and our firefighter/EMTs serve more than 110,000 residents in the Cities of Brentwood and Oakley, the Town of Discovery Bay, the communities of Byron, Bethel Island and Knightsen, the Marsh Creek/Morgan Territory area, and all other areas within unincorporated Contra Costa County to the east of Antioch and to the southeast of Clayton