About the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District
IF YOU LIVE IN EAST COUNTY - Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Byron, Knigthtsen, Marsh Creek, Morgan Territory, and surrounding rural communities…
FIRE SEASON MEANS YOUR SAFETY IS AT RISK. And now that fire season is here, (and fire seasons are getting worse) the risk to you is going up. Because ECCFPD is so severely underfunded, not only are we fighting fires with fewer firefighters, but unlike others in the county that send 5 fire engines to every fire incident, East Contra Costa Fire sends only 3 fire engines – not because we want to, but because we simply don’t have the resources to send more. In short: the severe funding shortfall we deal with every day, has significantly limited our capacity and raised the risk of uncontrolled, destructive fires…and THAT is increasingly putting our community’s safety at risk.
THE PROBLEM IS GETTING WORSE. Brentwood, Oakley, and nearby East Contra Costa communities have, for a number of years, relied on and benefitted from an “automatic mutual aid agreement” between East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire). When an ECCFPD emergency call comes in when we don’t have the capacity to respond (due to demand elsewhere), Con Fire will respond on our behalf – and vice-versa. The problem is, this arrangement has created a false sense of security. In reality, this mutual aid agreement has never been “mutual”. Because East Contra Costa Fire is so severely underfunded and spread so thin, that we consistently take much more assistance from Con Fire than we contribute to Con Fire. Due to this continuing, uncorrected imbalance between the two organizations, terms of the East Contra Costa Fire/Con Fire Agreement continue to be reduced. TODAY Con Fire only responds to ECCFPD calls for help when human lives are at stake and could be lost. For all other (property only) fires, we will have to “get by” on our collective own with a severely under-funded fire operation. This situation is unsafe, putting both firefighters and East County communities at serious and growing risk.
YOU can help. Stay SAFE. Get INFORMED.
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