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East Contra Costa Fire District Exploring New Service Models

Four community meetings scheduled, with one on Wednesday.

Firefighters respond to a call on Main Street. Photo credit: Brian Imagawa
Firefighters respond to a call on Main Street. Photo credit: Brian Imagawa

A funding stream to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will expire this year, motivating district officials to explore alternative service models.

The fire district is using a FEMA grant to fund its fire stations, said Dr. Cheryl Morgan, ECCFPD Boardmember.

It is unclear if those can maintain current service levels when the grant expires in November 2014.   

“We are facing a rather severe funding crisis,” Morgan told Patch.

Community meetings will be held for the district to unveil the situation and listen to ideas.

Four of them will be held in the near future:

In Byron, the meeting will be held at Excelsior Middle School, located at 14301 Byron. It begins at 7 p.m. on January 22, 2014. 

In Brentwood, the meeting will be held in the Senior Center, located at 180 Griffin Ln.  It starts at 7 p.m on January 23, 2014.

In Discovery Bay, the meeting will be held at Discovery Bay Elementary, located at 1700 Willow Lake Road. It starts at 7 p.m. on January 29, 2014.

In Knightsen, the meeting will be held at the Knightsen Farm Center, located at 3020 2nd. St.  That meeting starts at 7 p.m. on January 30, 2014.

Editor’s note: If you would like Patch to ask Boardmembers to elucidate specific things, tell us in the comments section or email Vanessa@patch.com. We’ll investigate.

ECCFPD responds to fires in Brentwood, Oakley, and the unincorporated communities of Bethel Island, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Byron and Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory. Its firefighters respond to an average of 6,300 service calls per year.

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