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Meeting About Clayton Fire Station De-Staffing to Be Held Jan. 23

ConFire will hold a meeting to discuss procedures in the belt-tightening move to de-staff or shutter four central county stations.

A meeting to discuss the plan to de-staff a Clayton fire station (Fire Station 11) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Clayton Community Library, 6241 Clayton Road.

The station will start operating on a part-time basis from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and three other stations in Central Contra Costa County will be shut down, effective Tuesday, Jan. 15.

ConFire Chief Daryl Louder is due at the meeting as well as county supervisors and city representatives.

On Dec. 11, after nearly six hours of testimony, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to de-staff the Clayton Fire Station and or close three other stations under the auspices of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, including stations in Martinez and Lafayette.

"The closures are necessary to close a budget deficit due to reduced revenues from declining property taxes, coupled with increasing costs to the Fire District for personnel and general operations," according to a notice on the ConFire news blog.

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