This should have the attention of every resident of East County as the ECCFPD has released its proposed staffing models. It appears staff is recommending a three station model is in play.
This means that a Brentwood station, and the Bethle Island and Knightsen Stations are on the chopping block.
Via the Board Packet which can be viewed at ECCFPD Website
Three-Station Model – consists of stations in Brentwood, Discovery Bay, and Oakley. All three stations would be staffed with three personnel consisting of a Fire Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter. The Three-Station Model has higher staffing costs, but those are offset by a reduction in day-to-day station costs. Operating service out of three stations reduces the wear on tear on the existing equipment and will provide additional capital equipment for rotating in and out of service. A three station model would require 27 fire personnel compared to the current 43 FTE’s.
Four-Station Model – consists of two stations in Brentwood, and one station each in Discovery Bay and Oakley. All four stations would be staffed with two personnel, consisting of a Fire Captain and Engineer. The staffing costs associated with the Four-Station Model are reduced by three personnel from the Three-Station Model. This option requires additional day-to-day expenditures associated with an additional station. A four
Operational Impacts and Changes:
Both staffing models will require auto/mutual aid for fires and major incidents within the District and response times are projected to increase. The District will need to make major changes in its responses, priorities to calls, and the use of auto-aid.
1. The response plan would be modified for the number of units responding to an incident. For example vehicle accidents are currently two engines and a Battalion Chief.
2. Non-emergency calls would not be responded too until a District engine was available and would not be responded to with auto or mutual aid to reduce the impact outside agencies.
3. District programs will need review – such as the Fireboat, Reserve, and CAL E.M.A. watertender.
4. No move-up/station coverage, in other words if all the engines are covering calls certain areas may not have any coverage until the engine is done with the call.
5. Auto-aid would only be used for emergency calls.
Staff is recommending the Three-Station Model (Brentwood, Discovery Bay, and Oakley), to provide a fully staffed three personnel engine company to respond to emergencies within the District. This model provides the best service model for the District as well as the safety for our District and Firefighters. The following are examples of why it provides the best service:
- On a working structure fire with a known rescue: two crew members can enter the fire to perform the rescue, leaving a crew member outside to monitor safety and equipment.
- On a working structure fire without a rescue; once the Battalion Chief arrives on scene, he can then fulfill the fourth member position to institute the 2-in and 2-out safety rule.
- On a vehicle accident with more than one patient: medical care can be provided immediately.
- Medical emergencies with heavy or immobile patients can be handled with one fully staffed engine versus waiting for a second engine to arrive if available.
- Specialized emergencies: a three-person crew can immediately dispatch a second piece of equipment as a part of the initial response (i.e., water tender for rural area structure fire or wild land vegetation fire) instead of having to dispatch from a second station, if available.
Staff requests further direction from the Board so that it can prepare a budget proposal for the June meeting. State law requires the District to adopt a preliminary budget by June 30, in addition, due to the financial situation of the District, in the event the parcel tax does not pass, staff believes that the District board will have to take action in June on a balanced budget service model that will take effect on July 1.