Rick Lemyre did a nice recap of Monday’s Fire Board meeting where the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District laid out what service would look like if voters reject Measure S, a $197 per year fire tax on the June 5 ballot.
Option 1 would close two more stations (Bethel Island and Knightsen would join the Discovery Bay and Byron stations closed in 2010) and staff the remaining four (two in Brentwood, one each in Discovery Bay and Oakley) with two firefighters each. The model would mean there are eight firefighters on duty in the district at any one time, and a total of 24 firefighters would be required. Nineteen of the district’s firefighters would be laid off.
Option 2 closes one additional station, Brentwood’s downtown Station 54. That would leave open Brentwood’s Balfour Road station, plus the Oakley and Discovery Bay stations, each staffed by three firefighters. That plan would mean nine firefighters are always on duty in the district, and that 27 firefighters would keep their jobs (16 would be laid off). To read more click the link Full Article
Also, Vince Wells and Patricia Foss submitted a couple of Letter to the Editors which provided some nice facts and good perspectives. I’d urge you to click on the links below to read both letters and share them with local residents.
Vince Wells: What Firefighter Compensation Pays For
Patricia Foss: Save Your Fire Department
On a side note, Kris Hunt and John Gonzales wrote one of the most pathetic pieces I’ve seen written in the Brentwood Press since Brad Nix lied about Oakley. I would encourage folks to issue a response so that the correct facts can be presented prior to the Measure S vote.