Pinole's Fire


September 21, 2022

9/27/22 Special Meeting Postponed  
To allow sufficient time to route contract amendments through the appropriate legal teams and finalize a contract draft, the City of Pinole has postponed the Special Meeting to consider a contract with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire), which was originally scheduled for September 27. The City will announce a new meeting date as soon as a final contract is ready for the City Council’s consideration.  
During the rescheduled meeting, Council will be discussing whether to enter a contract through which Con Fire would provide full operation of fire services in the City, including operating both Fire Station 73 and Fire Station 74. 
On September 13, the City Council held the first meeting and community workshop to discuss the contract proposing a change to the fire service model and reopening of Station 74 and to receive input from the City Council and the public.
Visit www.Ci.Pinole.Ca.Us/FireServiceAndStation74 to learn more about the proposed contract and the previous meeting.

September 15, 2022
Attached please find the Fire Chief’s slide presentation from the September 13, 2022 City Council workshop on the draft potential contract with Con Fire and the reopening of Pinole Fire Station 74.

FS74 Council Presentation 9.13.22 - for website.pdf

October 21, 2021

                                 COUNTY MEASURE X FUNDS FOR FIRE SERVICE

The County Board of Supervisors (BOS) is scheduled to discuss the allocation of County Measure X tax funds at their upcoming meeting on November 2nd.

In May 2021, the Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs Association (which includes Pinole Fire Chief Wynkoop) presented a request to the Measure X Advisory Board for $28.85 million in Measure X funds to enhance fire service countywide.  This request included funding to reopen shuttered fire stations throughout the county, including Pinole Station 74.

In July 2021, the Pinole City Council submitted a letter, below (and attached), to the Measure X Advisory Board supporting the County Chiefs’ proposal for Measure X funds for fire service.

The Pinole City Council is encouraging Pinole residents to contact the Board of Supervisors to express residents’ support for the County Chiefs’ request for Measure X funding for enhanced fire service.

Contact information for the Supervisors can be found here:

Attached here is the City of Pinole Letter of Support for this measure, as signed by Mayor Norma Martinez-Rubin:
Ltr Supp Measure X Funding Fire Service.pdf

October 20, 2021

OCTOBER 3-9, 2021

October 3-9, 2021 marked Fire Prevention Week; though we do designate the entire month of October to this subject.
This year’s theme was
“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” which focused on the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make, and the actions to take if an alarm sounds. 
  • The first sound is the sound of a smoke alarm – a continuous set of three loud beeps — that means smoke or fire. It also means get out of the house, go to your outside meeting place, and call 911. If you forget your cell phone inside the house, use a neighbor’s phone, but do not go back inside the house if there is smoke or fire.
    • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • The second sound is that of a carbon monoxide detector, which makes a four-beep sound. That’s three beeps for smoke/fire and four beeps for carbon monoxide.
    • Because carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air, detectors should be placed on a wall about 5 feet above the floor. The detector also may be placed on the ceiling. Do not place the detector right next to or over a fireplace or flame-producing appliance.
    • Each floor needs a separate detector. If you are getting a single carbon monoxide detector for each floor, place it near the sleeping area to make sure it can wake you up.
    • Test all alarms (smoke and carbon monoxide) monthly by pushing the test button.
  • The third sound is a single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds on either device, which means the battery is low and must be changed.
    • Best practice is to change the batteries on your alarms when you change the clocks, which occurs this year over the weekend of November 6/7.
  • Finally, the fourth sound is chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced, which means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
    • Smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years, or if they do not sound when tested. Change carbon monoxide detectors every 5-7 years (varies by manufacturer).

June 24, 2021

Links to CAL-FIRE and National Weather Service Red Flag Warning Pages:


National Weather Service:


June 7, 2021
The Fire Department has retained the services of three contractors – for fire breaks/trails, weed abatement, and tree service, respectively – to collaborate with the Public Works Department in support of the City’s most robust annual wildfire mitigation project to date. Much of Pinole’s fire danger exists in its approximately 400 acres of designated open space. By zoning requirement, open space is reserved as undeveloped land vacant of structures and improvements, maintained in its natural condition, and not to be altered to any major extent by human activities. The Fire and Public Works Departments are working diligently to create a defensible perimeter around the City’s designated open space while adhering to zoning requirements. Additionally, notices have been sent out to property owners reminding them of their responsibility to maintain defensible space around residential and commercial properties. City Code Enforcement is hard at work to ensure compliance with this effort.
The City of Pinole Senior Center (2500 Charles Avenue) will be available as a cooling center as weather conditions dictate in the coming summer months. Per City guidelines, the Senior Center will be opened as a cooling center if the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts that Pinole will experience two consecutive days with high temperatures of 95 degrees or more and necessary staff is available. When initiated, the cooling center will normally be open from 12 pm to 5 pm. For additional information on the Senior Center serving as a cooling center, contact the Senior Center at 510-724-9800 or check the City website at

March 18, 2021

The presentation of the Fire Chief and City Staff recommendations for the Fire Department, in response to the ESCI Pinole Regional Fire Service Delivery Study, was rescheduled during the last City Council meeting, as the length of the meeting did not allow adequate time for the presentation. The Fire Chief and City Staff recommendations will now be presented at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on April 6, 2021.

February 9, 2021

Help your Neighbor get vaccinated

Safe Reopening of Businesses

January 7, 2021

Earthquake Warning California

Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system that could give California residents crucial seconds to take cover before you feel shaking. Managed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Earthquake Warning California uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and can notify Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. 
To receive earthquake warnings, individuals and family members can download the MyShake App and ensure phone settings are adjusted to receive emergency alerts, including:


MyShake App: Free smartphone app that provides iPhone and Android users with audio and visual warnings [magnitude 4.5 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity IV (weak) shaking]. Available at in the Apple App and Google Play stores;
Android Earthquake Alerts: Android phones with updated operating systems are automatically subscribed to Android Earthquake Alerts, which uses the same technology as the MyShake App; and
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs): No-cost text messages for emergency situations [magnitude 5.0 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity III (light) shaking].
If you live in or travel to areas that could be impacted by an earthquake, preparation is vital, as these events can strike suddenly, at any time, with little warning. Visit My Hazards to see if you live or work in an area prone to earthquakes.


For further information, please go to:

November 10, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads in the Bay Area, Red-Tier Safety Requirements return in Contra Costa

Please read the latest press release from Contra Costa County Public Health:

August 24, 2020
Community Warning Systems

We are amidst a severe fire season throughout the state of California, to include much of Contra Costa County.  The Pinole Fire Department recommends that citizens make use of available systems for dissemination of critical safety information regarding wildfires and other emergency situations. 

The Contra Costa County’s Community Warning System (CWS) is an all-hazards integrated system designed to warn and inform our residents about an emergency or disaster, and the protective action residents need to take to stay safe. If you have an AT&T landline, the County-wide Community Warning System will give you an automated call with instructions on what to do, and where to go as the emergency dictates. If you do not have an AT&T landline, you can register your cable-provided home phone and/or cell phone by going to or https://cwsalerts.comand registering your device through the Community Warning System Alert Self-Registration Portal. Residents can also register for emergency alerts through Nixle at

August 17, 2020

PG&E Outages Alert

Due to extreme heat and high demand that may be greater than supply, the state's electric grid operator (CAISO) may require PG&E to turn off power in rotating outages from 3-10pm each day through August 20. Outages typically last 1 - 2 hours. Please conserve.

Places to Cool

The County’s Employment and Human Services Department has three offices available as “places to cool” through the end of this week and early next week. Please note that during the COVID-19 shelter in place, EHSD’s regular programs and services are NOT currently available at these offices.

Open Monday-Tuesday, August 17-18, 2020, from 1pm to 5pm:

  • 1305 Macdonald, Richmond
  • 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill
  • 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch

Water will be available. Social distancing and face-covering requirements are in place at all locations. Capacity may be limited to comply with County health orders. Community members should NOT go to any of these places to cool off if they have been exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been ordered to quarantine. All visitors to EHSD offices will be asked screening questions before they can enter the buildings.

Additional locations open for cooling:

MartinezMartinez Senior Center, 818 Green Street, Martinez (925) 370-8770, open through Wednesday, August 19, 1pm to 6pm.
ConcordConcord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord (925) 671-3320, open through Tuesday, August 18, 1pm to 6pm.
Pleasant Hill: Community Center at 320 Civic Dr. is open through Wednesday, August 19, 1pm to 7pm.
Antioch: Nick Rodriguez Community Center at 213 F Street, open through Wednesday, August 19, from 12noon to 6pm. 

Cooling Tips to Survive Summer Heat

Don’t wait to call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you experience any of these WARNING SIGNS of heat-related conditions, such as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke:
Headache; Nausea/Vomiting; Dim/Blurred Vision; Profuse Sweating; Exhaustion; Dizziness; Hot Dry Skin; Cold Damp Skin; Muscle Cramps; Fainting.
Heat Strokes can be life-threatening and can come on quickly.

TIPS TO PREVENT heat-related symptoms:
- Drink water: Sip all day; don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugary soft drinks, and full-strength fruit juices.
- Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim.
- Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.
- Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening.
- Keep electric items turned off, lights low, and avoid using your oven or clothes dryer.
- Do not just rely on fans; if the temperature is 90 degrees or above, fans alone usually cannot protect against heat-related illness.
- Take baths, showers, or find a pool to swim in; bathe in tepid water, use cool towels.
- Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that is light-colored and lightweight.
- Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when outside.
- Eat light foods high in water content: fruits, salads, and soups.
- Don’t wait in, or leave infants, pets, elderly or disabled persons unattended in, cars or other vehicles for any length of time, even with windows cracked. Within minutes the temperature will become dangerously high, and serious injury and/or death will result.
- Bring pets indoors or ensure they have shady spots to protect them all day.
- Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water that will stay cool all day.
- Develop a “buddy” system: keep in contact with your family & friends at least twice a day.
- Talk to your doctor about medications. You may need to alter medications or dosages, but under no circumstances should you change your medication on your own.
- Use air conditioning & be prepared for power outages.

For further information, please call Information & Assistance at 1-800-510-2020 (from within Contra Costa County, using a landline);
or 925-229-8434 (when using a cell phone or from outside Contra Costa County)

August 6, 2020

Weed Abatement Update

We are well into the 2020 fire season, as illustrated by several significant fire incidents in and around Pinole. 
Your Pinole Fire Department is hard at work keeping the community safe from fire danger, 
and we will be conducting some additional weed abatement efforts throughout the City’s open space in the weeks to come.
By now, all residents’ weeds should be removed to within 3” off the ground and brush trimmed to provide a safety buffer of at least thirty (30) feet around any structure. For most properties within the City, this means clearing the entire parcel. Dead trees and fallen limbs also apply. Tree limbs must be trimmed to no lower than 6' from the ground.
Thank you for your efforts in making Pinole a fire-safe community!
Weed Abatement pic 1 Weed Abatement pic 2

July 13, 2020

Updated July 11, 2020:
Contra Costa County Health Services Amendments to Social Distancing Order
CCHS - Amendments to Social Distancing Order - 7.11.2020.pdf

July 7, 2020

Please read attached revised Guidance for Face Coverings from the California Department of Public Health,
and two new health orders from Contra Costa County Health Services.

CDPH - Guidance for face coverings revised.pdf

CCCHS - Face Coverings.pdf

CCCHS - Instructions for Home Quarantine & Health Monitoring.pdf

July 1, 2020

Please see this chart dated June 29, 2020 from Contra Costa County regarding local businesses
CCC Road Ahead - for community.pdf

June 18, 2020

From the California Department of Public Health

June 16, 2020

Order of the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa
Ease of some Restrictions
Health Order June 16, 2020.pdf

June 2, 2020

Order of the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa
continuing to Shelter-in-Place until further notice
County Health Order June 2, 2020.pdf

May 29, 2020

Order of the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa
extending the Shelter-in-Place until May 31, 2020
County Health Order Thru May 31, 2020.pdf

April 17, 2020

Order of the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa
generally requiring members of the public and workers to wear face coverings 


April 2, 2020

Fire Study Presentation Update:
The consultant has been unable to complete work on the Fire Service Study
due to unavailability of its staff related to COVID-19.
Therefore, the final study will not be presented as previously planned at the City Council meeting of 4/7/2020.
It will be scheduled for a later Council meeting, possibly not until after the current shelter in place Health Order expires.

March 31, 2020

Contra Costa County Health Officer Order
to remain Shelter In Place until May 3rd, 2020:


March 17, 2020

Stay Home Order FAQs from Contra Costa County Health Services:
Stay-Home Order FAQs_0316 final.pdf

March 16, 2020

Contra Costa County Health Services just released a Shelter-in-Place Order for the entire county.
Final SIP Order 3.16.20 (002).pdf

March 14, 2020

Contra Costa County Health Services issued this directive regarding mass gatherings:

March 6, 2020

Dear Pinole Community,
Please read attached letter from Anna Roth, Contra Costa County Health Services Director:
CCHS COVID19 Letter 03022020.pdf
For updated information on the Coronavirus in Contra Costa County, please see 
the Latest News announcements on the Contra Costa County Health Services website:

March 4, 2020

Bob Ramos official photo LODD Memorial Services for
Ret. Pinole Fire Captain Robert A. Ramos
will be held on Saturday March 7, 2020

Pinole Valley High School
2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA. 94564
“The Little Theater”

Details & Times of events:
10:00 am, approx.
Fire Apparatus Procession from Fire Station 73 to Pinole Valley High School

Procession Route:
880 Tennent Avenue // Pinole Valley Road.

11:00 am:
LODD Memorial Services to commence inside Pinole Valley High School’s “Little Theater”.

This is a community event. Members of the public are welcome to attend and pay tribute to Robert A. Ramos.

February 4, 2020

At the very end of each year, a new Firefighter of that year is chosen.
Our team made their choice in late December 2019, and announced it to the Pinole Rotary Club.
Our Firefighter of the Year 2019 is:


Please join us in congratulating Eric on this achievement!
Eric Holt FFotY2019


  • Fire Department 
  • 880 Tennent Ave Pinole, CA 94564 
  • Phone: (510) 724-8970 
  • Fax: (510) 724-8972 
  • Email:
  • Department Head's Name: Chris Wynkoop, Fire Chief