Pinole's Con Fire Contract

Con Fire Contract

Con Fire, Contra Costa County, and City of Pinole Implement Contract
Posted on 03/09/2023
On March 4, 2023, Contra Costa County, the City of Pinole, and Contra Costa
County Fire Protection District announced implementation of a contract with Con Fire for
all fire and emergency medical services in the city. Both the Pinole City Council and Contra
Costa County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Contra Costa Fire board, as well as the
Contra Costa Local Area Formation Commission, unanimously approved the contract, which
was effective January 1, 2023.

Effective March 1, Contra Costa Fire assumed responsibility for all firefighting staff, support
staff, facilities and equipment of the former City of Pinole Fire Department.

The merger of the former City of Pinole Fire Department into the Contra Costa Fire family,
through this contract for service arrangement, provides improved fire and emergency services
to the city’s 19,000 residents. One of the most noteworthy of these improvements is the
reopening and staffing of Fire Station 74 that had been shuttered since 2011 when it was closed
due to Great Recession-related budget cuts. Fire Station 74 reopened on March 1.

“The new service arrangement with the City of Pinole and the reopening of Pinole Valley Station
74 will improve fire and emergency medical services in West Contra Costa County and will save
lives and property,” said John Gioia, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Board. “Contra Costa’s Measure X sales tax and
the City of Pinole are jointly funding these improved and expanded vital services because we
place community health and safety first.”

"As mayor, addressing our climate crisis, emergency preparedness, and the safety of our
residents impacted by potential wildfires is a critical priority for me,” said Mayor Devin T.
Murphy, City of Pinole. “We are pleased to be in partnership with Contra Costa Fire to reopen
Fire Station 74 and deliver the necessary enhancements to fire prevention, staffing, and
emergency medical services to Pinole residents that will, indeed, also benefit all West Contra
Costa County residents. After a long 12 years of closure, it's time we move our city forward."

“I am pleased by the collaborative effort of all involved in the long and challenging process that
has led to final implementation of this contract for service in the City of Pinole,” said Lewis T.
Broschard III, fire chief, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “As a result, and because
of generous Measure X funding for Fire Station 74, Contra Costa Fire has been able to
leverage the cost efficiencies of one of the largest fire districts in the state to increase fire,
rescue, and emergency medical services for city residents and deliver additional resources for
them and all of west county.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for the City of Pinole and west county, which is enhancing fire
and emergency service delivery for the benefit of all residents,” said Pinole Fire Chief Chris
Wynkoop. “Our work with city and county stakeholders has resulted in finalization of the
arrangement between our agencies and has facilitated the reopening of Station 74. This is a
testament to the collaborative efforts among city and county officials, county fire chiefs, labor,
and citizens, to address our common goal of providing the highest level of fire and emergency
services to residents countywide.”

Benefits of the new contract for service arrangement for residents include more coordinated,
cohesive, and streamlined fire and emergency services. Another important benefit will be better
alignment of firefighting models across districts that could net both increased fire services and
improved firefighter safety.

Located in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, Fire Station 74 is now staffed by an engine
crew operating both a standard structure fire engine and a specialized wildland fire engine. The
availability of this specialty wildland fire apparatus significantly improves response times to area
wildfires, further improving safety for nearby residents.

Measure X funds are contributing $2 million to the reopening and continued staffing of Fire
Station 74.

The City of Pinole City Council unanimously approved the contract for service on October 10,
2022. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Contra Costa Fire Board,
unanimously approved a resolution for Contra Costa Fire to provide contracted services to the
City of Pinole on October 11, 2022. The Contra Costa LAFCo approval, the final step in a
multi-layered approval process, occurred in a unanimous decision of commissioners at their
November 9, 2023 meeting.

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About Contra Costa County Fire Protection District – With implementation of a contract for service with the City of Pinole in March, 2023 and annexation of the former East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) in July, 2022, Contra Costa Fire now provides fire and emergency medical services to more than 770,000 residents in 12 cities and 11 unincorporated areas across our expanded 557 square-mile jurisdiction. The district now comprises 34 fire stations and more than 600 employees. Through our unique ambulance “Alliance,” the district delivers EMS and ambulance transport services to much of Contra Costa County. In 2022, the district responded to nearly 100,000 incidents of all types, including 67,000 fire medical emergencies, and dispatched some 100,000 ambulances, conducting more than 75,000 ambulance transports. Contra Costa Fire remains dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment.