East Contra Costa County closing fire houses, laying off firefighters

 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — The East Contra Costa Fire Protection district is no stranger to money problems.  The department is currently running on a Federal Grants, but money is drying up quickly.

Voters could have voted to raise $4 million dollars to continue the service, but chose not to.

The district serves more than 100,000 people and the $4 million could have kept it fully operational for the next four years.

According to officials, there are more than 6,000 calls for service annually.

Due to the lack of funds, two of the fire houses will be closed permanently.

The president of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Vince Wells released a statement saying, “Two more station closures and firefighter layoffs will mean it takes longer to get the help you need in an emergency.  These drastic reductions in service levels are something this community cannot afford given the continued growth in East County.”

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