Today there was a secure feeling of safety when I saw a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) fire engine company on Laurel Rd. I rest easier at night knowing that ConFire has taken on the responsibility of fire protection for the community. We now have adequate firefighting coverage throughout East Contra Costa County that will not drain our fire protection services.
We owe Brian Helmick our ongoing gratitude in stepping forward when he was the Chief of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) in bringing to fruition a merger with ConFire. ECCFPD resources were not adequate to protect all residents in case of fire. Chief Helmick worked with the Board of Directors of ECCFPD to merge resources with ConFire with courage and vigor.
I am grateful that I was able to participate in the completion of the merger while serving on the City of Oakley City Council. It was the right thing to do.
George Fuller, MPA, MA City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA