Pinole's Fire Service and Station 74

Fire Service and Station 74

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The City of Pinole is considering entering into a contract through which the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD, “Con Fire”) would provide full operation of fire services in the City, including operating both Fire Station 73 and Fire Station 74. 

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For most of its history, the City of Pinole has operated just one fire station (Station 73). The City briefly operated a second fire station (Station 74), from 2003 until 2011. The second station was closed due to lack of funding. Since the closure of Station 74, the City has explored different options for reopening the station or otherwise expanding fire protection and emergency medical services.

In November 2020, Contra Costa County voters approved Measure X, a half-cent countywide sales tax expected to generate approximately $100 million annually. In November 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved various appropriations of Measure X revenues, including $2 million to help reopen Pinole’s Fire Station 74.

Con Fire has proposed to operate both Stations 73 and 74 on the City’s behalf, funded by the $2 million from Measure X and City funds currently appropriated to the Pinole Fire Department.

Per State law, in order for Con Fire to provide fire protection services for Pinole, Con Fire must receive approval from the Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and Con Fire’s governing board (the Board of Supervisors) and the City Council must approve an agreement.

The Pinole City Council has directed City staff to work with Con Fire staff to develop a potential agreement. City staff will present a draft agreement at a special City Council meeting, that will be held in a community workshop format, on September 13, 2022.

The City’s Fire Chief, the County Executive Fire Chiefs, the County Board of Supervisors, and the labor group representing Con Fire’s and Pinole Fire Department’s firefighters (IAFF Local 1230) all support the proposed agreement in principle.

Proposed Contract