Fire destroys Discovery Bay house

Fire destroys Discovery Bay house

There are 11 comments on the Pleasant Hill Record story from Jul 10, 2007, titled Fire destroys Discovery Bay house. In it, Pleasant Hill Record reports that:

East County firefighters are investigating the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed a Discovery Bay house on Monday night. via Pleasant Hill Record

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Pleasant Hill Record.

Dru

San Jose, CA

#1 Jul 26, 2007
What is the problem with our fire department? The response time for fires is 30 minutes. UNACCEPTABLE. Every house that catches fire in Discovery Bay burns to the GROUND. Why? Because the fire department, less than a mile away, is NOT PERFORMING! My neighbor's an more than two friends have had their houses burn to the ground due to the lack of attention. This needs to be addressed.
discobay 4317

Dublin, CA

#2 Sep 17, 2007
I completely agree. Last night another house burnt down. We saw the smoke from over a mile away and heard the fire engines about 15 minutes later! That is just unnacceptable....
discores

San Francisco, CA

#3 Sep 17, 2007
it took the fire dept 30 min to respond due to the local fire dept being out on a medical call. no doubt the home could have been saved if not able to spread due to the ridiculous response time. no one was hurt but next time we may not be so lucky. something HAS to be done!!!
Your Firefighters

Anacortes, WA

#4 Sep 18, 2007
Don't blame the firefighters for what seems to happen time and time again in your community. They are being asked to work twice as hard with half the resources available to most fire departments. It's true that the engine company from the local station was committed on a medical, but the next closest engine was also on the same call assisting with CPR. So when a structure fire pops up in the next moment the end result is that the first engines to show up on your fire responded from as far as Byron and Brentwood. It took them less than ten minutes to arrive from the time they were dispatched. Your firefighters are working with two personnel per engine, the industry standard is four with a minimum of three. So what this means is that when they arrived they were faced with one home fully involved and another with the attic just starting to go and only FOUR personnel to deal with it. They worked their asses off and were able to save the second home.
The fire protection in East Contra Costa is inadequate, but don't blame the firfighters, they are doing the best they can under conditions that are beyond their control. Complain to your county supervisors. They have known that we are understaffed for years but have failed to mitigate the problem, in the meantime we continue to put our lives at risk while protecting yours with half the staffing of any other agency. What we need is your support if anything is going to be done to improve the situation.
the truth

Lodi, CA

#5 Sep 19, 2007
Dru wrote:
What is the problem with our fire department? The response time for fires is 30 minutes. UNACCEPTABLE. Every house that catches fire in Discovery Bay burns to the GROUND. Why? Because the fire department, less than a mile away, is NOT PERFORMING! My neighbor's an more than two friends have had their houses burn to the ground due to the lack of attention. This needs to be addressed.
Everyone needs to read the post buy the person named "your firefighters" below. It is the complete truth. Like they said, national standard is FOUR people on an engine, East Contra Costa has TWO! That means when they get on scene they do DOUBLE the amount of work that they should be doing safely. If you haven't noticed they have been trying to educate the community about this problem for a while now. It's up to the tax payers of the community to raise a voice and demand a third firefighter on the engines in the east county. Call or email the county supervisors, they are the ones holding back the flow of money for the east county.
As for the fire... both discovery bay engines were committed to a CPR call trying to save a life! The next two closest engines were downtown brentwood and byron which both responded as fast as possible along with many more engines from all over the east county. If there was a third guy on the engine they probably would have not had to respond with both discovery bay engines and could have gotten to the fire quicker.
All crews that responded did a DAMN GOOD JOB!!!
Next time you think your fire department is "not performing" you need to get all the facts and then picture yourself on top of a 2 story house on a spongy roof with fire blazing below you... Its easy to sit back in your computer chair and complain... take a look at the risk they run for you and your posessions. Have you all already forgot about Scott Desmond and Matt Burton. They gave their lives trying to save people like you....
Antioch Resident

United States

#6 Sep 19, 2007
Your Firefighters wrote:
Don't blame the firefighters for what seems to happen time and time again in your community. They are being asked to work twice as hard with half the resources available to most fire departments. It's true that the engine company from the local station was committed on a medical, but the next closest engine was also on the same call assisting with CPR. So when a structure fire pops up in the next moment the end result is that the first engines to show up on your fire responded from as far as Byron and Brentwood. It took them less than ten minutes to arrive from the time they were dispatched. Your firefighters are working with two personnel per engine, the industry standard is four with a minimum of three. So what this means is that when they arrived they were faced with one home fully involved and another with the attic just starting to go and only FOUR personnel to deal with it. They worked their asses off and were able to save the second home.
The fire protection in East Contra Costa is inadequate, but don't blame the firfighters, they are doing the best they can under conditions that are beyond their control. Complain to your county supervisors. They have known that we are understaffed for years but have failed to mitigate the problem, in the meantime we continue to put our lives at risk while protecting yours with half the staffing of any other agency. What we need is your support if anything is going to be done to improve the situation.
To all of the Fire Personnel as well as Police Personnel in Discovery Bay,Brentwood,Oakley & Antioch my hat goes off to all of you. You do a wonderful job with what you have. It's not your fault stupid people don't understand that. You give your lives everyday to help everyone else and you are TRULY appreciated!!! Don't let the FEW idiots break your commitment to what you do--we are so lucky to have people like all of you that put your lives on the line to save other people. Keep up the GREAT work !!!!
ThankGod 4 Firefighters

Anacortes, WA

#7 Sep 19, 2007
Dru, discobay 4317, & discores
Shame on you.
The problem with your fire department is that you don't pay them enough and they are understaffed. Be pissed off at your county supervisors!
We Need Help Now

Martinez, CA

#8 Sep 20, 2007
Blame the past and present Board Of Supervisors for the short falls of your community.
http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/BOS/
Greg

San Jose, CA

#9 May 25, 2009
ThankGod 4 Firefighters wrote:
Dru, discobay 4317, & discores
Shame on you.
The problem with your fire department is that you don't pay them enough and they are understaffed. Be pissed off at your county supervisors!
RIght ON!
Greg

San Jose, CA

#10 May 25, 2009
Your Firefighters wrote:
Don't blame the firefighters for what seems to happen time and time again in your community. They are being asked to work twice as hard with half the resources available to most fire departments. It's true that the engine company from the local station was committed on a medical, but the next closest engine was also on the same call assisting with CPR. So when a structure fire pops up in the next moment the end result is that the first engines to show up on your fire responded from as far as Byron and Brentwood. It took them less than ten minutes to arrive from the time they were dispatched. Your firefighters are working with two personnel per engine, the industry standard is four with a minimum of three. So what this means is that when they arrived they were faced with one home fully involved and another with the attic just starting to go and only FOUR personnel to deal with it. They worked their asses off and were able to save the second home.
The fire protection in East Contra Costa is inadequate, but don't blame the firfighters, they are doing the best they can under conditions that are beyond their control. Complain to your county supervisors. They have known that we are understaffed for years but have failed to mitigate the problem, in the meantime we continue to put our lives at risk while protecting yours with half the staffing of any other agency. What we need is your support if anything is going to be done to improve the situation.
True That! Ask not what your country, city, town can do for you in the famous words of Kennedy.
Khalid

United States

#11 Apr 24, 2013
The residents of Discovey Bay do not have fire protection immediately available for us. The one frie truck we once had is no longer here. We must depend of fir fighters from the surrounding communities and consequently our houses are burning down before the proper help arrives to save our lives and property.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Brentwood Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Roadshow: Parking in front of a neighbor's hous... (Aug '09) Tue CURIOUS 295
News $1M of Measure C funds spent on administration,... Jan 16 Sky zeng 1
How has Antioch changed over the last 20 years? Jan 14 dkatayama 5
FRAUD Velocity Cheer Gym - Antioch, CA Jan 13 Spirit_FX 1
News Guest commentary: There is a five-alarm brewing... (Oct '15) Jan 11 Rainman 3
Why we hate surenos in other words why we hate ... (Dec '09) Jan 11 209blud 19
BethelIslandRealty Inc. Bottom 7% of his peers (May '16) Jan 10 Delta girl 8

Brentwood Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Brentwood Mortgages