Guest commentary: There is a five-ala...

Guest commentary: There is a five-alarm brewing with fire service in East Contra Costa

There are 3 comments on the Contra Costa Times story from Sep 12, 2015, titled Guest commentary: There is a five-alarm brewing with fire service in East Contra Costa. In it, Contra Costa Times reports that:

I've been worried about this since the district was turned over to local control in 2010 and I was appointed to the first board to represent the interests of my hometown, Oakley. The district had eight stations, 53 firefighters and a gaping hole in its budget caused by a downturn in the real estate market. Basic emergency medical aid is all it provides. The fire district is currently living within its means and we are getting exactly what we're paying for. Jim Frazier represents parts of Contra Costa and Solano counties in the California Assembly.

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rich clapp

Mountain View, CA

#1 Oct 10, 2015
That is not right,I live on Bethel Island at one time I was a volunteer fire ,We had a rating 5,we now have a 10,that's not good and I hear that our insurance is going to increace 3times,,anyway we were promised or s rt action would stay open it isnt Bethel Island is paying more per call than any other area it also takes approximately 30min for see ervicethey say 18 and that is if a train isn't booking TT he road that could be one hour ,this hole fire service thing has been a horse an dog show ,ECCFPD wants 4 mil to run one station we ran Bethel Island for 700000 a year so we are not getting what we pay for thank you very much rich clapp
Delta girl

Oakley, CA

#2 Jan 10, 2017
rich clapp wrote:
That is not right,I live on Bethel Island at one time I was a volunteer fire ,We had a rating 5,we now have a 10,that's not good and I hear that our insurance is going to increace 3times,,anyway we were promised or s rt action would stay open it isnt Bethel Island is paying more per call than any other area it also takes approximately 30min for see ervicethey say 18 and that is if a train isn't booking TT he road that could be one hour ,this hole fire service thing has been a horse an dog show ,ECCFPD wants 4 mil to run one station we ran Bethel Island for 700000 a year so we are not getting what we pay for thank you very much rich clapp
Do we need more volunteers on Bethel island? My husband and i are new to the island. I am CPR qualified and have worked at John Muir Walnut Creek for 20+ years.....but most of all i would love to help our community
Rainman

Antioch, CA

#3 Jan 11, 2017
Frazier is a fool. He knows better or should have. State law prohibits any tax allocations-especially school allocations, to be diverted into any other taxing authority. His suggestions are about as foolish is having you believe your neighbor is willing to pay your mortgage when you come up short at the end of the year. It isn't going to happen. C'mon Jimbo, if you are going to fill the seat of an assemblyman, at least know your material or go back to pounding nails.

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