East Bay City Loses Only Fire Station

Closure could add five minutes to some emergency response calls

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Clayton is the only city in Contra Costa County that will have to learn how to deal with a fire station inside the city limits. Jodi Hernandez talks to the firefighters.

    It's official. The Contra Costa Supervisors voted to close the four fire stations.

    They will close on Jan. 15 2013.

    Fire Stations Set to Close in Contra Costa County

    [BAY] Fire Stations Set to Close in Contra Costa County
    Stations in Contra Costa County are set to close: They include Station No. 4 on Hawthorne Drive in Walnut Creek, No. 11 on Center Avenue in Clayton, No. 12 on Shell Avenue in Martinez, and No. 16 on Los Arabis Avenue in Lafayette. That would leave the total number of district stations to 24 when the closures go into effect January 1, 2013. Stephanie Chuang reports.

    Stations to close:

    • 11 Clayton, the city’s only fire station
    • 4 Walnut Creek-which leaves the city 3 stations
    • 12 Martinez, which leaves the city 2 stations
    • 16 Lafayette, which leaves the city 2 stations

    Clayton Mayor Julie Pierce said she is tremendously disappointed that the station in her city is on the list. 

    The closure could add as many as five minutes to response times. "Five minutes can be life or death and that's a very strong concern for us," Pierce said. "I don't know what the answer is but the district has to get its act together"

    The nearest station to the one that is closing in Clayton is six miles away.

    The reason for the closures is money. A measure on the November ballot failed. The mayor said she thinks the residents didn't feel confident in the fire district's arguments, adding the district needed to do a better job explaining what they've done to get pensions under control.

    The firefighters at the stations set for closure will not lose their jobs. They will be placed at other stations in the county.