Fire Station 55 Opens in Oakley

Fire Station 55 Opens in Oakley

Fire Station 55 Opens in Oakley
Photos courtesy Supervisor Diane Burgis.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 2, 2022) — Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) and East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (East Con) have announced staffing of the new, but previously unopened, Fire Station 55 in Oakley.

Beginning June 1, the station is fully staffed for the first time with a three-firefighter engine company equipped to dispatch on either the station’s standard Type 1 Engine 55 or its wildland firefighting Engine 355.

Acknowledgments go to East Contra Costa residents for putting together the resources through Measure X. Also critical to the effort, the East Contra Costa Fire Board has worked together with the fire district on annexation. Other acknowledgements go to Chief Brian Helmick and Chief Lewis Broschard, staff for East Contra Costa Fire, ConFire, the county, and the cities, for all of their hard work getting us to this historic day. Many community members and stakeholders have followed this closely and worked towards a positive resolution.

This is the first station to open in this jurisdiction with Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic service. Chief Broschard and Chief Aaron McAllister ran the numbers on response times. They estimate that for East County residents Emergency Medical Response times will improve by around 90 seconds. Those precious seconds could save lives.

Supervisor Burgis said “This is the first of many improvements we’ll see to fire service capacity this summer and into next year. It’s the busiest month for fire and emergency response. And that’s why I’m overjoyed to ring in this June by celebrating together with you the opening of Station 55.”