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Lafayette Fire Station Meeting Shifted to Jan. 15

Meeting about ConFire plan to shutter Fire Station 16 and stations in three other cities is now 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building.

A meeting to discuss the plan to close a fire station (Fire Station 16 on Las Arabis Drive in West Lafayette) has been re-scheduled to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mount Diablo Boulevard.

An earlier announcement had the meeting on Jan. 7, but the date has been moved to avoid schedule conflicts, wrote Lafayette City Council member Don Tatzin in an email.

The Los Arabis Drive station was closed last June because of rat infestation and plumbing problems. The formal closure of this and three other stations are planned to take effect Jan. 15.

On Dec. 11, after nearly six hours of testimony, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to close four stations under the auspices of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, including ones in Clayton, Martinez and Walnut Creek. The plan is for de-staffing Clayton down to six hours of service a day, with shared equipment.

Some Lafayette residents, including Mayor Mike Anderson, advocated using the West Lafayette station as an experiment in having two firefighters staff a station with reduced services.
 
The closures are needed to close a budget deficit with reduced revenues and increasing costs for personnel and general operations, ConFire reports.

lovelafayette January 04, 2013 at 02:01 AM
What is there to discuss? Lafayette City Council declined to support tax until the very last moment, and did not campaign for it at all. No candidate ever championed tax. Firemen cannot work with rats and mold. Lafayette city manager should have demanded a new station long before accepting the closure in JUNE, we paid our bills and deserved a new, healthy building. We were trumped by Con Fire, it is easiest to close a station that is already closed! Now no money to build new station, no station to reopen. Common sense tells us that the Mayor's suggestion of 2 firefighters/station is a dangerous idea. How did he fail to recognize that this idea cannot possibly be implemented, we only have 2 stations! This is a failure of city leadership not a failure of Con-fire. If you live in Happy Valley you should be prepared to hedge your bets and call your own ambulance, after you dial 911.

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