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New Mayor Makes Case For Lafayette Fire Station

Mike Anderson suggests cost-saving alternatives in letter to county board regarding ConFire plan.

Mike Anderson wasted no time.

Elected mayor Monday night, the veteran Lafayette council member on Tuesday morning had penned a letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors urging them to reject a plan to close ConFire Station 16 in Lafayette among four stations due for streamlining.

"Closure of Station 16 would needlessly endanger lives, and because there are other workable alternatives, it is totally and completely unacceptable," wrote Anderson.

An alternative Anderson mentions is staffing ConFire's three stations in Lafayette with two paramedic-firefighters each.

A PDF of Anderson's letter accompanies this article.

Diana Stephens December 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Losing the Lafayette station would put extra pressure on MOFD's Charles Hill Rd. station. As all Orindans are already paying a premium for their services, they would in a sense be subsidizing Confire as well. I agree with Mayor Anderson's assessment that manning a station with two firefighters is preferable to closing it, and in fact, the Orinda Emergency Services Task Force mentions this idea in its report on MOFD. While it may not be optimal, it beats insolvency or years of heavy debt burdens.
Dive Turn Work December 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
MOFD taxpayers: Too bad, so sad. Confire taxpayers who now get to rely on a MOFD paid for station: Win!
Dive Turn Work December 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
MOFD taxpayers ought to be asking some serious questions about this situation & looking at getting reimbursed for excess mutual aid.
lovelafayette December 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Where is your statistic on "excess mutual aid"? Apparently before the station closed a few months ago (rats and mold) LAFAYETTE was responding to more MOFD calls than OMD was responding to Lafayette. Since the closure it is about even. You have a good point, do you know the name of the person Lafayette should send a bill to for excess mutual aide for the entire time MOFD has been in existence?
Dive Turn Work December 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
"Since the closure it is about even." Now that closure is permanent. Will it remain even?
Quick Facts December 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
With Station 16 closed the mutual aid is finally somewaht balanced between the two fire dsitricts. In the past, Con Fire would run into Moraga or Orinda almost 2 to 1, over what Moraga - Orinda provided back. The Lamorinda region enjoys one of the best automatic aid agreements in California, due to both agencies dropping borders and allowing the closest Fire Engine(s) or Truck(s) to respond to incidents. If you look at the big picture, having 7 fire stations for the three cities to share is totally sufficient.
lovelafayette January 04, 2013 at 02:05 AM
"An alternative Anderson mentions is staffing ConFire's three stations in Lafayette with two paramedic-firefighters each." Guess the mayor missed the fact that since the city went along with the closure of 16 in June, Lafayette only has 2 stations!

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