Station will replace facility in continuous use since late 1940s
By Steve Hill, Public Information Officer, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) announced the start of construction of and broke ground for the new Fire Station 86 in Bay Point during a ceremony on Friday, April 9. When complete the station will replace the existing facility on Willow Pass Road, which has been in continuous service since its construction in the late 1940s.
When completed, Fire Station 86 will enhance emergency service capabilities and better support District firefighters, allowing for better quality of life, health, training and community interaction. The station will be built to modern earthquake standards to ensure its availability for facilitating disaster preparedness and response, and its three oversized bays will accommodate large apparatus such as the District’s fire dozers, if needed.
“We are pleased to announce construction of our long-awaited Fire Station 86 in Bay Point, offering enhanced facilities to support emergency services to neighboring communities,” said Lewis T. Broschard III, fire chief, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “Today is the culmination of a project several decades in the planning that will soon provide a functional and long overdue modern fire station for our firefighters in Bay Point and the communities they serve.”
This fire station will serve Bay Point and the adjacent City of Pittsburg, areas that have experienced significant growth in recent years, and are expected to continue to do so. District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover who represents both communities attended Friday’s ceremony.
The station will house one engine company but will be capable of accommodating a second crew for Red Flag fire weather events or expansion of services in the future. The facility will comply with seismic standards as well as ADA requirements. It will provide fire protection for the community over the next fifty years and provide personnel with the systems and features found in modem fire stations.
The new Fire Station 86 will be a 10,800 square foot, single-story structure designed with cancer prevention in mind. It will include state-of-the-art gross decontamination showers, turnout extractors and modern systems for extraction of diesel exhaust particulates.
The design comprises three apparatus bays, a kitchen, seven firefighter dormitories, three restrooms, offices, training and exercise facilities, decontamination spaces, storage, day- and dining-rooms. The project also includes visitor parking, secured firefighter parking, an emergency power generator, an onsite fuel tank, and a photovoltaic roof system.
The project has been designed to meet LEED Silver equivalency per the County’s standard for public buildings.
The County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Fire Board of Directors, originally approved the design and bid documents on October 13, 2020. The same Board approved a construction contract with Overaa & Co. on Jan. 9, 2021 in the amount of $9,579,000. This project will be financed by lease revenue bonds, approved by the Board on December 15, 2020. The debt service for these bonds will be paid by a combination of revenue from development impact fees and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District general operating fund over a 20-year period.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fire Station 86, with elected officials from the County and District leadership making remarks and participating in a gold-shovel event, took place today at the construction site, 10 Goble Court, Bay Point.
About Con Fire — A recognized fire service leader – – Con Fire provides fire and emergency medical services to more than a million people across its 304 square-mile District area, and through mutual aid, in and around the 20 cities and unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County, California. With few exceptions, county emergency ambulance transport services are provided by Con Fire through its unique sub-contractor Alliance model across the District and beyond to include some 520 square miles of the county. In 2020, the District responded to nearly 75,000 fire and EMS emergencies and dispatched some 95,000 ambulances, providing expert medical care on more than 74,000 ambulance transports. The District, with 26 fire stations and more than 400 employees, is dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment.