City of Oakley offers their thanks
As the transfer of command to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District will occur this Friday, East Contra Costa Fire Chief Brian Helmick in a post on his own Facebook page on Monday, June 27, which was then shared on the district’s Facebook page, he offered the following farewell:
“It’s been an Honor and Privilege to Serve You as East Contra Costa Fire Protection Districts Fire Chief.
Today marks my last week as the Fire Chief of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD). In April of 2017, I was given the opportunity to serve as the Interim Fire Chief of ECCFPD and in January 2018, I became the permanent Fire Chief.
This article is intended to say thank you to my extended family and community for the patience and continued support through this entire painstakingly hard process. Below one will find the ones who are responsible for correcting ECCFPD’s historical Fire, Rescue, and EMS challenges.
Below are the ones who deserve the credit for fixing once and for all ECCFPD’s challenges.
They are as follows:
To God, my family, friends, appointed / elected Fire Board members, ECCFPD’s employees past and present, IAFF Local 1230 and other Labor Representatives, and ECCFPD Contractors. I start by thanking God (with God shall nothing be impossible-thank you Jesus!) for all of you. Personally, over the last five years, I trusted and worked to be obedient to God (stumbling many times along the way) and HE blessed me with The Dream Team. For years, I have been consistently confident that if I was obedient to Him, that in His time, and according to His plan, ECCFPD’s issues would be resolved.
To the elected Officials and their Staff of the City of Brentwood, City of Oakley, Contra Costa County, the Towns / Municipal Advisory Councils, and The Discovery Bay Community Service District. Your continued collaboration, patience, and trust over the past five years have been a catalyst to moving the Fire District forward. I thank you all.
To the long list of Partner Fire, Law, and EMS agencies. Thank you for the years of responding to mutual aid and automatic aid requests and for filling the gap where we could not ourselves. Your dedicated support has saved many lives and property. Thank you for helping us do what we could not do on our own.
To the federal, state and local elective representatives and affiliate associations. Thank you for helping ECCFPD identify what options were available (and were not) at the federal, state, and local level. The education and collaboration brought millions of dollars to the fire district. Thank you.
To the citizens and businesses of East Contra Costa. Thank you for working with ECCFPD to develop the 2019-2023 strategic plan and to challenge the District to explore all options in lieu of taxes to fix the Fire District’s historical challenges. The communities continued patience and accountability helped define the path that the district took that led to annexing into Con Fire.
I have been asked if I’m OK with this transition, and no longer serving as the Fire Chief of ECCFPD?
Although the process is truly bittersweet, I can confidently say, yes!!!! I say this confidentiality because the District’s men and women, that I served with, have demonstrated that they are more than capable of moving forward and into the next chapter or our organization’s story. As of July 1, 2022, the community will be receiving, for the first time in decades, sustainable and acceptable Fire, EMS, and Rescue services.
As the annexation becomes reality on July 1, please know that I’m not going anywhere. I will be transitioning from my current Fire Chief’s position into a Deputy Fire Chief position with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. In my new position, I will continue to advocate for the first responders, citizens and businesses of eastern Contra Costa County and throughout the County as a whole.
In closing, as your Fire Chief, I say thank you to all of those mentioned in this article (apologies to anyone missed), as it has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve you and to be part of the team that did what many said was impossible to do.
Sincerely, In His service and always at heart, your Fire Chief,
City of Oakley Offers Their Thanks to Helmick
In a post on Thursday, June 30, the City of Oakley posted the following message of thanks to Helmick on their Facebook page:
“On his last day as Chief of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD), we extend our sincere gratitude to Fire Chief Brian Helmick.
Chief Helmick is a selfless leader who has put the residents of East Contra Costa before all else. For the past few years, he’s worked to have ECCFPD annexed by Contra Contra Fire Protection District (Con Fire) so that East County would have access to more personnel, equipment, and resources. The annexation means more fire services in our area and faster, life-saving response times.
He has literally worked himself out of a job for the benefit of our East County community and we couldn’t be more grateful for his selfless efforts. Chief Helmick is a public servant in every sense of the word, and we salute him for his service to Oakley. We look forward to working with him as he transitions to Con Fire!”
Helmick Provides a Final State of the District
Then on Wednesday, Helmick gave a final State of the District in a live video on the fire district’s Facebook page which can be viewed, here.
Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.