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WC Meeting on Fire Station Closure Plan Is Jan. 22

ConFire holds meetings to discuss procedures in belt-tightening move to shutter four central county stations.

A meeting to discuss the plan to close a Walnut Creek fire station (Fire Station 4) is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Walnut Heights Elementary School, 4064 Walnut Blvd., Walnut Creek.

The closures of this and two other stations are planned to take effect Tuesday, Jan. 15.

ConFire Chief Daryl Louder is due at the meeting as well as county supervisors and city representatives.

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 Martinez and Lafayette. Operations at a fire station in Clayton will be reduced to six hours a day.

"The closures are necessary to close a budget deficit due to reduced revenues from declining property taxes, coupled with increasing costs to the Fire District for personnel and general operations," according to a notice on the ConFire news blog.

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