Fire Station 74 reopening ceremony scheduled for March 4

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Con Fire to assume full operations of Pinole fire services on March 1
Pinole Valley Fire Station 74, 3700 Pinole Valley Road (via Google Maps)

A ribbon cutting will be held Saturday, March 4 for the reactivation of Fire Station 74 at 3700 Pinole Valley Road, according to the City of Pinole and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire)

The ceremony will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 74 and will include remarks by Pinole Mayor Devin T. Murphy, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, Pinole Fire Chief Chris Wynkoop, ConFire Chief Lewis Broschard and others. A ribbon cutting and open house will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

On March 1, Con Fire will officially assume full operations of fire and emergency medical services in Pinole, and will reopen the long-shuttered Fire Station 74, as part of an agreement approved by the Pinole City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the Contra Costa Local Area Formation Commission.

Fire officials say the merger will improve fire and emergency services to Pinole’s 19,000 residents. Fire Station 74 has been shuttered since 2011 due to recessionary budget cuts. Measure X funds are contributing $2 million to the reopening and continued staffing of the fire station.

“Among many improvements to fire and emergency medical services will include shortened response times, enhanced life-saving capabilities, and a newly opened Fire Station 74, shuttered since the Great Recession,” according to the city and Con Fire.

As part of the transition, a formal transfer of command ceremony will occur at the Pinole City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on April 4, marking the completion of the contract for service transition.