CLAYTON -- The Clayton City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to form a city fire committee in the wake of the closure -- now partial -- of its only fire station.

Council appointed councilmen Howard Geller and Jim Diaz to the ad hoc committee, which will focus on the future of emergency response in Clayton and is open to residents and firefighters who live in Clayton. Meetings of the fire committee will be posted as a special meeting of the City Council, so all members of the five-member council can participate so long as there is a quorum of council members.

The Contra Costa Fire Protection District reduced staffing at Clayton's Station 11 on Tuesday and closed stations in Martinez, Lafayette and Walnut Creek as a result of a failed parcel tax measure on the November ballot. Fire crews from Station 22 in Concord will staff Station 11 in Clayton from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

City officials are looking for residents to join the fire committee. The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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