The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors appears likely to delay a decision Tuesday on whether to go along with a cost-cutting plan to shutter four fire stations.
Representatives of cities whose fire stations are slated for closure packed the board meeting, and the board has asked for more analysis of how the chief decided which stations to close and which will stay open. The matter could be delayed until next week's meeting, the last of the year.
As part of a cost-cutting plan, Contra Costa Fire Chief Daryl Louder is recommending that four fire stations in Walnut Creek, Clayton, Martinez and Lafayette close in early January.
The closure list comes a month after voters in the Contra Costa Fire District, the county's largest, rejected Measure Q, a temporary, seven-year parcel tax that would have preserved the service.
Louder is recommending county supervisors shutter about a third of the district's 28 fire stations, which will shave $3 million a year from its $102.4 million annual budget. Stations earmarked for closure are:
The stations were chosen based on call volume along with proximity to other stations, risks such as refineries, and transportation corridors, Louder said.