From all indications, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will finally kill an abhorrently timed deal to jointly build a fire station with the Moraga Orinda district.

Daryl Louder, the lame-duck, politically tone-deaf chief of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, continues to peddle the plan at the same time that his district is closing stations elsewhere in the county because it lacks sufficient operating funds.

County supervisors, who not only run county government but also serve as the directors of the Contra Costa fire district, have wisely sought an outside study to try to find a more efficient way to serve, and protect, residents in case of fire and medical emergencies.

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder addresses the Board of Supervisors in Martinez, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff
Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder addresses the Board of Supervisors in Martinez, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff Archives)

And a majority of supervisors -- Federal Glover, Karen Mitchoff and John Gioia -- have wisely and clearly stated that they oppose moving forward with the plan for the joint station when they are trying to find a broader solution to the district's financial woes.

We remain amazed that Louder continues to pitch the plan. It's just another indication that he still doesn't understand the need for a new service model.

The chief has announced his plans to leave Oct. 31. The supervisors shouldn't wait that long. They need strong, thoughtful, visionary leadership now.

Louder has never been up to the task. There's no reason to keep him another 5½ months.