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Pinole Valley Fire Station May Reopen

Grant money would be used to possibly reopen the fire station.

The Pinole Valley fire station, which closed in 2011, may reopen thanks to a $1.24 million grant.

During a special city council session held this week, staff and residents agreed that the federal grant money should be used to reopen Station 74 with a three-person team, according to the Contra Costa Times.

In early 2011, councilmembers decided to close the Pinole Valley fire station, which would save the city an estimated $1.5 million a year, Patch reported. The station closed in July 2011 with the possibility that it could reopen if the economy improved.

Now, it looks like it may open because of a federal grant, the Contra Costa Times reports.

At the end of 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the Pinole Fire Department a $1.24 million "Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response," or SAFER, grant, Patch reported.

Initially, the plan was for the grant to help cover some of the department's most critical needs, including maintaining 24-hour staffing, increasing its roster of frontline firefighters and hiring and rehiring firefighters who were laid off because of budget cuts, .

What do you think? Should the grant money be used to reopen the Pinole Valley fire station? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Michele January 31, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Of course the Pinole Valley fire station should be reopened - it annoys me every time I drive by and think about the waste of money to build it and then not use it. One of the main reasons we bought our home out in the valley was the fact that we had a fire station so close to us. We have our elderly parents living with us and wanted to be sure that should we need emergency medical care, it would not be a long wait for the first responders to arrive. MP
SalthePlumber January 31, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I agree with Michele. The Valley Station should re-open and the City should immediately prioritize its coontinued use in the future. This requires Planning and discretion. There are many needs in the City, but the Valley Station is a large consideration. Lets see what imagination and dedication by our City ELecteds and Administration can produce...

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