ConFire Deputy Chief Broschard Updates Lafayette Council on Plans
By Nick Marnell
Lafayette will soon receive not only a rebuilt fire station but also a brand new fire engine, and a recently promoted battalion chief will take over as the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District city liaison.
But first, Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard acknowledged whom the city was losing, as he saluted departing Lafayette City Council members Brandt Andersson and Traci Reilly. "Thank you for forming a meaningful relationship with the fire district over the years," Broschard said at the Dec. 12 council meeting. "We spent many nights working together to form solutions." Reilly and Andersson co-chaired the Lafayette Emergency Services Task Force, created to put heat on ConFire to improve its service to the city after the county closed fire station 16 in 2012. The city considered alternative service options, including secession from the fire district and a joint venture with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District to build a station at the Lafayette-Orinda border, but in a last-minute about-face, the county greenlighted the total rebuild of ConFire station 16.
"It's been a long, long road," Reilly said.
Broschard laid out the road map for the fire station construction, beginning with the expected approval of the project by the city's design review committee, the receipt of a categorical exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act and the issuance of a building permit later this winter. "At the same time, we will begin the bidding process for a general contractor," he said. The new station should be in service by early 2018.
Lafayette fire station 15 on Mt. Diablo Boulevard will receive its new fire engine probably in January, Broschard said, and he invited city officials and the public to attend the delivery event when the firefighters will participate in the traditional push-in of the new engine to the station garage.
Broschard also told the council about the retirement of Batt. Chief Jim Howard, the Lafayette liaison. A newly promoted battalion chief will be named as the city liaison in early 2017 and will regularly attend the council meetings to update the city on district news and information.