CCCFPD Distributes First SAVE card

Contra Costa Fire Restoring Providing Immediate Financial Assistance to Fire

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD), in conjunction with the California Fire Foundation and United Professional Firefighters Local #1230, has launched the Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program by distributing direct assistance to fire victims at a fire scene.

On March 3rd, 2015, CCCFPD responded to a fire at an apartment building in Concord. Through swift fire attack, the fire damage was limited to the attic and the unit where the fire started. Three adults and one juvenile lost all their possessions, clothing, and food. The already chaotic emergency scene can create intense personal distress upon realization of the extent of the loss.

The victims of this fire were the first recipients of the SAVE program in Contra Costa County. Through the SAVE program, Contra Costa County Fire, California Fire Foundation, and Local 1230 aims to provide immediate short-term support in the aftermath of a fire or other natural disaster to displaced victims. Working together with the California Fire Foundation, CCCFPD is distributing gift cards, in the amount of $100, to eligible victims of fires or other natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.

“Contra Costa Fire is proud to implement the SAVE program to immediately assist victims of disaster who may have lost all food, clothing, and medicine with immediate short-term support,” said Fire Chief Jeff Carman. “Through partnership with the California Fire Foundation and Local 1230, we are pleased to provide an enhanced level of service to our community in their times of greatest need.”

If you are interested in supporting this program through donations or have further questions about the program run by the California Fire Foundation, please contact Executive Director Hedi Jalon at [email protected] or (916) 641.1707.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District: Fire Prevention Captain George Laing email: [email protected] ph: 925-941-3523

CCCFPD Battalion Chief Dominic Ciotola supplying SAVE card