Contra Costa Fire District caps its aid to East Contra Costa, where half the stations were shut down

Fearing a neighboring fire district’s fiscal crisis will sap its own thin firefighting ranks, the Contra Costa Fire District placed a cap on the engines and manpower it will dispatch outside its own territory.

The rare move means the far larger Central Contra Costa fire district will send only up to three units to the East Contra Costa Fire District, whose officials on July 1 shut down half of their six fire stations after voters rejected a parcel tax in June.

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