Information About Fire Station 30
What is happening to Fire Station 30?
The City will be closing Fire Station 30 - located on Eastin Court and operated by the Alameda County Fire Department. A nationally known public safety expert spent months examining calls for service data from each of the four fire stations in Union City. A major finding was that Fire Station 30 is handling on overage less than 1.5 calls per day with many responses by the firefighters serving Newark residents, not Union City residents. This is needlessly costing Union City residents over $3 million a year.
Why is the City closing Fire Station 30?
We take seriously living within our means at City Hall. We appreciate the high quality services provided to residents by the Alameda County Fire Department; however, we simply cannot spend high public funds when data proves that Fire Station 30 is underused. The City did not take this action lightly. It was a difficult decision to make. However, the job of the City Council is to be responsible fiscal stewards of public funds ensuring they are spent in the most effective and cost-efficient way.
Will this impact public safety?
No it will not. The independent study by a nationally known public safety expert shows that the three remaining fire stations staffed with nine firefighters on each shift can provide the right level of service for residents. The City is working closely with the Alameda County Fire Department to carry out a closure plan that will ensure medical and emergency response is not compromised.
- News Release on Study Session on Fire Services Efficiency
- News Release on City Council's Vote to Close Fire Station 30
- Letter to Board of Supervisor Richard Valle - this letter was also individually sent to the following:
- Each Supervisor from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
- Alameda County Fire Department Chief David Rocha
- Congressman Eric Swalwell
- State Senator Bob Wieckowski
- Assemblymember Bill Quirk
- The elected bodies and general managers of Union Sanitary District and Alameda County Water District
- The elected bodies and city managers of the Cities of Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro and Newark
- Letter to all Union City residents - sent out via citywide mail distribution.
- Summer Newsletter - sent out to community centers & in the City's Fall Activity Guide
Upcoming Community Presentations
The following dates are scheduled for community presentations on the topic of closing Fire Station 30. We encourage anyone who is interested to attend, share your thoughts or ask questions.
- Human Relations Commission Meeting on September 25 at 7:00 PM located at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road
- Planning Commission Meeting on September 5 at 7:00 PM located at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road
- Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting on September 11 at 7:00 PM located at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road
- Senior Commission Meeting on September 17 at 2:30PM located at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road
Additional dates for community presentations will be scheduled and we will update this section regularly as they are scheduled.
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