Beare It For Bella

Help us help Bella and her family by donating here. Please share with everyone you know, let’s get the word out there!

Bella was born with a very rare form of muscular dystrophy called Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Simply put this means that her muscles do not form properly and she has very low strength. She will likely never walk and need assistance for the rest of her life doing things that many of us take for granted day to day.

On Sept. 11 her father, Mark will be doing a Half Ironman Triathlon in Santa Cruz and will be wearing Bella’s body weight in the form of a weight vest through the race, except during the swim.

Help us get the word out! Donate here:

Kids Left In Cars

This year alone there have already been 23 heat related deaths of children in the United States!

Every year on average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes. Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain’s temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.

What can you do?

Give yourself reminders. Keep telling yourself, out loud, to remember the child. And give yourself visual cues. For example, place your briefcase beside your child so you must grab it before going to work, and will see your child. Or put your diaper bag on the seat next to you, so that you’re reminded that you have the child with you. Don’t let your children play in your car, make sure the car’s doors and trunk are locked when you’re not using it, and keep the keys out of kids’ reach. That may help prevent children from getting accidentally locked in the car.

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Fill the Boot is Here!

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Your local firefighters will be out this week helping to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) at locations throughout Contra Costa County. If you see one of us at an intersection that you pass through please consider donating anything you can so we can help find cures and fund treatments for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.

We will be at the following locations tomorrow, Tuesday July 26th from 9 am to 3 pm:

Antioch – Somersville & Delta Fair
Brentwood – Balfour & Fairview
Walnut Creek – Ygnacio Valley & California Blv
Orinda – Camino Pablo & Brookwood
Hercules – San Pablo Ave & Sycamore

And at the following three locations on Thursday July 28th from 9 am to 3 pm as well:

Antioch – Auto Center & Century
Concord – Willow Pass & Galindo
Moraga – Rheem & Moraga Rd

What is MDA?

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.

How Fill the Boot Helps?

Every year, tens of thousands of people visit MDA’s nationwide network of 200 clinics, including 44 MDA/ALS centers, where they receive expert care from muscle disease specialists. MDA also provides annual occupational, physical, respiratory or speech therapy consultations. Each year, MDA sends more than 3,600 youngsters with muscular dystrophy to accessible MDA summer camps across the country, at a cost to MDA of $1600 per camper. There is no charge to families.

Thank you for considering!

4th of July Reminder & Fireworks

fireworks_illegal_signJust a reminder that ALL fireworks of any kind including the “safe and sane” type are ILLEGAL in Contra Costa County.

Being in the 5th year of a major drought, local vegetation is extremely dry and fires can spread rapidly. Weather is forecast to be in the 80’s but the increased winds may make conditions a lot worse on the 4th of July.

Please take extra precaution outdoors when using power equipment near dry grass. Ensure you have defensible space around your home, addresses are clearly marked and visible from the street, combustible/flammable materials are moved away from your home, and your roof and gutters are clear of dry leaves and branches.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July this year!

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2nd Annual Bikes for Tykes Charity Firefighters Ball


Come join us for a charitable evening of dinner, dancing, silent/live auctions and special guest speakers. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a grab bag gift.

A hosted bar of beer and wine will be open to all guests from 6:00-9:00pm. Hosted event valet parking is also available. Overnight parking is $23.00 at the guest’s expense. Hotel rooms are available to reserve at $119.00 per night.

Tickets sold out fast last year so don’t be late to RSVP and purchase your tickets. You can pay online at our website under the “Contact Us” tab or pay over the phone by calling 925-932-1230. We hope to see you all there.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 6:00-11:00PM
Where: Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek,
Ticket Prices: $100.00 per person

Make Safe Happen – Water Safety Tips for Kids

33174_MSH_IAFF_FB_Water_FirstSwimSummer is here and hot weather is upon us!

Whether it’s in a tub, a toilet or a pool, water of any depth can be dangerous for kids. But by taking the right precautions, you can protect them. Read on to learn how.

The IAFF and Nationwide Insurance have teamed up on a new safety campaign as part of Nationwide’s “Make Safe Happen” child safety initiative to educate and raise awareness of preventable childhood injuries and death.

According to the CDC, drowning is the number-one cause of injury-related death in children under the age of four. Whether it’s in a tub or a pool, water of any depth can be dangerous for kids.

This co-branded Water Safety campaign offers safety tips and other resources, including bathtub safety, how to identify “dry drowning” and how to keep your swim area safe.

Please take a moment and read the safety tips.

Enjoy your summer!