East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Steve Aubert, Fire Chief Brian Helmick and Director Joe Young of the ECCFPD Fire Board discuss changes to firefighting strategies necessitated by a lack of district resources during a press conference in Brentwood, Calif., Thursday, June 11, 2020. Starting July 1, the district will take a defensive position on structure fires. Firefighters will only initiate an offensive attack and enter a burning building when the lives of occupants are at risk. ECCFPD currently operates three engine stations in a region that covers 250 square miles and has 115,000 residents.

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