Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) today announced its annexation of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD).

The annexation’s goal is to improve the delivery of fire and emergency medical services across the county, particularly in the underserved East County communities, while taking advantage of efficiencies and economies of scale to do more as a result of the new organization, officials said.

The benefits of the newly merged Con Fire are immediately improved fire and emergency medical services, including additional crews and newly opened stations that will serve to reduce response times.