Station 78

Station 78 Sign
The Big House
Station 78 is the headquarters for the Crockett-Carquinez Fire Protection District and is the largest of the three stations that comprise the district. It is the largest station of the district not only in number of apparatus but in number of personnel and area of primary coverage. This station houses a Type One Engine, a Ladder Truck, a Water Tender, two Type Three Wildland Units and a Rescue Unit. Station 78 holds all the administrative space, a training room, much of the storage, and dormitory where our live-in firefighters, colloquially known as "housemen", make their residence. Station 78 is also home to the two command vehicles for the Chief and an Assistant Chief.

Station 78 Apparatus

Engine 78
Engine 78 is a Pierce Type One Engine. In the station's area of coverage, this is the first-out unit for all medical calls, structure fires, vehicle accidents, exterior fires, hazardous condition reports and the like. It is equipped with 500 gallons of water, a 1000 gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump, Class A and B foam, and a full array of hose, medical gear (as a BLS unit), tools. and a number of other implements.
Engine 78
Truck 78
Truck 78 is an American-La France 70’ turntable ladder truck. This truck is basically the toolbox of the station. Any time there is a structure fire or rescue situation, be it vehicle accident or otherwise, this unit is dispatched. Since ladder trucks are less frequent, it is not uncommon for Truck 78 to be dispatched directly to an incident in a neighboring district, such as Vallejo or Rodeo-Hercules. This unit carries an assortment of ladders, tools, saws and medical equipment, as well as hydraulically powered spreaders and cutters, more popularly known as the Jaws of Life. Crockett is a unique town for its size in California in that we have several relatively tall buildings, such as John Swett High School and the C&H Sugar Refinery, making the ladder truck an essential part of our fire protection program.
Truck 78
Water Tender 278
Water Tender 278 is a 1250 gallon Beck Water Tender. This is another rarer apparatus as the nearest water tenders are located in Moraga-Orinda and in Martinez. Water Tender 278 is dispatched on all vegetation fires which are not in town — that is to say, not within access range of a fire hydrant. Due to it's relative rarity, Water Tender 278 is frequently dispatched to neighboring districts in areas which do not have hydrants. The 350 gpm pump runs off a separate engine from the vehicle powertrain which makes it especially useful in that it can be easily used while the water tender is being driven. The Water Tender is also equipped with Class B foam for fighting flammable chemical spills and fires. With the large amounts of open space and parkland surrounding the towns of Crockett, Valona, Tormey and Port Costa, Water Tender 278 is a vital apparatus that provides a stable water supply.
Water Tender 278
Engines 378 and 378A
Living where we do, grass and brush fires are an unfortunate fact of life; one that provokes a swift, aggressive response from the Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department. Station 78's Type 3's are well loved for their compact size, stability and ease of use. Each carries 300 gallons of water, 150 gpm pump, Class A foam, plenty of single-jacket wildland hose and a number of tools for firefighters to use as they progress each fire line.
Engine 378
Rescue 78
Rescue 78, supplements Truck 78 and carries the remainder of our light and medium-duty rescue gear. Formerly Port Costa’s Type One Engine, the hose and water have been removed to provide a home for chocking, shoring, rope, and other rescue equipment.
Rescue 78
Battalion Chief Dean "Bean" Colombo
Well, he’s not a piece of equipment, but he is a mainstay of our station, and we're not sure what we'd do without him. Dean brings the "esprit de corps" as well as a wealth of knowledge to Station 78.
Capt. Dean Colombo