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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has opened its new Fire Station 86 in Bay Point, nearly 16 months after breaking ground on the project.

The new station became operational Aug. 10. It replaces the historic Station 86, which is located one mile to the east and had been in continuous use since 1949.

Unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Pittsburg and other communities along the Highway 4 corridor will be supported by the new station, Con Fire said. Station 86 is strategically located adjacent to the Highway 4 interchange at Willow Pass Road.

The three-bay station is large and able to contain oversized equipment such as bulldozers. It is also set up to be a command center in times of disaster.

One other station recently opened in Oakley, Con Fire said, and Station 4 will soon re-open in Walnut Creek. Another new station will soon open in Brentwood, as well.

A video of the ribbon-cutting event can be viewed on Con Fire’s Facebook page.