Welcome to the Estes Valley Fire Protection District
“The Mission of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District is to provide the citizens of and visitors to the Estes Valley with superior fire prevention, fire protection and emergency services in a safe and efficient manner.”
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
FOR EMERGENCY: 911
If you have an emergency in the Estes Valley, dial 911.
EVFPD BREAKING NEWS
After an extensive nationwide search conducted by the McGrath Group, The Estes Valley Fire Protection District Board is excited to announce the selection of David Wolf as the new EVFPD Fire Chief. Mr. Wolf currently runs the fire academy for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department outside Houston, Texas. It is expected that Mr. Wolf will assume his duties as EVFPD Fire Chief on June 20, 2016 and will lead our district consisting of 34 volunteers and 5 administrative staff, as well as overseeing the district budget of approximately $1.8 million.
"David Wolf brings a passion for volunteer firefighters to the Estes Valley ", said Board President Doug Klink. "The timing of David's search for the right place for his young family at this stage in his career, and the EVFPD's search for a leader with an understanding of the volunteer fire service is a great opportunity for our community and fire district." Klink said.
Mr Wolf comes to the EVFPD having served in a variety of positions and districts, including EMT, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief in the states of Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. Currently he serves as the Cadet Class Coordinator with Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, managing and delivering curriculum for over 360 volunteers at all levels of training. Cy-Fair is a large combination department consisting of over 600 members operating out of 12 stations in the Houston Texas area. Mr Wolf brings his experience working with previous districts both as a board member, and as a department professional with valuable experience managing a multimillion dollar budget. Remarkably, Mr Wolf is a Senior Structural Geologist in the gas and oil industry, with a Doctorate from Cornell which, combined with his fire service background provides him with a firm understanding on the value of proper education, certain to benefit our firefighters and their service to our community.
Contributing to David's strong leadership and management experience in the fire service, he holds Doctorate, Masters & Bachelors degrees in Geology, and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer, and Fire Instructor. He holds additional certifications in Hazardous Materials, Incident Safety and teaches CPR.
David and his wife along with their 2 year old son enjoy the outdoors- camping, fishing and hiking, but have yet to enjoy the Colorado lifestyle. That is one of the primary reasons they selected Estes Park to make their new home, after considering the quality of family life, and the opportunity that the EVFPD presented to them following the retirement of our current fire chief.
One of the key assets that led to the EVFPD Board offering the top job to David was his commitment and understanding of the unique challenges facing not only volunteer firefighters, but also their families and the community in order to provide such an important service to their neighbors.
Free Residential Slash Collection Dates Announced
To help you prepare for the coming wildfire season, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District is hosting three slash drop-off events. From 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on June 3rd, 4th and 5th, property owners within the fire district are encouraged to bring slash to the Town of Estes Park property located at 640 Elm Road. The site entrance is on the right-side of Elm Road, just past the turn off to the Waste Management Transfer Station.
Appropriate materials (outlined below) can only be accepted during the designated times within the gated area. Please note that if guidelines are not followed, the Fire District may not be able to host future slash drop-off events.
Slash consists of tree trimmings, small tree trunks and shrubs that have been removed to create or improve defensible space around structures.
- Branches/tree trimmings
- Small tree trunks
- Shrubs (no root balls)
- Pine needles, cones and other small yard debris
- Flood debris
- Material from businesses/commercial sites
EVFPD extends thanks to the volunteers working these events and to the Town of Estes Park for providing the drop-off location and assistance with moving materials.
Start improving the defensible space around your home now!
Fire fighters appreciate all the work property owners do to reduce wildfire hazards before there is an immediate threat. Once a wildfire threatens an area, there isn’t time to do this important mitigation work. Here are some actions you can take to create a Firewise home with surrounding defensible space.
- Thin continuous tree and brush cover around all structures.
- Clean out gutters and roof areas where pine needles collect.
- Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures.
- Mow grass and weeds around structures.
- Prune tree branches to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches.
- Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to eliminate a ladder for fire up to the tree branches.
- Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure.
- Post reflective house numbers at the edge of the road so they are clearly visible both day and night.
- Make sure the driveway is at least 12 feet wide and all tree branches are cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow emergency response vehicles safe access to all structures.
To have a Residential Firewise Risk Assessment completed for your property, please contact the Fire District at 970-577-0900.
Dazzio & Plutt, LLC an independent auditing firm, completed their annual audit of the finances for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District. Steve Dazzio presented the audit report at the August 26th Fire Board Meeting. Mr. Dazzio was pleased to report that the Estes Valley Fire District had a clean audit. Mr. Dazzio stated his appreciation to the Estes Valley Fire Protection District’s staff and the District’s accounting firm Clifton Larson Allen for “making the audit process efficient and enjoyable.” He also reported that “The district is operating very soundly.”
You can still dispose of your slash
Allenspark Area Sort Yard:
- Location: Hwy. 7, north of Meeker Park on Larimer/Boulder County line
- Open May 1 – October 17, Wednesday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Closed Saturday, July 4
- Periodically closed due to inclement weather and staff training. Call 303-678-6368 for operational status, or contact the sort yard at 970-586-3259.
Red Flag Warning
The Estes Valley Fire Protection District will now display a red flag on the Smokey fire danger sign at 901 N Saint Vrain Ave when there is a Red Flag Warning in our area. A Red Flag Warning means that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread. This warning is posted when critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or imminent. Conditions that contribute to a Red Flag Warning are dry vegetation, low humidity, and high winds over a period of time.
Join Our New RESERVES Program
The Estes Valley Fire Protection District will be instituting a Reserve Firefighter Program to support the firefighters in various areas. If you have ever wanted to help the fire department, but don’t have the desire or time to commit to becoming a certified firefighter, then don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. There are many firefighting support roles that don't require becoming a certified firefighter. Interested individuals can contact Fire Chief Scott Dorman, at the Dannels Fire Station, 901 North Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, (970) 577-0900 or email to email@example.com.
Become a Volunteer Firefighter
ISO rating for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District:
Inside City Limits - 4
Outside City Limits - within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant = 4 farther than 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant = 6