EVFPD Welcomes New Wildland Fire Education Coordinator

Our community’s fire prevention team welcomes Mike Lepore as the new Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Education Coordinator for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District (EVFPD).
Mike will provide the community with wildland fire education and residential Firewise risk assessments. With a particular emphasis on high-risk areas, he will meet with individual property owners and home-owner groups to provide education on Firewise principals and steps to reduce fire risk. His goal is to foster more community ownership in the protection of life and property from wildland fire.
Mike joins the Fire District with a background in electrical engineering and facilities management. He is also a Certified Project Manager.
“Mike’s organizational and project management skills will be a great asset to the fire prevention program as we look to affect our community’s overall fire risk,” said Fire Marshal Marc Robinson. “To truly reduce the entire Valley’s fire risk, requires coordination of efforts between individual property owners, neighborhoods and the Fire District.”
Mike and his wife Charlene moved to Estes Park as full-time residents in 2000, when they became empty nesters and Mike took early retirement. Mike’s hobbies include reading, fly fishing and model railroading. He is also an amateur radio operator. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Charlene, 52 years ago. His family includes six children and nine grandchildren.
To have a Residential Firewise Risk Assessment completed for your property or to arrange a group presentation, please contact Mike at 970-577-0900, ext. 3682 or mlepore@estesvalleyfire.org.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

The Silent Killer: Protect Your Family – Protect Your Tenants

Safeguard your family and tenants from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing and maintaining detectors outside every sleeping area in your home and rental property. CO is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death. CO detectors are designed to measure CO levels over time and sound an alarm before dangerous levels of CO accumulate in an environment, giving people adequate warning to safely ventilate the area or evacuate.

Since 2009, the state of Colorado has required homeowners and owners of rental property to install carbon monoxide alarms near the bedrooms (or other rooms/areas lawfully used for sleeping purposes) in every home that is heated with fossil fuel, has a fuel-fired appliance, has a fireplace, or has an attached garage.

If your CO detector’s alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call 911 from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.

More Resources:

Community Advisory December 3, 2012

Estes Valley Fire District **COMMUNITY ADVISORY** Monday Dec 3, 2012

 Please click here to read our community advisory. Topics for this advisory include:

  • Open Burning Ban Announced
  • Batteries Needed! Running short on batteries for radios, taking donations!
  • Fern Lake Fire Summary
  • Fern Lake Fire Information
  • Emergency Notifications

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