Foothills Fire Protection District
Jefferson County Colorado | NFPA | Homeland Security

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District ISO Rating 4/5

Welcome

 


Team Motto

One Mission: To Protect and Serve

One Challenge:
To Respond Quickly, Safely and Effectively

One Team:
Dedicated to serve with Pride, Professionalism, Tradition and Courage

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide protection for life and property within the district; respond in a quick, safe and effective manner; and serve with pride, professionalism, tradition and courage.

The District will cooperate with other Jefferson County fire protection and law enforcement agencies in their own similar management efforts, recognizing that extreme situations will arise from time to time where the assistance of other jurisdictions will be indispensable.

We will complement Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District’s emergency medical response services to District residents with a capable and reliable staff of qualified EMTs and first responders.

Current News

 

no firesUPDATE! Stage 2 Fire Ban in Effect Beginning 7/15/2016
The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has implemented a Stage 2 Fire Ban throughout Jefferson County, beginning on 7/15/2016.

THIS TEMPORARY STAGE 2 FIRE BAN APPLIES TO ALL LANDS IN UNINCORPORATED JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST OF HIGHWAY 93, WEST OF C470, WEST AND SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF WADSWORTH BLVD AND C470, TO THE PLATTE RIVER.

Pursuant to the Annual Operating Plan regarding the implementation of Fire Restrictions and Fire Bans; and due to the continuing high fire danger condition within Jefferson County, the following activities are prohibited pursuant to Stage 2 fire ban:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.
* No recreational fires, including recreational campfires.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2009 IFC 320.8)
* Open Burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction, will not be allowed during this ban. (2009 IFC 105.6.30)
* The USE of ALL fireworks, as defined below, are prohibited within Jefferson County.
* Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.
* Operating a chain saw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in proper working order, and having a extinguishing source, water, pressurized water extinguisher, or a proper chemical pressurized extinguisher, large enough to handle nearby hazards, and possessing at least one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches. All must be readily available for quick use.
* Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described above in the definition section, shall only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. (2009 IFC 308.1.6) This operation may only be done during a declared “Fire Ban” upon receiving a permit from the Fire Authority having jurisdiction over the operating location. (2009 IFC 105.6.31)
* Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line.


Fire Season Information - Learn What's Legal in Each Restriction Level
Due to the geographic makeup of our district, wildfire is always a big concern. With Summer upon us, the threat of wildfire is much greater. Warm and windy days can quickly lower the fuel moisture content of trees and grasses, making them susceptible to ignition. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff's department has developed information sheets that contain language, definitions and photographs of items that are restricted in either a Stage 1 (Fire Restriction) or Stage 2 (Fire Ban). To better understand what is considered a legal burn, (including fire pits, campfires, etc.) see the links below for more details:

- Stage 1 (Fire Restriction) Picture Dictionary

- Stage 1 (Fire Restriction) Detailed Information Document

- Stage 2 (Fire Ban) Picture Dictionary
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Stage 2 (Fire Ban) Detailed Information Document


Recreational Fires

Certain types of recreational fires are allowed when the district isn't under any restrictions. Please refer the following documents (PDFs) for detailed guidelines concerning recreational fires:

- Recreational Fire Information
- Recreational Fire Specifications


For additional fire restriction or fire ban information, firework regulations, burn permit information or to report a firework violation, please visit the JeffCo Sheriff's website at: http://jeffco.us/sheriff/community/fire-restrictions-and-bans/

To be alerted (via email) to changes in the fire restrictions and bans, please click on the following link: Jeffco Fire Restrictions and Bans Alert Email List.




SlashJefferson County Slash Collection Program for 2016
Slash is debris from nature, such as tree limbs, prunings and pine needles
. Removing slash and creating a defensible space around your home is the first line of defense against wildfires. This is not only important for your property, but it also means being a good neighbor by reducing potential hazards for the entire community.

For some additional tips on how to protect your home and property, please visit www.firewise.org or download the following PDF document called: "Ready, Set, Go - Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan", provided by the Colorado State Fire Chief's Association and the Fire Marshall's Association of Colorado.

Remaining 2016 Slash Collection Dates
Please select a link below for more details:

* Slash Collection: July 23-24 @ Evergreen High School
* Slash Collection: July 30-31 @ Parmalee Elementary 
* Slash Collection: Aug. 6-7 @ Conifer High School
* Slash Collection: Aug. 13-14 @ Jeffco Evergreen R&B Shop 
* Slash Collection: Aug. 20-21 @ North Fork Fire 

* Slash Collection: Aug. 27-28 @ Foothills Fire Rainbow Station
 
* Slash Collection: Sept. 3-4 @ Evergreen Fire Station #8 
* Slash Collection: Sept. 10-11 @ Settlers Road Property 
* Slash Collection: Sept. 17-18 @ Wagon Wheel Open Space 
* Slash Collection: Sept. 24-25 @ Blue Mountain Open Space 
* Slash Collection: Oct. 1-2 @ Mount Vernon CC 
* Slash Collection: Oct. 8-9 @ Shaffers Crossing R&B Shop 
* Slash Collection: Oct. 15-16 @ Conifer Community Park 
* Slash Collection: Oct. 22-23 @ Wagon Wheel Open Space 
* Slash Collection: Oct. 29-30 @ Settlers Road Property 
* Slash Collection: Nov. 5-6 @ Jeffco South R&B Shop 



Fire Truck Thanks for Joining Us for our Open House to Welcome our New Rosenbauer Fire Engine!

Thanks for a great turnout on Saturday, July 2nd to welcome our newest edition to our fleet, Engine 536! In the fire service, our apparatus are referred to as either a truck (for rescues, not firefighting, such as the Pierce Rescue 581), an engine (for firefighting with water and hoses), or a tender (for carrying large volumes of water, such as the tender donated by Clear Channel in 2007).

Our new Rosenbauer truck will serve as ENGINE 536 in our Foothills Fire fleet. The purchase of the new fire engine was approved by the FFPD Board of Directors in 2014, and was paid for in cash from funds built up in the Truck Fund, and included in the long-range equipment replacement plan.

Lots of hamburgers and hotdogs were served! In case you missed the festivities, here's a couple of photos from the event of our new arrival that will be serving our community:

Open House Photos




Firefighter HelpVolunteers Needed!
Foothills Fire & Rescue is a combination department comprised of full-time and volunteer firefighters. The department accepts applications year-round for volunteer firefighters to join our team! If you would like more information about the benefits of membership, and/or how to apply, click here...

For additional information, contact Recruitment Coordinator, Pati Stajcar, at info@stajcar.com. We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Foothills Fire Academy!

 




Radio Tower ImageNew VHF High Band Radio System

Since 2012, Foothills has been studying and evaluating both the benefits and drawbacks to transitioning to a high band radio system. After a thorough review, we have decided to move forward with the implementation and funding of our own high band radio system and network. We truly feel that this move is in the best interests of our community and of the fire department.

We have received generous donations from neighboring agencies in the form of radio-repeater equipment, and also received $250,000 in Homeland Security grant money to equip every member and truck with a modern high band radio. The construction of our radio network is the final step in this project. The total cost is anticipated to be $150,000 and paid for by capital reserve fund.

The main benefits of this switch are:

  • Increased interoperability
  • Better radio coverage
  • Lower cost equipment and infrastructure
  • Upgrades as needed, not as mandated by a larger agency
  • No future fees for service
  • System stability
  • Coverage for our entire service area, including Genesee (see coverage maps)

For more detailed documentation about the upcoming VHF High Band Radio System, click here...



Evergreen Fire LogoEvergreen Fire Department Takes Over Dispatch Services to FFPD
Due to various issues with Jeffco Dispatch, the decision was made by FFPD to transition dispatch services in early 2014 to Evergreen Dispatch. This decision was also backed up by a 2013 Audit done for the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority (JCECA), which also recommended that all mountain fire departments should eventually transition to Evergreen’s dispatching system. Board members involved in the discussions with JCECA were successful in procuring funding from the 911 Commission to enable all the mountain departments to switch together. Funding was approved for a 5-year transition period of declining coverage. (i.e. 100%-Year 1, 75%-Year 2, 50%-Year 3, etc.)

To read more about the transition to Evergreen Dispatch, click here...




Medical Id Information

Setting Up a Medical ID and/or ICE (In Case of Emergency) on Your Smart Phone Could Help Save Your Life
While no one ever wants a medical emergency to occur within their family, being prepared can avoid a bad situation from becoming worse. Not having access to medical information, for instance, can be problematic, especially if you or your loved one requires immediate attention.

Today's smart phones offer a feature called Medical ID and/or ICE (In Case of Emergency) that will provide medical information about you that may be important in an emergency; such as who you are, any allergies or medical conditions you may have, and how to contact next of kin - all without having to unlock your phone.

As emergency service providers, we hope you'll never need to use this feature. However having timely access to vital information really helps increase our ability to provide top-notch, quality care.

For more information about setting up a Medical ID on your iPhone, click here...

For more information about setting up an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact on your Samsung Galaxy, Droid Incredible or Nokia Lumia smart phone, click here...



Radio Tower2015 Public Safety Communications Subcommittee (PSCS) Annual Report

PSCS is a group formed by state resolution in 2014 to promote the sustainment of all emergency radio systems in Colorado, and includes control of all state funding toward emergency radio systems. membership in this group include individuals leading public safety organizations and state agencies, from all across Colorado. Brian Zoril, Foothills' own Fire Chief is an appointee on this committee.

As a result of legislation passed in 2013, a needs assessment and business plan was recently completed regarding statewide radio communications that determined Public Safety communications were at a crossroads;  the current model was determined to be no longer sustaining the critical tools of governance and funding needed by the first responders of Colorado.





Smart911
Sign Up with Smart911
Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Critical information such as family members, bedroom locations, utility shut off information, pet information, etc. At a time when seconds count, being able to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death. For more information and to sign up with Smart911, visit their website at: www.smart911.com




Home Hazards
"Watch Out! Hazards in the Home" Safety Information
Keeping your home safe and hazard free is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family. We have included five surprising dangers that lurk in your home that you may never suspect. Watch out for these to ensure you don’t fall victim to the deadly consequences of poisoning and unintentional injury.

For a 1 page PDF summary of key home hazards to watch out for, click here...

For more detailed information about home hazards, please visit the following website at: www.safety.smart911.com/homehazards/




lockCodes and Keys Requested
Residents of Foothills Fire & Protection District: The fire department would like to know if you or your community has a key-pad gate, and if so, what the code is.  A lot of our gate already have Knox access, but we would like to have the key pad codes for back-up.  For your information, a knox lock is accessed by keys that are only held by the fire department. Please email Brian Zoril with the information at:  zoril@comcast.net.




Contact Information

EMERGENCY: Business Office Hours:
911



Saturday - Monday:
Tuesday & Friday:
Wednesday & Thursday:


7 am - 3 pm
9 am - 6 pm

7 am - 6 pm

Non-Emergency: Address:

(303) 526-0707


28812 Rainbow Hill Road,
Evergreen CO 80439

Fax:  

(303) 526-2225



Key Personnel

Brian Zoril - Fire Chief
Team Collage
Office:
Mobile:
Email:

(303) 526-0707
(303) 900-8675
zoril@comcast.net

Dave Stajcar - Fleet Officer
Office:
Mobile:
Email
:

(303) 526-0707
(303) 916-8928
dave_stajcar@foothillsfire.org

Julia Kalish - Training Officer
Office:
Mobile:
Email
:

(303) 526-0707
(303) 828-8802
julia_kalish@foothillsfire.org

Jill Inman - Executive Assistant
Phone:
Email:

(303) 526-0707
jill_inman@foothillsfire.org


Pati Stajcar - Recruitment Coordinator
Phone:
Email:

(303) 526-1099
info@stajcar.com

 
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