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When you see one of our ambulances or fire engines with all its lights on, please pull over to the right as far as you safely can. That simple step helps us quickly get to the people who need help, and keeps us all safer on the road.
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Our Notice of Privacy Practices describes the procedures our Ambulance Service uses to protect your health information, and explains your legal rights. It's easy to get a copy of Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District’sNotice of Privacy Practices.Click here to learn how
On Wednesday, February 19, the Board of Directors of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District met in executive session to receive a summary of the results of its investigation into the performance of Fire Chief Bob Harvey during the first hours of the Black Forest Fire. When the Board re-entered public session at 11:30, Board Chairman Edward Bracken delivered a prepared statement on behalf of the Board.
The prepared statement notes, "The investigation established firmly that there was no professional misconduct on the part of the Chief, and affirms his leadership abilties. It reinforced, in a major way, the courage and resilience of our firefighters, both professional and volunteer, as they worked together to try to manage this historic fire."
The Board also distributed an executive summary of the investigator's report.
The full text of the investigator's report has been forwarded to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's (DA) office for review. Until the DA has cleared the report for release, the District is not able to release the whole report. However, it is the desire of the District to release as much of the report as possible, as soon as possible, to the citizens of Black Forest.
A new video from the Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners (PPWPP) shows that many Black Forest homes were saved because of homeowners' fire mitigation efforts. Click here to see this excellent video.
The members of PPWPP were also instrumental in conducting a scientific analysis of the effects of fire mitigation on home survivability during the Black Forest Fire. Their findings are summarized in a report to the Governor, which is posted on the PPWPP web site. To read this important report, please go to: www.ppwpp.org
If your home survived the fire, or if you live outside the fire perimeter, it's never been more important to create survivable space around your home, and reduce the number of trees on your land.
To help your home survive the next wildfire, and improve your forest's health, click here to explore our large collection of wildfire preparedness information.
It takes a community to save our Forest! Learn to be part of the solution.
To get answers to your building code questions, or to schedule a review of your building plans, please call Black Forest Fire Station One during business hours: 719-495-4300. Plans must include the cubic volume of the home; your architect can provide this information.
The following downloadable documents will answer many of your questions. If you have questions that are not answered by this information, please come to Fire Station One on Mondays or Thursdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.
NOTE: In these documents, please disregard any reference to the Rural Water Fund. That program has been discontinued. The Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District will refund all prior payments made to the Rural Water Fund.
Black Forest Together - our local long-term recovery group - has set up a Resource Center at Black Forest Fire Station One, 11445 Teachout Road. Stop in to meet with aid agencies, ask questions, or just talk with your neighbors. If you can't stop in, send your questions or ideas to the Resource Center at BlackForestTogether@gmail.com, see their web site at www.BlackForestTogether.org, or call 495-2445.
Sign up to stay informed: Black Forest Together is building a mailing list to keep fire survivors up to date on available resources, community meetings, best practices, new ideas, and mentorship opportunities with Mountain Shadows families who have walked this road before us. To sign up, call the Resource Center at 495-2445, or send email to BlackForestTogether@gmail.com
The Black Forest community, and Black Forest Fire/Rescue, have always appreciated the support of our citizens and neighboring fire departments. Your support was vital during the hard fight of the Black Forest Fire. It will be essential in the long recovery that is to come.
To support fire survivors through cash donations, or to volunteer, contact Black Forest Together: Call 495-2445, email BlackForestTogether@gmail.com, or stop in at the Resource Center (hours listed above)
If you wish to donate to our fire department, send a check made out to Black Forest Fire/Rescue, to this address. Or follow the link below to our page on InCause.com:
Black Forest Fire/Rescue
11445 Teachout Road
Black Forest, CO 80908
If you have questions, please send a note to our office administrator.
Many Black Forest homes have no house numbers, or numbers that are hard to see - especially in rain, snow or smoke. If you need to improve your numbers, you can now get these simple high-visibility house number signs at Station One.
The numbers are 4 inches tall, reflective and are installed on both sides of the post. They are designed to take an impact of over 60 MPH and bounce back. The cost is $25.00, installed. If you lost your home in the Black Forest Fire, your sign is FREE and we will install it for you. Order yours by calling Station One at 495-4300, or stop in to sign up. Payment can be made at the station or arrangements made to collect on installment at the home (exact amount please).
These number signs are not required, but can help our members find you quickly when minutes matter.