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Current wildfire conditions

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(Black Forest is in Zone 226)

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Pull to the right 
for sirens and lights

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.

Get an Emergency Medical Information Form

Help us to help you!  If you ever need an ambulance, one of these simple forms can save time and improve your care.

Notice of Privacy Practices

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

Adjustments to 2014 budget, and the effect on Station 2 staffing

On April 16, the Board of Directors adjusted line items of the 2014 budget to compensate for the unforeseen expenses related to the independent investigation.

One of these changes has temporarily discontinued paid part-time staffing at Black Forest Fire Station 2 (Black Forest at Hodgen Roads). However, Station 2 is still in service. Volunteers near Station 2 continue to report directly to that station when responding to emergencies in the northern part of the fire district.

Station 2 had been staffed by several different firefighters who are employed full time at other departments; they earn extra money by choosing to work selected shifts at Station 2. The temporary adjustment to the 2014 budget has reduced those firefighters' opportunities for extra income, but this has not caused any individual firefighter to become unemployed.

Click here to see the total calls for service in the four quadrants of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District, including a comparision of the number of calls for service in the north quadrants and the south quadrants.

Black Forest Fire Board to hold town hall meetings

In response to citizens' requests, the Board of Directors of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District will hold five town-hall meetings to discuss issues of concern to Black Forest residents.

At each meeting, two Directors will facilitate an unstructured discussion of two topics, and answer citizens' questions.

All meetings will take place at Fire Station One: 11445 Teachout Road (at Burgess Road).

Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Budget / Taxes, and Recovery
Ed Bracken and Walt Seelye

Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Budget / Taxes, and Wildland Fire
Preston Cooper and Rick McMorran

Saturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Fire Code and Recovery
Ed Bracken and Bill Marchant

Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Fire Authority and Budget / Taxes
Preston Cooper and Bill Marchant

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Wildland Fire and Fire Code
Rick McMorran and Walt Seelye

Video and report demonstrate effectiveness of fire mitigation

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.

Rebuilding information

Rebuilding answers and plan reviews

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.

Fire code 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 is staying strong!

Do you need help?

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. To check the current hours of the Resource Center, call 495-2445, send email to BlackForestTogether@gmail.com, or check their web site: www.BlackForestTogether.com

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.

Do you want to help?

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, or email BlackForestTogether@gmail.com

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.

If you need us, can we find you?

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.