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Our history

We've proudly served the Black Forest community since 1945. That year, volunteers went door to door, asking each family for a $1 donation to buy the first fire truck.

To house the truck, the volunteers built the first station at the corner of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road. Soon afterward, the department added a rescue squad, which gradually grew into a transporting ambulance service.

Today, Black Forest Fire/Rescue is a combination department, which means we have both volunteer members and paid members.

All members are required to meet the same high standards of training in both emergency medicine and fire suppression.

About Black Forest Fire/Rescue

Black Forest Fire/Rescue provides both fire and emergency medical services to approximately 10,000 people in over 48 square miles of unincorporated El Paso County (just northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado).

ISO rating

Our ISO rating is Class 5/10. That means that homes within 5 road miles of a station are a Class 5, while homes farther out are a Class 10.

What We Do

It would be more accurate to ask, “What don’t we do?”

Members of big-city fire departments are often able to specialize in particular skills. But rural fire departments, like ours, ask each member to do more.

Every member of our department must qualify for at least one medical position, plus at least one fire position. For example, an ambulance attendant is also expected to drive a water tender (tank truck) or qualify as a firefighter. A firefighter is also expected to qualify to drive our ambulance or care for patients.

All of our members must also complete the following training and certifications:

  • Firefighting: Most members are certified as both structural firefighters (Colorado Fire Fighter I or better) and wildland firefighters.
  • Medical: Most members are certified as Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Hazardous Materials Responder – Operations level
  • Rescue: Most members are proficient in vehicle extrication techniques and basic low-angle rescue skills
  • National Incident Management System
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course

This list is just the minimum requirement. Many of our members have completed much more training.