About the Department
The Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District (BFFRPD) is made up of areas that were originally comprised entirely of unincorporated areas of El Paso County, Colorado. Southern areas of the District were annexed by the City of Colorado Springs, creating both a dual response area and a dual taxation area. The Board of Directors have worked since July of 2017 to exclude those dual taxation areas to relieve the tax burden of those District residents. The process is entirely waiting on the City’s elected representatives to approve and finalize.
The department is a Title 32 special district; governed by a publicly elected five-member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serve four-year terms in a citizen oversight role ensuring the tax monies are appropriated in a manner consistent with the level of fire/rescue protection the citizenry expects. The Directors appoint a Fire Chief to lead and manager the department.
The departments’ Command Staff consists of the Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief and is assisted by a Fire Captain who oversees all operational training. The Command Staff is supported by a full-time administrative assistant and a part time Finance Director. The day to day operational responses are supervised and led by three career Fire Lieutenants. These Lieutenants are charged with leading 6 career Firefighter/EMT’s, 2 career Firefighter/Paramedics, and 1 career Paramedic. Additionally, these Lieutenants supervise a random mixture of 26 part-time and volunteer firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics.
The department responds to calls within a 48-square-mile area of El Paso County, Colorado’s largest county. The district serves a population of approximately 10,000 residents and protects more than 5,000 structures with a market value of more than $1.4 billion. The District is experiencing tremendous growth in population and structures.
We respond to approximately 1,000 calls per year in Black Forest. We also provide Advanced Life Support transport of the sick and injured to area hospitals.
Black Forest has an insurance rating (ISO) of 5 for all properties located within five road miles of any of the stations or 4 if a home is within the 1,000 feet of a hydrant.
- Station 1: 11445 Teachout Road
- Station 2: 16465 Ridge Run Road
Please note that in case of an emergency dial 911. Do not attempt to contact the fire department at these locations for an emergency. These crews may be on other calls for service or otherwise unavailable due to training requirements. Dial 911.
The Black Forest Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1945 by a group of volunteers who saw a need in the community. The department owned and operated its assets until the formation of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District, a special district under the statutes of the state of Colorado. Black Forest Fire Rescue was recognized as a fire district by El Paso County on October 11th, 1967.