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Services and Organization

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 a dual service area. The Board of Directors has worked since July of 2017 to exclude that dual service area. The process is underway with two large exclusions having concluded with at least one more planned in 2022.  It must be noted that the continued annexations and subsequent exclusions by the City of Colorado Springs are the number one threat to the long-term sustainability of service delivery throughout the entirety of the district.

The department is a Title 32 special district; governed by an 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 and rescue protection the citizenry expects.  The Directors appoint a Fire Chief to lead and manage the department.

Under the command the Fire Chief, the department is organized into four sections.  These sections are: Finance/Adminstrative, Logistics, Operations, and Planning/Prevention.  The sections are further led by section chiefs consisting of three full-time adminstrative/operational staff and one part-time Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT).  Day-to-day operations are supervised by the Operations Section Chief.  The Operations section is comprised of 25 firefighters divided into three work shifts working a 56 hour work week.  Each firehouse is supervised by an Officer.  These six officers are charged with leading their professional firefighters.  Additionally, some of these firefighters are paramedics, providing Advanced Life Service (ALS) to the community across all three shifts.

The department responds to calls within a 52-square-mile area of El Paso County, Colorado’s largest county. The district serves a population of approximately 40,000 residents and protects more than 5,500 structures with a market value of more than $3.25 billion. The District is experiencing tremendous growth in population and structures.

We respond to approximately 1,200 calls per year in Black Forest. 

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.