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Strategic Partners

At our fire department, we recognize the importance of building strong relationships with our strategic partners to better serve our community. We have established partnerships with a variety of organizations, including local businesses, neighboring fire departments, law enforcement agencies, healthcare providers, and more. These partnerships are built on a foundation of trust, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to public safety.

Our strategic partners play a critical role in supporting our department's mission. By working together, we can share resources, knowledge, and expertise to better serve our community. For example, we collaborate with neighboring fire departments to provide aid in emergency situations, and work with healthcare providers to provide critical medical care to our community members.

In addition, our strategic partners help us to build stronger ties with the community we serve. Through joint outreach efforts, public education programs, and community events, we can promote safety and awareness and establish meaningful connections with the people we serve.

We are proud of our strategic partners and the valuable contributions they make to our department and our community. By working together, we can achieve our shared goal of protecting and serving our community with excellence and dedication.

Some of our key strategic partners are:


Black Forest Fire Rescue and Colorado Springs Fire Department have a collaborative relationship that includes dual response areas between the two departments. This means that in certain areas, both fire departments may respond to emergency calls to provide the quickest and most effective response possible. The two departments also work together to provide mutual aid support and coordinate emergency response efforts. This partnership allows for greater resources and expertise to be available in emergency situations, benefiting both Black Forest and Colorado Springs communities.


Black Forest Fire Rescue and Monument Fire Department have a close working relationship to provide the best possible emergency services to our communities. Both departments work together on a regular basis, sharing resources and expertise to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.

The two departments have a dual response area in certain parts of Black Forest and Monument, meaning that whichever department is closest to the incident will respond first. This allows for faster response times and more efficient use of resources.

Black Forest Fire Rescue and Monument Fire Department also participate in joint training exercises, drills, and other collaborative efforts to improve emergency response capabilities and promote a seamless and coordinated approach to emergency services.

Our partnership with Monument Fire Department is just one of the many ways Black Forest Fire Rescue is committed to providing the best possible emergency services to our community.


Black Forest Fire Rescue works closely with Falcon Fire Department in providing emergency services to their respective communities. Both departments are located in El Paso County, Colorado and share a common border. In some instances, the departments will provide mutual aid and respond to emergency calls together, especially in incidents that require additional resources. The two departments also collaborate on training programs and regularly participate in joint training exercises. This partnership helps to ensure that the communities served by both departments receive the highest quality of emergency services possible.


Black Forest Fire Rescue works closely with the Cimarron Hills Fire Department, which is located in eastern El Paso County. We have a mutual aid agreement with Cimarron Hills, which means that we provide each other with additional resources when needed to respond to emergencies. In addition, we also work together on training and education to ensure that we are prepared to serve our communities in the best way possible. This partnership helps to enhance the overall level of service and response capabilities for both fire departments.


Black Forest Fire Rescue has a close working relationship with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, as both organizations play important roles in ensuring the safety and well-being of the local community.

In emergency situations, the two departments work closely together to respond to incidents and provide the necessary assistance to those in need. Black Forest Fire Rescue also collaborates with the Sheriff's Department on various community outreach programs and initiatives, such as promoting fire safety and emergency preparedness.

Overall, the partnership between Black Forest Fire Rescue and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is an important aspect of ensuring the safety and security of the community they both serve.



Black Forest Fire Rescue works closely with the Colorado Springs Police Department in emergency situations that require both law enforcement and firefighting response. This collaboration includes responding to car accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and other emergencies where both agencies need to work together. Additionally, Black Forest Fire Rescue provides medical assistance to the Colorado Springs Police Department when needed.

Colorado State Patrol 

Black Forest Fire Rescue works in conjunction with the Colorado State Patrol to provide emergency services to the residents and visitors of the district. The Colorado State Patrol responds to accidents on the state highways that run through the area, and they often work closely with the fire department to provide medical assistance and extrication services when needed. The fire department also provides assistance to the Colorado State Patrol when they are dealing with hazardous material spills, and the two agencies work together to coordinate traffic control during large-scale incidents. Overall, the collaboration between Black Forest Fire Rescue and the Colorado State Patrol helps ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

Centura Health 
University Health 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has a relationship with FEMA CO TF 1, which is Colorado's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. Our firefighters are trained to work alongside TF 1 members during disaster response situations, such as natural disasters or man-made emergencies. This partnership allows us to provide mutual aid and support during large-scale events where additional resources and expertise may be necessary.

Echelon Front 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has forged a strong relationship with Echelon Front, a leadership consulting firm that offers both online and in-person training. This includes attendance at their trainings by members of the department, allowing them to enhance their leadership skills and improve their ability to manage high-pressure situations effectively. Through this collaboration, BFFR is committed to maintaining a culture of excellence and providing top-notch emergency services to the community.

Extreme Ownership Academy 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has a relationship with Echelon Front's Extreme Ownership Academy, which offers leadership and management training based on the principles of extreme ownership, as outlined in the book "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Many members of Black Forest Fire Rescue attend the Academy's weekly trainings to improve their leadership skills and apply these principles to their work in the fire service. The department values the lessons learned at the Extreme Ownership Academy and the opportunity it provides to develop and strengthen leadership abilities.

Mind Shift 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has a relationship with Get Mind Shift, a videography company that produces our social media videos. Get Mind Shift has worked with us to produce a variety of video content, including public safety announcements, recruitment videos, and footage from training exercises and emergency incidents. Our partnership with Get Mind Shift has been an important tool in helping us communicate with the community and showcase the work that our department does.

Origin USA 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has partnered with Origin USA to provide high-quality uniforms and gear for our firefighters. We use Origin USA for several uniform items, including wildland gear, which is essential for our personnel when responding to wildfires. The uniforms and gear provided by Origin USA are designed to meet the specific needs of firefighters and are made with durable materials to ensure the safety of our firefighters. We are proud to work with Origin USA to provide our firefighters with the best possible equipment to perform their duties safely and effectively.

Elevate Tempus 

Black Forest Fire Rescue has partnered with Elevate Tempus to analyze the character attributes that make a great firefighter. Elevate Tempus has been a strategic part of our recruitment process, helping us to identify and hire the best candidates for the job. They have conducted extensive research on the qualities and characteristics that are essential for success in the firefighting profession, and we have integrated their findings into our hiring process. By using data-driven methods and tools provided by Elevate Tempus, we are able to make more informed decisions about who to bring on board as part of our firefighting team.