Louisville Ice Rescue Training

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Louisville Ice Rescue Training The Louisville Fire Protection District conducted ice rescue training at Harper Lake on February 15th, 2021. The crews from Engine 2703 and Medic 2722 took to the icy water on President’s Day to hone their skills should they be needed for a real emergency. Units on Scene: Battalion Chief 2760, Engine 2703, Medic 2722 & 2769 …

Clear Creek Ice Rescue Training

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Clear Creek Ice Rescue Training Despite near freezing temperatures, Clear Creek Fire Authority spent part of their Super Bowl Sunday on February 7th, 2021, conducting ice rescue training at Georgetown Lake. Firefighters took the opportunity to hone their skills with rescue suits, ropes and sleds in case their services are ever needed for a real emergency.

Eric Pracht Memorial

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Eric Pracht Memorial Paramedics, emergency medical technicians, firefighters and other first responders gathered in the Foothills on February 6th, 2021, to celebrate the life of South Park Ambulance District Paramedic Eric Pracht.  Eric was last seen leaving his Lakewood condo about midnight on July 23rd, 2016. A hiker found his remains on April 23rd, 2020, on a Green Mountain trail …

Toby’s Birthday Parade

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Birthday Car Parade On January 30th, 2021 Mile High Hook & Ladder Club with 5280Fire hosted a 14th birthday parade for Toby who has been battling cancer since he was 2 years-old. Mile High Hook & Ladder brought out several rigs for the parade along with Sable Altura Fire Rescue.  Then in an emotional moment for the crew, they (along …

David Sagel Memorial

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David Sagel Memorial Westminster Fire Department Captain David Sagel was honored at his memorial service held on January 29th, 2021 at the Grace Church in Arvada. A procession followed the service with the full department apparatus, which went by Westminster Station 1 and Station 5 before heading to Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. Sagel passed away from work-related cancer on …

South Metro Draft, Pump and Tender Training

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Draft, Pump and Tender Training South Metro Fire Rescue conducted draft, pump and tender operations training at the South Metro Fire Training Facility on January 22nd, 2021.  A water tender is a type of firefighting apparatus that specializes in the transport of water to a fire scene, generally in areas without access to hydrants. In South Metro, the tenders are …

North Metro & Thornton Ice Rescue Training

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Ice Rescue Training During the week of January 18th to January 23rd, 2021, firefighters from North Metro Fire Rescue District and Thornton Fire Department came together for a multi-agency training on ice water rescue. Training exercises were held each day with more than 230 firefighters from the two departments rotating through the annual training. In this year’s training, North Metro and …

South Adams County Ice Rescue Training

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Ice Rescue Training The South Adams County Fire Department and Northglenn Ambulance / South Adams County Paramedics conducting ice rescue training at Reunion Park in Commerce City on January 18th, 2021.  Crews responding to the training scenario were advised that a subject had fallen through the ice in Reunion Pond. Regular training helps firefighters hone their skills and remain familiar …

Arvada Station 53 Groundbreaking

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Station 53 Groundbreaking On January 16th, 2021 Arvada Fire Protection District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Station 53 (Station 3). The station is dubbed the station of the future, and as such, children and grandchildren of current firefighters turned over the first scoops of dirt. The station is being built on the site of the old Station 53 at …

Aurora Ice Rescue Training

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Aurora Ice Rescue Training Aurora Fire Rescue conducted ice rescue training on January 3rd, 2021 at Aurora Reservoir.  Firefighters from Engine 9 and Ladder 13 practiced simulated rescues using ropes, ice rescue suits and rescue boards. Periodic training allows firefighters to appropriately respond to an emergency on ice or in the water.

Denver Ice Dive Training

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Denver Ice Dive Training On January 3rd, 2021 members of the Denver Fire Department conducted their first under-the-ice dive training of the year. Members conducted search pattern training as part of their skills maintenance. The training lasted a few hours and companies went back-in service after members had completed their diving. Chief 4, Rescue 1, Rescue 2, Engine 1 & …

Cody and Shelby Allen Memorial

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Cody and Shelby Allen Memorial Central City Fire Department Firefighter Cody and Shelby Allen memorial service was held on December 18th, 2020 at the Flatirons Community Church West in Genesee. A procession from the Aspen Mortuary in Arvada to the church was held before the funeral and after to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds. Both Cody and Shelby passed away from …

Grand Junction Station 6 Grand Opening

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Station 6 Grand Opening On November 9th, 2020 Grand Junction Fire Department held an opening ceremony with a hose uncoupling for the new Station 6. Members of the station crew, administrative staff, city officials, contractors and builders gathered to celebrate. Fire Chief Watkins, Local 2808 member Hazelhurst, members of the city and building committee spoke during the ceremony. The event …

Palmer Divide Joint Training Academy

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Joint Academy Live Fire Certification Firefighter recruits from Jackson 105 Fire Protection District, Larkspur Fire Protection District and Palmer Lake Fire Department participated in their joint academy’s live fire training certification at the South Metro Fire Rescue Training Facility on October 31st, 2020. Firefighters from South Metro assisted with the controlled burns and firefighters from Cimarron Hills Fire Department and …

South Adams – RTD Training Exercise Search

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Emergency Preparedness Drill The Regional Transportation District, South Adams County Fire Department and Northglenn Ambulance / South Adams County Paramedics conducted an emergency preparedness drill at the E. 72nd Ave. light rail station in Commerce City on October 27th, 2020. The drill simulated a chemical release at the nearby Suncor Refinery that impacted the surrounding area and passengers on passing …

Grand Junction Fire, DFPC, CMU Training Center Grand Opening

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Training Center Grand Opening The Grand Junction Fire Department, City of Grand Junction, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and Colorado Mesa University celebrated the grand opening of their new Training Facility on October 26th, 2020, which is located on Whitewater Hill. The new facility is a ModX built by WHP Training Towers. The facility allows the GJFD Fire …

Elbert Spaghetti To Go

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Elbert Spaghetti To Go Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elbert Fire Protection District was forced to cancel their annual Wing Ding Dinner and Silent Auction. However, in order to raise money for their Firefighter Fund, the department hosted a Spaghetti to Go dinner on October 10th, 2020. Firefighters prepared spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread for the community to purchase …

Carbondale Open House

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Carbondale Open House On October 10th, 2020 Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District held their annual community open house COVID safety style at Station 81. The Semi-Open house was limited to outdoor activities, demonstrations, apparatus in the bays, lunch, and public education materials. The department made the open house possible by tracking all visitors with a sign-in sheet to aid …

Light The Night 2020

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Light The Night 2020 Arvada Fire Protection District Engine 51 showed their support and respect for the annual National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters. This year marks the 25th anniversary which ran from September 27th to October 4th, 2020. In partnership with the City of Arvada, the water tower in Olde Town was lit in red. …