In Colorado, each County Sheriff has a statutory responsibility to coordinate wildland fire response within their specified county. Because of the diversity of Colorado, this takes on many different forms throughout the state. The wildland fire history, expansive wildland-urban interface (WUI), and the responsibility for resource management on county lands has created a necessity for resources to supplement the capabilities of the local fire departments within Boulder County. To address these issues, the Fire Management Program was established. Originating of a single Fire Management Officer (FMO), combined with seasonal and volunteer labor, the program has evolved over the years to become what it is today. Boulder County Fire Management has four full-time, year-round employees, who work with the FMO. There are two Fire Operation Specialists (FOS), and two Senior Firefighters. As the wildland fire season approaches, seasonal firefighters are brought on to assist in wildfire response, prescribed fire activities, and forestry projects.
BCSO WFM provides efficient, effective, public safety services to the residents and visitors of Boulder County. The crew delivers these services with character, competence, and open communication. Fire Management acts as the subject matter experts to the Sheriff for wildfire suppression, prescribed burning, fire restriction implementation, and education. Fire Management is responsible for the suppression of forest and prairie fires on all unincorporated public lands within the 740 square miles of Boulder County. This includes but is not limited to over 100,000 acres of County Open Space and Land Easements, the Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest, and a heavily intermixed WUI. The program also closely assists local volunteer and paid fire departments with suppression needs and coordination.
Boulder County Fire Management is dispatched by Boulder County Communications.