Colorado News

Friday, December 3, 2021

Colorado Division of Aeronautics completes initiative to minimize impacts of toxic chemicals in firefighting foam at airports

In August 2019, the Colorado Aeronautical Board (CAB), which oversees the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, approved $400,000 in state aviation funding to assist Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified commercial service airports in Colorado with the acquisition of equipment to minimize the environmental impact of aircraft firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This innovative initiative, only the second such program in the nation, was developed in collaboration with airports and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This effort comes amid an increasing environmental focus on PFAS chemicals, as they have been found to pose challenges to drinking water supplies.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Owner Saves Dogs From Apartment Fire In Breckenridge

VIDEO: In Breckenridge, a man came home from work to find his apartment on fire. When Gunnar Schmauss opened the door, he was hit in the face by a plume of black smoke and flames were shooting out of the kitchen. This happened last weekend. Schmauss managed to go in and quickly save his two dogs — which were both close to the front door. “You know, material possessions are just that their material possessions, but I mean, my dogs are my life. They’re my children. And if I lost them, you know, there’s, there’s no coming back from that,” Gunnar Schmauss said. The fire destroyed his home. But Schmauss says he’s blessed to have so many people in Summit County helping him.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Grand Junction mayor announces public safety as first priority of 2022 budget

On Thursday, Mayor Chuck McDaniel announced that one day after the city approved the 2022 budget, his first top priority for the town was public safety. Chuck stated that public safety makes up 30% of the annual budget bill recently passed. The portion of the account will be $74.1 million on public safety. Fire Station 8 will recruit twenty-seven firefighters. The station, set to open next year, will be the newest in the Grand Valley. The public passed the First Responder Tax in 2019, constructing this new station. The new budget will also fund police officers and additional first responders. McDaniel states that this is not the only part of the city’s budget plan that will be in effect throughout the year. Other portions of the bill include mobility & infrastructure, economic development, housing, and quality of life.
KJCT-TV ABC 8 Grand Junction

Ordinance proposed to improve wildfire evacuation times for Colorado Springs

A neighborhood coalition is pushing for the City of Colorado Springs to make a comprehensive evacuation plan. This comes after a fire evacuation study was presented to the Colorado Springs City Council that projected long evacuation times if a wildfire were to break out. As the city continues to grow, some residents are raising concerns about the current wildfire evacuation plan. "I'm standing in front of one of those major chokepoints, and another one in front of me of 30th avenue being modified, they're putting in a roundabout. Roundabouts are by definition slow the traffic down so people could merge in from multiple angles," said Bill Wysong, President of Westside Watch.
KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Multiple people injured in a crash in Colorado Springs, speed a likely factor

Speed may be behind a serious crash that sent more than half a dozen people to the hospital Wednesday night. Just before 6 p.m. the Colorado Springs Fire Department reported they were responding to the crash near Airport and Powers. The department added one person was trapped and the public should “expect delays.” According to police at the scene, eight people were taken to the hospital between the four cars involved. Investigators believe one of the drivers may have been speeding, however, the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. Officers on scene say a Volkswagen Jetta was heading west on Airport Road when it hit a Nissan Xterra, which was turning eastbound into a mobile home park on the north side of Airport Road. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the driver of the Nissan to hit a Ford F150 and Nissan Quest.
KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Colorado Panel Issues Guidelines For Paramedics Injecting Ketamine

Colorado’s health department announced Wednesday that emergency workers should not use a condition involving erratic behavior by people as a reason to inject them with the drug ketamine. The announcement came two years after the fatal arrest of a Black man in Aurora who had been injected with the drug. Most states and agencies allow ketamine to be administered when people exhibit “excited delirium,” or agitation typically associated with chronic drug abuse, mental illness or both. The drug is used as a sedative and is supposed to be fast-acting with limited side affects. The panel recommended that paramedics administer ketamine only when there are no other safe options to monitor, treat or transport patients, or when patients show “serious, probable, imminent threat of bodily harm to self or others.”
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Follow Up: Preliminary report released in deadly single-engine air tanker crash during Kruger Rock Fire

New details have been released detailing what may have happened moments before a single-engine air tanker crashed while fighting the Kruger Rock Fire. The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report into the accident that occurred at approximately 6:36 p.m. on Nov. 16 near Estes Park. The NTSB said the report is subject to change as the investigation continues. According to the report, video of the AT802 Air Tractor showed its wing was rocking as it approached the intended drop location in its firefighting efforts. Two witnesses reported that they saw the plane “roll inverted” but did not see that it descended into the ground, the report says. One witness, who was in radio communication with the pilot, said he didn’t hear him transmit any problems with the plane or make any distress calls before the accident, according to the report.
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

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