Colorado News

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Report: Work along New Mexico-Colorado border to reduce wildfire risks has economic benefits

Projects to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect water sources in the U.S. West have created jobs and infused more money in local economies, researchers say, and they were funded by a partnership between governments and businesses that has become a model in other countries. A team from the U.S. Geological Survey reviewed work being done in several counties along the New Mexico-Colorado border that make up the watershed of one of North America’s longest rivers, the Rio Grande. The review shows how public-private partnerships could become a critical component for safeguarding the land and benefiting the economy amid the threat of federal funding cuts and worsening wildfires brought on by climate change. The study focused on 2018, when the partnership, called the Rio Grande Water Fund, doled out $855,000 to contractors in the region.
Artesia News

Firefighters In ‘Defensive Mode’ After House Catches Fire In Evergreen Area

VIDEO: A home in Colorado’s foothills near Evergreen went up in flames late Thursday morning. The fire started just before 11 a.m. on Gartner Road near North Turkey Creek Park and Copter4 video showed fire and heavy smoke coming from the house. So far it’s not clear what have started the fire and no one was hurt, according to Evergreen Fire Rescue. Firefighters had to truck in water to battle the flames since there are no hydrants nearby. Authorities said fire crews were in “defensive mode” battling the fire.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Summit Fire & EMS names Travis Davis as new chief

Summit Fire & EMS announced that Deputy Chief Travis Davis will take over as the department’s new chief in July. In October, Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino announced that he would be retiring from his post following 40 years of service in the county. The department’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 18, to announce Davis as Berino’s successor. “I am humbled by the support of our staff and honored that the board members have given me this opportunity,” Davis said in a statement about his appointment. “We’ve been through a lot of major changes and have more than doubled in size in the last couple of years. And while there are still efforts underway for us to get settled in, we also need to be looking toward the future in terms of priorities and how we can take advantage of new opportunities.”
Summit Daily News (Breckenridge-Dillon)

At least 4 people burned and hospitalized following blaze in Colorado Springs

At least four people were taken to the hospital and treated for burns Tuesday night following a fire in Colorado Springs. The fire was reported just after 8 p.m. in an area between East Las Vegas Street and Fountain Boulevard along South Royer Street just southeast of downtown. Some of the burn victims went to a nearby gas station before they were taken to a hospital. Capt. Mike Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department is reporting the cause of the fire remains under investigation and the Colorado Springs Police Department is also investigating the incident. Details on how severe the burns are were not available.

Boulder Fire-Rescue master plan adopted with focus on hiring more women

When Carol Brown became a firefighter for Boulder in 1991, there were about twice the number of women in the city’s department than there are today, she said. Now a battalion chief for Boulder Fire-Rescue, Brown is excited to see its leaders make it a goal to increase the number of women firefighters from the current 7% to 25% of its sworn firefighters by 2030, which total 112 now, according to Deputy Fire Chief Holger Durre. That goal, among many others, including the potential transition away from the fire department relying on a contractor to perform advanced life support ambulance service, was unanimously adopted Tuesday by City Council in an updated master plan for Boulder-Fire Rescue.
Colorado Daily

Berthoud Fire Protection District hires seven new firefighters to keep up with towns growth

The Berthoud Fire Protection District has hired seven new full-time firefighters and created four new battalion chief positions in a restructuring to keep up with demand as Berthoud continues to grow. Cory Tovar, Haylee McCollugh, Jasmine Crane, Chris Robinson, Tori Schneider, Sam Tokar and Jacob Everhart were sworn into the Berthoud Fire Protection District at a ceremony at New Freedom Outreach Center on Feb. 8. All seven were previously volunteer or reserve firefighters with the district. The battalion chief positions were filled by Scott Lindschmidt, Nico Romero, Lyle Fenderson and Andrew Kuiken. The four of them combined have over 75 years of service with the Fire District, according to a press release. One of the battalion chiefs, Kuiken, will serve as a training officer, a new position created at the Fire District that will help coordinate training for firefighters across the district, the release said.
Loveland Reporter-Herald

Wildfire grant problem to expand to aid rural areas throughout Colorado

A program that offers grant money to help mitigate the potential for wildfires would be expanded to focus more on rural areas with the least resources under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Friday. House Bill 1057, introduced by Reps. Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs and Julie McCluskie, a Dillon whose district includes part of Delta County, is one of several that came from the Legislature’s Wildfire Matters Review Committee over the summer. A companion measure, HB1004 that’s partly introduced by Rep. Perry Will, R-New Castle, would create a new income tax credit program to reimburse landowners who do their own wildfire mitigation work. That bill is to get its first hearing in the House Finance Committee later this month.
Grand Junction Sentinel

Colorado Springs firefighters rescue dogs that fell through the ice

Firefighters in Colorado Springs were able to successfully rescue a pair of dogs that fell through the ice in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. A 2-year-old black lab named Mari and her sister fell through the ice at Nancy Lewis Park near North Union Boulevard and East Fillmore Street. The incident served as an important reminder, you should never go out on the ice to help an animal. "Good job calling 911 and not going out on the ice," the fire department wrote on Twitter. Thanks to firefighters, the pups were reunited with their owners!
KKTV-TV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

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