Colorado flood disasters ‘hit close to home’ in Grand County |

Colorado flood disasters ‘hit close to home’ in Grand County

Reid Tulley
Lt. Earl Storm (EGFPD) and Firefighter Tom Baumgarten (HSSPFPD) work with a youth group shortly after they got off of a rescue helicopter. Most said it was the best day of their life, according to White.
Brad White – Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Chief |

In response to the devastating floods that swept through the Front Range, Grand County agencies sent a number of assets, both human and machine, to help with the recovery efforts.

East Grand Fire committed two type 6 engines, designed to fight wildland fires, manning those engines with two firefighters from Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire and East Grand Fire manning those two engines until they were spelled by Granby Fire and Grand Lake Fire personnel. Grand Lake Fire also committed a type 6 engine to help out with the efforts.

“From the county standpoint, it was a great experience and I’m excited that the five fire departments are in a position to work together,” said Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Chief Brad White. “I think everyone enjoyed helping out where they could, but I think we also learned a lot about these big incidences.”

“This hit close to home and a lot of folks in this county know people and have family in that area,” White said. “And so it was a great experience to get over there and do something good.”

Firefighters from Grand County helped to clear roads, help evacuees, and ensure that areas affected by the flood were evacuated and safe.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management also sent personnel from Grand County to the Front Range to help out with recovery efforts.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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