Fire chiefs ramp up response
GRANBY – The Grand County Fire Chiefs held a special meeting on Thursday, June 28 to discuss the county’s current wildland fire response. They shared experiences, ideas and tactics when responding to and managing wildland fire incidents.
“We want to reassure our communities that we are all working together to protect life and property in the event of a wildfire in our area,” said Mike Long, fire chief for Grand Lake Fire Protection District.
“We also want to encourage all community members to participate in wildfire preparedness due to the large number of active wildland fires in the U.S. currently.”
Grand County residents and visitors should follow the Ready, Set, Go! Action Guides available from their local fire department.
Some important operational items resulting from the meeting were:
∞All reports of smoke that are called into the county dispatch center will be paged out to the appropriate fire department as an “information page” in addition to sending the sheriff to investigate.
∞ If there is a confirmed wildfire, the appropriate fire department will be paged to respond, and all county fire departments will be sent a “stand-by” page.
∞ In the event of a confirmed wildfire, the Incident Commander will:
∞ Request early aid in the form of equipment or manpower from the other county fire districts.
∞ Establish early “unified command” with the Sheriff’s department
∞ Notify the U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer on duty
∞ Order additional out of county resources through Fort Collins or Craig dispatch centers if necessary
“We all agree that our priority right now is providing service and support within Grand County,” stated Chief David Boyes, Grand Fire Protection District No.1.
“Sending our resources out of county will be done only on a very limited basis until our fire danger has subsided.”
The U.S. Forest Service recently sent two additional Type 6 engines to the Hot Sulphur Ranger District for local support. For questions or more information, please contact your loca Fire District.
Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 Chief David Boyes 970-887-3380
Grand Lake Fire Protection District No. 2 Chief Mike Long 970-627-8428
Hot Sulphur/Parshall Fire Protection No. 3 Chief Brad White 970-725-3414
East Grand Fire Protection District No. 4 Chief Todd Holzworth 970-726-5824
Kremmling Fire Protection District No. 5 Chief Tony Tucker 970-724-3795
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