Letter: Thank you for support during Golf Course Fire
July 11, 2018
To all the responders and the community of Grand Lake who participated in or were impacted by the Golf Course Fire which started on June 28, 2018.
I'd like to make a very public thank you to all the emergency responders (numbering in excess of 150 in total) who responded to the Golf Course Fire in Grand Lake. While the fire had a very real potential to cause massive property loss and potential loss of life, it was due to the assistance Grand Lake Fire received early and ongoing that we had a very successful outcome. No structures lost. Nobody, civilian or responders injured. The number of agencies who responded immediately to our request for help included local, county, regional, state and federal resources. Without the quantity and quality of responders who came to our aid, most of whom came to help on mutual aid agreements with no expectation of compensation, we might have experienced a far different outcome. I personally am eternally grateful to the "community" of emergency responders who unhesitatingly came to our aid.
Secondly, the outpouring of appreciation by our community has been humbling and quite moving to me personally. It has made me realize how truly fortunate I am to have landed in this community to serve in my chosen career. We have very happily been on the receiving end of numerous baked goods, note cards and donations to the Grand Lake Fire Scholarship and Community Assistance Fund. Speaking for my entire organization, along with all those agencies who came to help, there is nothing better than feeling appreciated by those you serve.
Lastly, I have to include a special thank you the dedicated staff and volunteers of Grand Lake Fire, to Granby Fire who filled several critical overhead (supervisory) positions in those first two days and to Grand County whose Sheriff's Office, Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services and Road and Bridge provided personnel, equipment and support critical to the successful outcome of this fire.
Chief Mike Long, Grand Lake Fire Protection District
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