The Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District (CCCFPD)
CCCFPD is a Volunteer Fire Department. Currently, we have 40 active members who respond to Fire/Rescue/EMS/HazMat calls and 20 members on our Wildland team who respond only to wildland fires when toned out by Boulder County Dispatch.
CCCFPD is a rural area whose boundaries contain a number of county, state, and portions of various recreation areas including Boulder Mountain Park, Eldorado State Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Boulder County Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space, Colorado State Forest and Roosevelt National Forest. The major part of Denver Water Board land surrounding Gross Reservoir, which is undergoing power plant construction and recreation expansion, is also within the District.
The eastern portion of the District contains a mixture of light and heavy industries plus ranch and grazing lands as well as some undeveloped portions of the City of Arvada. Our upper canyon areas have very rugged topography and have very thick forests. A significant portion of the CCCFPD, as well as adjacent districts, contains areas of high hazard with respect to wildland fire potential. In addition, the CCCFPD is dominated by an urban interface setting. There are significant stands of old growth fuels, steep terrain and limited access, shown to be typical for a large portion of the District. The District most recently faced a significant wildland fire in January 2006. The 2,700-acre Plainview fire, fueled by 70+ mph winds, took 4 days to extinguish. No lives or structures were lost.
The District is home to 7,000 residents plus pass-through visitors. Some of the residents live on large tracts of land. The bulk of the population resides in subdivisions with forested lots consisting of one acre or less. A rapid increase in residential growth has occurred in recent years, which puts urgent focus on the safety of homes and businesses. The whole of the District lies within the critical urban/wildland interface.
Of our 224 miles of roadway, those in the upper canyon are circuitous and difficult to navigate especially at night and in winter months when ice and snowfalls are common. Ten percent of the roads in our District are paved, 85% are unpaved, and 5% are passable only with 4×4 vehicles. Two major state highways cross through our District; Highways 93 and 72. A major railway, now used by several rail lines, was constructed on the heavily forested hillsides in the 1880’s and contains 25 tunnels within our District. The closing of Tennessee Passhas funneled increased rail traffic through the District. As many as 28 trains per day use the rail line, some carrying hazardous materials.
The Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District meets the challenges of our tri-county district from our four strategically positioned fire stations. As our District increases in population and continues to do so, our number of vehicles must also increase. We currently have five structural engines, two water tankers, four rescue trucks, one ambulance, one brush truck, one wildland van, one utility vehicle, one zodiac boat (stationed at Gross Reservoir), one ATV and one command vehicle. Our newest first line vehicles are two 2005 structural engines.
District Board Meetings
District Board meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Station 1 starting at 7 p.m.
Meetings are open to the public.
Officer meetings are held on the third Monday of every month (with the exception of December) at Station 1 starting at 6:30 p.m.
These meetings are for CCCFD Officers only.
Pension Board Meetings
Pension Board meetings are held in February, May, August and November on the second Monday of that month right before the regular District Board meeting at Station 1 starting at 7 p.m.
These meetings are also open to the public.
Residential Building Requirements
CCCFPD has adopted the 2003 International Residential Code to include the Interface Code. All new homes are required to meet driveway, cistern and possible sprinkler codes. Please contact us for information about your specific project at 303/642-3121, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Mission Statement
The CCCFPD provides our community with fire protection and rescue services dedicated to the preservation of life, property and our mountain environment.