Colorado News

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Former Denver Bronco Chase Vaughn inspires community in new career as a firefighter

VIDEO: Behind the wheel of a fire engine is the last place Chase Vaughn ever thought he'd be. "It's a whole different level of responsibility, and a lot more math involved," he said with a laugh. It's a job he's grown to love. He just didn't think a guy like him could actually be a firefighter. "As a kid, you see firefighters, but as a young Black kid, I didn't see Black firefighters," Vaughn told CBS Colorado's Kelly Werthmann. "So, for me at least, it didn't click that was an obtainable job for me to do." So, growing up, he chased down a different dream. Vaughn followed his love of football from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora to Colorado State University in Pueblo. Eventually, he made it to the ultimate hometown team. "I grew up around the Broncos and Broncos fans. For that to be the team that gave me my shot, that was awesome," Vaughn said.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Wildfire Mitigation Forum brings experts from across the country to Colorado Springs

On Monday morning, firefighters, experts, and professionals from around the country gathered in Colorado Springs for a forum on creating wildfire-resilient communities. Experts on the panel say that the 5 biggest wildfires in Colorado have happened over the last 12 years. That number does not include the Waldo Canyon fire. Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Mike Morgan spoke at the panel today. "It's about getting the groups together from local governments, from state governments, to talk about what are the things we can do collaboratively what are the things that are easy to accomplish to make sure we're all pulling in the same direction," said Morgan.
KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

Colorado Springs Mayor proposes a $420 million budget

The Colorado Springs Mayor's office has presented the proposed 2023 budget to city council with a continued emphasis on increasing public safety. Of the total $420 million in planned expenditures, more than $2.5 million is set aside for more police officers, police vehicles and firefighters. Suthers also proposed an additional $11.3 million for salary increases for all civilian and sworn employees, which includes police and fire. In his annual state of the city address last month, Suthers said that as the city continues to grow in both population and geography, it will be "daunting" for public safety resources to keep up. The city currently has 803 authorized positions for police officers. Next year's proposed allocation would allow for 15 more. Citing a recent study by the city, Suthers said the force will need to exceed 1,000 officers by 2035.
Colorado Public Radio

Denver firefighters work to abate fuel danger at encampments

VIDEO: With colder weather coming soon, concerns about fire danger in homeless encampments are on the rise. FOX31 has reported that by the end of fall 2021, the Denver Fire Department received more than 500 emergency fire calls for encampments. Crews discovered more than 15,000 pounds of propane and 462 gallons of gasoline. The fire department said it conducts regular sweeps to monitor the use of potentially dangerous fuel sources to keep those living in tents and adjacent neighborhoods safe. While conducting sweeps lowers the risk of fire, Denver Fire Capt. J.D. Chism said that informing and helping those living on the streets is also a top priority.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

Monday, October 3, 2022

Fast-moving wildfire exercise in Douglas County helping residents prepare in case of an emergency

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian is a reminder for everyone to be prepared in the case of a natural disaster. Saturday, several agencies in Douglas County came together to put on a large-scale wildfire exercise to make sure people know how to stay safe and are ready in the case of an emergency. "This could definitely be a reality one summer, and just going through the process, and you know, just being prepared for something like this, what are the protocols and who's going to contact them and how are they going to evacuate their homes and know where to go," said Luke Roberts, who is an emergency supervisor for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Wildfire Mitigation Funding to Benefit Colorado

Wildfires are one of the major threats to western states. Although this year wasn’t a bad year in Colorado—the western drought isn’t going away anytime soon, and fires will continue to be a threat to forests, homes, and businesses in Colorado. The U.S. Department of the Interior allocated $5.1 million to be used in Colorado–which is from the $103 million funding the DOI received earlier this year for wildland fire mitigation as part of President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill. While the DOI may be on the receiving end if this funding, they’ll need the help of state and local agencies as well to complete this project.
KREX-TV CBS 5 Grand Junction

Chalk One Up contest for Fire Prevention Month

The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) is kicking off Fire Prevention Month with its first-ever Chalk One Up for Fire Safety contest. 2022’s fire safety theme is “Fire won’t wait, plan your escape,” to encourage families to have a home fire escape plan. Get together with your friends and family, harness your inner artist and create a chalk drawing on your driveway or sidewalk with a message for fire safety. Once your drawing is complete, snap a picture and submit it to either CFSD’s Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and tag CSFD with the hashtag #FPM2022CSFD. Participants will have from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 to submit their chalk drawings. The top ten drawings will be voted on by the CSFD Fire Chief and his staff. Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 4, and awarded a fire safety prize.
KXRM-TV FOX 21 Colorado Springs

Pagosa Fire District Announces New Wildland Fire Vehicle

The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) has announced the arrival of a new wildland Type VI engine. The new engine, known as Brush 91, is equipped with a 400-gallon water tank (previous engines held 250-300 gallons) which will provide much-needed water for fire fighting. The vehicle has an auxiliary diesel pump that draws fuel from the engine’s tank, which reduces the need for secondary fuel tanks and allows the pump to run for longer periods without having to shut down and wait for the pump to cool down before refueling. Larger storage compartments will assist in carrying more equipment efficiently and providing easier access to commonly used items. Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area has a substantial ‘urban-interface area’ — areas where residences and forested areas meet.
Pagosa Daily Post

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