Colorado News

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Colorado Springs Fire Department gets national recognition for improved medical response

VIDEO: The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) is getting national recognition for an innovative medical response program created by the department. A little over a year ago, the department added Community Response Medicine, more commonly called C-MED units. “The majority of our medical calls are not the classic true emergencies, like heart attacks and strokes or gunshots,” said ER Physician and CSFD Co-Medical Director, Stein Bronsky. The medically trained teams help deal with the high volume of 9-1-1 medical calls. It has been so successful that close to 60 other fire agencies from across the nation have visited CSFD to learn more. The Congressional Fire Service Institute out of Washington D.C. recently recognized the program for its excellence.
KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

Colorado Springs firefighters knock down grass fire, warns of dry conditions

The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) quickly knocked down a grass fire near the Spring Creek Youth Correctional Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and is warning the community about dry conditions. CSFD said the fire burned about a 100 foot by 20 foot area of grass, before firefighters were able to get it under control. CSFD warned that vegetation is drying out due to a lack of moisture recently, and urged community members to use caution and be aware when outdoors. Dispose of cigarette butts responsibly, and avoid anything that could potentially spark a fire.
KXRM-TV FOX 21 Colorado Springs

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Senator Bennet pushes for the Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Pay and Classification Act

VIDEO: Federal wildland firefighters across the country are facing massive pay cuts due to federal funding running out. Senator Michael Bennet stopped in Grand Junction Friday, sitting down with firefighters who are feeling the stress and strain that comes from the pay cuts in federal funding. Senator Bennet wants to ensure that wildland firefighters don’t experience pay cuts, pushing to pass the Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Pay and Classification Act which would serve as a long-term solution that provides comprehensive benefits for wildland firefighters and raises pay. Not only will the legislation provide a greater base pay, but will also include mental health resources. The bill is named in honor of Tim Hart, a smokejumper from Cody, Wyoming, who tragically lost his life while battling the Eicks fire in New Mexico.
KJCT-TV ABC 8 Grand Junction

You’ll never see us: Life atop a fire lookout in San Juan National Forest

VIDEO: Near the western edge of the vast San Juan National Forest, there stands a lookout tower 9,262 feet above sea level. With a view that includes four states — Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado — no one gets a better lay of the land than Rick Freimuth. Freimuth and his wife, Linda, have occupied the Benchmark Lookout every summer since 2016. Now retired, the couple can’t help but come back to staff the lookout each year, relishing the solitude it provides them. “Lookouts are traditionally people who seek solitude . . . looking for smokes might be incidental for those people. For me, it’s not. I love finding smokes and the solitude is just wonderful,” Freimuth commented. Throughout his day, Freimuth is constantly on the watch for “smokes” — signs of potential wildfires — as far as his eye can see.
Rocky Mountain PBS

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