Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s fire district will spend time talking with voters before a funding measure this fall. In November, the Carbondale and Rural Fire District will ask taxpayers for about $600,000 in property taxes. That’s after an outside review by two consulting firms, which found the District is doing a good job overall, but running out of money.

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  Carbondale-area fire fighters are heading to Oregon to help tackle a wildfire. Three firefighters from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District have headed west with a small firetruck. They’ll lend a hand with the Bendire Fire in Eastern Oregon. The crew was requested by the US Forest Service, which put out a call for help from Colorado fire stations.

Carbondale-area fire fighters are heading to Oregon to help tackle a wildfire. Three firefighters from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District have headed west with a small firetruck. They’ll lend a hand with the Bendire Fire in Eastern Oregon. The crew was requested by the US Forest Service, which put out a call for help from Colorado fire stations.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Residents and businesses in Carbondale, and in the surrounding areas, are in a bind. Their fire district is running out of money. After hiring local and national consultants, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is now reviewing a new Master Plan. The Board of Directors for the fire district will meet on Wednesday to consider the inch-thick document, which came with a less than $90,000 price tag.

If a major catastrophe were to happen in the mid or upper Roaring Fork Valley, emergency workers say they’re now better prepared to handle it. Wildfires and other dire circumstances often require a state team of emergency experts. Now, law enforcement, paramedics, and fire departments in the Valley are rebooting their own disaster management effort.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is gathering feedback about what residents want. And one of the key questions is whether voters still want a very high level of medical care when an ambulance shows up. Those details are important because the District probably will go to the voters and ask for more funding.

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The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is sending out 3500 surveys, which can also be filled out online. The District says they’ll be confidential, and should take less than 10 minutes. 

Carbondale Fire Putting Together Steering Committee

Feb 17, 2015
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

A steering committee is in the works for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. Its board of directors is hoping to appoint as many as seven people to the new committee. Members will review a new effort to keep the district from running out of money. It covers more than 300 square miles, including a busy stretch of Highway 82. The district lost more than half of its budget when mill levy funding ended a few years ago, and it's expected to go through its reserves in two years.

Your Evening News - February 11th, 2015

Feb 11, 2015

Carbondale Fire Meets Tonight on Future Funding

The future of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is slowly inching closer. The Board of Directors for the sprawling, struggling district is meeting tonight. Board members are finalizing the contracts for two consulting firms. Their main task is to help put together a master plan for Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, which could run out of money in two years. Gene Schilling is President of the Board.

“We believe that once the master plan’s done, there will probably be some recommendations on the funding that we need to go forward with, to get the Fire District’s level of service back up to what it was before.”

The District covers more than three hundred square miles, and provides ambulance service along a busy stretch of Highway 82. It lost more than half of its budget in late 2013, when a big chunk of mill levy funding ran out. A ballot measure to reinstate that money failed.

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  Carbondale’s Police Department is reporting a suspected methamphetamine lab in the center of town. Police chief Gene Schilling said this afternoon that officers visited a house yesterday about a block from Main Street, and found what they say appeared to be a meth lab.

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