Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

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.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

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.

The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is losing $600,000 a year from its savings account—and the District could run out completely by the end of 2016. That’s a dire situation for the service, whose firefighters put out blazes and respond to medical calls for a huge area. Now the Board of Directors is reviewing next year's $2.6 million dollar budget. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Ron Leach about cuts and the upcoming master plan.

Your Morning News - November 24th, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

Drilling to Begin on the Roan Plateau 

The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry reached an agreement on Friday regarding a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau near Rifle.

The Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop was one of the ten conservation and sportsmens’ groups involved in the lawsuit. On Friday they released a statement saying they’re extremely pleased with the outcome.

Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Money Matters

Residents vote for change on the boards that represent Carbondale’s emergency services and a mid-valley park district.

New test results show third graders in the Roaring Fork Valley are better at reading than the statewide average.

A state senator wraps up her time under the gold dome in Denver.

And oil and gas proponents voice strong support for continuing to drill in Garfield County.

We’ll let you know what to expect for the upcoming Aspen Music Festival and School summer season.

And we get a taste of what Aspen middle and high school band students learned this year from a long-time jazz musician. 

Marci Krivonen

Voters in the Mid-Valley and Carbondale cast their ballots in two separate elections yesterday. People voted for board members to represent the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, as well as the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.

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