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Accomplishments Validate Community Vote to Increase Mill Levy

By Paul Ondr

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for supporting the passage of TFPD Ballot Issue A. We are humbled by the turnout of voters and the overwhelming support. As a reminder, this will only allow TFPD to increase our mill levy to offset losses of revenue if the residential assessment rate (RAR) is lowered.

It has been a busy year at Timberline, we are on track to run 700 calls and to-date your firefighters have completed 8,200 hours of training (this is an average of 128 hours per firefighter). Some of 2018’s accomplishments were:

1. Timberline’s Insurance Services Office Property Protection Class (ISO PPC) was significantly reduced;

2. We were successful with instituting a wildland deployment program;

3. We entered into an agreement with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC);

4. We received a donation of a beautiful 1924 parade truck.

Effective November 1st of this year TFPD’s ISO PPC rating was decreased from a 9 to 5 for all properties within 5 miles of certain stations. This has proven to be a huge cost saving to many of our residents, some in excess of $1,000 per year. If you have not already done so, please contact your insurance company to discuss your possible savings. More information can be found on our website or you can call our offices if you have questions.

TFPD deployed a crew of wildland firefighters to assist with the tragic Carr Fire in July, and again in November to the Camp Fire in California. The ability to assist with major wildfires not only in Colorado, but across the country has been a goal for several years. This year the goal became a reality. In fact, firefighters deployed to seven different significant fires in California, Wyoming and Colorado. This included the Stateline, Spring Creek, Carr, Silver Creek, Britania, Camp, and Ryan fires. These deployments give your firefighters the training and firsthand experience they cannot get any other way (2,443 hours on fires). This opportunity has already proven to be helpful with recruitment and retention. While firefighters are deployed, they are paid through federal firefighting funds, and the district is compensated for the use of an apparatus.

Early this year, we entered into an agreement with DFPC to provide offices and a bay for one of their new apparatus. In exchange, they provide 3-4 firefighters. These state employees are trained in all aspects of emergency response and are integrated into our response and are available to all of you at no additional cost.

In late 2017, we received a gracious donation of a newly restored 1924 Chevrolet parade fire truck. This truck has been modified with benches and will be at various parades and events. It is sure to bring smiles to everyone’s face, young and old. This truck was donated with the desire to “honor the men and woman of Gilpin and Boulder Counties and their supporting families who serve the community as volunteer fire fighters past, present and future.” On November 17th, Timberline started 12 new eager volunteers. Most of these new recruits come from the Front Range and will be doing shifts at one of your fire stations. They come from incredibly diverse backgrounds and are excited to serve your community.

Along with these accomplishments, Timberline participated in many community events including the Gilpin Fair, Nederland 4th of July Parade, Black Hawk Fireworks, Gilpin Safety Day, Halloween Carnival, High Country Auxiliary Chili Dinner, HCA Pancake Breakfast & Flea Market, Gilpin HS Homecoming parade, Timberfest, several fundraisers at Roy’s Last Shot, library events, and supported our neighbors at the Golden Gate Canyon Pig Roast. We look forward to these events and more in 2019 and we hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to join your event!

Have you ever thought of being a Fire Fighter? If so, we would love to talk with you. Please give us a call at 303-582-5768 or visit our website: www.timberlinefire.com. You can also follow our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TimberlineFPD.

Thank you again for your continued support. TPFD is just getting started, and we will strive to improve in every way in order to ensure we are ready in your time of need.

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