Fire District – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 PFPD talks contract, URA and budget http://www.pagosasun.com/pfpd-talks-contract-ura-and-budget/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191202 The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) Board of Directors met Tuesday to continue contract negotiations with chief Randy Larson and review the 2020 budget.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-196/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190608 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers,  6:551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors.30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education Notice of Gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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New wildland-urban interface truck http://www.pagosasun.com/new-wildland-urban-interface-truck/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:55:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190550

SUN photos/Randi Pierce and Terri House

Pagosa Fire Protection District staff and volunteers participate in the tradition of pushing a new fire truck into the bay to signal its start of service Saturday at Station No. 3. Inset: Firefighter Anthony Ferguson, Capt. Will Clark and firefighter Savannah Wellman from the B shift stand next to the new wildland-urban interface truck last week.

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Fire district responds to two structure fires http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-district-responds-to-two-structure-fires/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190220

Photo courtesy John Porco
A residential structure is engulfed in flames on Oct. 26. The fire occurred in the 13000 block of East U.S. 160. The PFPD responded with mutual aid engines from the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District and South Fork Fire Department assisting.

By Pagosa Fire Protection District
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) responded to two separate structure fires late last week.
On Oct. 25 at approximately 6:21 a.m., an active structure fire was reported in the 600 block of Eight Mile Mesa Road.
Upon arrival, a scene size-up noted an outbuilding fully involved with a residential structure 25 feet away. Due to the fire activity and conditions, an exterior fire attack was initiated. Protection measures were also implemented on the nearby residential structure.
The PFPD responded with one engine, three water tenders, one brush engine, two chief cars, 10 paid staff members and six volunteers.
The PFPD was on scene for approximately five hours.
The second report of a structure fire occurred on Oct. 26 at approximately 2:52 p.m. in the 13000 block of East U.S. 160.
Upon arrival, the first due engine completed a scene size-up noting a single residential structure with active fire and smoke showing from the interior of the structure. Due to the fire activity and conditions, an exterior fire attack was initiated. Protection measures were also implemented on propane tanks neighboring the active fire.
The PFPD responded with two engines, three water tenders, one brush engine, two chief cars, seven paid staff members and five volunteers. Mutual aid engines from Upper Pine River Fire Protection District and South Fork Fire Department assisted on scene.
The PFPD was on scene for approximately five hours.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries to report on either scene. The origin and cause of the fires is under investigation at this time.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-195/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190216 The following meetings are subject to change.
Monday, Nov. 4
Dispatch Executive Management Board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
San Juan Basin Public Health and District Attorney Budget meetings. Noon (includes travel time), Durango County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Pagosa Peak Open School Board training. 8 a.m., Pagosa Brewing and Grill, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board special meeting. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education Notice of Gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Homeowner gets ‘carried away’ with 14 burn piles http://www.pagosasun.com/homeowner-gets-carried-away-with-14-burn-piles/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190218 According to Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Director of Emergency Ops Christina Kraetsch, a property owner off of Terry Robinson Road “got carried away” lighting burn piles on his property Tuesday afternoon.

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Partnership leads to faster emergency response http://www.pagosasun.com/partnership-leads-to-faster-emergency-response-2/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:53:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189764 Since July, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) has been responding as medical first responders to certain medical calls to aid the Upper San Juan Health Service District (USJHSD).
The program is called the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program, according to the PFPD.
Jason Webb, clinic director and Emergency Medical Services director for USJHSD, which operates Pagosa Springs Medical Center, told The SUN recently that an informal partnership has been in place for a long time, but the changes that took place this summer have PFPD responding automatically, instead of by request, to major medical events and trauma incidents.
“The point of it all is that there are certain scenarios where time is of the essence: if you’re bleeding, if you’re in cardiac arrest, if you’re having a heart attack, if you’re having a stroke,” Webb explained, adding, “The quicker we can get people there, the better outcome the patient is probably going to have.”
Webb explained that ambulances typically send two EMTs, usually a paramedic and an EMT to medical scenes and the EMR program can bolster response times and overall make the community safer.
Webb explained that patients who are very sick require “a whole team,” and the PFPD responding automatically to certain medical events allows for a better quality of care and service.
The PFPD has 16 EMTs on staff and an additional 15 personnel are enrolled in the EMR class, according to a press release about the EMR program by the PFPD.
Paid firefighters are required to obtain their EMT certification within one year of being hired.
According to the press release, the primary goal of implementing the EMR program is to “deliver rapid lifesaving medical care to citizens in need and to provide on-scene support for patients while additional advanced medical personnel are en route.”
Webb noted that in unique circumstances EMR-certified fire volunteers could respond quicker than EMS personnel, such as if a volunteer firefighter was dispatched to a scene that was close to their home, as volunteer firefighters often go directly to incidents from their private residences.
The PFPD’s press release states that because the PFPD has seven fire stations located throughout the county where volunteers are stationed, it allows PFPD “to provide a timely response to medical calls in outlying areas.”
Webb explained that the EMR program is especially beneficial in a community like Archuleta County where public services districts can be underfunded and have fewer resources.
“I think [this] is a huge benefit because we don’t have a ton of resources,” Webb said, adding, “It’s a huge benefit to kind of lean on each other.”

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-194/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189755 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation Friends Breakfast. 7:30 a.m., Visiting Angels conference room, 301 N. Pagosa Blvd., Ste. B-10.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — annual tour of county jail (includes travel time). 9 a.m., La Plata County Jail, 742 Turner Drive, Durango.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Archuleta County Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair. 6:30 a.m., Archuleta County Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Nov. 4
Dispatch Executive Management Board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board special meeting. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 3 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Fire district board hears preliminary budget http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-district-board-hears-preliminary-budget/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189779 The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) preliminary 2020 budget was presented to its board of directors at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 8.

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Partnership leads to faster emergency response http://www.pagosasun.com/partnership-leads-to-faster-emergency-response/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:58:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189679 Since July, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) has been responding as medical first responders to certain medical calls to aid the Upper San Juan Health Service District (USJHSD).

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