Fire District – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-216/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200548 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
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.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/649077192. Meeting ID: 649 077.
Thursday, April 9
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
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 School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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PFPD modifies activity due to COVID-19 http://www.pagosasun.com/pfpd-modifies-activity-due-to-covid-19/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200175 By Pagosa Fire
Protection District
Special to The SUN
During the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) restrictions, Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) has modified department activity to provide our first responders a safe working environment and our community with a quick response during emergencies.
Emergency response activities are fully functional. Paid and volunteer staff are responding to all calls for assistance as normal.
The administration office is currently closed to walk-in traffic. Please visit our website at pagosafire.org for updated information and burn permit instructions. Dial 911 for emergencies.
Updates to PFPD administrative closures, community relief responses and links to current health information can be found on the PFPD website and Facebook page.

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First responders taking extra precautions due to COVID-19 http://www.pagosasun.com/first-responders-taking-extra-precautions-due-to-covid-19/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199772 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
As the COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, pandemic affects the world and country, local law enforcement agencies are taking extra precautions to keep themselves and the public healthy.
Pagosa Springs Police Chief Bill Rockensock explained in an interview on Monday that the Pagosa Springs Police Department (PSPD) has not changed how it operates, “other than officers are being advised to use universal precautions and be more smart about what they do as far as keeping themselves healthy.”
Those universal precautions include hand-washing and hand sanitizing, as well as keeping equipment clean.
“Just, more or less, they’ve been given some more advice about keeping their workplace clean, their cars clean, keeping their selves healthy so that they can properly respond,” he said.
In the event of a case of COVID-19 in the town or Archuleta County, Rockensock explained that the directions to PSPD staff will depend on how severe the situation is.
“If it’s just one case, it’s probably the same thing. If we have something more than that and it starts to spread, then we’re going to have to look at some different options,” he said. “But as of right now, we’re not shutting down, we’re not limiting contact as of right now.”
All PSPD officers have personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are all trained on how to use it, Rockensock noted.
These PPE items include masks, face shields, gloves and shoe protectors, Rockensock described.
“It’s standard-issue equipment. We have it all the time. We just don’t use it all the time,” he said.
If PSPD had to interact with an individual who had COVID-19, the department would make it mandatory to use those PPE items, he explained.
According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), law enforcement personnel are also advised to have a trained EMT assess and transport anyone that they think might have COVID-19 to a health care facility.
Rockensock explained that this will be the process for PSPD moving forward.
“That’s with anything we might think of though, not just COVID,” he said. “If we have any idea that somebody has an infectious disease, we would do that first.”
PSPD officers and employees have been mandated to clean all their work areas and vehicles, he explained.
Before and after an arrest, PSPD officers will use germicidal wipes to possibly stop any transmission of germs, he explained.
Archuleta County
Sheriff’s Office
In an interview on March 16, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Sheriff Rich Valdez explained that his department is taking extra precautions relating to cleaning and distancing.
ACSO deputies will also be wearing PPE in the event of dealing with someone with the COVID-19 virus.
“We’re trying to avoid contact with people that may be affected. The normal stuff that you would do,” he said. “Our biggest concern is the detention side of it. We’re still working on that.”
As of March 16, the ACSO has “limited contact” with the public, according to a news release.
Many employees will be working remotely and patrol deputies will have an “alternative response system” in place to respond to non-emergent calls and reports by phone or email, the release states.
Emergencies will still be responded to, the ACSO release states.
“The Sheriff’s Office does not want to compromise the safety of our citizens or employees,” the ACSO release reads. “At the moment there will not be any walk-ins, civil processing, fingerprints or VIN inspections [performed] at our office. The closure will carry on through the rest of the week and we will reevaluate over the weekend.”
Those who need assistance can call 911 for emergencies and 731-2160 for non-emergent responses, the ACSO press release notes.
State patrol
Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper Josh Lewis explained that CSP is following the same guidelines that the CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have outlined in regard to proper hygiene and maintaining distance whenever possible.
“We’ve done a few things such as cancel large meetings, groups, trainings that would have people in close proximity,” he said. “More or less, following the same guidelines and making sure our people are as safe as possible. Not contracting or spreading any type of illness as well.”
Pagosa Fire Protection District
In an email to The SUN, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) explained that the district’s administrative offices were closed to public access as of March 18.
Burn permits will be available at www.pagosafire.org/permits-fees/.
Those with questions about burn permits can call the PFPD administrative offices at 731-4191, the email reads.
For other administrative or fire prevention needs, PFPD advises the public call 731-4191 to set up an appointment.
“Our goal is to always be available to the community and our number one priority is Emergency Response. If you have an emergency please call 911,” the email reads.
Dispatch
In an email to The SUN, Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Center Director Kati Harr explained that dispatch has added additional lines of questioning to screen if callers have symptoms of COVID-19.

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Water and fire district cancel elections due to lack of candidates http://www.pagosasun.com/water-and-fire-district-cancel-elections-due-to-lack-of-candidates/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199111 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Two local districts canceled their May 5 elections for district positions due to lack of director candidates.

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PFPD lowers insurance rating http://www.pagosasun.com/pfpd-lowers-insurance-rating/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199148 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) has lowered its insurance rating from a 4/10 to a 3/10, which could see insurance premiums drop for businesses and homes in the fire district.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-212/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:26:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198668 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 5
Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, March 9
Archuleta County Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 10
Archuleta School District Board of Education middle school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
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 School District Board of Education Pagosa Family School visit. 2 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 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.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 11
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, March 17
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.
Wednesday, March 18
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, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-211/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198224 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, March 2
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.
Tuesday, March 3
Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, March 5
Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, March 9
Archuleta County Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Tuesday, March 10
Archuleta School District Board of Education middle school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
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 School District Board of Education Pagosa Family School visit. 2 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 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.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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Volunteer firefighters needed http://www.pagosasun.com/volunteer-firefighters-needed-2/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197846 By Pagosa Fire
Protection District
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) is actively seeking volunteer firefighters. An entry-level firefighter academy is scheduled to begin in April.
The fire academy will instruct students using nationally recognized Firefighter I curriculum along with the hands-on skills required to successfully meet the job requirements of firefighting.
No experience is needed to apply.
Applicants must be over 18 years old, have a current driver’s license, live in Archuleta County, must pass a background check and be able to obtain a Colorado Fire Fighter I certification within six months of completing recruitment academy.
Contact the PFPD at 731-4191 or stop by Station 1 at 191 N. Pagosa Blvd. for more information or an application.
Give back to your community by volunteering.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-210/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197808 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Feb. 21
Los Pinos Fire Protection District community meeting regarding upcoming mill levy election. 7 p.m., Mt. Allison Grange, 2622 County Road 329.
Monday, Feb. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners lunch and meeting with Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. 11 a.m. (includes travel time), tribal administration building, 356 Ouray Drive, Ignacio.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and San Juan Water Conservancy District joint work session. 2 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, March 2
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.
Tuesday, March 3
Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 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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Meeting to address Los Pinos Fire District mill levy election http://www.pagosasun.com/meeting-to-address-los-pinos-fire-district-mill-levy-election/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197393 By Larry Corman
Special to The SUN
An informational meeting regarding the upcoming mill levy election in May will be held at the Mt. Allison Grange hall on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
For more information regarding the election, please visit lospinosfire.com/election/ or contact Larry or Trish Corman at 884-4762 for further information.

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