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Two of FFFPD Fire Investigators Receive Award for Investigator of the Year

Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District’s Assistant Chief of Operations Douglas Prunk and Fire Prevention Specialist David Puccetti were both awarded Investigator of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (CIAAI).

The two were nominated by peer fire investigators from around the State and the award recognized Prunk’s and Puccetti’s investigative work on a complexed, high-profile case that they jointly worked on in early 2017 in Firestone, Colo.  Assistant Chief Prunk and Specialist Puccetti received the awards on October 27, 2017, during the annual CIAAI Training Conference in Vail, Colo.

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FFFPD Celebrates Station 4 with Ground Breaking Ceremony

On the morning of Oct. 4, 2017, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District celebrated its future Station 4 with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The new station, which will be located at 10706 WCR 7 in Frederick, will be the District’s fourth station and is being built and designed by Mishler Construction and CR Architecture.

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FFFPD Promotes 1 to Captain, Welcomes 3 New Members in Ceremony

On the evening of Monday, August 14, 2017, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District recognized three new members to the District and promoted one to Captain during a Promotional Ceremony at the Fire District’s Business & Education Center, 8426 Kosmerl Place in Frederick.

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Frederick-Firestone F.P.D. Welcomes New Battalion Chief, Promotes 2 to Lieutenant

On the evening of July 10, 2017, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District welcomed a new Battalion Chief and promoted two District members to Lieutenant during a Promotional Ceremony at the Fire District’s Business & Education Center, 8426 Kosmerl Place in Frederick.

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FFFPD Promotes 3 Firefighters, 2 Assistant Chiefs

On the evening of June 8, 2017, five Firefighters and two Assistant Chiefs were recognized during the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Promotional Ceremony.

The ceremony recognized EMT/Firefighter Adam Campbell, Paramedic/Firefighter Andrew Barsalou, Paramedic/Firefighter Evin Feit, EMT/Firefighter Jeffrey Kesler and EMT/Firefighter Patrick Martin on their new positions with the District.

Also during the ceremony, two District leaders were recognized on their promotions to new positions within the District. Division Chief Doug Prunk was recognized on his promotion to Assistant Chief of Operations, and Battalion Chief Steven Iacino was also recognized on his promotion to Assistant Chief of Planning.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Welcomes New Fire Chief Jeremy Young

On June 12, 2017, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will welcome Jeremy Young as the new Fire Chief of the District with a Swearing-In Ceremony at the Fire District’s Business & Education Center.

The search for a new Fire Chief began in December 2016, after the current Fire Chief, Theodore Poszywak, gave notice to the Board of Directors that he would be stepping down from his position once a successor was appointed. With several pivotal projects and objectives completed in his over 11 years as Fire Chief, and several new organizational projects identified, funded, and supported, Chief Poszywak stated there will not be a better time to open the next chapter of both the District’s and his future and he believed it is an opportune time to plan for a stable transition to the next Fire Chief.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Statement On The Governor’s Directive

The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District supports the Governor’s directive to oil and gas operators to thoroughly locate, inspect, and test all oil and gas lines within 1,000 of buildings within the state. We are encouraged by the swiftness and thoroughness in which the Governor and the COGCC have acted to take these initial and immediate steps to ensure there are no replicable similar circumstances present in ours or any other community.  The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will continue to share our findings on origin and cause with state and federal regulatory and investigative agencies as we continue to assist the Firestone Police Department in the ongoing investigation. Our commitment is to continue to do our part to ensure this never befalls another family or community.

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FREDERICK-FIRESTONE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT RELEASES RESULTS OF INVESTIGATION

Firestone, Colo. – The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District, through a joint effort with the Firestone Police Department and with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, has completed their investigation into the origin and cause of the April 17, 2017, home explosion and subsequent fire at 6312 Twilight Avenue in Firestone.  The incident resulted in two fatalities and one person being critically injured.

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STATEMENT FROM THE FREDERICK-FIRESTONE FIRE DISTRICT

The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District issued the following statement in connection with its investigation into the April 17 fire in Firestone, Colorado:

 Since the April 17 incident at 6312 Twilight Ave in Firestone the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District in conjunction with the Firestone Police Department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and several other assisting agencies, have been working with a top priority of ensuring the surrounding homes and residents are safe.

“We know the anxiety, fear and great sadness this tragedy has caused the Martinez and Irwin families and our community, especially those living in close proximity to the scene. We have and continue to proactively take every precaution to ensure the safety of the residents in surrounding homes.  Due to the measures taken to date, we are confident that no hazards have gone beyond the investigation site,” said Fire Chief Theodore Poszywak.

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Joint Statement From the Town of Firestone and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District

In response to the news release issued by Anadarko Petroleum this afternoon regarding the April 17 fire in Firestone, The Town of Firestone and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District (FFFPD) issued the following statement.

It is important to note that Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District investigators have not yet completed their investigation into the April 17 fire. According to Theodore Poszywak, Fire Chief for the FFFPD, “We will continue to gather and analyze evidence to determine the origin and cause of the event.  While the well in the vicinity is one aspect of the investigation, this is a complex investigation and the origin and cause of the fire have not been determined.”

Poszywak continued, “Each of us with the Fire District and the Town of Firestone have been devastated by the tragic loss of life and our hearts, thoughts and prayers are poured out to the family of Joey Irwin and Mark Martinez.  We are fully engaged in this investigation to a final determination unimpeded by speculation to bring honor and any closure possible to the family and our community.  It is vital to note that as a top priority, officials have determined there is no threat to surrounding homes and have been in contact with nearby residents.  Our priorities are to ensure the safety of the neighborhood, and to complete a systematic, thorough and timely investigation to determine a conclusive cause. We have deployed every necessary resource into the investigation of this tragic fire since the initial dispatch on April 17 and will continue to do so without pause until the cause and origin are determined. Once the investigations into the cause and origin are complete, we will release those findings to the public without delay.”

 

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Controlled Burns: What, Where, Why and When

During late winter and early spring months we experience a large increase in the number of prescribed and controlled burns throughout Weld County and areas around the Town of Frederick and the Town of Firestone.

Both the Town of Frederick and the Town of Firestone have local ordinances that restrict open burning except controlled burns to clear irrigation and drainage areas and open farming fields as approved by the towns and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District.

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Brookfield Residential funds rescue raft for Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District

Brookfield Residential of Colorado has donated funds earmarked for purchase of water rescue equipment including a rescue raft for the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District, covering the new Barefoot Lakes community.

The Fire District received the $7,000 check from Brookfield to acquire an 18-foot Oceanid RCD Water Rescue Craft plus all the necessary equipment, including ropes, rescue slings and two ice rescue body suits. When not in use or on display, the raft will be stored for easy deployment at Station 3, 6800 Tilbury Ave., Firestone, Colo., which is in the fire district’s northern response zone. Eventually, it will be stored at the new site for Station 4 in the northwest response zone.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District to host Community Safety Day Aug. 18 at Crist Park in Frederick

Frederick, Colorado  – The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will host a Community Safety day on August 18, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Frederick Farmers’ Market at Crist Park, 105 5th St., in Frederick.

The event will focus on fire safety and prevention and will include the Carbon Valley Rotary Fire Safety House, free blood pressure checks, child car seat safety inspections and installations, CodeRED Emergency Notification Opt-in sign up for all Weld County residents and Weather Radio Alert giveaways, 72-hour home survival kits, smoke detectors and CO Detectors will also be on display.

Come out, talk to firefighters, learn about being safe, explore a fire engine and most of all have fun!

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Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Welcomes New Board Members

During its monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District swore in three board members and appointed all five board members to the roles they will serve on the District’s Board of Directors for the next two years.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire District, Frederick Police Recognize Citizen

During the Town of Frederick’s Board meeting on March 22, 2016, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District and Frederick Police Department honored and recognized Frederick resident Ross McFadden who displayed quick thinking and actions in the face of danger resulting in the preservation of life and property.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Recognizes, Honors Citizens

During the Town of Frederick’s Board meeting on October 13, 2015, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District honored and recognized four community members who displayed great compassion and service to a fellow human being experiencing a life threatening medical event.

Mary Fisher, Tiffany Chavez, Robert Auckly and Firefighter Nate Kelley each received a commendation from Frederick-Firestone F.P.D.

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FFFPD Promotes 2, Welcomes 4

On Oct. 12, 2015, the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District celebrated two promotions and welcomed three EMT/FFs and one new Auxiliary member.

Lt. Ryan Baxley promoted to the rank of Captain and EMT/Firefighter Jeremy Futrell promoted to Lieutenant. The District also welcomed four new members EMT/FF Joseph DiLisio, EMT/FF Michael Miller, EMT/FF John Walker and Auxiliary Public Education Technician Patrick Hemken.

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Be Alert: Receive the Call Before the Storm

With severe weather season here it is important to make sure you are prepared. One of the first steps in being prepared is signing up for severe weather warnings through CodeRED Weather Warning.
By visiting www.weld911alert.com, residents can sign up for alerts through Weld County. Once signed up residents will receive alerts on severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes, which will be delivered via phone call, text, e-mail or a combination of all three, based on your specific preference.
Only residents in the direct path of severe weather will receive alerts after a warning is issued by the National Weather Service. Listen carefully to the message and take immediate action, if indicated, to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Also, download the free CodeRED Mobile Alert app today to stay informed of community, emergency and severe weather alerts directly on your mobile device. The app is geo-aware, meaning that you will only receive alerts that impact your specific location.
Having an NOAA Weather Alert Radio is another way to make sure you receive local alerts. Also, it is critical to come up with an emergency plan with family and friends should you be separated during an event. By being prepared and using common safety sense, residents should be able to avoid a situation where serious injury or death could be the final outcome.

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Frederick-Firestone Fire District Places AED in Carbon Valley Regional Library

The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District continued with its mission of serving its communities and the residents who reside in them by placing an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in the Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave. in Firestone.

Frederick-Firestone FPD began placing AED’s in all schools, and government and community buildings in 2008, and has placed 16 AEDs throughout the community at locations that include all charter elementary, middle, and high schools, government buildings in Frederick and Firestone, and in the Tri-Town Senior/Carbon Valley Gymnastics Center and Saint Vrain State Park.

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Join Us At Our April Community Safety Day

The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will host a Community Safety day on April 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Firestone Home Depot, 10858 Jake Jabs Blvd.

The event will include free blood pressure checks, child car seat safety inspections and installations, Weather Radio Alert giveaways. 72-hour home survival kits, smoke detectors and CO Detectors will also be on display.

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