Rocky Mountain Fire

A constantly evolving, customer-centric public service agency with the capacity to endure for life.

Fire, EMS, Rescue

Rocky Mountain Fire is committed to protecting lives, property, and the environment within the communities we serve through prevention, education, emergency response, and continuous training and improvement.

Prevention/Education
By providing fire safety education, fire code enforcement, and advisement on safe construction and hazardous materials handling, Rocky Fire's experienced Fire Prevention Division provides a vital role as technical consultants to the community.  To contact a Fire Marshal from our Prevention Division, please email firemarshal@rockyfire.org.

Emergency Response
Rocky Mountain Fire provides a wide range of emergency response services, including structural and wildland firefighting, emergency medical services (EMS), technical search and rescue, and hazardous materials (Hazmat) response.

  • Firefighting: With a minimum of 12 firefighters at four stations staffed 24x7x365, Rocky Mountain Fire is prepared to quickly respond to commercial, residential, and wildland fires.  Fully integrated into Boulder County's computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, Rocky Fire also provides mutual aid services with surrounding agencies.

  • EMS: As emergency medical services are an integral component of the modern-day fire service, Rocky Mountain Fire maintains a robust EMS program that incorporates a tiered response designed around exceptional pre-hospital care and customer service.  While every responder at Rocky Mountain Fire is, at a minimum, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) trained to quickly and efficiently deploy Basic Life Support (BLS), Rocky Fire also employs paramedics on all shifts to deliver Advanced Life Support (ALS) services such as cardiac monitoring, defibrillation, intubation, respiratory support, and pain management in a consistent manner.  If you have questions about our EMS Program or an experience you'd like to share, please contact our EMS Captain, Paul Johnson, at ems@rockyfire.org.

  • Technical Search and Rescue: Given the diverse areas in our district, our training and skills allow us to operate in a variety of rescue situations including technical rope rescue, surface ice rescue, mountain rescue, as well as confined space rescue in both industrial and backcountry settings. Some of the locations we service include the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Wind Technology Center,  Xcel Energy’s Valmont Power PlantEldorado Canyon State Park, and Boulder Open Space trails.

  • Hazmat: Rocky Mountain Fire District is responsible for initial response to hazardous materials emergencies throughout the district.  Rocky Mountain Fire is the Designated Emergency Response Authority for the Town of Superior, and shares this responsibility in unincorporated areas of our district with the Boulder County Sheriff’s department.  Our firefighters respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous materials and are trained to protect citizens, the environment, and property from the effects of these releases.

Continuous Training and Improvement
In order to meet the challenges and demands of a large and diverse service area, Rocky Mountain Fire manages a comprehensive Training Program that ensures the on-going competence and capability of its workforce.  While our program's fundamental objective is to thoroughly provide for numerous certification and qualification requirements, our most important objective is to provide current, relevant, and challenging training across multiple disciplines in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.  Our training disciplines include:

  • Structural Firefighting: Residential, Commercial, Motor-Vehicle, and Hazardous Material (Operations)
  • Emergency Medical Services: Advanced and Basic Life Support
  • Technical Rescue: High/Low-Angle Rope, Open Space, and Surface Ice Rescue
  • Wildland Firefighting: Mitigation, Initial Attack, Structural Protection, and ICS
  • Driver/Operator: All Vehicle Types, including Aerial Ladder Trucks and Tactical Tenders
  • Specialized Training: Advanced Extrication, Officer Development, Incident Management and Specialty Assignments

Given such a wide scope of disciplines, each requiring a high level of proficiency, Rocky Mountain Fire relies on mix of internal and external expertise.  While much of our internal training is lead by our line, we regularly bring in outside instructors and send individuals to outside instruction.  We also believe strongly that experience is an important educator, and to this end, we seek opportunities for individuals to gain valuable experience (and knowledge) by way of wildland dispatches, external work details, and immersive training opportunities.  Additionally, we partner with our neighboring agencies to collaborate and align our practices, seeking to better understand our collective capabilities, and challenge our own conventions.

As a learning organization focused on a continuous cycle of excellence, evaluation, and education, Rocky Fire also utilizes a 3-phase Quality Assurance / Continuous Quality Improvement (QA/CQI) process.  Phase I is a retrospective review of 100% of our patient care reports.  Reports that meet our criteria are passed on to the CQI Committee for secondary review and follow up.  Phase II is the concurrent phase in which the Medical Director performs ride-a-longs with our crews, watching them perform and offering coaching.  Phase III is the prospective phase which encompasses anything done prior to a call and includes such activities as continuing education, skills reviews, and the use of current journals and other educational materials.  

Through our training and continuous quality programs, Rocky Fire works to be a leader in the fire and EMS communities in Colorado and on a national level. If you have questions about our training program, please contact the Chief of our Training Division, Aaron Peavey, at training@rockyfire.  For questions about our Quality Assurance/Improvement, contact our EMS Captain, Paul Johnson, at ems@rockyfire.org.