Welcome to the Glenwood Springs Fire Department
Glenwood Springs Fire Department Est. 1885
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The city is located approximately 160 miles west of Denver and is known for its natural hot springs, a huge year round hot springs pool, skiing, and snowboarding. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains along the I-70 corridor on the beautiful Colorado River, Glenwood Springs is a rapidly growing resort community with a population of about 8,500 full time residents. The GSFD serves these 8,500 residents, as well as the 14,000 residents of the Fire District, and several thousand tourists and part-time residents annually within a 76-square mile area. GSFD currently consists of 21 career Firefighter/EMT's and Paramedics, the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, and Administrative Assistant, and is supported by
18 part-time reserve staff and three volunteers. The GSFD operates out of 3 stations with 17 pieces of apparatus.
GSFD is responsible for emergency medical care as well as fire and rescue operations. The yearly call volume averages over 1600 calls with 61% consisting of medical calls.
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is constantly working to further the goals of the Department to provide exceptional emergency services for the Fire District and City of Glenwood Springs.
City Moves from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect June 16, 2018. Until then, Stage 1 restrictions are still in place.
Due to increasingly dry conditions presenting a fire hazard throughout the Glenwood Springs area, City staff have determined it necessary to move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 fire restrictions, effective June 16.
City code (110.020.180) allows for the City Council or City Manager to impose a fire restriction and/or ban if there is high fire danger.
The following Stage 2 restrictions shall be strictly enforced:
- No fires/campfires/stove fires.
- No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and City park charcoal grills. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted. Allowed outdoor cooking fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished and cold.
- No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrester properly installed, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, and a round-point shovel readily available for use.
- No welding, spark emitting cutting, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except for industrial use with a Fire Department permit only. This must be in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
- No use of any explosive. All explosives are prohibited, including: blasting caps, exploding targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.
- No fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited, including: toy caps, sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, fountains, etc.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department will be strictly enforcing these fire restrictions. Violations can be reported to the Police Department at 970-384-6500 or to the Garfield County non-emergency line at 970-625-8095. Violators will receive a summons into Municipal Court
Fire restrictions in the City of Glenwood Springs will be in place until further notice.
Notification of Meeting Schedule
The Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District Board will change location for the next three meetings.
- Tuesday, September 12th
- Tuesday, October 10th
- Tueday, November 14th
The meeting time is: 12:00 PM (NOON). Location is: 2700 Gilstrap Ct., suite 100. Riverside Professional Bldg.
Questions: call 970-384-6480 GSFD Administrative Office
Glenwood Springs Fire Department reports improved fire-insurance rating
Glenwood Springs Public Protection Class rating by Insurance Services Office (ISO) will change on March 1, 2016 to a 2/10, which is a marked improvement from the previous 4/10. A class 1 rating means excellent fire protection and a class 10 indicates the ISO’s minimum standards are not met.
The rating comes from examining multiple areas of operations related to the structural fire suppression delivery system. Approximately 50% of the score is determined by fire department training, equipment, station location and other elements controlled by the fire department. Another 40% is derived from the water supply system in the community, and the final 10% is from communications, or the call handling system. The improved scoring represents continuous improvement over the last decade in all of these areas and validates the ongoing efforts of fire department leaders, water system operators, county communication system partners and neighboring fire departments to provide the best service possible.
The new “2” classification will apply to all properties within 5 road miles of a fire station while anything beyond those five miles will remain at a class 10. When it becomes effective, this new rating may net a reduction in fire insurance costs for homes and businesses within the area served by the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.
Student Involvement Pilot Program (SIP)
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department (GSFD) is taking applications for The Student Involvement Program (SIP). Three Glenwood Springs High School students will be selected to participate in the ride-a-long program. For more information on the program, Click here
Notification of Meeting Schedule
The Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District Board will meet each month on the second Tuesday, at 4:00 PM at the 806 Cooper Avenue Administrative office.
Please direct any questions to: 970-384-6480.
The Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, has implemented a emergency notification system to alert citizens about emergencies.
Visit garco911.org for more information.
Garfield County website for information on wildfire, flooding, open
burning and emergency management.