Wheat Ridge Fire and West Metro Fire Rescue Merger Information

Wheat Ridge Fire and West Metro Fire Rescue are merging.


What is the time frame for this merger?

  • The merger will be operational in April 2016, with an intergovernmental agreement between both fire agencies. On October 4th, 2016 citizens of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District will vote on inclusion into the West Metro Fire Protection District.

Will taxes increase for Wheat Ridge or Edgewater Residents?

  • There will be a slight decrease in taxes for the citizens of Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District going from a mil levy of 12.5 to 12.382.

Will the name of either fire department change?

  • The merged fire districts will operate under the name “West Metro Fire Protection District”, also known as West Metro Fire Rescue.

Are any Wheat Ridge fire stations closing?

  • Wheat Ridge Fire Station #71 (3800 Upham Street) will remain open with a firefighter/paramedic staffed fire engine, a firefighter/paramedic staffed ambulance and a chief officer. This station will be called West Metro Fire Station #16.
  • Wheat Ridge Fire Station #72 (10908 West 38th) will remain open with a firefighter/paramedic staffed fire engine. This station will be called West Metro Fire Station #17.
  • The Edgewater Fire Station at 2508 Gray Street will remain closed. Edgewater will be served by West Metro Fire Rescue Stations 1 and 16 with overlapping 4.5 minute response times.

What will happen when I call 911 to report a fire or medical emergency?

  • West Metro Fire Rescue has been dispatching for Wheat Ridge Fire for several years, so there will be no change in the way 911 calls are answered.
  • West Metro Fire Rescue’s fire and emergency apparatus staffed with firefighter/paramedics will respond to calls in Wheat Ridge and Edgewater.
  • West Metro Fire Rescue’s transport ambulances, also called Medic Units, will respond to medical emergency calls in Wheat Ridge and Edgewater.

Will there be a decrease in the emergency services received by Wheat Ridge & Edgewater residents?

  • No. This merger results in increased benefits for the citizens of Wheat Ridge and Edgewater in the areas of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Depth of Service and Costs.
  • West Metro Fire Protection District is a full service fire agency that has been providing fire-based EMS and transport for over 40 years. Providing cross-training for fire-based EMS is a great value to the citizens because the firefighter/paramedics on every apparatus can respond to fires, heart attacks, motor vehicle crashes and the multitude of calls for injury and illness.
  • In the past, Wheat Ridge Fire did not provide advance life support because of the costs for equipment, staffing, and training. West Metro Fire Rescue will now provide advanced life support and transport services to the citizens of Wheat Ridge and Edgewater.
  • Historically, the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District responded to fires with three fire apparatus and 11-12 firefighters. As part of the West Metro Fire Protection District the citizens of Wheat Ridge and Edgewater will experience the benefits of a seven apparatus response along with two chief officers, a safety officer, and a fire investigator totaling at least 25 firefighters. Incident commanders will have access to the entire fleet of West Metro apparatus and personnel.
  • West Metro Fire Rescue’s Life Safety programs and services are now available to Wheat Ridge and Edgewater residents. These include individual services (car seat check appointments, low cost child restraints, low cost smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, juvenile firesetter assessments and interventions), safety presentations for schools, businesses and agencies serving seniors and people with disabilities, and neighborhood based safety programs and events.
  • The merger allows residents to receive additional services at a slightly reduced cost. The merger creates excellent opportunities for Wheat Ridge Firefighters that they would not have had otherwise.
  • West Metro Fire Rescue is one of only 217 internationally accredited fire agencies. The accreditation process leads to improved service delivery, based on industry best practices. These standards will apply to the entire district, including Wheat Ridge and Edgewater.

Will any Wheat Ridge or West Metro Firefighters lose their jobs because of the merger?

  • No.
  • Wheat Ridge Firefighters will now have the opportunities to attend Paramedic school and pursue certifications to serve on special teams (Technical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials, EMS Special Events, Wildland Firefighting, Colorado Task Force 1)

Will Wheat Ridge Firefighters remain in Wheat Ridge Fire Stations?

  • Wheat Ridge Firefighters will be integrated throughout the West Metro Fire Protection District to meet the organizational needs of the entire district.

Who approved this merger?

  • Both the West Metro Fire Protection District and the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection board of directors gave consensus to move forward with the merger process after a Cooperative Services Feasibility Study was conducted by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI). ESCI recommended that the two fire districts combine via a merger. Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the inclusion October 4th, 2016.

Will an elected Board of Directors still oversee the merged departments?

  • Yes.
  • There will be seven elected board members to serve the entire district.
  • Directors are elected at large but must live in the district he or she is elected to represent.
  • West Metro’s Board of Directors meets once a month to oversee the district budget and make policy decisions, ensuring that the district’s resources are wisely allocated.
  • The seven member board is elected by district voters and the meetings are open to the public.

How can I find out more information regarding this merger?

  • You can find information and a list of scheduled community meetings at www.westmetrofire.org
  • You can call (303) 989-4307 during business hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Comments (0) May 04 2016

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A Letter from Fire Chief Bob Olme

To the Citizens of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District:

As has been presented previously, the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District has been working to collaborate to find the quality service for all of you. Click to read the entire letter…

Comments (0) Mar 25 2016

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Public Notice: 2016 Meetings

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes, that the following are dates for Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District. The meetings will be held at Fire Station #2, 10901 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033. The starting time for the meetings is 6:00 p.m., on the third Wednesday of every month.

2016 Dates for Scheduled Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District

January 20, 2016
February 17, 2016
March 16, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 18, 2016
June 15, 2016
July 20, 2016
August 17, 2016
September 21, 2016
October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 21, 2016

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Comments (0) Dec 29 2015

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Wheat Ridge and West Metro ESCI Feasibility Study

WM-WR Cooperative Services Final

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Wheat Ridge Fire and Interstate Restoration Team Up

How to recognize fire dangers lurking in your home

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House Fire While Under Construction

In the early morning hours on Thursday July 23rd, citizens off Vivian Ct were awaken to an orange glow of a structure fire off Vivian Ct. Upon arrival of Wheat Ridge Tower 72; the Lieutenant reported a working structure fire and updated the address.

 

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Wheat Ridge crews, along with help from West Metro and Fairmount Fire, were able to take control of the fire and extinguish it. Do to the quick tactics and decisions of the fire crews on scene, the garage of the structure suffered heavy fire damage, while the remainder of house was seemingly spared from any fire damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. The house was abandoned at the time, undergoing renovations, no injuries were reported.

Vivian

All photos courtesy of Rick Luebke: http://www.rickluebkephotography.com

Comments (0) Jul 25 2015

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Wheat Ridge Structure Fire

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In the late afternoon on June 24th in the midst of a thunderstorms and lightning, Wheat Ridge Firefighters, along with auto-aid from Fairmount Fire, were toned to a structure fire. Battalion Chief 71 arrived on scene and reported no fire or smoke conditions from a single story, multifamily structure. 911 reports indicated that the residents had smelled smoke all day, but did not ever see any fire.

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Shortly thereafter, fire crews noticed a very light smoke coming from the roof. Crews investigated throughout structure and noted mild heat, but no other conditions. Crews began to open up the ceiling to find an attic fire that had been smoldering all day over two units.IMG_2530
Crews were able to quickly control the fire; no residents were hurt; however two residents have been displaced. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Comments (0) Jun 25 2015

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Beach Front Property in Wheat Ridge

The 2015 spring has started off to be one of the wettest seasons on recorded history. CBS 4 reports that some areas around the Front Range have seen approximately one foot of precipitation since the middle of April. While all this wet weather has helped to curtail the ever looming wildfire season, there is a bad side. Much of the land in Wheat Ridge, specifically along the Clear Creek Greenbelt, is saturated with moisture.

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

What does this mean? With all this soil saturation, many of the streams, creeks, and ditches in Wheat Ridge are running at, and in some cases, above max capacity. This fast moving, high water presents some specific hazards. While some of Colorado’s outdoor water activities seem appealing, the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District strongly recommends that our citizens and guests avoid water activities in Clear Creek and pay extra attention if on the Greenbelt trails.

Safety Tips and Water Facts:
• During periods of rainfall and immediately afterwards, it is best to avoid trails along rivers or streams; water can rise quickly causing flash flooding with little notice.
• Move to higher ground! If you are creek-side on a trail during a rainstorm, use alternate routes to get to high ground to avoid any potential flood hazards
• Never walk/ride through moving water. Approximately 6” of water has enough force to cause a person to lose their footing.
• Two feet of water can float large vehicles (even a bus)
• If an emergency occurs, call 911- Do not put yourself in harms way or in a situation where you can become a victim.

Remember, it does not have to be raining for a flash flood to occur. Some of the most dangerous floods originate many miles away.

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

 

For more information you can visit the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (0) Jun 12 2015

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Wildfire Season

The wildland fire season is upon us! Many of our residents live along the Wheat Ridge Clear Creek Greenbelt, which is considered an urban interface, where wildfire meets the city. To ensure that our firefighters are best prepared to help all of our citizens, the members of the Wheat Ridge Fire Department have begun their annual wildland firefighting training. This year’s training includes joining forces with our neighboring fire department, West Metro, to further the skills and knowledge of the Wheat Ridge Firefighters.
While the fire department does not have any role in direct mitigation of the greenbelt or properties along the greenbelt, the fire department does recommend that property owners take actions to help make their property fire safe. For further information on how to make your property fire safe, visit http://firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx, contact your insurance company, or call the Wheat Ridge Fire Department.

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Comments (0) Apr 26 2015

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Edgewater Kitchen Fire

Edgewater Fire Picture

In the early morning hours on March 16th, Wheat Ridge firefighters, along with automatic aid from Fairmount Fire and West Metro Fire, responded to a reported house fire. Initial reports from dispatch indicated that the homeowner stated a candle had overturned and started a table on fire and they believe the fire was out. Edgewater police advised that all occupants were out of the house and one individual had minor injuries.

Engine 73 arrived on scene and reported a working structure fire. Engine 73 pulled an attack line to the back side of the house, made entry, and made a quick interior attack.  Fire crews were able to rescue 2 cats from the house. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen and dining room.

 

Photo courtesy of Rick Luebke Photography

Comments (0) Apr 14 2015

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