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If it flies or explodes it is illegal in Boulder County.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

In Boulder County, if it flies or explodes, its ILLEGAL!

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
  • The Town of Superior

Town of Superior Municipal Code Sec. 7-4-10. Definitions.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (b) hereof, fireworks means any article, device or substance prepared for the primary purpose of producing a visual or auditory sensation by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonations, including, without limitation, the following:

  1. Display fireworks;
  2. Articles pyrotechnic;
  3. Blank cartridges;
  4. Aerial devices or audible ground devices, such as firecrackers;
  5. Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form with a total pyrotechnic composition exceeding two hundred (200) grams each.

(b) For purposes of this Article, fireworks does not include any of the following:

Cylindrical fountains with a total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding seventy-five (75) grams each for a single tube or, when more than one (1) tube is mounted on a common base, a total pyrotechnic composition of no more than two hundred (200) grams.

Cone fountains with a total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding fifty (50) grams each for a single cone or, when more than one (1) cone is mounted on a common base, a total pyrotechnic composition of no more than two hundred (200) grams.

Wheels with a total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding sixty (60) grams for each driver unit or two hundred (200) grams for each complete wheel.

Ground spinners containing not more than twenty (20) grams of pyrotechnic composition venting out of an orifice usually in the side of the tube, similar in operation to a wheel, but intended to be placed flat on the ground.

Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form with a total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding two hundred (200) grams each.

Dipped sticks and sparklers with a total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding one hundred (100) grams, of which the composition of any chlorate or perchlorate shall not exceed five (5) grams.

Any of the following that do not contain more than fifty (50) milligrams of explosive composition:

a. Explosive auto alarms;
b. Toy propellant devices; 
c. Cigarette loads; 
d. Strike-on-box matches; 
e. Other trick noise makers.
Snake or glow worm pressed pellets of not more than two (2) grams of pyrotechnic composition and packaged in retail packages of not more than twenty-five (25) units;

Multiple tube devices with:

a. Each tube individually attached to a wood or plastic base;
b. The tubes separated from each other on the base by a distance of at least one-half (0.5) of one (1) inch; 
c. The effect limited to a shower of sparks to a height of no more than fifteen (15) feet above the ground; 
d. Only one (1) external fuse that causes all of the tubes to function in sequence;
e. A total pyrotechnic composition not exceeding five hundred (500) grams.
Toy caps, party poppers and items similar to toy caps and party poppers that do not contain more than sixteen (16) milligrams of pyrotechnic composition per item.

Snappers that do not contain more than one (1) milligram of explosive composition per item.

Highway flares, railroad fuses, ship distress signals, smoke candles and other emergency signal devices.

Educational rockets and toy propellant device-type engines used in such rockets when such rockets are of nonmetallic construction and utilize replaceable engines or model cartridges containing less than two (2) ounces of propellant and when such engines or model cartridges are designed to be ignited by electrical means.

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The Rocky Mountain Fire District would like to help you make sure your home and surrounding property are as fire-safe as possible. Please contact 303-494-3735 if you would like to make arrangements for an inspection of your home and property. An engine crew or member of our department will walk through your home with you, identify any potential fire hazards and suggest corrections and solutions. They will also help you identify a meeting place away from your home in the event of a fire. Another service offered by Rocky Mountain Fire is wildland mitigation. If you live within the district you can request an assessment of your home and property, at no cost. We will help identify trees and shrubs for removal in order to better protect your home in the event a wildfire occurs in your area. In general, trees and shrubs should be cut back at least 20’ from your house, roof, eaves and windows to prevent fire spread.

For further information or assistance please call:

Rocky Mountain Fire District

"Practice Your Escape Plan!"

Download Escape Grid / Barriers

It's not enough just to have a fire escape plan (PDF, 634 KB). To escape safely from a home fire you've got to make sure that everyone in the home has practiced the plan as well.

According to a  poll conducted for NFPA, while the majority of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, most haven't practiced it. And three-quarters of Americans believe they have 10 minutes or less until a fire turns deadly.

Facts & figures*

Only one-fifth to one-fourth of households (23%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.

In 2004, there were an estimated 395,500 reported home structure fires and 3,190 associated civilian deaths in the United States.

One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. 

Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.

For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid (PDF, 634 KB). This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.
Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.

Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.

Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.

If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.

If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Emergency release devices won't compromise your security - but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.

Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend "sleepovers" at friends' homes. See NFPA's "Sleepover fire safety for kids" fact sheet.

Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately. Residents of high-rise and apartment buildings may be safer "defending in place."

Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Putting your plan to the test

Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.
Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.

It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.

If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route.

Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.

Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.

Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.

In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in.

Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Tips for people living in apartment buildings

Fire drills are important for all homes, including apartment buildings and other high-rise structures. You need to know the basics of escape planning, from identifying two ways out of every room to getting low and going under smoke, and the importance of practicing how you would respond in an emergency. Be aware that sometimes the safest thing you can do in a tall building fire is to stay put and wait for the firefighters.

Safety tips To increase fire safety for apartment dwellers, NFPA offers the following guidelines:

Know the plan Make sure that you're familiar with your building's evacuation plan, which should illustrate what residents are supposed to do in the event of an emergency. The evacuation plan should be posted in places where all residents can see and review it, and the building management should hold a fire drill with occupants at least once a year. Most states also require that buildings periodically test their fire safety systems as well.  Be sure to participate when your building drills take place.

When looking for an apartment or high-rise home, look for one with an automatic sprinkler system. Sprinklers can extinguish a home fire in less time that it takes for the fire department to arrive.

Practice is key Whether your building has one floor or 50, it's essential that you and your family are prepared to respond to a fire alarm. Identify all of the exits in your building and if you are using an escape planning grid, mark them on your escape plan. Make sure to mark the various stairways too, in case one is blocked by fire.

Never use the elevator In case of fire, always use the stairs to get out, never the elevator. Make sure to practice using the stairs as part of your escape plan. If someone in your family has difficulty climbing down steps, make sure to incorporate a contingency for this into your plan.

When you hold your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to the exit. In the event of a fire, if both stairwells are filled with smoke, stay in your apartment and wait for the firefighters.

Seal yourself in for safety If you can't exit an apartment building due to smoke or fire in the hallway, call the fire department to report your exact location and gather in a room with a window to await their arrival. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to create a seal around the door and over air vents in order to keep smoke from coming in.

Stay by the window If possible, you should open your windows at the top and the bottom so fresh air can get in. Don't break the window - if smoke enters the room from outside the building, you won't be able to protect yourself.

Signal to firefighters Wave a flashlight or light colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Emergency preparedness

In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone
immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or days. You and your family need to
be prepared ahead of time because you won't have time to shop or search for
the supplies you will need when a disaster strikes.

Most disasters are natural disasters, the result of some force of nature, such
as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be
predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as
tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning.

Some disasters are the cause of human actions, intentional or unintentional. A
disaster plan will help with safety, security, and comfort.

Regardless of the type of disaster, there are things you can do to prepare.
Contact your local Red Cross chapter, visit the FEMA Web site, or to
make sure you are aware of the potential for natural disasters in your
community. After you have identified the types of disasters that could strike
where you live, create a family disaster plan that can apply to any type of
disaster – natural, unintentional, or intentional.

Poll: Americans unprepared
According to a New York Times poll (Oct.
28, 2004), most Americans have done
nothing to prepare for a terrorist attack.
Sixty-one percent do not have a
stockpile of food and water at home;
more than 70 percent have not selected
a family meeting place in case of an

Prepare an emergency supplies kit. Disasters can occur suddenly and
without warning. They can be frightening for adults, but they are traumatic for
children if they do not know what to do when these events occur. Children
depend on daily routines. When an emergency disturbs their routine, children
can become nervous. In an emergency, they will look to parents or other adults
to help.

How parents react to an emergency gives children an indication on how to act.
They see their parents' fear as proof that the danger is real. A parent's
response during this time may have a long-term impact. Including children in
the family's recovery plans will help them feel that their life will return to normal.

Families should prepare an emergency supplies kit and develop a plan.
Practice your plan so that everyone will remember what to do in an emergency.
Everyone in the home, including children, should play a part in the family's
response and recovery efforts. Remember: make the plan simple so everyone
can remember the details.

Discuss what to do in an evacuation. When told by officials, go immediately to a
shelter as instructed or to the home of a friend or relative who lives out of the
area. Find out about your local shelters beforehand.

Know evacuation routes. Pre-establish several different routes in case certain
roads are blocked or closed.

Family members can become separated during an emergency. Be prepared by
creating a plan for how to reach one another. Establish an out-of-area contact
(such as a relative or friend) who can coordinate family members' locations
and information should you become separated. Make sure children learn the
phone numbers and addresses, and know the emergency plans.

Quiz children every six months so they remember what to do, where to go, and
whom to call in an emergency.

Decide how to take care of pets. Pets are not allowed in places where food is
served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a

Post emergency phone numbers (fire, police, ambulance, etc.) by the phone.

Assemble a family disaster supplies kit and keep a smaller one in the trunk of
your vehicle.

Kitchen Grease Fire

Kitchen Fire Safety:
At Fire Fighting Training schools they demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set   in an open field.  An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease fire. (The results got the attention of the students.) The water, being heavier than the oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of  the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fireball hits the ceiling and fills the entire  room.

Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease  fire.  One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

Extinguishing a Grease Fire

Grease fires happen when collections of oil or grease on a stove, oven or fryer get hot enough to ignite. Grease fires are extremely dangerous because the fuel source (the grease) is a liquid, and easily splashed. Grease fires burn very hot and can quickly spread to cabinets or other flammable areas of the kitchen. 
The most important thing you can do to prevent a fire in the kitchen is to stay put while cooking. The NFPA reports that unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Stay by the stove and be prepared for flames.
You only have a few moments to either put out a grease fire or escape the house.
Here's How:

  1. DO NOT USE WATER ON A GREASE FIRE! (see Tips) Start evacuating everyone from the building. Fires spread extremely fast and can overwhelm victims in minutes. Treat burns only after evacuating the building.
  2. Turn off the Burner! The fire might go out with this simple step.
  3. Call 911. There's no reason to wait, Rocky Mountain Fire will be there to assist even if you manage to get the fire out.
  4. The easiest way to smother a grease fire is to cover it with a pan lid. Be careful with glass lids; they can break from the extreme heat of open flame.
  5. Grease fires can also be smothered with baking soda, but it takes a lot of baking soda to do the trick. Unless the baking soda is easily accessible, it's usually easier to quickly find a lid.
  6. A dry chemical fire extinguisher will also work, but it will contaminate your kitchen and food. Class K fire extinguishers are available to put out grease and other kitchen fires, but they are usually only found in commercial kitchens.
  7. A newly developed fire extinguishing spray is now available. Highly effective on common household fires including grease fires. Dispensed from a common aerosol spray can.


  • DO NOT PUT WATER ON A GREASE FIRE! This can not be stressed enough. Pouring water on burning grease or oil will not extinguish the fire. It will only cause the burning oil to splash, spreading the grease fire around.
  • DO NOT TRY TO CARRY THE FIRE OUTSIDE! Trying to carry a pot or pan full of burning oil will just slosh and splash the grease fire.
  • Treat burns only after the fire is contained or the building is completely evacuated. Call 911 if a serious burn is experienced.
  • If clothes are caught on fire; STOP, DROP, and ROLL to extinguish them.

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.

Safety tips:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.

Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.

Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products. Updated: 11/01

Propane safety

Almost 90% of liquefied petroleum (LP) gas fires in homes between 1994- 1998 involved ignition by some form of equipment. The most common types were open-fired grills, hot water heaters and stoves. In the United States, LPgas for residential use is almost exclusively propane; however, butane is also an LP-gas.

Facts & figures

In 1998, there were 1,600 LP-gas fires in U.S. homes, resulting in 41 deaths, 260 injuries and $30.8 million in direct property damage.

The leading cause of LP-gas fires from 1994-1998 was part failure, leak or break.

Almost 90 percent of LP-gas fires involved some type of equipment, and the leading types were open- fired grills, water heaters and stoves.

Source: NFPA's "U.S. Home Product Report: Forms and Types of Materials First Ignited in Fires: Gases" report by Kimberly Rohr, December 2001.

Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.

Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.

Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.

Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.

Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions when lighting a pilot.

If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home.

Attention, Backyard Barbecue Chefs: Put Safety First!

Summer time is chillin' time, and for many Americans that means grillin' time. However, when people put on their "World's Best Cook" aprons, they may forget to put on their thinking caps.

The results can be painful. Outdoor grilling causes more than 600 accidental fires and explosions and costs consumers $5 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

"A few simple precautions around the barbecue grill will protect not only the hamburgers and hot dogs, but the chef too," says John Drengenberg, manager of Consumer Affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). "Everyone loves backyard barbecuing, so we light up grills about 3 billion times a year. Unfortunately, though, our good times can be spoiled if we are not careful."

Put safety first when entertaining outdoors!

Drengenberg offers his top five tips for summer safety when good weather permits you to move the kitchen outdoors:

Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building;

Never leave the grill unattended, especially when young children or pets are nearby;

Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire;

Never attempt to restart a flame by adding additional lighting fluid to an already-lit grill, as this can cause a flare-up;

Dispose of charcoal away from kids and pets, and cool it down with a hose. Coals get HOT-up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit! When grilling use insulated, flame-retardant mitts or long-handled barbecue tongs and utensils.

Gas grill safety tips

As with charcoal grills, Drengenberg stresses that gas grill users should always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the product. If the manual is misplaced, manufacturers will usually replace it at no charge.

Other tips include:

Check the grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no kinks in the hose or tubing;

Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects, spiders, or grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear any obstruction and pass it through to the main part of the burners;

Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas, particularly when you reconnect the grill to the propane tank. Never use a match to check for leaks; instead, immediately turn off the gas, and don't attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed.

Finally, Drengenberg advises consumers to keep a fire extinguisher handy for the backyard barbecue, exactly as they do for the kitchen stove. Most importantly, everyone should know how to use it, based on the PASS method: Pull pin; Aim at base of fire; Squeeze handle; and Sweep from side to side.

Safe Winter Driving

The National Safety Council offers the Defensive Driving Course in many cities. The following advice is reprinted from pages 35 and 36 of the guide. 
By The National Safety Council
Copyright © 1992, The National Safety Council
Reprinted with permission.

Winter driving can be inconvenient, annoying, even infuriating. But you can offset those aggravations and minimize the special risks of winter driving.

Getting started

Here are some routine precautions to help you avoid starting problems:

  • Get an engine tune-up in the fall. Switch to winter-weight oil if you aren't already using all-season oil. Be sure all lights are in good working order. Have the brakes adjusted.
  • Battery and voltage regulator should be checked. Make sure battery connections are good.
  • If the battery terminal posts seem to be building up a layer of corrosion, clean them with a paste of baking soda and water. Let it foam, and then rinse with water. Apply a thin film of petroleum jelly to the terminal posts to prevent corrosion, and reconnect.
  • Be sure all fluids are at proper levels. Antifreeze should not only be strong enough to prevent freezing, but fresh enough to prevent rust.
  • Make sure wiper blades are cleaning properly. Consider changing to winter wiper blades, which are made for driving in snow. They are covered with a rubber boot to keep moisture away from working parts of the blade.
  • Don't idle a cold vehicle's engine for along time to warm it up - it could harm the engine. The right way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it.

Equipment and supplies

  Here's what you'll want to have on hand, especially in an emergency:

  • Snow shovel.
  • Scraper with a brush on one end.
  • Tow chain or strap.
  • Tire chains.
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries).
  • Abrasive material (cat litter, sand, salt, or traction mats).
  • Jumper cables.
  • Warning device (flares or reflective triangles).
  • Brightly colored cloth to signal for help.
  • Empty coffee or similar type can containing candles, matches (in a water tight container) or a lighter, high-energy food (chocolate or dried fruit, for example).
  • Sleeping bags or blankets, ski caps, and mittens.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Compass.

Getting Unstuck

  If you should find yourself stuck, here's what to do:

  • Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. Keep a light touch on the gas, and ease forward. Don't spin you wheels - you'll just dig in deeper.
  • Rocking the vehicle is another way to get unstuck. (Check your owner's manual first - it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
  • Front-wheel drive vehicles, snow tires should be on the front - the driving axle - for better traction in mud or snow.

If You Get Stranded...

  • You may feel helpless, stuck in the snow in a lonely place - but there are things you can do to survive until help reaches you.
  • Stay in the vehicle. Don't wander and get lost or frostbitten.
  • Run the engine for heat about once every hour, or every half hour in severe cold. Clean snow from around the end of the tail pipe to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. For extra heat, burn a candle inside a coffee can - but don't set the can on fabric. Make sure the vehicle is NOT air tight, by opening a window a little.
  • Clear outside heater vents. That's the grill under the windshield.
  • Avoid alcohol. It lowers body temperature and will cause you to become drowsy.
  • Leave one window cracked open. Freezing winds and driving, wet snow can quickly seal a vehicle.
  • Signal to other motorists that you're stranded by using flares or flashlights, or by tying a piece of brightly colored cloth to the radio antenna.

The information above was reprinted from the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course Guide. It was reprinted by permission and cannot be reused without permission of the National Safety Council at

Emergency Vehicles and You

Keep in Mind: 
You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a firefighter or police officer. Obey any order in an emergency or special situation, even if it conflicts with signs, signals or laws.

Allow firefighters to get to the emergency quickly to prevent or reduce injury, death, and damage; It could be someone you know!

8 Simple Rules to Yield To An Emergency Vehicle:


  1. Stay calm.
  2. Move as far to the right side of the road as
    possible and stop (CO Motor Vehicle Code
  3. If you cannot move to the right because of
    another vehicle or obstacle, just stop.
  4. Drivers should stay at least 300 feet behind emergency vehicles using their lights and sirens


  1. Don’t pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.
  2. Don’t try to beat the green light or turn before the emergency vehicle gets there.
  3. Don’t drive through a red light or stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind.
  4. Don’t disregard the presence of the emergency vehicle by continuing to drive.

When You Hear A Siren Or Air Horn While Driving In:

If you’re STOPPED at the intersection:

  • Look to see where the emergency vehicle is approaching.
  • If the emergency vehicle is behind you safely pull to the right.
  • If the emergency vehicle is approaching from the front or side streets, remain stopped until they pass.

If you’re APPROACHING the intersection:

  • Safely pull to the right.
  • Stop before entering intersection.
  • DON’T stop in the middle of the intersection

If you DO NOT SEE the flashing lights:

  • Slow down.
  • Turn your radio volume down.
  • Check your mirrors frequently.
  • Stay focused and anticipate the emergency vehicle.
  • DON’T enter an intersection until it's clear.

How Do I Buy a Child Car Seat?

Try Before You Buy:

Many parents do not realize that most stores that sell child seats will allow you to take the floor model outside and try it in your vehicle before purchasing it. This is important, as there are an infinite number of vehicle types and child seats. Some simply do not work together. You do not have to purchase the most expensive seat out there. Don’t think a more expensive seat is safer. They all must pass the very same crash tests. Some seats have convenience items like cup holders or storage pockets. These items may be handy, but not necessary if you are on a budget.

Car Seat Checks:

It is recommended that you try to install your child’s seat yourself. Read the owners manual that came with the car seat, and read the vehicle owners manual. Both of these resources are invaluable for the installation process. Be sure to mail in your car seat product registration card. If there is a recall on your seat, your name and address will be on record.

Rocky Mountain Fire District has certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff. If you would like assistance installing your seat, call us and make an appointment.

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Child Safety Seat Program

RMF began a Child Safety Seat Inspection Program in June of 2003. Firefighters must undergo an intense 40-hour course through the National Safe Kids Campaign. During the course, the firefighter is trained in the standardized curriculum established by theNational Child Passenger Safety Board (NCPSB).

Car Seat Installations and Inspection are by appointment to guarantee 
availability of a technician.

If you would like to arrange a child safety seat inspection, please email ( or call 303-494-3735.

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We are pleased to offer station tours to individuals or groups of the public areas of our fire stations including fire trucks.  Please email or call to schedule a time. 

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Schedule a Birthday Party at the Fire Station

Rocky Mountain Fire is the only department in the county that provides birthday parties for its residents.  With so many requests and a limited amount of time the department must limit the parties to families who reside within the district. There is no charge for the party, but donations are accepted.

Here’s how it works:

We provide the space in the engine bay. We set up tables and chairs for the estimated number of people. Maximum number of children is 20 with a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children.  

The time allowed is 2.5 hours. This includes your set up, decorating and take down time. It is suggested you invite your guests 15 to 30 minutes after the beginning of your time slot to allow you adequate time to set up.  The tables will be set up prior to your arrival, and we will put them away at the end. Bring any food and ice cream in coolers. We cannot provide freezers or refrigeration. Pizza can be delivered to the station during the party if so desired. All parties must be concluded by 6:00 PM. No more than one event requiring crew interaction will be scheduled at any one station per day, this includes community room meetings.

You can bring piñatas, but bring your own rope to hang it with.

The fire fighters can provide an age specific safety talk and presentation if so desired. Truck and station tours can also be given. Other ideas are welcomed.

Be aware that the crew is on duty and has to respond to emergencies even though a party is in progress. If the crew has to leave, most times the party may continue. The crew might return in a short while depending on the type of call, but might be away for the rest of the party.

We really enjoy doing these parties, and appreciate your interest in our department. We are always looking for opportunities to educate and meet our constituents.

Facility Use Agreement:

Please click the Facility Use Agreement and Request Form link below, review the rules and regulations, and fill out the form to Request a Birthday Party at one of our fire stations. Please understand a request for a time slot and the event should not be considered scheduled until you receive a confirmation phone call from an employee of the Fire District. 

Facility Use Agreement and Request Form

Schedule a Ride Along

Rocky Mountain Fire provides ride along opportunities to EMT and Firefighter Academy Students.  The coordination of these ride alongs will be detailed through your educational program.  Citizen ride alongs are available and should be requested by calling or email the District directly for more details and information. Citizens may only ride along once per quarter per person.

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How do I become a Reserve Firefighter?

Rocky Mountain Fire is a combination fire department with both career firefighters and reserve firefighters.  Our reservists are very valuable to the department and allow us to accomplish operational tasks that would be much more difficult without their membership. 

The requirements to become a reservist with Rocky Mountain include a Colorado State Firefighter I certification, a Colorado State Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification, and an American Heart CPR certification and a basic NWCG Wildland Firefighter certificate (FFT2).  

Rocky Mountain Fire is not currently accepting reserve applications. 

How Do I Become a Career Firefighter?

Being a career firefighter is a great profession.  Helping people when things are at their worst is tremendously gratifying.  The sense of becoming part of a secondary family is a special feeling.  That being said, becoming a career firefighter is very competitive.

To become a career firefighter, there are a number of factors involved and decisions to be made before “diving in.”   One of the first decisions that should be considered is what type of department do you want to work for?  If you are interested in a large department such as Denver Fire, applicants are able to test without having a Colorado State Firefighter I certification or Colorado State Emergency Medical Technician certification.  If selected, the large department will put the applicant through academy and provide the applicant with the necessary initial training.  This is great for the candidate that gets selected; he/she does not need to achieve these certifications prior to testing.  However, because the applicants don’t have to have these certifications prior to applying, the pool of applicants is very large.  Therefore, it is difficult to be selected.

If you are interested in working for a smaller department, many of the smaller departments require certifications to apply for the positions.  Many times, the applicant must attend a fire academy and Emergency Medical Technician school and achieve certification in both, before he/she can apply for the position.  This requires a significant commitment from the applicant prior to applying, but greatly lowers the number of applicants eligible to apply for the positions.

Another factor involved in becoming a career firefighter is called the DRCOG test.  DRCOG, or Denver Regional Council of Governments, offers a test once or twice per year that ranks potential firefighting candidates.  This ranking is then provided to the departments that participate in the DRCOG pool.  The departments can then select candidates from this list to use in their hiring process.  This is a great opportunity for an applicant to get into a hiring process; however, the applicant’s certifications can still play a major role in whether or not the applicant is actually hired.  Plus, not all departments use the DRCOG test as a method of selecting candidates.

Rocky Mountain Fire requires Colorado State Firefighter I certification, Colorado State Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification and American Heart CPR to apply for a career position.  Plus, an applicant must have a sponsor from within the department that recommends the applicant for the position.  Positions are filled on an as-needed basis.

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If you have any other questions about becoming a career firefighter, please contact us at 303-494-3735 or email at