Woodmen Valley Fire Protection District

1150 West Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-522-9666 voicemail/fax    www.wvfpd.org website

 

!!! For All Emergencies, Call 9-1-1 First !!!

 

 

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With over 18,000 Acres Burned Last Summer -- PLEASE! -- No Fireworks this Year!!


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Join us in thanking all of the fire, police, military, forest, utility and government personnel who worked so long and hard to save our neighborhoods from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires!  You're Awesome!


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Introducing WVFPD

Woodmen Valley Fire Protection District (WVFPD) is a Special Tax District in El Paso County, Colorado, chartered with providing fire protection for approximately 315 homes in the Woodmen Valley, Pine Creek and Thunderbird Estates neighborhoods just north of the City of Colorado Springs, west of I25, and south of the United States Air Force Academy.  

WVFPD started nearly 50 years ago as the Woodmen Valley Volunteer Fire Department. In 2000, it was incorporated as a special tax district to acquire additional trucks and equipment. Difficulty in recruiting and retaining volunteers, as well as rising expenses, forced WVFPD's Board of Directors to consider a new strategy in 2008.

Starting January 1, 2009, all fire and medical services for the District's covered areas are now provided by Colorado Springs Fire Department. The District maintains its Board of Directors, as well as its chief, to oversee CSFD Performance and to handle financial matters. 

All members of of WVFPD are volunteer and receive no compensation for their efforts. For more information on the development of the District, see the WVFPD History page of this website.  


Public Postings

Per Senate Bill 09-87 (C.R.S. Article 1, Title 32), this website is considered a Public Posting location for WVFPD. For a list of the other Public Posting locations, refer to the Financial Data page of this website.


Senate Bill 09-087

Per Senate Bill 09-087, Woodmen Valley Fire Protection District must post Part I (Title 32, article 1) data. This data, as well as current and proposed budget data is available on the Financial Data page of this website. WVFPD's Special District Transparency Information is also viewable at the Special District Association's (www.sdaco.org) district disclosure site by Clicking Here. Select 'W' and page forward to "Woodmen Valley Fire Protection District".


Announcements

2014 Board of Directors Election: WVFPD will hold a public election for two open Director positions in the general El Paso County election planned for May 6, 2014. Directors Kathie Walker and Christopher (Kip) Tarpley are up for re-election. WVPD will be accepting self-nominations for these open positions between February 5, 2014 and February 20, 2014. If you are interested in joining our board, please contact Mr. Steve Black at steve@wvfpd.org or at 719-598-2303 for the proper forms and more information on the requirements and duties of WVFPD BOD members. You MUST be a resident, land owner and taxpayer living in the WVFPD district to participate.

2014 WVFPD BOD Meetings: The WVFPD Board of Directors will meet on the following dates in 2014. All meetings are public and will be held at the WVFPD Fire Station located at 1150 W Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. The meetings start at 7:00 pm. Residents of the District are encouraged to attend.

  •     February 3, 2014
  •     April 7, 2014
  •     June 2, 2014
  •     August 4, 2014
  •     October 6, 2014
  •     December 1, 2014

2014 Adopted Budget:  The WVFPD treasurer presented a proposed 2014 budget a public meeting held on December 2, 2013. After careful review, the WVFPD Board of Directors adopted this proposed budget. For more information and a copy of the budget, refer to the  Financial Data page on this website. 

Register for Reverse-911:  Did you know you can register your cell phones and text capable devices for Reverse-911 notifications? Go to www.elpasoteller911.org for more information and to set up your phones.

May 20, 2013 CSFD/WVFPD Public Meeting: Please join us on Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Woodmen Valley Chapel at 7:00PM for a fascinating presentation by CSFD on the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.  This is your chance to ask your questions about the fire and learn how you can help in a future emergency.  Learn, too, about effective fire mitigation strategies.  Your attendance also qualifies you for the 2013 Chipping Program.

2013 CSFD Chipping/Slash Program: The 2013 CSFD Wildfire Mitigation program will be servicing our neighborhoods in October.  CSFD chipping teams will shred and remove natural wood materials (no lumber) placed by the road.  You MUST attend one of CSFD's public fire mitigation meetings or schedule a free onsite consultation to participate. Go to the CSFD Wildfire Mitigation Site or call 385-7342 for more information.  Here are the planned weeks for our neighborhoods:

  •     Pine Creek Estates:  Starting October 21, 2013
  •    Thunderbird Estates: Starting October 24, 2013
  •     Woodmen Valley:      Starting October 28, 2013

2013 WVFPD Phone Directories Delivered:  A Big Thanks to Kathie Walker for orchestrating the creation, printing and delivery of the 2013 WVFPD Phone Directories!  She spent countless hours collecting and correcting the data.  Thanks to everyone who contributed too.  Finally, a big thanks to her husband, Kevin Walker, for his technical support in publishing the directories.


El Paso County Burn Ban - NONE

No burning bans are currently in place in El Paso county, including the Woodmen Valley, Thunderbird Estates and Pine Creek neighborhoods.

For your future reference here are the burn level restrictions:

Stage I Restrictions - The following are prohibited:

  • Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires (except in permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds), charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves (except at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials), the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. (Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.)
  • The use of sale of fireworks of all kinds.
  • Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Violations of Stage I Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $600.00.

Stage II Restrictions - The following are prohibited:

  • Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires, charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves, the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame. (Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.)
  • The use of sale of fireworks of all kinds.
  • Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Violations of Stage I Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $1000.00.

For more information see The El Paso County Sheriff's website or call them at 719-575-8400.


06/13/13 Fire on Westwood Road

Thanks to the quick action of several neighbors, a small fire was stopped that could have quickly grown into a major wild land fire.  This was probably started by the careless disposal of a cigarette butt.  Please talk to your children, teenagers, contractors and visitors about the dangers of careless behavior.  None of us want to see another event like the Black Forest or Waldo Canyon fires -- especially in our neighborhoods. 

Please!  Control potential fire sources like cigarette butts, charcoal fires and chimenea stoves.  And absolutely NO open burning or fireworks!  These items may be convenient or fun, but they are not worth losing everything we own.

If a fire does start please remember:

1. Call 9-1-1 First!  The fire may look small, but it can, and will, grow much faster than you think.
2. Use water to douse the edges of the fire and stop it from climbing trees.
3. Use shovels to push the fire back into the center and remove additional fuel.
4. Have someone posted to guide CSFD in and show them where the problem is.
5. Be careful!  Don't risk your life!  CSFD responded to this fire in less than seven minutes, so call 9-1-1 first.


Wildfire Mitigation

In light of the Waldo Canyon Fire, we should all be thinking about Fire Mitigation. CSFD offers onsite evaluations and advice to help you protect your property if wildfire should hit our area. To schedule an onsite consultation call Amy Sylvester at 719-385-7367 asylvester@springsgov.com or Christina Randall at 719-385-7368 crandall@springsgov.com

CSFD also provides excellent information on Wildfire Mitigation on their website at: http://csfd.springsgov.com.  


Contact Information

Voicemail
719-522-9666
 
Postal address
1150 W. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Electronic mail
        General Information:   kevin@wvfpd.org  
        Board of Directors:     kevin@wvfpd.org 
        Fire Chief:                 
 chief@wvfpd.org



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