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Poudre Fire Authority Annual Report

Our most important community partner is you.

Poudre Fire Authority

Our Mission

To protect life and property by being prompt, skillful and caring. Our actions are anchored in the core values of Courage, Leadership, and Duty.

We strive every day to be proficient, professional and compassionate for our community.
Our Chief

A Note From The Chief

You are the heart of what we do. Poudre Fire Authority is constantly working to improve and be proactive in the ever-evolving fire service. We are a proud community partner in Northern Colorado and beyond.

Collaboration with public and private partners in emergency services such as 911 dispatch centers, education, law enforcement, and healthcare helps us reduce risk, provide services that save lives and potentially increase quality of life.

In 2017, PFA developed a new Strategic Plan through a community-driven process to determine critical issues and service gaps. Goals moving forward include providing innovative core services such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), structural and wildland firefighting and rescue; proactive communications; and continued financial...

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Who we are

Who We Are

Poudre Fire Authority is a multi-faceted entity — an organization, a family, and a community partner that is professional, committed, and responsible. Providing exceptional customer service through the values of Courage, Leadership, and Duty, is our number one priority.

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PFA firefighters deployed to other communities to help during wildfires and hurricanes
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611

Smoke alarms installed in high-risk homes
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313

Child car seats installed and checked by PFA’s certified technicians
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6,846

Building-safety inspections conducted by PFA personnel

2017 Call Types & Incident Volume

Call Types

66%

of call types were rescue and EMS
Rescue & EMS
Good Intent
False Alarms
Service Calls
Hazardous Condition (No Fire)
Fires
Rescue & EMS
Good Intent
False Alarms
Service Calls
Hazardous Condition (No Fire)
Fires

2017 Incident Volume

22,197

incidents occured in 2017, an increase year after year.

2017 Budget & Funding Outcomes

Gross Operating Budget by Expenditure

86%

of the gross operating budget was allocated to salaries and benefits
Salaries & Benefits
Purchased Services (Radios, Liability Insurance)
Materials, Supplies & Equipment
Other
Salaries & Benefits
Purchased Services (Radios, Liability Insurance)
Materials, Supplies & Equipment
Other

Capital Budget

SAVED $450K

in interest payments by pre-paying for Station 4’s lease/purchase
Station 4 Lease/Purchase
Apparatus Replacement
Radio Replacement
Facilities Maintenance
Station 8
Major Station Remodel
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Station 4 Lease/Purchase
Apparatus Replacement
Radio Replacement
Facilities Maintenance
Station 8
Major Station Remodel
Computer/Technology
Air Pack Replacement
Staff Vehicle Replacement
Future Station 15
Hose Replacement
Burn Building
Thermal Imager Replacement

PFA Revenue

96%

of the revenue is Intergovernmental
70% - City of Fort Collins
17% - Poudre Valley Fire Protection District
9% - KFCG Funds (City of Fort Collins)
4% - Misc. Fees, Charges, Earnings on Investments, Grants/Projects
70% - City of Fort Collins
17% - Poudre Valley Fire Protection District
9% - KFCG Funds (City of Fort Collins)
4% - Misc. Fees, Charges, Earnings on Investments, Grants/Projects

Funding Critical Services

Keep Fort Collins Great (KFCG) is a voter-approved sales tax that ensures people receive the level of government services they expect. KFCG is critical to PFA’s budget and sunsets on December 31, 2020. KFCG revenue is used at PFA to fund key safety positions, firefighters, and equipment. Without it, PFA would not be able to provide the same high-level services the community currently receives.
Community

Community Connections

Firefighter Travis Garcia talks with a young attendee at a 2017 event where firefighters demonstrated how they help remove people trapped in crashed vehicles, a process called extrication.

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Poudre Fire Authority strives to reduce risk in our community by empowering people to live their safest lives. Through in-person classes, events, and other platforms, in 2017, PFA’s staff collectively interacted with 11,456 members of the community.

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Poudre Fire Authority has 24 volunteer firefighters who give their talents and hundreds of hours of their time to serve the communities of Stations 9 and 11, in the areas of Horsetooth Reservoir and Redstone Canyon, respectively.

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The calm, collected, and compassionate regional dispatchers, who handled 200,000+ phone calls in 2017, assure Poudre Fire Authority firefighters arrive when you need them. You can help by registering your phone number for emergency notifications at LETA911.org.

Our Facilities

Station 1

Station 1

505 Peterson Street, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 4,035
Service Area: Covers 3.4 square miles in the heart of Fort Collins.
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Station 2

Station 2

415 South Bryan Avenue, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 2,065
Service Area: Covers 7.7 square miles and is located on the west side of Fort Collins near City Park.
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Station 3

Station 3

2000 Mathews Street, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 2,258
Service Area: Covers 3.3 square miles in the center of Fort Collins.
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Station 4

Station 4

1945 West Drake Road, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 2,769
Service Area: Covers 16.9 square miles on the southwestern portion of PFA’s suburban core.
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Station 5

Station 5

4615 Hogan Drive, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 3,350
Service Area: Covers 8.4 square miles in the southern portion of Fort Collins.
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Station 6

Station 6

2511 Donella Court, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 1,768
Service Area: Covers 44.5 square miles on the northeastern portion of PFA’s service area.
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Station 7

Station 7

2817 North Overland Trail, Laporte
Total calls in 2017: 519
Service Area: Covers 56.1 square miles on the northwestern portion of the PFA’s service area.
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Station 8

Station 8

4800 Signal Tree Drive, Timnath
Total calls in 2017: 533
Service Area: Covers 18.3 square miles in the southeastern portion of PFA’s service area.
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Station 9

Station 9

914 Shoreline Drive, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 148
Service Area: Covers 15.3 square miles on the southwestern portion of PFA’s service area.
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Station 10

Station 10

2067 Vermont Drive, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 1,833
Service Area: Covers 7.4 square miles on the south central portion of Fort Collins in PFA’s service area.
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Station 11

Station 11

16248 North County Road 25E, Loveland
Total calls in 2017: 11
Service Area: Covers 11.9 square miles on the western portion of the district in an area known as Redstone Canyon.
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Station 12

Station 12

321 Country Club Road, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 1,496
Service Area: Covers 25.2 square miles on the northern portion of PFA’s service area.
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Station 14

Station 14

2109 Westchase Road, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: 1,247
Service Area: Covers 13 square miles in the southeastern portion of PFA’s service area.
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Training Center

Training Center

3400 West Vine Drive, Fort Collins
Total calls in 2017: This facility is used almost every day of the year by PFA and personnel from other agencies.
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Administrative Offices

Administrative Offices

102 Remington Street, Fort Collins
Hours: We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (excluding some holidays).
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A Year in Review

2017

A Vision for the Future

A Vision for the Future

Sixty-nine community members, along with PFA leadership and internal stakeholders, identified high-quality and innovative core services, proactive internal/external communications, workforce development/culture, financial responsibility, and governance and organizational sustainability as strategic initiatives for the 2018–2023 timeframe. Read Plan

Building Emergency Response Models

Building Emergency Response Models

PFA in 2017 piloted the Roving Alternative Medical (RAM) unit as part of a strategy to provide world-class emergency medical services to people in Northern Larimer County. For the pilot, trained firefighters responded in an SUV to certain medical-related calls. Among other pilot results, the RAM helped fire engines and trucks to remain free to respond to fires, crashes and more intensive emergency calls.

Fire-Sprinkler Systems Saved Lives

Fire-Sprinkler Systems Saved Lives

Each day across the U.S., fire-sprinkler systems put out fires with the potential to kill people and damage millions of dollars in property. That is the case locally, too. In 2017, there were two cases where sprinkler systems successfully extinguished fires – in the mere minutes before Poudre Fire Authority firefighters arrived on scene; one at a Fort Collins hotel and another at a Colorado State University laboratory. Learn More

CPR Saves Lives. Period.

CPR Saves Lives. Period.

Thanks to professional emergency medical services training, quick action and teamwork, Poudre Fire Authority firefighters were part of several core saves, or those related to saving the life of someone who experienced a sudden-cardiac arrest (SCA). Research shows a person’s chances of survival goes up the sooner a person receives cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and application of an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, if needed. Learn CPR

Helping People in Need

Helping People in Need

PFA staff members partnered with Colorado State University social work students to install life-saving smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in high-risk, low-income homes in the community. The results? People were connected with social services to get much-needed help (think assistance getting food or kids’ school supplies) and emergency calls in those neighborhoods decreased within six months of alarm-installation events.

Innovation Takes Flight

Innovation Takes Flight

The Larimer County Unmanned Aircraft System Program took flight in 2017 with the goal of using drones to enhance public safety services. Highly trained pilots from PFA and other partner agencies can use the unmanned aircraft systems to document the scene of car crashes as part of investigations, search for missing people, or to scout the origin of a wildfire. Learn More

A Somber Reminder

A Somber Reminder of Fire's Impact

Our community felt the ripple effects of three fire deaths in 2017

Sadly, three members of our community died last year in unrelated fires in their homes. Two were due to cooking fires, and another is currently classified as undetermined. Let us be clear: They are not statistics. They are people — those whom others knew and loved. Their deaths each served as a critical moment during which PFA educated the community about why fire still presents a danger, even though the frequency of fires and fire-related deaths are decreasing across the country. Thanks to concerted fire-safety education efforts by nationwide partners, including PFA, the overall 10-year fire death rate trend in the U.S. decreased 21.6% from 2006 to 2015 (U.S. Fire Administration).

CPR is Easier Than You Think

CPR is Easier Than You Think

There are a few simple steps you can take to save a life

Hands-only CPR has two easy steps. Step 1 – Call 911 if you see a teen or adult collapse. Step 2 – Push hard and fast in the center of their chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

Get trained and download the PulsePoint app