A Note From The Fire Chief
Keeping traditions while embracing change.
Crews push new engines into the bay, bagpipes are played at ceremonies, and the helmet serves as the main symbol of the job. This is who we’ve been for a long time, but while we keep some things the same, we work hard to change others. Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) is responding to the demands of an evolving and growing community. Everything from our services to our technology is shifting alongside the needs of our service area. The increase in service demands, changes in the use of the 911 system, and growing population require a systematic and proactive response. We balance increased demands against the financial and personnel resources available. Through efficiencies and innovations, emergency medical cardiac arrest saves increased by 600 percent from 2017 to 2019 and we’re on the way to leading the nation.
Our Roving Alternative Medical Unit (RAM) responds to lower-level emergency medical calls (the majority of our incidents) and relieves the system by keeping a fire engine and crew available for larger emergencies. It is imperative that PFA continues to embrace change. I hope this report illustrates some of the innovations we’ve already put in place and those that are on their way.
– Fire Chief Tom DeMint