Community News

  • Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Posted November 12, 2021

    Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is one of the year’s biggest days for fires? For a day that is traditionally spent in the kitchen cooking up food for family and friends, trying out new recipes and equipment it’s beneficial to understand the risks and how to be as safe… learn more »

  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Posted October 18, 2021

    It’s that time of year again – Halloween! While you’re in the midst of decorating your home, buying bulk candy to hand out, and getting those costumes together don’t forget to keep your safety (and the safety of your loved ones) in mind this spooky season. We’ve compiled a list… learn more »

  • Seasonal Driving + Wildlife Safety

    Posted September 16, 2021

    Fall is quickly approaching this year as we are waking up to cooler temperatures and noticing the leaves changing colors on the trees around us. Just as we are preparing for the change of seasons, so are the animals that live around us. Much of the wildlife in our region… learn more »

  • Back-to-School Safety

    Posted August 11, 2021

    With the end of summer drawing near and classes starting back up at our local schools, we thought it would be a great time to talk about back-to-school safety measures. It’s a great time of year to remember to take a minute, slow down through town, and pay attention to… learn more »

  • Heat Related Emergencies

    Posted July 15, 2021

    When you are exposed to hot weather and sun for long periods of time, your risk for heat related illnesses increase. People often get into trouble when they don’t take the necessary precautions, prepare for their adventures, and don’t listen to the warning signs their bodies are trying to tell… learn more »

  • Wildfire Evacuation Preparation

    Posted June 23, 2021

    Last month we wrote about the ways you can practice vigilance to help prevent wildfires. As wildfire season progresses, and the chance of evacuations increases, we’d like to talk about how to be prepared for the event of a wildfire. Remember, a wildfire can start anytime or anywhere. One of… learn more »

  • 5 Tips for Wildfire Safety & Prevention

    Posted May 19, 2021

    Summertime brings out some of the best in Colorado. With beautiful vistas and adventure filled days, it’s no surprise travelers love to flock to our state for their summer vacations. However, the dry climate that makes our area so popular also raises the risk of wildfires. 

    learn more »

  • Breaking Ground for a New Training Facility

    Posted April 12, 2021

    For the past 15 years, there has been a shared dream to build and operate a multi-functional training facility on the Carbondale Fire Department property. Due to the hard work of Fire Chief Rob Goodwin and Deputy Chief/Training Coordinator Frank Nadell, this dream will become a reality this fall.… learn more »

  • Carbondale Fire District's New Fire Apparatus

    Posted March 18, 2021

    CRFPD is proud to announce that we have taken delivery of new fire apparatus.

    In 2018, the voters of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District approved a bond issue that has enabled CRFPD to move forward with several much-needed capital upgrades and replacement projects.

    One of the main projects… learn more »

  • 2020 Year-End Report

    Posted March 16, 2021

    For the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, 2020 proved to be very challenging and rewarding at the same time. Like everyone else, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted almost everything that we do. In addition, we responded to more emergency calls than ever before while dealing with another unprecedented wildfire season.… learn more »

  • Heart Month: Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

    Posted February 25, 2021

    Did you know that heart disease doesn’t just affect older adults? It can happen at any age and half of all Americans have at least one of the top three factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking habits). As this is the month of love and… learn more »

  • Winter Safety Tips: Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls on Ice

    Posted January 20, 2021

    Slips, trips, and falls are the number 3 cause of accidental death in the United States, right behind motor vehicle accidents. Here in the valley where we get lots of snow and ice during the winter, the chance of a fall resulting in injury or death is much higher. These… learn more »

  • County Road 100 Structure Fire

    Posted January 2, 2021

    January 2, 2021 1:55 p.m. 

    Carbondale, Colo. – On January 2, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 2621 County Road 100, Carbondale.

    Upon arrival, firefighters found a detached 40’x 60’ garage/shop structure with an attached greenhouse… learn more »

  • Structure Fire in Aspen Glen

    Posted December 31, 2020

    December 31, 2020

    Carbondale, Colo. – On December 31, 2020 at 12:09 p.m. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 268 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen. 

    Upon arrival, firefighters found home with heavy smoke pouring out of the chimney area. The home,… learn more »

  • Gratitude + 2020 Awards

    Posted December 16, 2020

    As we bring this unexpected and challenging year to an end we’d like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude for the people who keep our department running strong and to the community for showing overwhelming support when we needed it most. This year had its fairlearn more »

  • Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s Holly Jolly Truck-Mas Trip

    Posted December 15, 2020

    Santa, on his specially decorated fire truck, will be visiting neighborhoods this weekend!

    You can see Santa and his crew on County Road 109 and Cavern Springs Mobile Home Park on Friday, December 18, and in the Town of Carbondale on Saturday, December 19. A link to track the fire… learn more »

  • Holiday Safety Tips + Tricks

    Posted November 19, 2020

    We know it’s hard to believe, but the holidays have snuck up rather quickly this year. We’re hopeful that we can put the immense amount of change and stress from this year behind us (if at least for a moment) and safely enjoy decorating for the holidays and cozying up… learn more »

  • CO Detectors + Daylight Savings Time

    Posted October 29, 2020

    As the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, most of us are preparing to hunker in for the winter. That means more meals cooking in the oven, turning on our fireplaces, and heating up our wood stoves. We’d like to remind you of thelearn more »

  • The Gallagher Amendment: Information for Ballot Question 7B

    Posted October 1, 2020

    A Word from the Chief

    So far in 2020 our fire district and community have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-lasting effects of a very active, dangerous, and serious wildfire season.

    During the past seven months, we were required to not only learn aboutlearn more »

  • Carbondale Fire District's Initial Attack Program

    Posted August 28, 2020

    While there are many programs and community outreach opportunities that the Carbondale Fire District participates in, we wanted to shine some light on the Initial Attack Program that the department started over 25 years ago. This program was the first of its kind and since its inception, many other departments… learn more »

  • Fire Restrictions and Backcountry Adventures

    Posted July 24, 2020

    As of Friday, June 26, Garfield and surrounding counties are in Stage I fire restrictions. These restrictions are implemented in Garfield, Pitkin, Gunnison, BLM, and USFS. What are Stage I Fire Restrictions and how do they affect you? Read on before you set off on your next adventure.  learn more »

  • Wildfires & High Water

    Posted June 11, 2020

    It’s that time of year again and we’d like to talk about wildfire and high water safety. As more people are venturing into the mountains to recreate it’s important to know the risks, stay up-to-date on alerts, and be prepared for any situation.


    Since Colorado has had a considerably… learn more »

  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Posted May 29, 2020

    Have you ever wondered what an Incident Management Team (IMT) is and what exactly they do? Did you know that the Carbondale Fire District has their own IMT that helped firsthand in the COVID-19 crisis in the Roaring Fork Valley? We’re taking the time this month to answer these questions… learn more »

  • Unofficial Election Results

    Posted May 5, 2020


    PRESS RELEASE                                                          

    For Immediate Release – Election Results

    Jenny Cutright, Public Information Officer

    May 5,…

    learn more »
  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Set in Place

    Posted April 15, 2020

    Current Fire Restrictions in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, and White River National Forest and BLM Lands in these Counties

    We know that throughout the COVID-19 crisis, a lot has changed over the course of a month. As many of our public health and safety officials have been busy trying… learn more »

  • Inspiration to Stay Home

    Posted March 27, 2020

    It may feel like our world has turned upside down overnight, and honestly, for most of us, it has. We are suddenly out of work, our kids are home from school/day care, and now we have to adapt to a Stay at Home Order. Many of us are wondering where… learn more »

  • Focusing on Matters of the Heart

    Posted February 19, 2020

    While we can’t help to fix heartbreak, we can provide you with some tips and tricks to prevent heart disease from affecting you or your loved ones. Did you know that heart disease doesn’t just affect older adults? It can happen at any age and half of all Americans have… learn more »

  • Carbondale Fire Welcomes New Division Ops Chief: Mike Wagner

    Posted January 28, 2020

    Big things are happening in 2020! The Carbondale Fire District is excited to welcome Mike Wagner as the new Division Ops Chief. The whole team is in agreement that no one is more deserving of this role, so we want our community to get to know who helearn more »

  • Preparing Your Chimney for Santa

    Posted December 13, 2019

    We’ve heard it from the man himself; Santa prefers a clean chimney as opposed to a dirty one. Not only is it safer for him (and easier to deliver presents), but it also helps to keep your home and family safe during these colder months! Did you know that fireplaces… learn more »

  • Don’t Burn the Bird

    Posted November 12, 2019

    We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving and that means putting a request in for a turkey at your local supermarket and making sure you can end the holiday with no family drama. While we don’t have any tips on keeping the drama at bay, we do have the resources to help… learn more »

  • Seasons Changing, Fire Prevention, and Our Open House

    Posted October 17, 2019

    The weather is getting colder, we can feel it in the air, and we know that the snow is about to start falling. It’s that time of the year where we are stocking up on wood for the stove, bringing out the space heaters, and cooking warm meals on the… learn more »

  • Backcountry Basics: Search & Rescue

    Posted September 17, 2019

    Backcountry adventures are becoming more and more popular as people are trying to escape the stress of the daily grind and get back to nature. That being said, it is important to be prepared before you head out in case something unexpected happens and you need to be rescued.

    Know… learn more »

  • Let’s Talk About Distracted Driving

    Posted August 21, 2019

    Distracted driving comes in many forms: use of cell phones, lack of sleep, distracting passengers, and eating while driving. Even when drivers believe that they are in control and are able to multi-task well, it only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur.


    Types of Distracted Driving… learn more »

  • Understanding Stroke: The Warning Signs and How to Prevent

    Posted July 11, 2019

    Did you know that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability? However, not many people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when it is happening.

    If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call… learn more »

  • Structure Fire on Highway 82

    Posted June 25, 2019

    Around 4 a.m. on June 25, 2019, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to a report of a structure fire at an upholstery shop located at 12665 Highway 82, Carbondale.

    Upon arrival, firefighters found a large workshop with visible flames on two sides of the building and heavy… learn more »

  • Structure Fire in River Valley Ranch

    Posted June 21, 2019

    Around 4:45 p.m. on June 20, 2019, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to 455 Boundary Lane, Carbondale, for a report of a structure fire. 

    Upon arrival, firefighters found a home with smoke coming out of the building. They located a fire burning in the crawl space. Area… learn more »

  • "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires"

    Posted June 17, 2019

    Wildfire Preparedness
    Wildfires can happen anywhere, at anytime, and although we have had a great winter, and wet spring, it is still important to be prepared to protect yourself and your property.

    Tips to Protect Your Home

    One of the best ways to protect your home is to build… learn more »

  • Redstone & Lake Christine Community Meetings 2019

    Posted June 7, 2019

    If you missed the Redstone or Lake Christine burn scar area Community Meetings you can watch the videos here.


     … learn more »

  • Accident on Highway 82 Sends Five to the Hospital

    Posted May 26, 2019

    PRESS RELEASE | May 26, 2019
    Highway 82 Accident Sends Five to the Hospital

    Carbondale, Colo. – Around 2:24 p.m. on May 26, 2019, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to mile marker 7 on Highway 82, for a report of a two-car accident.

    Upon arrival, crews… learn more »

  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, and Flash Floods, Oh My!

    Posted May 24, 2019

    It’s not surprising that with a wet, snow packed winter, come the threats of mudslides and flash floods in the spring. In our case this year, with a historical high for snow pack, mixed with the burn scar from last summer’s Lake Christine Fire, we need to be on high… learn more »

  • Don't Get Rocked! Stay Safe This Spring

    Posted April 23, 2019

    As the seasons change, so do the hazards of driving through the Rocky Mountains.
    With spring in full swing, it is important to keep in mind that the chances of rock and mudslides happening are much higher than other times of the year. As snow melts and the temperatures… learn more »

  • A Few Reminders Before Open Burning

    Posted March 26, 2019
    We had our first out of control controlled burn of the year yesterday.  Fortunately, we were called before it got big and we helped put it out.

    learn more »
  • Spring Into Fire Prevention

    Posted March 15, 2019

    During the month of March, we want to focus on fire safety for older adults. The risk of injury, as well as death, from a fire is twice as likely to happen to people over the age of 65. We’ve compiled some great tips and tricks to keep yourself, and… learn more »

  • Keep Your Heart Happy

    Posted February 8, 2019

    February is American heart month so let’s talk heart health. We want you to live a long and healthy life. Whether you have trouble with your blood pressure, stress, or perhaps have a bad habit you’d like to kick, we have some tips and tricks to keep your heart beating.… learn more »

  • Keep the Risk of Winter Fires Low This Season

    Posted January 11, 2019

    Now that the holidays are over, the tree has been taken down, and the decorations have been put away, many people are able to relax and put their worries aside. Most people assume that with the holidays ending, the risk of a home fire ends as well, however, it is… learn more »

  • Be Fire Smart This Holiday Season

    Posted December 11, 2018

    The holiday season should be a time for family, friends, and relaxation; not a time to stress about a fire in your home. Residential fires are more frequent during the holiday season and usually end up being more costly, and deadly, than any other time of the year. The U.S.… learn more »

  • Thanksgiving Day Tips and Tricks

    Posted November 19, 2018

    There is a lot of preparation involved around the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, when friends and family are gathered in the kitchen cooking the big feast. It is important to keep fire safety at the top of your mind during this time, as Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking… learn more »

  • Carbondale Fire Open House: Saturday, October 13th, 11-3

    Posted September 25, 2018

    It’s that time of year again for the Carbondale Fire Community Open House. This year there will be fire truck rides, tours of the station, face painting, as well as giveaways and prizes. This is a great event for the whole family and a chance to come and say hi… learn more »

  • Stage I Fire Restrictions Are Back

    Posted September 20, 2018
    The Garfield County Sheriff and Carbondale Town Manager are reinstating Stage I Fire Restrictions tomorrow, Friday, September 21 in the Town of Carbondale and Garfield County. learn more »
  • First Aid Safety Tips: How to Stay Prepared

    Posted September 18, 2018

    If your friend or family member suddenly started choking on something, stopped breathing, or sustained a burn, would you know the proper steps to aid in the situation?

    Knowing the basics for how to handle certain emergency situations could mean the difference between life and death. Below are some safety… learn more »

  • Moving to Stage I Fire Restrictions

    Posted August 30, 2018
    Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 31, The Town of Carbondale*, Garfield County, Pitkin County, the White River National Forest and BLM lands managed by Colorado River Valley Field Office in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties will reduce fire restrictions from Stage II to Stage I. learn more »
  • Pitkin County Goes to Stage I Fire Restrictions

    Posted August 28, 2018
    By order of the Pitkin County Sheriff, effective Friday, August 31, 2018, at 12:01 p.m. all Stage II fire restrictions in Pitkin County are rescinded, and all lands in Pitkin County will revert back to Stage I fire restrictions. These Stage I fire restrictions are in place until further notice.   learn more »
  • Back to School Fire Safety

    Posted August 16, 2018

    While summer draws to a close and college students are preparing to return to school for the fall semester, it is important to be aware of fire-related emergencies that could occur. The number of these emergencies continues to grow and most are due to lack of knowledge about fire safety… learn more »

  • Be prepared in the event of an evacuation

    Posted August 2, 2018
    The first step to being prepared is to sign up for emergency alerts at or This is where residents are notified of evacuations for wildfires or floods, or to shelter in place for other critical incidents. Register to receive emergency alerts via text, call, or email. If you are already signed up, log in to ensure your address and contact information are correct. Alerts are sent based on the addresses registered. learn more »
  • Our Standard of Cover

    Posted July 22, 2018

    Not many people know what a Standard of Cover is, nor have they had a chance to read the document that the Carbondale Fire District has put together to detail what we do for the community and why we do it.

    Chief Rob Goodwin and Deputy Chief Bill Gavette spent… learn more »

  • Stage II Fire Restrictions in Garfield County

    Posted June 28, 2018

    From the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:
    Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for Unincorporated Private & State Lands in Garfield County … learn more »

  • Reduce the Risk: Be Wildfire Smart

    Posted June 12, 2018

    Most people don’t realize that they face serious wildfire danger, but if you live in the foothills, grasslands, or mountains of Colorado, you are at risk. With the lack of snowfall and almost no rain this spring, we should be on high alert for wildfire danger this summer. Durango is… learn more »

  • Burn Ban in the Town of Carbondale

    Posted May 30, 2018

    May 30, 2018

    Carbondale, Colo. – In conjunction with Garfield County’s Stage I Fire Restrictions that begin May 31, 2018, the Town of Carbondale and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District are instituting State I Fire Restrictions within town limits until further notice. 

    Stage I Fire… learn more »

  • Press Release - No Open Burning Permits Being Issued

    Posted May 23, 2018
    Carbondale, Colo. – Effectively immediately, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District will not be issuing any open burning permits. The fuel moisture content is low, there is not a lot of rain predicted in the near future and experts are predicting an increased wildfire risk in our area. learn more »
  • Carbondale Fire District Welcomes New Deputy Chief

    Posted May 16, 2018

    The Carbondale Fire District recently promoted Allan Ingram to the position of Deputy Chief. It is no surprise that someone of Allan’s stature was promoted to this position as he is a highly respected Paramedic and Firefighter.

    Allan has been with the Carbondale Fire District for 20 years, attracted to… learn more »

  • Distracted Drivers: A Danger to All

    Posted April 24, 2018

    We live in a fast paced world. There is no doubt about it. We value every second of our time because lets face it – there’s just not enough time in the day. We are becoming extremely good at multi tasking and unfortunately time in the car has become a… learn more »

  • Ski Smart. Ski Often.

    Posted March 15, 2018

    Backcountry Safety & Avalanche Awareness

    The backcountry and avalanche danger is nothing to take lightly and with more people joining the sport every year it is important to be aware of the dangers that could occur. Having the proper knowledge and equipment could be the difference between life and death.… learn more »

  • Burn Awareness Month

    Posted February 20, 2018

    Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the U.S.

    Four Types of Burns

    • First-Degree burns are identified by pain, redness, minor swelling and an absence of blistering.
    • Second-Degree burns produce a slight thickness of the skin and may include blistering; indicating… learn more »

  • Ice and Snow? Take It Slow

    Posted January 19, 2018

    It’s easy to forget just how dangerous winter driving can be, even for the most experienced driver. Snow and ice demand careful attention and special preparation for your vehicle.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 800 Americans die a year in car wrecks because of… learn more »

  • Be Merry and Bright, Not a Statistic

    Posted December 19, 2017

    In an effort to avoid sounding like Scrooge or the Grinch, we want to share some facts about home holiday fires in order to help you prevent them and keep from becoming a holiday fire statistic.

    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports more than double the number of open-flame fires… learn more »

  • Avalanches - Know the Risk and How to Be Prepared

    Posted November 29, 2017

    Thousands of avalanches occur each winter in the mountains of Colorado. With the enormous popularity of winter sports in Colorado, this poses a risk to skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and people traveling in the backcountry. On average 6 people die in avalanches in the state of Colorado every year. Anyone who… learn more »

  • Gratitude

    Posted November 22, 2017

    We are a team made up of 50 volunteers, 19 paid crew and 2 office staff. Together, we cover thousands of acres of privately and publicly owned land including homes, schools, hospitals, historic sites, stores, non-profits, churches, bike paths, river access, highways, county roads and beyond. We have staff and… learn more »

  • Winter Weather Can Increase Risks at Home

    Posted November 13, 2017

    Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous in many ways, to your health, to your safety, and beyond. By simply planning ahead using the list and tips below, you can prevent and be prepared for winter has in store.

    Carbon Monoxide
    Regular maintenance and inspection of gas burning… learn more »

  • Your Vote, Our Service

    Posted November 6, 2017

    The local election is just around the corner and your vote for Ballot Issue 4C is critical to Carbondale Fire’s service level. 4C asks you to allow Carbondale Fire to continue funding the costs of maintaining current levels of essential firefighting, paramedic and emergency medical services, improve current communications equipment,… learn more »

  • What $55 in Property Taxes Means to Your Local Fire and Ambulance Responders: the November Elections

    Posted October 19, 2017

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is currently operating using a 1.75 mill levy override in place, that was approved by voters in 2015. The current total operating mill levy for the District is 7.653 mills, which includes the 1.75 mill levy override. This mill levy override expireslearn more »

  • Lower Property Insurance Rates thanks to Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

    Posted October 18, 2017

    The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) is proud to announce that the Fire District recently received an improved rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The District has improved its ISO rating to a Class 3 public protection rating, effective August 1, 2017.

    The Insurance Services Office, ISO,… learn more »

  • Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Saving You $30,000 Annually

    Posted October 9, 2017

    In the 2004 local election, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, received a 20 year
    bond for capital improvements that was approved by taxpayers in the district. The bonds were
    refinanced in 2007 to save taxpayers money with a better interest rate. In 2017, Fire Chief Ronlearn more »

  • Open House at Carbondale Fire!

    Posted October 6, 2017

    Carbondale Fire District invites you to come to our Community Open House. It will be a great time with something for the entire family. Enjoy station tours, fire truck rides, lunch with your friends at Carbondale Fire a chance to meet Sparky the Fire Dog! Plus, prizes for grown-ups and… learn more »

  • So Much More than a Firefighter

    Posted October 3, 2017

    Did you know that the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, answers over 1,200 emergency 911 calls annually? Seems like a lot of fires, right? On average, Carbondale Fire responds to 420 emergency fire calls and nearly 800 emergency medical calls annually. How does that work, you might ask?

    Carbondale… learn more »

  • Coffee With the Chiefs

    Posted September 13, 2017

    See attached image

    learn more »

  • If We Can't Find You, We Can't Help You

    Posted May 15, 2017

    When an emergency strikes, we know time is of the essence. Our team strives to arrive at the location as quickly as possible, assess the situation, and get to work. However, if your home address is not clearly visible to us, we waste valuable seconds trying to locate you. If we… learn more »

  • Structure Fire at 858 Garfield Ave.

    Posted May 11, 2017
    Carbondale, Colo. – At 4:40 p.m. on May 11, 2017, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to 858 Garfield Ave., Carbondale, for a report of a structure fire. learn more »
  • Be Sure to Check Your Alarms at Daylight Saving Time!

    Posted March 7, 2017

    Daylight Saving Time, when we collectively “spring forward,” is not only the time to change clocks, it’s also the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This year, Daylight Saving Time is March 12, 2017.learn more »

  • Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives!

    Posted February 16, 2017

    More than 1,000 people suffer non-traumatic cardiac arrest outside hospitals — including about 26 children — each day in the U.S. Only 46% of those get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance… learn more »

  • Avalanche Safety

    Posted January 12, 2017
    Avalanche Safety

    Year after year, hundreds of people – skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers, etc. – find themselves caught in an avalanche. Avalanche terrain is any snow-covered hill, mountain, or slope steeper than about 30 degrees. It doesn’t matter if the slope is big or a very small. Also, it doesn’t matter…

    learn more »
  • Do Your New Year's Resolutions Include Fire Safety?

    Posted January 3, 2017
    While the winter months are upon us, it may seem like wildfire is the last thing on most of our minds. But the truth is, in some areas of our state, wildfires continue to be a threat. It’s never too soon to start preparing your property for the upcoming wildfire season. learn more »
  • Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    Posted December 15, 2016

    It’s fun to decorate for the holidays during winter, but those holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire aware and fire smart.

    To learn about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, read these winter fire safety… learn more »

  • Winter Safety Tips

    Posted November 15, 2016
    Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. There are many things to think about and be aware of as the winter months draw near. Here is a list of things to consider for staying safe this winter:


    learn more »
  • Press Release - Three Structure Fires and a Brush Fire

    Posted November 11, 2016
    UPDATE - 4:49 pm 3 homes were involved in the fire at 6598 Highway 82 (Address Correction). One homes was totally destroyed. The fire at the other two homes have been contained..... Carbondale, Colo. – At 1:46 p.m. today, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to 6578 Highway 82, for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a home fully engulfed in flames. learn more »
  • Community Open House

    Posted September 30, 2016

    Carbondale Fire District invites you to our Community Open House this Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm. It will be a great time with something for the entire family. Enjoy station tours, fire truck rides, a chance to meet Sparky the Fire Dog, and prizes for grown-ups and kids! Join us… learn more »

  • Sewell Mesa Fire

    Posted July 29, 2016
    Press Releases from the Sewell Mesa Fire on July 29, 2016 - Updated July 30 at 5pm learn more »
  • Bike Helmet Giveaway at Mountain Fair

    Posted July 26, 2016
    We are giving away bike helmets at certain times each day at Mountain Fair! On Saturday & Sunday, at 11 am & 2 pm, we will give away 15 bike helmets to kids at our first aid booth. learn more »
  • Sparklers Get Hot!

    Posted June 29, 2016
    How hot does a sparkler get? Up to 1200 degrees! Be careful when using sparklers! Here are some tips to keep your kids safe with sparklers from learn more »
  • Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in a Parked Vehicle

    Posted June 21, 2016
    It is getting hotter and hotter. Today may be the hottest day (so far) of 2016. We want to help you keep others safe and prevent a tragedy. An average of 37 children per year and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from heat stroke (hyperthermia). Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. learn more »
  • Red Flag Warning - June 15 & June 16

    Posted June 14, 2016
    The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for June 15 and June 16. The expected weather includes gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels. Open burning will not be allowed during Red Flag Warnings. learn more »
  • Are You Flood Smart?

    Posted June 7, 2016
    Our rivers are running high.... are you flood smart? Great info from the Pitkin County Emergency Management Team (we're part of it). Check it out! learn more »
  • Do you know EDITH?

    Posted February 24, 2016

    EDITH stands for Exit Drills In The Home.
    Your family should know your escape routes and practice them. When the smoke alarm sounds, you may only have seconds or minutes to escape safely. Have a meeting place for everyone to gather outside. Plan two ways out, in case one way is filled with smoke or fire. learn more »

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms

    Posted February 23, 2016
    High levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can be fatal, causing death within minutes! Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. There is no way to detect it without an alarm. Alarms should be placed within ten feet of all sleeping areas in all homes Symptoms of CO poisoning mimic flu-like symptoms. If you are feeling symptoms, immediately move to an open window or go outdoors and call 911. learn more »
  • Smoke Alarms

    Posted February 20, 2016
    More about the importance of fire alarms and best places to install them in your home. learn more »
  • Electrical Safety

    Posted February 19, 2016
    -Do not overload electrical sockets
    -Do not run cords under rugs or furniture. *cords can become worn, overheat, and cause a fire.*
    -Use power strips equipped with overload protection.
    -Make sure to use only approved cords and power strips (approved by UL, Underwriter’s Laboratories) learn more »
  • Candles

    Posted February 16, 2016

    Candles are nice to look at, but they can easily start a home fire learn more »

  • Marble Charter School First Aid & CPR

    Posted February 16, 2016

    Carbondale Volunteer Fire Fighters and EMTs visited the Marble Charter School on January 29th to teach basic first aid skills and CPR to the students. About 22 students were in attendance and learned various first aid skills including bleeding control, bandaging, splinting and basic, hands only CPR.

    Thanks to… learn more »

  • Smoking Related Fires

    Posted February 12, 2016
    Did you know..... Cigarettes can smolder for hours? learn more »
  • Cooking Fires

    Posted February 10, 2016

    Cooking fires are the leading cause of all residential structure fireslearn more »

  • Home Fire Safety & Prevention

    Posted February 9, 2016

    It may not be fire prevention week, but we want to help keep you safe and work to prevent fires all the time.

    Did you know…..
    -10,688 Reported fires in Colorado in 2011
    -21 Reported Civilian Deaths
    -188 Reported Civilian Injurieslearn more »

  • Shoveling and Snow Blowers

    Posted February 1, 2016

    While snow shoveling can be good exercise, it can also be dangerous for those who take on more than they can handle.
    – Dress warmly, paying special attention to feet, hands, nose and ears.
    – Avoid shoveling snow if you are out of shape. If you have a history of heart trouble, do… learn more »

  • 2015 Volunteer Awards

    Posted January 29, 2016
    Congratulations to our 2015 Volunteer Award Recipients! learn more »
  • Winter Is Here!

    Posted December 15, 2015
    It may not be the official meteorological start of winter, but have you looked outside? ( for infographic) learn more »
  • It's Cold & Flu Season

    Posted November 28, 2015
    Whether or not you chose to get a flu shot, there is a simple way to help prevent infectious diseases such as colds and the flu. learn more »
  • Deep Frying a Turkey

    Posted November 24, 2015
    Are you deep frying a turkey this Thanksgiving? Yum .... But, before you set up your turkey fryer, remember these safety tips.... Be Safe with your turkey fryer so you can enjoy your creation! learn more »
  • Make a Plan Before A Winter Storm

    Posted November 19, 2015
    Ready.Gov has great tips on making a plan to connect by text, e-mail, social media or cell before a winter storm. learn more »
  • Think You See Us A Lot?

    Posted November 18, 2015
    Do you think you see us responding to emergency calls a lot? If you do, you're right! 2015 is on track to be the second busiest response year we have ever had. learn more »
  • Thank You Veterans

    Posted November 11, 2015
    Thank you to all of our veterans learn more »
  • A True Carbondale Treasure

    Posted November 9, 2015
    This article was originally published in the Sopris Sun on October 15, 2015. Rob Goodwin first saved the life of another kid when he was a young boy, and he was hooked. It was a hot summer day in Carbondale and he was watching some neighborhood boys play in a fast-moving ditch. One of them wasn’t a very strong swimmer and he got sucked into the current. Realizing that this situation required immediate and decisive action, Rob jumped in and pulled the boy to safety. Little did he know at such a young age, but his career path was chosen in that ditch. learn more »
  • Unofficial Election Results - Ballot Issue 4B

    Posted November 4, 2015
    The unofficial results for Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District ballot question 4B are below. The results are a total of the votes reported by Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison county clerk and recorders. learn more »
  • Saturday at Senior Housing

    Posted November 2, 2015
    We were able to spend some time Saturday with our friends at Senior Housing. We had a great time! learn more »
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms when you change your clock!

    Posted October 30, 2015
    Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke detectors to provide an early warning. Install smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home. learn more »
  • Mantenerse a salvo en Halloween

    Posted October 30, 2015
    A todo el mundo le encanta un buen susto en Halloween, pero no cuando se trata de la seguridad de sus hijos. Hay varios comportamientos sencillos y eficaces que los padres pueden compartir con los hijos para ayudar a reducir el riesgo de lesiones. learn more »
  • Stay Safe on Halloween!

    Posted October 30, 2015
    Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. learn more »

    Posted October 30, 2015
    Halloween can be known as a scary time of year, but it’s also a time for fun costumes and delicious treats! Scaring should always be good-natured and not pose any real threats. The best Halloween is a safe Halloween. Here are some safety tips to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience. learn more »
  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Posted October 28, 2015
    Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. This Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your children’s Halloween a safer night of fun. learn more »
  • Consejos de Seguridad de Halloween en Español

    Posted October 28, 2015
    Halloween es una de las épocas más emocionantes del año para los niños, pero a veces la más agitada para los padres y tutores. Este Halloween, tómese un momento para considerar las precauciones de seguridad básicas que harán que esa noche de diversión sea más segura para sus hijos. learn more »
  • We had fun visiting

    Posted October 28, 2015

    the preschoolers at Faith Lutheran preschool today!

    learn more »

  • Calls for Service for the Week of October 18 - October 24

    Posted October 27, 2015
    Calls for Service for the Week of October 18 - October 24 learn more »
  • Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

    Posted October 27, 2015
    Daylight savings time ends this weekend. This is the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. learn more »
  • Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

    Posted October 26, 2015
    One simple step can help save your life and the lives of others. Changing smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when the time changes, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. learn more »
  • Carbondale Fire Receives Grant from Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District

    Posted October 21, 2015
    Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District chose Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District as a recipient for their 2015 Fall Grant Cycle. learn more »
  • Smoke Alarm Safety Tip Sheet

    Posted October 8, 2015
    Here is a Smoke Alarm safety tip sheet from NFPA to help keep your family safe! learn more »
  • Carbondale Fire Helps Place an AED at Ross Montessori School

    Posted September 30, 2015
    We were so glad to be able to help Ross Montessori School get an AED for their facility! learn more »
  • Carbondale Fire Responds to Small Airplane Crash Near Cattle Creek

    Posted September 27, 2015
    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to a field near County Road 154 for a report of an aircraft emergency. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a single engine Cessna plane that had crashed in the field near the old Sopris Restaurant. The plane was upside down in the field. One person was still in the aircraft and needed to be extricated. (Read more)... learn more »
  • Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Posted September 22, 2015
    Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, September 26 10 am - 2 pm at the Carbondale Police Department learn more »
  • Fire at the Third Street Center

    Posted September 16, 2015
    At 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District and Carbondale Police Department responded to the Third Street Center at 520 S. Third St., for a report of a structure fire. Read more... learn more »
  • Farmer's Market & Free Blood Pressure Checks Tomorrow!

    Posted September 15, 2015
    We are getting to the end of the Farmer's Market season, so you better get down there tomorrow to see us! learn more »
  • Emergency Family Communication Plan

    Posted September 14, 2015
    Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together? Before an emergency happens, have a family discussion to determine who would be your out-of-state point of contact, and where you would meet away from your home — both in the neighborhood and within your town. learn more »
  • Emergency 911 calls 8/31 - 9/5/15

    Posted September 9, 2015
    Carbondale Fire's Emergency 911 calls 8/31 - 9/5/15 learn more »
  • Valley Firefighters Help in Northwest

    Posted September 6, 2015
    Check out the article in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent about some of our firefighters and their time fighting fires in Oregon. learn more »
  • Pitkin County Airport Drill

    Posted September 2, 2015
    Photos from the Pitkin County airport emergency training drill we participated in on September 1, 2015. Thanks to volunteer firefighter/EMT Ashley Buss for the photos! learn more »
  • Emergency 911 calls for 8/23-8/29/15

    Posted September 1, 2015
    Carbondale Fire Emergency 911 calls for 8/23-8/29/15 learn more »
  • Community Wildfire Protection Meeting

    Posted August 25, 2015
    Wildfire season isn’t over! Meet with wildfire professionals from Carbondale Fire and learn about current wildfire conditions and what you can do to protect your home learn more »
  • Free Blood Pressure Checks!

    Posted August 25, 2015
    Don't forget to stop by and see us at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday for free blood pressure checks and kid's safety material. learn more »
  • It's Back to School Time

    Posted August 19, 2015
    It is almost back to school time. Here are the bus routes for the Roaring Fork School District Please remember to watch out for all those kiddos walking & biking to school too. learn more »
  • Are You Prepared For An Evacuation?

    Posted August 14, 2015
    Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin talks about putting together a go-kit and evacuating during a wildfire. learn more »
  • Carbondale Fire Crew To Help with Oregon Wildfire

    Posted August 13, 2015
    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District has sent a brush truck and crew to assist at the Bendire Complex Fire near Vale, Oregon. On August 11, 2015, the United States Forest Services Dispatch requested assistance from Colorado crews, including one from Carbondale Fire, to respond to fires on in the Northwest of the United States. There are numerous wildfires burning in the Northern California/Oregon area. Due to the current low wildfire danger, the District was able to send a crew and brush truck to help. learn more »
  • August 12 Farmer's Market

    Posted August 11, 2015
    Come see us at the Carbondale Farmer's Market tomorrow - August 12! We will be offering free Blood Pressure Check and Kids Fire Safety handouts. learn more »
  • Where’s Your Hydrant?

    Posted July 20, 2015
    After a wet spring, weeds have grown tall and could make it hard for firefighters to find fire hydrants during an emergency. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is asking residents to look for their nearest fire hydrant and remove any weeds around it so firefighters can easily gain access if needed. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District suggests clearing at least three feet around the hydrant for easy access for firefighters. The simple act of cutting back weeds around a hydrant could make a difference. learn more »
  • Thanks to the Rams for Helping Out at the Firehouse!

    Posted April 24, 2015
    Thanks to the 12 Roaring Fork High School ‪Rams‬ who spent the day with us at the fire house! According to the Post Independent: "Roaring Fork High School’s entire student body took a break from school Thursday to serve their community as part of the annual Rams Day. Groups of students helped out at other area schools, did some spring cleaning and performed random acts of kindness around town. In the afternoon, they were rewarded with games and competitions back at the high school. learn more »