Platte Canyon Fire Protection District was formed as a volunteer organization in 1947. In 1980, it was established as a District. The District's original mission was to protect homes and businesses from fires. Since that time, our mission has expanded considerably to keep up with our community's incredible growth. Today we provide the community with a wide range of high quality emergency services and this demand for service increases 45 percent with tourists passing through our District. Our services include protection from damaging and deadly fires; basic life support and medical assistance, chopper landings for emergency services, educational and training programs in fire and personal safety for our firefighters and community (especially at our public schools); CPR classes; wildland mitigation programs; swift water and ice rescue; mutual structural and wildland trainings between six surrounding fire departments.
Platte Canyon Fire Protection District is a small rural volunteer fire department in one the fastest growing counties in Colorado. We service mostly residential subdivisions in our district with a population of 10,000. Our district covers an area of 271 square miles in the center of Colorado and is primarily residential, agricultural, forest service and Bureau of Land Management lands that is mostly very mountainous and heavily forested. We have three primary highways to the mountains in our area that are major HazMat routes. We are responsible for the protection of Roberts Tunnel and twenty miles of the North Fork of the South Platte River that are fundamental water sources, which belong to Denver Water. We have approximately 1,000,000 visitors a year who travel our highways within our District.