FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Remember! Wildfire Can Happen at Any Time
The following fire restrictions have been issued:
Town of Parker Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect as of Feb. 21, 2017. Click here.
Arapahoe County Open Burning Ban effective Feb. 20, 2017. Click here.
News from the Life Safety Bureau The South Metro Fire Rescue Board of Directors has approved a new fee schedule for plan review, permitting, and inspections. Please click here to view the new Fee Schedule effective March 1, 2017.
2017 Citizens Academy This year's Academy is full, but check our website next year at the end of January for the 2018 Academy. The Academy consists of eight week sessions, typically held on Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Following is information about what is covered at South Metro's Citizens Academy:
Have you ever wondered what firefighters do? Or what it's like to be inside a burning building? Or how to improve the fire safety of your family? Or how to use the Jaws of Life to save someone from a car crash? Or how investigators find the causes of fires? Or how dispatchers direct resources to emergencies? South Metro Fire Rescue invites you to participate in our annual Citizens Academy. This 8-week week academy is a rare opportunity to discover the mysteries of modern firefighting and learn priceless life-saving skills. As the images below reveal, you'll learn about SMFR from behind the scenes and learn about yourself and your community in the process.
South Metro Fire Rescue Announces the Recent Graduation of its Newest Class of Firefighters Centennial, Colo. -- (Dec. 5, 2016) -- SMFR
announced today that the latest class of firefighters from SMFR Training Academy has graduated. A ceremony recognizing the 20 graduates was held at the Parker Arts, Cultural and Events (PACE) Center on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in recognition of all their efforts through the 16-week academy. Click here to read entire press release..
South Metro Fire Rescue Warns Wildland Fires Can Happen Any Time of Year. October Was the "Most Burned Month" in 2016 for SMFR Centennial, Colo. -- (Nov. 17, 2016) -- South Metro Fire Rescue is warning that a wildfire can happen any time of year and all residents in Colorado need to be aware of the risks and be prepared with preventative measures. Click here to read entire press release...
Ultimate Car Seat Guide
Have you seen the Ultimate Car Seat Guide put out by Safe Kids Worldwide? It's a great new tool to help parents figure out what car seat to purchase, how to install it, how the child is supposed to fit in the seat, and when they should graduate to the next step.
South Metro Fire Rescue Raises Over $101,000 for the "Fill the Boot" Campaign
Centennial, Colo. - (Sept. 22, 2016) A few weeks ago, members of all 17 stations in South Metro Fire Rescue's district participated in helping raise money for MDA - standing at storefronts, intersections and other areas in the south metro area using their boots to collect money to help support this important cause. Muscular dystrophy is characterized as a group of genetic diseases that causes progressive muscle deterioration that limits strength and mobility. South Metro Fire Rescue has participated in this event for over 17 years - raising approximately $1.5 million to-date -- filling the boot each year in between calls for service. The organization plans on continuing this tradition for many years to come. Click here to read more.
South Metro Fire Rescue Opens Recruiting for Paramedic/Firefighters Centennial, Colo. - (Sept. 20, 2016) South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) has
opened up the recruiting process for entry-level and experienced paramedic/firefighter positions. Applicants must register for intent to test no later than Nov. 18, 2016. Click here to read more.
Are You Ready for a Wildfire?
South Metro Fire Rescue takes every precaution to help protect you and your property from a wildfire, but we can’t do it alone. We need you to prepare, too. Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and your property at home and on vacation. Here are some tips you can follow:
Read your workplace and school emergency plans so you know how those organizations will protect your family members in emergencies;
Ensure family members know how to use gas, electric and water shut-off controls;
Plan and practice different escape routes from your neighborhood;
Assemble an emergency supply kit as recommended by the American Red Cross, FEMA or similar organizations;
Create an evacuation plan for your babysitter or children in case such an order occurs when you aren’t home;
Inventory your home so that insurance claims can occur faster
Hidden Village in Parker Earns Firewise Designation
Congratulations to our neighbors in Hidden Village for earning their Firewise Communities status. The crew of Station 43 - Lt. Mark Hamill, Engineer Daryl Troute and Firefighter Scott Russell - joined Risk Reduction Specialist Einar Jensen to present the award on May 22nd. To be Firewise means to invest time and money individually and collectively to reduce the risk of wildfire in a community. They are protecting their families and our firefighters, and ultimately, creating a community that is better adapted to the presence of wildfire. For more information on becoming a Firewise community or learning about our other wildfire mitigation resources, email email@example.com.