Special Programs

Special programs are the programs that support the operations of South Metro Fire and Rescue Authority (SMFRA) outside of incident response. Such programs include wellness and fitness, apparatus equipment, and the honor guard. Many of these special programs are additional duties that SMFRA members perform to enhance the operational readiness of the entire authority.

Explorer Program 
Explorer ClassroomThe Fire Explorer Program, in cooperation with the SMFRA, Learning for Life Exploring, and other host fire agencies, is to offer young men and women real life experiences, training, and exposure to the career opportunities in the fire service. Second, it provides a reliable and effective means for preparing and eventually recruiting the firefighters of tomorrow from our surrounding communities.

Fire Exploring gives young people valuable insight into the fire service profession by offering hands-on career activities. This insight will help the individual to decide whether or not he or she desires to pursue a greater role in the fire service.

Rings and American FlagA high level of fitness is arguably one of the most important aspects of being a firefighter. Our primary mission as the Fitness Team is to ensure that all of our firefighters have the opportunity to better themselves physically. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among firefighters in the United States, we find this fact unacceptable. We are committed to providing our brothers and sisters with the necessary equipment, knowledge, and motivation to improve and maintain strength, stamina, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. We are comforted knowing that the service provided by South Metro Firefighters will always strive to meet the highest standards. This commitment is unwavering. The Fitness Team is equally committed to the SMFRA men and women who place themselves in harms way.

Our commitment includes assisting our members with the necessary tools to adequately prepare themselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. We will do everything in our power to ensure that never changes and opportunities to better ourselves are always available,

Honor Guard
IAFF3The South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Honor Guard is a drill and ceremony team that encompasses firefighters of all ranks. The mission of the South Metro Fire Rescue Honor Guard is to develop and maintain precise drill and ceremony procedures that instill pride, professionalism, respect and tradition to SMFRA as well as other emergency service agencies in their time of need.


The Honor Guard has 13 members and is comprised of a unit commander, a deputy unit commander, the guards, and a bagpiper. Each member is trained in basic and advanced drill and ceremony, standards of dress and appearance of the uniform, as well as flag movements and etiquette. The Honor Guard is also tasked with training basic drill and ceremony for uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.


The Honor Guard performs at various ceremonies such as the departments’ Medal Day / Employee Appreciation Day, firefighter academy graduations, firefighter memorial. A large part of this ceremonial program is participation in remembrance events such as the Colorado Fallen Firefighter Memorial, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Fallen Firefighter Memorial and the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Another function of the Honor Guard is, to honor our fallen brothers and sisters at events such as line of duty death services, non-line of duty death services, retiree funeral services, outside emergency service events, and other events and occasions as requested.

Ops Equipment
Engine 33 FallThe mission of the Operations Equipment Program is to provide for and maintain all equipment necessary on front line and reserve apparatus in an efficient, safe and expedient manner. In 2009, the members of the Operations Equipment Program accomplished the monumental task of consolidating the inventories and equipment from the two former fire districts in to one system. This apparatus equipment inventory system includes all equipment on suppression apparatus for 17 stations.

Equipment carried on fire suppression apparatus and maintained by the Operations Equipment Program includes axes and other forcible entry hand tools, electrical and battery operated lighting, ventilation fans, power tools, and ladders.

Breathing apparatusThe mission of the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) group is to provide and maintain the breathing air systems utilized by firefighters in a ready state at all times with a turn around time of less than twenty-four hour on repairs.

The SCBA group at SMFRA is responsible for all breathing air equipment used by firefighters. This includes air packs, bottles, masks, regulators, voice amplifiers, and compressors. This equipment is vital to operations across many special teams as well as every firefighter on the department. 


The SCBA group is comprised of eight technicians who are all certified by the SCBA manufacturer to do complete maintenance and repair of the breathing air system. The system requires annual testing of all regulators and airpacks to ensure proper pressures and flow rates. All compressors require quarterly testing of the air they produce by an independent certified lab.

Annual fit testing of all masks used by firefighters is also conducted. The apparatus we are using are state of the art and have a safety record that is unmatched in the industry. The technicians that work on this equipment are all highly skilled and show unending dedication to ensuring that this life safety equipment is in top condition at all times, because their life and the lives of fellow firefighters rely on this equipment.