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About Boulder Fire-Rescue

Mission

The Boulder Fire-Rescue Department (BFRD) strives to make Boulder a safe place to live, work and play. BFRD reduces the human suffering caused by fires, accidents, sudden illnesses, hazardous material releases, and other disasters.

Structure

BFRD provides the following services:

  • Fighting structural, wildland and other fires;
  • Responding to medical emergencies, rescue situations, hazardous material releases, and natural disasters;
  • Providing fire-safety education to the public, from children and youth (preschool through college age) to seniors;
  • Working with local businesses and organizations by inspecting buildings and reviewing construction plans for fire prevention code compliance;
  • Acting as the designated emergency response authority (DERA) for hazardous materials incidents in the City of Boulder;
  • Protecting more than $21 billion dollars worth of property within Boulder, which encompasses 25.8 square miles of land and is surrounded by 70.8 square miles of city Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP); and
  • Responding to more than 10,000 emergencies annually.
  • 2018 Operating Budget: $20,650,570
  • 2018 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 124

Responsibilities

Emergency Services
This division provides a full range of emergency response services as noted in the City Charter, Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and Department Master Plan. These services are carried out by personnel stationed at seven strategically-located stations throughout the city. In addition, several emergency response contracts with cooperative entities ensure resiliency and cost-effective service provision.

  • 2018 Operating Budget: $15,750,609
  • 2018 Number of FTE Employees: 97

Community Risk Reduction
This division provides fire prevention services through coordinated engineering, education and enforcement initiatives. The public education program targets specific groups based on risk and key demographics. The workgroup also offers evaluation and intervention for children ages 3 to 18 who have been involved in a fire-setting incident. Community risk-reduction also provides inspection and enforcement services to ensure existing buildings and new construction meet fire and safety code requirements, as well as providing fire cause and origin determination on all fires.

  • 2018 Operating Budget: $966,692
  • 2018 Number of FTE Employees: 7

Wildland Coordination
Wildland Coordination provides initial fire attack for wildland fires on city-owned open space. In addition, the division conducts forest thinning services, pre-planning and coordination of wildfire response with neighboring fire districts.

  • 2018 Operating Budget: $1,146,823
  • 2018 Number of FTE Employees: 8

Administration
This division provides support services and training for the department, including personnel management, accounting, budget, basic payroll, purchasing and general management of the department. In addition, the training program provides training for fire fighters, helping them maintain and expand the skills needed to handle the wide variety of demands based on community risk. This includes emergency medical skills training for fire fighters and associated certifications based on national standards.

  • 2018 Operating Budget: $2,786,446
  • 2018 Number of FTE Employees: 12