DACONO — Speaking to city council Sept. 9, Mountain View Fire Rescue Mark Lawley said Dacono residents are still well protected since the district ended an agreement with the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District May 29.
While the Mountain View terminated the automatic aid agreement with the FFFPD, a mutual aid agreement is still in place between the two districts.
“What the auto aid agreement did, if there was an emergency in either community, we had an agreement where someone called 9-1-1, the dispatch desk would automatically attach a, for example if it was a fire in Frederick, they would automatically attach our fire units to the initial dispatch. And vice versa,” Lawley said.
Since 2010, operating under the agreement, Frederick-Firestone FPD provided aid in the areas of northern Dacono (north of County Road 12), Highway 119 west of Interstate 25 and unincorporated areas north and east of Firestone. Mountain View FPD provided aid to southern Frederick (south of County Road 16) and Saint Vrain State Park.
“There is still a mutual aid agreement, and basically, how that works is if there’s a fire in, for example, Dacono or the surrounding properties we cover, we would get the initial dispatch,” Lawley said. “Our officers – we have an officer on every fire truck in the district – if they need assistance from Frederick or Brighton or another surrounding community to the south, we would simply pick up the radio and say, ‘Please send us an additional fire engine’ from whatever community we needed the resource from.”
Lawley said both districts are dispatched from Weld County Communication center.
“So we both have each have each other’s radio channels and frequencies in each district,” Lawley said.
Mountain View will continue to serve areas West of Interstate 25, where the district has spent over three million dollars in fire stations and equipment to enhance service to the area, in addition to the ongoing annual costs of providing paid fire officers, firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMTs to cover this area.
“Basically, you know the reason that the IGA was broken: the town of Frederick, the town of Firestone and the Frederick-Firestone Protection District filed a lawsuit against the district. At the advice of our council, those agreements were terminated,” Lawley said. “From a service perspective, we didn’t anticipate any differences in service and as of to date, we haven’t seen any differences in service.”
Lawley said response times are the same as they were before the agreement between the districts was broken.
“In the station here in Dacono, we have a several pieces of fire apparatus, a fully-staffed station, five people on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Lawley said. “And then we often have additional staffing on. We have a part-time paid program and volunteers. Those folks come and we often times have a sixth or even a seventh person to that response. So from that perspective, the city of Dacono is well protected.”
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