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About Us


  • The Deer Mountain Fire Protection District was formed in November 1985 after the Deer Mountain Volunteer Fire Department (formed in 1984) realized a need for expansion and tax revenues to continue providing emergency response to a growing community. A Special Election was held on Nov. 19, 1985 in a motor home at the small Country Store. Eighty-two residents voted that day with 68 for and 14 against the special district formation.
  • The first board members were Ed Huffman, John Mueller, John Kauffman, Arleen Weber, and Tom Waldron. After the Oath of Office, Ed Huffman was elected Chairman.  
  • The first year was hard work with many volunteer hours contributed. In September,  1986, John Kauffman petitioned and was awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Mineral Impact Board to enlarge the one bay fire station, purchase two trucks and equipment, and install utilities.
  • The Deer Mountain Fire Department maintained a volunteer station for over 25 years and has had as few as 7 Firefighters. Today the department has approximately 21 Firefighters, State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, a Paramedic and drivers. The Station houses 8 vehicles ranging from Brush Trucks to Attack Tenders that carry water supplies.  
  • The Department also is fortunate to have very important support groups,  including the DMVFDA. Community members act as auxillary members who help and periodically hold fundraisers for the Fire Department.
  • In February 1988, the town of Coaldale, about 26 miles NW of Station 1, joined the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District. While Coaldale was in the District they served the western end of Fremont County with 12 to 16 Firefighters. In May of 2008 Coaldale left the DMFPD and started the Western Fremont Fire Protection District.  
  • In December of 1989 the town of Cotopaxi petitioned the DMFPD Board to join the District and was accepted in January 1990. The town of Cotopaxi has approximately 500 resident and about 12 miles of US Highway 50 and the Arkansas River. This station is also responsible for fighting fires at the Cotopaxi School, grades K-12. The Fire Station today has 7 volunteers and 4 vehicles. The small rural Community was growing and the District was now in full swing. In 1989 another grant was used to build the Fire Station in Cotopaxi.  
  • Over the next few years the District had very little change. Late in 1998 they received a Colorado Lottery Grant and added a Community/Training Hall at Station 1.  
  • On June 2, 2002 the District experienced a very large fire on Iron Mountain. Approximately 4,400 woodland acres and 100 homes and out-buildings were destroyed. Fortunately there was no loss of human life. After the fire, a review of procedures resulted in the District expanding training on the Urban-Wildland Interface. New training requirements meeting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications were instituted. 
  • The next large fire was above the town of Coaldale on BLM land. The fire started lightning in September 2007  burned around 340 acres. BLM officers used the fire as a mitigation project.  
  • In May of 2008, the Ferguson Fire erupted and exhibited the same weather patterns and fire conditions as the Iron Mountain Fire. Fortunately only 380 acres were destroyed. This was due in part to better equipment and a higher level of training. Both the Iron Mountain and the Ferguson Fires were within our district’s boundaries.

Mission Statement / Core values


To provide services for the preservation and protection of life and property during fires which occur within the boundaries of the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District and to provide education and training for firefighters within the district.

To insure that EMT Basic and Advanced services be provided to proudly serve our citizens and each other with dedication, integrity, dependability, courage and respect. Provide education and training for EMTs within the district.

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Fire Safety Cotopaxi School.
Fire Safety Cotopaxi School.



Hello Deer Mountain Community!  Recent years have been busy and much as been accomplished in the Deer Mountain Fire Protection. Together the community, firefighters, EMTs and district board members will continue to advance our emergency services for the sake of all in the area.     

 2018 Accomplishments  

 New Board of Directors:    

January 2018 -- A new, more experienced set of directors took district board seats in January 2018.      Roster:   

February 2018 -- Joe Watts returned to be intrim fire chief. Roster is now up to 29 people working for Deer Mountain fire and EMS. Applications are being taken for firefighters and EMTs.    

Truck Purchase:   February 2018 -- The district purchased a rescue truck for $40,000 and sold the truck that this truck replaces.      

Legal Counsel:   March 2018 -- The board approved a new legal firm to represent the district.      

New Ambulance Arrives:   March 2018 -- Beautiful new 2018 ambulance was purchased with 80% grant money.      

Auxillary Formed:   March 2018 -- An auxillary (support group) to the fire department/EMS service has been formed and is welcoming new members.      Three DM EMS Personnel Express Interest in Advanced Training:   

March 2018 -- A grant is being written to send 1 DM firefighter through the EMT-Basic course and 2 EMT-Basics through the EMT-Intermediate course.     

 Chief:   April 2018 -- Joe Watts sworn in as fire chief of the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District.      

Deer Mountain Helps on a State Wildfire:   April 2018 -- First request from the Colorado Fire Service for Deer Mountain firefighter assistance on a large wildfire. First Deer Mountain Station #1 truck and crew responds for the 2018 fire season.     

 New Fire Station Project for the Southern Section of the Fire District:   April 2018 -- Station #4 Project approved by the Board of Directors. It will be located at P Path and Copper Gulch Road.    

Election Process Completed at Minimal Cost:  

 May 2018 -- Board members sworn in for 2 year and 4 year terms.     

 EMT Training:   May 2018 -- Two local residents begin EMT training at Pueblo Community College at Fremont campus in Canon City.      Grant Request Submitted for EMT Training:   May 2018 -- Process begun to secure $8,000 in grant money for EMT-Basic and EMT-Advanced training for 3 local residents.     

Colorado Fire Service Requests Help from DMFPD to Provide Fire Protection on the Durange Fire:   June 2018 -- Two trucks and fire crews sent to Durango, Colorado. This brings in tens of thousand of dollars into our fire district and provides valuable experience and advancement for our fire personnel.   

2017 Accomplishments:  

National Fires:   Several Deer Mountain firefighters served on national fires, giving them more experience and bringing revenue into the district.      

Ambulance Grant:   The grant requesting help with purchasing a new 2018 ambulance was approved. (To be delivered in 2018)        

2016 Accomplishments:

Responses:  ◦Local Fire and EMS Incidents: DMFPD responded to 101 fire related and 169 EMS incidents. 

National Fire Deployments: Members of DMFPD participated in 11 national deployments, either locally or across the country. These operations are not only invaluable for training and personnel retention, but also help the department to bring in additional income to support our expanded services. 

EMS Ambulance Staged at Cotopaxi School Events: With our expanded EMS services (see Station 2 updates) we were able to stage an ambulance at Cotopaxi School athletic events for immediate response to potential injuries.  

Personnel: ◦Volunteers: 18 new volunteers joined our ranks this year ◦Training: DMFPD personnel completed over 1949 hours of training this calendar year, either fire or EMS related, and this does not include the hands on experience received on the National Fire Deployments.  

Vehicles: ◦Newly Added Engine 21: An LMTV conversion, Engine 21 is configured as a multi-purpose Fire and MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) response vehicle. ◦Newly Added Brush 11: Another LMTV conversion, this is configured primarily as a Fire response vehicle.  

Station 1 (Copper Gulch): ◦New Building: A new 5 bay, 5520 square feet building was put up this year to ensure all our vehicles have a protected, heated storage space to be able to carry water / respond year round. ◦Existing Buildings: Cleaned, organized and painted all exteriors ◦Roadside Sign: DMFPD received a grant for the new roadside sign to communicate alerts and upcoming events to the community. 

Station 2 (Cotopaxi): ◦Expanded Services: DMFPD expanded our EMS services to be able to directly and more quickly serve the Cotopaxi and Indian Springs portions of our district with a second ambulance operating from this station (while also maintaining 24/7 volunteer services operating out of Station 1). ◦Upgraded Radio Antenna: A new ‘800’ radio antenna was installed along with a more powerful base station to increase the reception and transmission signal power.  

Station 3 (Indian Springs): ◦Lot Deeded to DMFPD for New Building: The Indian Springs HOA deeded a one acre lot (free of charge) to DMFPD to allow erecting a new 2 bay garage to house a larger / newer fire response vehicle in 2017. ◦Roadside Fire Mitigation, Phase 1 Completed: Volunteers completed the first of five phases for roadside fire mitigation in the community. This produced over 60 loads of slash, 9 cords of wood, and was made possible through the 113+ hours of volunteer labor. ◦Home Ignition Zone Assessments: DMFPD now has a certified Home Ignition Zone assessor and is offering this free service to members of the DMFPD.  

Station 4 (South Side of District): ◦District Truck Housed in this Area for Faster Reponses: Volunteers erected a building to house a response vehicle allowing DMFPD faster response times in the southernmost area of our district.  

Financial ◦LMTV / Holmatro Lease PayOffs: This year we were able to pay off our lease for the LMTV builds as well as our Holmatro (vehicle extraction) equipment. ◦Brush 12, Brush 13, Tender 11, Support 11: Brush 12 & 13 earned approximately $68,000, Tender 11 approximately $16,000, and Support 11 $650 for the district from being deployed on National Fires.      2015 Accomplishments: 

Responses:  ◦Local Fire and EMS Incidents: DMFPD responded to over 83 fire related and 80 EMS incidents. ◦National Fire Deployments: Members of DMFPD participated in 3 national deployments.  

Personnel: ◦Volunteers: 17 new volunteers joined our ranks this year. ◦Training: DMFPD personnel completed almost 2589 hours of training this calendar year, either fire or EMS related.  

Vehicles: ◦Med 1: DMFPD took delivery and put into service a brand new ambulance allowing multiple EMS responses at once within the district. ◦Brush 12, Brush 13: These trucks earned a net income of approximately $31,000 for the district from being deployed on National Fires.  

Station 1 (Copper Gulch): ◦16k Water Tanks: We also installed 2x 16,000 water tanks behind the new building that guarantees a large, immediately accessible water source to draw from up in the Copper Gulch area. ◦Helipad: Purchased the lot across from the station and cleared the land for a modern helipad to be installed to expedite medical helicopter flight operations. ◦Community Room: Patched, painted, and cleaned the Community Room and opened it up for Deer Mountain Community use.  

Station 2 (Cotopaxi): ◦Main Building: Cleaned, painted (interior / exterior), and equipping to allow deployment of DMFPD services from this location. ◦Accessory Building: Lowered the floor and poured a concrete approach to accommodate larger response vehicles in addition to the Main Building.