Arvada Fire Protection District Annual Report

Our Family Helping Your Family

The Arvada Fire Protection District (AFPD) is proud to serve Arvada, parts of Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Jefferson County. Our men and women strive everyday to serve you based on our values of Dedication, Integrity, Dependability, Courage and Respect. Our mission is to preserve Life, Property and the Environment.

  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Child Safety Seat Inspections
  • Wildland Team Public Assistance
  • Automatic/Mutual Aid
WHAT AFPD PROVIDES
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Water Rescue
  • Technical Rescue
  • Free Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Battery Replacement

Facts & Figures

178
EMPLOYEES
8
FIRE STATIONS
2000
COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION OUTREACHES
Jon Greer, Fire Chief
Jon Greer, Fire Chief

Letter From The Chief

Looking back at 2018, it was quite a ride. In May we had a board election and had three members elected to four-year terms. Then as the year went on the Gallagher Amendment and the impact on the long-term financial security of the District came to the forefront of what we had to concentrate on.

Beginning in the summer of 2018, members of the board, union and staff began studying the options available to the District based upon data that we had gathered. In the end the Board decided to go for an election in November to stabilize the revenue stream and thanks to great support from our citizens, the ballot initiative was successful. This effort will stabilize the funds available to the District for years to come.

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In addition, the department gave service to our citizens that, as usual, was second to none. We responded on over 15,000 calls for service which is more than we ever have before. More than 1,000 smoke detectors were installed by our crews and staff from the Community Risk Reduction division. In Administration, we hired a new Finance Director and for the sixth year in a row we received recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program.

Work also began on re-accreditation of the District. This is an intensive process that will take over a year of preparation from all our divisions ending with the District receiving accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence for the second time in 2020.

This is a small snapshot into what we accomplished in 2018 and as you look at our annual report you will see a department that is dedicated to our citizens and as important, dedicated to our personnel. As always, we are honored to be your fire department and we will continue to seek ways to improve the service we deliver.

Jon Greer
Fire Chief

As always, we are honored to be your fire department and we will continue to seek ways to improve the service we deliver.

2018 Total Incidents: 15,395

EMS
9894
64.27%
OTHER
5235
34%
HAZMAT
184
1.2%
FIRE SUPPRESSION
52
0.34%
TECHNICAL RESCUE
30
0.19%

Our team works hand-in-hand across multiple divisions to support our community.

Administration

Responsible for the general day-to-day operations of the organization.

  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) for sixth consecutive year
  • Successfully coordinated election of three board members
  • Coordinated the annual awards ceremony
  • Conducted six hiring processes for firefighters, captains, engineers, finance director, and executive assistant
  • Facilitated the 2019 annual budget process

Fire Marshal’s Office

Conducts code compliance and construction inspections, plan reviews and fire investigations.

  • The fire investigation team responded to 59 incidents
  • Dollar loss from structure fires: $1,370,849
  • Dollars saved from structure fires: $24,463,053
  • Compliance inspections resulted in 2,499 violations; through re-inspections 1,658 violations were cleared
  • Completed 500 hours of training

Operations

Responds to emergency fire, medical and rescue incidents.

In addition to our emergency responses:

  • Completed 55,100 training hours
  • Logged 7,968 physical fitness hours
  • Water rescue team responded to 5 swift water rescue incidents and 4 ice rescues
  • Wildland team deployed 9 times
  • Urban Search and Rescue Team deployed to North Carolina for hurricane relief
  • Moved Community Risk Reduction section from Fire Marshal’s Office to Operations Division to enhance coordination of CRR efforts.

Planning and Support Services

Provides critical support to the organization.

  • Began preparation for Center Public Safety Excellence (CSPE) re-accreditation process, including assembling an accreditation team representing members from all divisions
  • Provided resolution to 1,258 computer-based help desk requests
  • Completed 725 work orders on 77 apparatuses and vehicles
  • Processed approximately 950 supply orders and 221 purchase orders
  • Began preliminary specification work and coordination for construction of two new fire stations that will commence in 2019.

AFPD 2018 Financials

Income
PROPERTY TAX
76%
$26,008,650
AMBULANCE INCOME
10%
$3,300,000
CANDELAS ESCROW ACCOUNT
9%
$3,068,523
OWNERSHIP TAXES
5%
$1,600,000
OTHER CASH
1%
$324,000
Expenditure By Division
OPERATIONS
59%
$20,166,428
ADMINISTRATION
30%
$10,213,308
SUPPORT SERVICES
8%
$2,574,133
COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION
4%
$1,347,303
Expenditure By Type
SALARIES
46%
$15,813,807
BENEFITS
19%
$6,423,079
CAPITAL EXPENSE
16%
$5,400,000
OTHER
16%
$5,464,287
DEBT SERVICES
3%
$1,200,000

A Year In Review

February
Electronic Plan Review
Electronic Plan Review
Electronic plan review involves the use of web-based software for plan submittal, plan review, plan review reports, permit and invoice issuance; which has resulted in efficiencies for both AFPD personnel and our customers.
March
Jefferson County Communications Center Authority
Jefferson County Communications Center Authority
After five years of planning, Arvada Fire communications personnel joined the Jefferson County Communications Center (Jeffcom). Jeffcom is a newly consolidated communications center serving as a vital link between emergency services and the community in Jefferson County. Jeffcom works with local fire, police and emergency medical service providers to dispatch the appropriate emergency responders, as well as to provide support for public safety education. For more information, visit Jeffcom’s website.
May
Sound the Alarm Campaign
Sound the Alarm Campaign
Personnel from Arvada Fire Protection District, the Arvada Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Arvada Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) volunteers from the Red Cross, and other volunteers, collaborated to conduct a door-to-door smoke alarm blitz. This was part of a larger national campaign to focus on home fire safety. Teams conducted 75 home safety visits which included inspection and installation of 157 smoke and 60 carbon monoxide alarms during the effort.
May
Arvada Auto X
Arvada Auto X
The 10th annual “Arvada Auto X” was held at Arvada Fire’s training center May 17-19, 2018. Arvada Auto X has been dubbed the best automobile extrication training seminar in the Rocky Mountain region. Instructors from Arvada Fire and organizations as far away as New York City provide three full days of hands-on training to first responders, including learning techniques on removing and rescuing victims of auto collisions. Ninety-seven students from 31 fire departments attended the annual event in 2018.
June
Camp Ember
Camp Ember
The 2nd annual Camp Ember was held May 31-June 3, 2018. Camp Ember is an immersive fire-based camp hosted by Arvada Fire Protection District, West Metro Fire Protection District, and Red Rocks Community College. Camp Ember is a 4-day/3-night camp offered to young women ages 16-18. The camp is free for the young women selected and includes training, mentorship from the community female firefighters, lodging, transportation between training events, and food/drink. Campers will be introduced to the world of firefighting and EMS by mentors that will inspire them to embrace their full potential.
June
7Everday Hero
7Everday Hero
Lieutenant Dave Matus won the Denver7 News 7Eeveryday Hero Award for his work on Dave’s Locker. Dave’s Loan Closet is a local clearinghouse of donated medical equipment for those who can’t afford these items and simply have a short-term need, as well as those who may no longer need their equipment. This is a service we offer out to the community for free. Learn More
November
Ballot Measure 6E
Ballot Measure 6E
Property owners in the District expressed overwhelming support by approving a fire department ballot measure during the November Election. The successful passage of the issue prevented the District from losing revenue and helps the district maintain response times, quality service, updated safety equipment and training for firefighters. Thanks, voters!

Helping You Stay Safe

The talented and trained staff at Arvada Fire are always standing by to assist with medical emergencies, fires, and more, but one of our major goals is to stop emergencies before they start. This community focused approach educates our citizens on how they can prevent fires and medical issues and how to adapt when they do occur.

The Arvada Fire Protection District’s Community Risk Reduction Included

2,040
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS
1,200
HOME SAFETY VISITS
1,446
BLOOD PRESSURE AND GLUCOSE CHECKS
1,073
SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATIONS
2,223
STUDENTS TAUGHT THE CRR CURRICULUM
1,000
ATTENDEES TO ANNUAL SAFETY DAY
4,000+
CODE COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS

A Somber Reminder of Fire’s Impact

In the early morning hours of July 27th, crews responded to an odor investigation that turned out to be a working structure fire. Two residents perished in the fire that started in a basement bedroom. There was significant damage in the room of origin, and heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the remainder of the structure. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental resulting in the improper disposal of cigarettes.

Protecting Arvada

Protecting Arvada With Your Help

Saving a life or a home is a team effort and we want you to be part of that team. You can let us handle the burning buildings and the dangerous rescues, but we want to help you learn more about what you can do to help be a hero. We invite you to download Pulsepoint to learn how to provide CPR and other life saving tips. And as always, we invite you to attend our many community outreach appearances, fundraising efforts, and educational events.

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Thank you for keeping Arvada safe!