Fire Chief Steve Charles

Fire Chief
Steve Charles

Welcome to the Berthoud Fire Protection District website. Please take the time to learn more about your fire department and those who are dedicated to serving the Berthoud community.

2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far. In January, the District funded three career firefighter positions that were eliminated in 2012 due to a reduction in the Districts assessed valuation. We welcome Firefighter Sarah Rossi, Firefighter Alec Huggins and Firefighter Corbin Gray to our team. Through the efforts of staff and collaborative efforts through the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management and the private sector, the District has finalized its Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan. Additionally, the District has revised its Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Standard of Cover and Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad Threat and Risk Assessment Plan.

The District reduced its mill levy by 1.50 mills in January of 2016, therefore reducing property tax. The Districts Bond Fund mill levy of 1.5 mills was retired as a result of adequate Bond Fund reserves to pay the bond debt in full.

With the arrival of 2016, the District remains vigil in enhancing life safety and fire protection services to our community. The District has maintained focus on the District’s business plan, initially implemented in 2000, to lower the cost of property owners’ insurance premiums by lowering the Districts’ Public Protection Classification through the Insurance Services Office (ISO). In January of 2015, ISO completed an evaluation of the Berthoud Fire Protection District. In October of 2015, ISO published the Districts Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of a Class 2. As the ISO Public Protection Classification rating is lowered, this means lower insurance premiums and optimum service from the District. The District is one of 1,164 fire departments nationally with a PPC Class 2. Of the 48,632 fire departments nationally, rated by ISO, Class 2 fire departments represent 2.3 %.

The District continues its relationship with the State of Colorado, Division of Fire Prevention and Control to collaboratively staff a wildland firefighting engine. The District provides a temporary full time firefighter to assist in staffing the State engine throughout the wildland fire season. The State of Colorado has housed their engine in Berthoud since 2013. As a result of this arrangement two State of Colorado firefighters are made available to enhance our firefighting efforts year round.

The District has been very active this year with students from Berthoud High School who are earning college credits through the Aims Community College “Concurrent Enrollment” program. Students who have expressed interest in a firefighting career enroll in the program taking fire science classes. Classes are held at Berthoud High School and at the Districts Station 1. District staff are very much engaged in this program. Three students who are enrolled in the Berthoud High School “Science Technology Engineering Mathematics” (STEM) program have entered into an internship with the District for the summer.

The District continues to maintain its volunteer firefighter program. Currently we have twelve (12) volunteer firefighters who work a total of 36 hours per month. By the end of 2016, these twelve (12) volunteer firefighters will have volunteered a total of 5,184 hours. Additionally, they will have recorded a minimum of 864 hours of training. The District will begin recruiting additional volunteer firefighters in August of this year.

As we moved forward into the future, the Berthoud Fire Protection District and staff remain committed to providing you the highest quality of service.

Sincerely,

Stephen Charles, Fire Chief