Gold Hill Fire Department

GHFPD Board Meeting Jan. 18, 2018 notes

February 6th, 2018

Notes on the Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board meeting 1-18-18 by Gretchen Diefenderfer.  The Fire Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at he Community Center.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Lopez. Board members Rick Geesaman, Bobby Vrba, Paul Garabedian, and Boyd Brown, Chief Chris Finn, community members Max Yeager and Gretchen Diefenderfer, and pension plan board members Kris Gibson and Val Crist all attended.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved

Chief’s Report – Chris passed around a new map book he has put together. It goes to the printers next week and will be distributed to firefighters and board members.   The next trainings will cover maps, the second Saturday in February, and the 4th Thursday will be the first of a two-part training including maps and planning for an escalating incident in the County and will include the Sheriff’s office.

            SCBAs have all been tested and fire extinguishers inspected (2 replaced).

            Firebarn has new emergency lights that come on if the power is out.

            CPR classes will be offered in Sunshine in February and everyone is encouraged to get trained or recertified.

Calls – One sparking power line, two medical calls in Sunshine and one on Gold Run Road.

Retirement Fund – Bobby reported that in January $2,000.00 was transferred to the retirement fund from the checking account. Members have to put in 36 hours per year on training and calls for 10 years to qualify.

Cisterns – Rich has received a letter from the Town Meeting supporting the cisterns, the title work and easements are almost done, plans have been engineered. Rick will come to the February 12 Gold Hill Town Meeting to talk about the plan and answer questions. Plans will be resubmitted to the County soon.

            The board is looking at the timetable to get it done – first quarter get it all through the County – second quarter get bids and finalize plans, get tanks from Greely. Kelly trucking put in the dry hydrants in Lefthand for free, so they might be our guys, since we might need big equipment (hopefully not a crane). Max thinks a dolly gizmo with a dozer will be able to drive up the drainage and do it. The tanks are 40’ long and 10’ deep. Third quarter, actually install the tanks, which will supply 40,000 gallons of water for firefighting!  There will be hydrants up on Hill Street as well as one at the bottom of the meadow accessible from the cemetery road.

***The plans will be at the Gold Hill Store for people to look at them. Rick Geesaman is the contact person – (303) 564-0876,

Gold Hill Mill permit issue – Rich asked if the board has concerns that should be addressed. Chris volunteered that they have said they would put in a gravity hydrant for the Fire Department and we would like to encourage them to work with us on that. Rich will draft a letter.

The Fire Board adjourned and reconvened as the Pension Board with Kris Gibson and Val Crist as firefighter members along with the members of the Fire Board. The money is in for this year and they will be receiving the paperwork on it in March or April. The State matches approximately 90%. The two firefighter members were elected, and it turns out one needs to serve a two year term and one a one year term. They decided that Val would serve the two year term and Kris for one year, so Kris will have to run again this year.













Gold Hill Fire Department needs Volunteers

February 1st, 2018

The Gold Hill Fire Protection District needs volunteers. No Previous training required. We are looking for dedicated, community minded people who are willing to safely learn what is necessary to respond as a volunteer fire fighter, medical responder, or both. Please contact Chief Chris Finn at 303-444-5549 or at Thank you! 


Gold Run Road Closures

February 1st, 2018

From Chief Chris Finn

Attached is a map with road closure dates.
When the road is closed, our district runs down to the closure!

—–Original Message—–
From: Cash House []
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:44 AM
To: Chris Finn; Michael Schmitt; Andy Almafitano; Jeremy Felix; Chris
Cc: Bret gibson Home; Four Mile Fire Crew
Subject: Gold Run road closure map

Hey Chiefs,

Please see the attached road closure map for the Gold Run area west of
Salina.   These closures will begin Monday, Feb 12.  These will be full
daytime closures so no access will be available through these locations
during a 3-5 day period from the start of the closure except at night….
super fun.  

There aren’t exact addresses for the closure sites so I will do my best to
get that info out to ya this week and add it to the map.

For any EMS/Fire response above these closure locations, all access must
come up sunshine canyon, through the town of Gold Hill and then down Gold

Give a shout with any questions.  


Regular Fire Board Meeting cancelled

September 20th, 2017

The Fire Board Meeting scheduled for the 21st has been canceled as most board members are out of town and we won’t have a quorum.


Bobby Vrba


Good Reminder

September 19th, 2017

Should remind people they need to call the Sheriff’s department, if they see campfires during the burn ban, and not approach violators directly to avoid conflict or retaliation.

Jeff Fishbaugh

This is good advice – even our fire department waits for the Sheriff.  


Burn Ban

September 18th, 2017

Boulder County will be in higher fire danger on Tuesday, no burning will be allowed








Fire Awareness Open House

September 15th, 2017
Four Mile Fire here.  We’re hosting a fire awareness open house in October and would like to extend that invitation to the Gold Hill and Sunshine communities. 
October is Fire Awareness Month!  Join us for an Open House Event
filled with fun for the whole family

Saturday, October 14 – 2 to 5 PM
Poorman Station – 1740 Fourmile Canyon Drive

> Food & Drinks <
> Kids Activities & Events <
> Fire Safety Information <

See you there!

Zach Littlefield

Four Mile Fire Protection District – Fire Crew


Emergency Alert Notifications

September 15th, 2017

Boulder County’s Emergency Alert Notification System now offering severe weather alerts.  Boulder County residents and guests now have the ability to sign-up for free severe weather alerts through a new Smart Weather service.  This service is an add-on to Boulder County’s emergency alert notification system, Everbridge.


Benefit Pancake Breakfast

September 13th, 2017

Boulder Rural Fire Rescue is hosting a benefit Pancake breakfast for Cy-Fair VFD in Texas, the USA’s largest volunteer fire department


Robert W. O’Donnell,  B-Shift Captain/Training,  Boulder Rural Fire Rescue   303-551-2790







911 info from the GHFPD

August 15th, 2017

What to Expect When You Call 911

When you place a 911 call, it goes to Boulder County Dispatch, which calls out the Gold Hill Fire Department (GHFD), the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance. This call goes out to all of the agencies at the same time, for both medical and fire emergencies.

The GHFD responds to 911 medical emergencies and provides basic life support on scene. Basic life support includes, but is not limited to; heart defibrillation, bleeding control, help with breathing issues, fracture stabilization and care for any medical issue like diabetic emergencies, for example. The GHFP carries oxygen and can assist a patient with nitroglycerine, MD Inhalers, aspirin, oral glucose and epinephrine auto injectors.

The GHFD functions under the strict protocols of Boulder County and under a Boulder Community Hospital physician adviser, Doctor Todd Dorfman.

The GHFD First Responders will typically arrive on scene in under 10 minutes. AMR will arrive on scene within 15-30 minutes of receiving the 911 call, depending on where the emergency is in the fire district. AMR will provide Advanced Life Support and transport the victim to the hospital, if needed.

The GHFD has mutual aid agreements with all agencies in Boulder County that respond on emergencies. This includes assistance in search and rescue, swift water rescue, search dogs, SWAT etc. The GHFD has an auto-aid agreement with Sunshine and Four Mile. They will be toned automatically to aid in calls closer to those fire districts.

The fire department can place a request for early shut down will tell responders to turn off sirens prior to arrival, if this is prudent.

A competent patient can refuse transport by AMR, even if AMR does a patient assessment on scene. AMR will have a patient refusal form to sign. If the competent patient refuses transport, they can arrange for someone to transport them to the hospital. That driver must follow all traffic rules! If you ask someone to take you to the hospital, depending on your condition, you may be putting yourself and/or the person transporting you at risk. There is spotty cell phone coverage in the mountains and a cell phone may not work. If the patient’s condition gets worse in transport it could result in irreversible health issues or death.

A Sheriff Officer also responds to all 911 calls to provide scene safety. Depending on the 911 call, the scene may need to be cleared for safety by the Sheriff’s Officer prior to the GHFD entering.

For a fire emergency, all three agencies will also respond.


Never hesitate to call 911; it could be a matter of life or death.



GHFPD Apology

August 15th, 2017

August 14, 2017

Gold Hill Fire Protection District

1011 Main Gold Hill

Boulder Colorado, 80302


Attendees of the Gold Hill 4th of July Parade


To those affected,

It has come to the attention of the Gold Hill Fire Protection District (GHFPD) that a 4th of July float carrying water hoses and water balloons, negatively impacted many spectators and participants of this year’s 4th of July parade. The GHFPD would like to issue an apology for the unexpected situation and assure supporters of this crucial fundraising event that this behavior will not be tolerated in the future.

The GHFPD wants to remind parade participants and spectators that water balloons were banned from use during the 4th of July parade many years ago following a series of broken windshields. A water balloon, tossed at unwitting participants, is considered a form of assault. Damaging property is illegal.

The GHFPD established the “Ask First Before You Squirt” campaign the same year the water balloons were banned, and have asked that anyone squirting water, assure the people you are squirting are OK with getting wet, before squirting them. The GHFPD had many complaints this year from people who were soaked and didn’t have a change of clothes, which resulted in those people getting very cold. Many people were negatively impacted in this same way, which is unacceptable.

Please be assured the GHFPD will not allow such behavior during this family oriented fundraiser in the future. The GHPFD looks forward to your attendance next year. Thank you for supporting the Gold Hill Fire Department.



The Gold Hill Fire Protection District


Gold Hill Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast

June 23rd, 2017

Gold Hill Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast- Yes, it’s on the 4th!

Pancakes served: 8:30-11:00

Parade to follow at noon. 
Adults $7.00 Children $5.00
Plain or blueberry pancakes, bacon or sausage and beverages.
Free toys for the first 100 kids
Come early and socialize! 
Please park responsibly
No Dogs
Please join the camaraderie of our community and volunteer to help with breakfast. For information and to volunteer, contact Leslie Finn 303-444-5549.

4th of July

June 10th, 2017

Gold Hill Fire Department”s Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes served from 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Parade at High Noon
Parade floats need to be lined up by 11:45
Free toys for the early birds 
Plain or blueberry pancakes, Bacon or turkey sausage
Coffee, tea and juice. 
Gluten Friendly 
$5.00 children
$7.00 adults
Please Park Responsibly 
Join the breakfast crew and volunteer to help! 
Contact Leslie Finn 303-444-5549,

Fire Board Meeting

January 19th, 2017

Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting, Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Community Center


Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting, September 15, 2016

October 18th, 2016


Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting, September 15, 2016

Notes by Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next Meeting is Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center

The meeting was called to order by President Rich Lopez. Attending were Bobby Vrba, Paul Garabedian, Rick Geesaman, Chief Chris Finn and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer. Boyd Brown was excused.

Minutes – Rich hasn’t finished preparing last month’s minutes, but will get them out before October’s meeting.

Chief’s Report – Chris reported that the Fire Ban had been rescinded.

     Calls – There have just been essentially non-calls – after being toned out, we weren’t needed. A person of interest ran off into the woods, and the Sheriff’s Department handled the call. There was a medical call during the bicycle race, but we weren’t called. We were called only to handle traffic in Lefthand, and there was a BMW overturned in a ditch, but we were not needed.

     New Truck – He and Bobby have been looking at a 1999 International from Lefthand, with only 10,000 miles on it. It needs a few repairs – the radiator and a leaky drain plug will be replaced, but it is 4WD and fits our other requirements.a Chris strongly suggested by buy this truck. It was custom made for Chief Nyquist, is a diesel, has been tested going up and down Lickskillet.   It barely fits in the bay, but will work. The cost is $90,000 and it’s in the budget. The board voted unanimously to go ahead with the purchase.


Other Business

            Lefthand Dry Hydrants and Plan – Rich gave a long report on long-running negotiations with the County, and it looks like they will go through, with help from the Road Department working in Lefthand. Dave Steinmann helped with the Engineering requirements, ran the computer models and filled out the 404 permit. (ADDENDUM, two hydrants have been installed and the third is staged at the bottom of Lickskillet, to be installed as the bridge work is completed.) Everyone congratulated Rich for his perseverance in seeing this through.

Cisterns Update and plan – Rick reported that, with fracking slowing down, there are used 20,000 gal. water tanks, available for much less than we’d expected. There are several options being considered – possibly working Mike Walker at the Ranch and fixing up the old, cracked pool, which could be a win for everyone, or possibly going back to the old town meadow plan. Rick will continue looking into ideas with the hope of finalizing a plan and getting this project accomplished next summer.

It was decided to work on the Pension Plan and next year’s budget at the next meeting, and the meeting was adjourned.








GHFPD Board Meeting

August 18th, 2016

Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting, July 21, 2016 – notes by Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next Fire Board Meeting, Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Regular Board meetings are the third Thursday of every month.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Lopez. Attending were Boyd Brown, Rick Geesaman, Chief Chris Finn, Paul Garabedian, Rich, Bobby Vrba, and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer.

CHIEF’S REPORT – Chris reported that there is now a BURN BAN, which probably means that there could be more fires in areas not highly patrolled, like our woods, since people still have camp fires. Sheriff’s deputies are keeping an eye out, but there aren’t enough to really patrol.  Our firefighters are patrolling and leaving water buckets., and we have posted signs. We’ve been advised not to confront campers with a fire until a deputy is there.

CALLS – On 6/23 they were called to a smoldering power line caused by wind blowing a tree into it. On 7/1 someone smelled propane down Lefthand around the 8.5 mile marker – not found. On July 4th there were a couple of calls – a car fire, which was down Sunshine and our truck got there just as they ran out of water, and a medical for acut head at the Inn. Then we had the Cold Springs fire near Nederland. We sent a tender and 3 people. One factor in the quick response to this is that Smitty, a firefighter with the City of Boulder, but who lives in Ned, got right on it and called everyone.

MAINTENANCE – Our Med truck 5404 is temporarily out of service – it had an axel seal leak and needed new brake shoes

NEW FIRE TRUCK – Lefthand has two trucks for sale, as well as one we can have, and both have been up and down Lickskillet, which is a good recommendation. It only has a 350 gpm pump and we were looking for 500, but it has a Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system.            We’re looking into it.

On out of district fires, when we respond initially, we have to be prepared to support ourselves for up to 24 hours, as far as food and water, etc., because it takes awhile for everything to get set up. We know our firefighters and who can go on what as far as responding before the Feds come in. If the Feds come in, shifts are from 6 to 6 and food, etc. will be all set up. Also, firefighters will need to be certified.

Chris again asked if the Resource Mobilization plan had been sent to the EOC (Emergency Operations Center). Rich sent in in last year and again today. Chris needs a cop for the notebook at the desk so everyone can check our response plans.

OTHER BUSINESS – Boyd raised the issue of rumors of possible illegal grow houses and hash oil production houses in and around Gold Hill. Our protocols are to call the Sheriff and not to go in on an emergency or fire until we are cleared to do so, if we have reason to believe this is the case. Boyd has heard that people are concerned and want us to be prepared. Some issues are that a commercial grow house could be operating in a place with non commercial wiring, which can be dangerous, and as far as hash oil production, a house near Nederland blew up recently, starting a fire. There are regulations in the City, but the County is in the process of putting together regs at this time.

Rich pointed that, from a board perspective, if we know of a fire hazard, we’re responsible and we need to know the rules and regs, Chris added the County operates on a complaint basis, but that we cannot accuse anyone without evidence – the fire department doesn’t operate like police – that’s not our job. Rich suggested that perhaps the Board could send an informational letter to everyone stating the hazards and concerns. He will run it by the County Attorney for an opinion and will look into options to address our concerns.

DRY HYDRANTS – Rich reported that big equipment is marching up Lefthand and the County is agreeable to helping us with the three sites selected so far. What we need is big perforated pipe or big culvert with holes drilled into it to install in or next to the creek and then backfill with big gravel to provide built in places to draft water out of. He spoke with Ted Plank, who directed him to Andy and he has spoken with him as well. Boyd will go shopping tomorrow for pipe or culvert.

CISTERN – Rick has been looking for access for installation and drafting up on Hill Street, but there are leach fields, pumps, tanks, pipe everywhere and it doesn’t look posssible. Joanne Cole called about the East end near Hugh’s, but it looks too steep. He will talk to the Fews.

GRANT – Chris is planning to submit an Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant application – get him information on our needs in order to fill out the form. This is from the Department of Homeland Security.

Rick added that a potential water supply could be the swimming pool at the Colorado Mountain Ranch (it was used in the past when it was functional) – it would take at least $25,000 to fix, but that would be cheaper than installing a 30,000 gal. cistern and would hold 50,000 to 100,00 gallons. He’s planning to talk with Mike Walker about the possibility.



Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting 6-16-16

July 19th, 2016

Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting 6-16-16

Notes by Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next meeting will be Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center

The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Lopez. Attending were Rich, Paul Garabedian, Bobby Vrba, Chief Chris Finn and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer. Rick Geesaman and Boyd Brown had excused absences.

Approval of the minutes was deferred. Rich was not at the last meeting and there was not a quorum to approve them without Rick and Boyd. Gretchen brought up the fact that the minutes aren’t being posted on the website. Chris reported that Dave Sturtz and Rick need to get together and show Rick how to do it.

Chief’s Report

            Calls – Discussed the accident with fatalities out west of town off the old dump road. We had a CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) two days later, which was a very good thing, as this was a very difficult call for everyone involved. Bobby has installed fence posts around the huge steep sided hole that the victims drove into and it will be filled in in August by the State Forest Service.

            Other News – Allenspark and Lefthand are spearheading an effort to get a share of the funding that Boulder County receives from the USFS for roads and fire protection on forest service lands for the Boulder County Fire Protection Districts. This would help us pay for our firefighting efforts on Federal Lands. All the departments need to be more complete in reporting all the campfires that we attend to capture the data.

Budget – it’s time to start thinking about next years budget.

New Fire Truck – Chris and Bobby have been looking into a new truck from Missouri – looks like it has what we need and would fit. Just a question of how much it would cost.

New Firefighter – Sam has started training and responded on a medical call this summer while he was training with Donal.

Have the Emergency Operations Plan and the Resource Mobilization Plan been completed and turned in to the OEM? Rich will check to make sure.

Responding to Gretchen’s request, Chris said that the 3-part medical reports are no longer being used.   Gretchen still thinks it would be a good thing to have at least a 2-copy form because we are required to keep good records, especially on a big event, and it’s handy to be able to give a copy to AMR.

Next big event is the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and Parade! Volunteers are still needed.

Review and discussion of GHFPD goals and vision

Dry Hydrants – Rich and Chris will work with Ted Plank. The consultants on the Lefthand Canyon renovations are quite happy to work with us on locating several dry hydrants as they finalize the repairs in the canyon. Rich has obtained permission from several property owners for locating hydrants on their properties.

Cistern – Rick has been handling this and is not here tonight. Gretchen had a report from him for the GHTM that in the next few months we will be putting our plan together in order to get the necessary permits from the Planning Department. He will have a presentation for the next town meeting. Gretchen also reported to the town meeting that a location higher up in the meadow was being considered, which would provide a water supply to the houses on Hill Street in case of a fire. Steffie Wilson was very interested. Plans are not finalized, but Rich added that this 30,000-gallon cistern would be an advantage to everyone in case of fire. They do plan to confer with all the neighbors, rehab everything, and make things good again afterward.

Strategic Planning: Succession plan – not addressed this meeting.

Retirement plan process – we need to apply. Rich has started working on this.

Chris reported that signs are coming that will indicate that there is no parking on one side of our streets where they are narrow. Emergency access can be compromised when we have big events in town.



4th of July Festivities

June 11th, 2016

Gold Hill Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast – Monday, July 4, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Gold Hill Elementary School  890 Main St, Gold Hill, Colorado 80302

Kids under 12,  $3.75
Adults,  $6.75
Blueberry and Plain pancakes, bacon, all the fixins and beverages.
Fill the Chief’s Fire Boot Fundraiser
Parade to follow at 12:00 PM

Gold Hill Fire Protection Districts’s 4th of July Pancake Breakfast!

June 8th, 2016

WOOO HOOO! It’s that time of year again. The annual Gold Hill Fire Protection Districts’s 4th of July Pancake Breakfast needs volunteers. If you would like to help, please email Leslie Finn at The shifts are two hours 7:30-9:30 and 9:30-11:30.


Fire Board Meeting

May 16th, 2016

Notes on the April 21, 2016 Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting, by Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next Board Meeting is Thursday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Lopez.   Board members Rick Geesaman, Bobby Vrba, Paul Garabedian, and Boyd Brown attended as well as Chief Chris Finn and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer.


Calls – Chris reported that he has met with the School. They had a kid who fell and cut his head and they decided to take him in a car themselves (they had called 9-1-1), with the plan being to meet up with the ambulance on the way down to evaluate him. In the case of the school, School District rules put the teachers in charge of making these decisions. The School District is writing up their protocols and the Fire Departments will meet to go over them and have also given the school the parameters on the information Dispatch needs. The kiddo was fine.

In general, when 9-1-1 is called, our EMTs and Emergency Medical Responders will be on the scene as quickly as possible to assess and stabilize the situation and provide emergency care until the ambulance arrives, as well as call in a helicopter if necessary. Our concern with private citizens taking someone down, either to meet up with an ambulance or to drive all the way to the Emergency Room, is that, if the situation deteriorates, there is no one to care for the patient during transport and no way to communicate with anyone about what is happening.

Training and Maintenance – Training with the 3 departments continues on a monthly basis. The training schedule is posted at Maintenance on the trucks and equipment is ongoing.

County Emergency Operations and Mobilization Plan – Chris wanted to make sure this was signed and sent in. Rich will double check.

Road Issues – There is a chunk of road between County 52 and Mount Alto where fire trucks can’t make it. Chris will go out, take measurements and meet with the County about work on this, since this is a County Road.

New Fire Truck – Chris thought he had found a truck, but it will not meet our needs and a new one will cost $300,000 plus. He will continue to look, as will Bobby, but he recommends the board form a committee to start writing specs, get the proposal sheet forms from various companies that build trucks, and meet with their salesmen. Paul, Bobby, and Rich will work on this.

Chris will not be at the board meeting in May, and Rich will not either.


Election matters – Oaths of office need to be administered, and filed various places. Gretchen, our Designated Election Official, originally thought we could do that at this meeting, but it has to be done within 30 days after the date of the election, which was May 3 (and was cancelled since we had no more candidates than offices to fill). We will take care of this at the next meeting. The transparency notice has been updated and all copies will need to be filed, posted and sent to our lawyer.

Cisterns – Rick will meet with the County to get their direction on navigating Special Review or getting a waiver and expedited permits. He will also attend the next Town Meeting to present the latest plan to locate a 30,000 gallon cistern in the Town Meadow. They are now thinking that if they locate the cistern uphill it could provide fire fighting capabilities to all the houses on Hill Street as well as the houses down Gold Run Road – basically that whole side of town – but would entail more work in the meadow. He will speak with the nearby property owners first and then the Town Meeting. It will be expensive – cisterns cost $40,000-$50,000, the plumbing and fixtures around $10,000, and the excavation, etc. could be $20,000 – but will provide much needed water supply in case of a fire.

Dry Hydrants – Rick estimates that the materials will cost approximately $2,000 for each one. He met with Andy Reed, the Supervisor of the Lefthand rebuilding project to widen the road and stabilize the creek so that we can work together on our 3 possible dry hydrant locations.

Address Signs – Rich will distribute those in Lefthand. Bobby distributed some at the last town meeting, and can do that again at the next one, or people can contact any board member.


















Gold Hill FPD Board Meeting

February 17th, 2016




    February 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.











Cistern authorization, next steps

Review and discussion of GHFPD goals and vision

Dry hydrants


New firefighters

Community Relations

Strategic Planning: Succession plan











High Wind warning – No Open Burning!

February 17th, 2016

[] On Behalf Of
Stalnacker, Jay
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:36 AM
To: !SHFIRERESTRICTIONS; BCFCA Mass Email list; Sloan, Tom
Subject: [BCFCA] No open burning


The national weather service has issued a high wind warning for boulder

There is NO OPEN BURNING allowed beginning immediately thru Thursday 2400.


Jay Stalnacker
Fire Management Officer
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office


The Hazards of driving Lickskillet

February 10th, 2016

Lickskillet is very icy for weeks after a snowstorm, melting during the day and freezing at night and never an advisable route in the winter.

If you or someone else gets stuck please call 303 441-4444 and ask for a Deputy and a sand truck.

Calling members of the Fire Department will delay a response, especially if they are not home.

Chris Finn



GHFPD 9-17-15

September 21st, 2015

Notes on the Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting 9-17-15.

By Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next Meeting is Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Present were President Rich Lopez, Treasurer Bobby Vrba, Secretary Dave Sturtz, Rick Geesaman, Chief Chris Finn, Paul Garabedian, and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer.

CHIEF’S REPORT– Budget stuff – Chris delivered the tentative budget for discussion. Next month, October 15, will be the budget meeting. Copies need to be posted at the Firebarn, put in the Fire Department Drawer at the Gold Hill Store, and a notice has to go into the Daily Camera. Rick will do that. The budget is open for public comment, so check it out if you’re interested.

Chis pointed out that Pension Plan is a line item in the budget, but has still not been put into effect. We have approx. 65 hours of training a year, plus medical training, and people would have to attend about ½ of that to qualify. The state will match our funding. Rich has looked into it and we have to do an actuarial study of the district to see what we can afford. He will check it out further. Seems like a good thing for the firefighters.

After the fire in Lefthand, which we knocked down with our 500 gallons of water, Chris is more than ever sure that we need a 500gal. tank on the proposed new truck. There are many 2WD trucks available, but 4WD are much harder to find. He jumped the budgeted amount for a new truck (new/used) to $225,000.

Radios – in 10-15 years Boulder County is going to 800 MHz for communications and we will have to buy all new radios (for ~$6000 a piece vs. $500), just something to think about for the future. 800 MHz will provide a lot better communications.

Other stuff – Chris thinks we should have a notice box for the Firebarn. Bobbie replied that he’d just seen one at Resource and would go get it.

Chris still needs the paperwork for signers on the bank account at Vectra, plus a copy of the minutes authorizing the board members to sign. They will all get it to him.

They have been offered a vehicle to replace the old yellow pick-up we have for $1.00 (LH paid $5.00). It’s a ’97 Ford Explorer with 350,000 miles, new tires, and would replace the yellow truck to transport people, gear, etc. It can be taken on jeep trails and for scouting vs. the big fire trucks. Probably the old yellow one will be at Donal’s disposal for calls so that he doesn’t have to use his personal car.

Calls – We had a fire alarm call on 9/11, but no response was needed. Also a med check call on Labor Day, but the Sheriff took care of it and we were called off.

Chris also wanted to make sure the letter requesting exemption for audit got mailed and Rich will check again.

Old Business

Address signs – Rich reports that the new address signs from the County are here. They will be handed out at the town bake/rummage/craft sale (Gold Hill Gold Rush) on Sept. 27 and orders taken for new ones. If everyone’s address is posted by their driveway, it’s way better for emergency responders, so if don’t have one, come by and order one.

Rich will definitely be away for the November meeting and maybe October as well. Rick will chair.

Dry Hydrants – Rich reports that the Chris and the Board need to look at the potential sites and talk to the County road people about what help they can give us as they’re working on the roads. We need a field trip for ~ an hours. Rich will shoot some dates out and set up a time. Chris suggested that he get ahold of the County Engineer and see if he can meet us.

Cisterns – The consensus is that the town Meadow would be ideal. Gretchen will look at the deed to make sure that would not be prohibited and the Town Meeting would have to vote on it.

Secretary – Dave reported again that he will be gone for the March and April meetings and will not be running in the May election, so if they would like to appoint someone to replace him before that, that would be fine. They have some ideas of people to talk to. Anyone who is interested in serving as the secretary should contact one of the board members.




GHFPD Board Meeting 8-20-15

September 15th, 2015

Notes on the Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting 8-20-15.    By Gretchen Diefenderfer

Next Meeting is Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Present were President Rich Lopez, Treasurer Bobby Vrba, Secretary Dave Sturtz, Rick Geesaman, Chief Chris Finn, Paul Garabedian, and community member Gretchen Diefenderfer.

Chief’s Report – There is a national high alert for fires in the West and there are a lot of local vehicles and crews out fighting them. Heads up! Call early and often if you think there’s a fire.

     Calls – We had a call that came in from 19th Street in Boulder that the caller could see flames in the area west of Gold Hill. Chris has met with Dispatch to clarify the information we need and they will be echoing again. We can’t always hear each other because of interference and dead spots, so if the dispatcher echoes the information, responders listening know more about what’s going on.

Other calls included a smoke report on July 27, a medical call on the 28, an abandoned, smoking campfire on August 1 that was called in as the Switzerland trail, but turned out to be on Sugarloaf, and a structure fire on August 3 in Lefthand. We did very well, were first on the scene, Lefthand arrived shortly thereafter and then Sunshine. And we saved the house! Our equipment, communication, and firefighters all worked well together.

Boulder County is getting ready to rename all our radio channels on November 9 – more info to follow.

AirLink (our ham radio group) will be having their meetings here and have signed a release.

Chris has received a notice of audit and wonders if the board mailed in the exemption form. Rich confirmed that it was mailed. Chris will check.

The board needs a resolution for who signs on the department checking account. Only Dave Sturtz of the present board members is a signer. Chris will take that to the bank to get the process in gear. A resolution to authorize all the current board members to be signers on our bank account at the Vectra Bank on 17th and Pearl was moved, seconded and passed.

Other Business – Gretchen reported that Donal gave a great talk to the GHTM, especially encouraging everyone to call 9-1-1 for any medical emergency or possible fire. Time is critical to our response and we don’t mind if it turns out we are not needed.


Address signs – Rich reported that 52 people have signed up for address signs – these will be supplied for free by Boulder County. They need to be posted at the main road so any emergency responders can find you!

Cisterns – Rich stated that we need to identify potential locations and approach the owners. The suggestion was made that the Town Meadow or Grove Street across from the Firebarn could be good locations – properties that the GHTM owns. Gretchen said that the Town Meeting would have to check on restrictions for the Town Meadow, but it seems like it should be ok as cisterns are underground and only the hydrant would be above ground and close to the road.

Dry Hydrants – Court and Amy’s at the bottom of Lickskillet is one good place, and we have traditionally drafted from there, but the County is going to rebuild the bridge, so we will need to wait until that is complete. There was a pull-off 20-30’ downhill from there on the south side of the road, but that is blocked right now. Ted Plank, at the County, will help us as possible in conjunction with scheduled roadwork/flood recovery work. Rich will talk to the Smiths and to Andy Martinek about a location near Clifford’s house. A location below Rowena would be great

Antenna at the Firebarn – Dina Elder (AirLink) and Joe Callahan of BCARES are working on what will happen with it, as AirLink is using the repeater on Horsfall Ridge.

Secretary – Dave reports that he will not be here for the March or April meetings and will not be running for re-election in May 2016, so if the Board wants to replace him sooner than May, that’s fine with him.

Wildfire Partners – This is a great program for homeowners to have their homes evaluated for mitigations efforts recommended, plus they give some reimbursement for expenses and certify the home, which may help with the homeowner’s fire insurance. Check at