Fire Department

Preparedness Day at UCHealth Park

A day of baseball, fun and safety preparedness

Residents are invited to enjoy some Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball and participate in “Community Emergency Preparedness Day” at UCHealth Park July 14. The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.

Post-game activities will allow families to learn about emergency preparedness through interactive demonstrations such as Police and Fire Department displays as well as preparedness information booths will be on hand. Game ball delivered by UCHealth’s new medical helicopter “LifeLine”.  

Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt to win Vibe tickets, interact with and get autographs from Vibe players and learn useful safety information for the whole family.

“With the immense growth in our community, it’s more important now than ever before to be prepared for any type of disaster. The more people in the community that are prepared, the more resilient the community will be” said Jim Reid, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management Director.

Many first response and/or emergency preparedness partners from the community will be on-hand to highlight community preparedness.

  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department 
  • Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department 
  • El Paso County Search and Rescue
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 
  • UCHealth “LifeLine” Medical Helicopter
  • American Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region
  • UCHealth
  • United Way 2-1-1
  • U.S. Forestry Department
  • Home Animal Assistance 

Tickets

Partners

The event is hosted by the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency management, UCHealth, and AMR.

Event dates

Location UCHealth Park (map)
4385 Tutt Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Date/Time Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:40pm

Public Safety Officials Remind You to Keep Your Butt In The Car

Keep Your Butt in the Car | 2019

Today, Fire Chief Collas, Police Chief Niske and El Paso County Sheriff Elder teamed up to kick off the Colorado Springs fire department PSA reminding everyone to Keep Your Butt In The Car! The City and County are teaming up to tell you to discard your cigarette in an appropriate receptacle.

The amount of acreage burned due to wildfire in El Paso County is in the thousands, and multiple structures have burned in the City because of improper discarding of cigarettes. We hope to remind everyone to use a can or buy a portable ashtray to help keep Colorado Springs beautiful and safe-- don't carelessly discard your cigarette butts whether driving or walking.

Please watch the video here and come by any City of Colorado Springs Government Fire Station to pick up a bumper sticker to help spread the word And please share this message!

Three neighborhoods to participate in wildfire evacuation exercise Saturday

Area residents may receive simulated emergency phone notifications, see emergency vehicles

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Residents in three west Colorado Springs and El Paso County neighborhoods may receive simulated emergency notifications by telephone and see emergency vehicles in their neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon, as part of a wildfire evacuation drill.

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management is conducting a wildfire evacuation drill to give residents first-hand experience of what it is like to evacuate their home when a neighborhood is threatened by wildfire.
 
Residents in the following neighborhoods may receive a simulated emergency telephone notification from the El Paso-Teller 9-1-1 Authority as part of the exercise. 

  • Crystal Hills
  • Crystal Park
  • Upper Skyway

Important Information for residents on the southwest side of Garden of the Gods Park

  • Residents who signed up to participate in the exercise should follow the pre-designated evacuation route and instructions.  
  • Residents not participating in the exercise may disregard this message and no further action is required.
  • Residents may see police and fire vehicles in their neighborhood between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon as a part of the exercise.
  • Residents may direct questions to the Colorado Springs Police Department’s non-emergency number at (719) 444-7000.

Participating residents will evacuate their homes to Holmes Middle School. There they will receive breakfast, a briefing from local emergency responders, and have the opportunity to attend an information fair to agencies such as The Salvation Army, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Wildfire Mitigation, The Independence Center, and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. These groups and many more are working together to prepare our neighborhoods for emergencies and disasters.

Residents may visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2019EvacDrill for more information. Residents may also contact Officer David Husted, Colorado Springs Police Department, at (719) 385-7262 or hustedda@ci.colospgs.co.us 
 

125th Anniversary Party for the Colorado Springs Fire Department

Please join us at the FDC on Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 -2:00 for the CSFD 125th Anniversary Celebration.  It should be a great day filled with fun for everyone in the family.  We hope to see you there!

Here is the line-up:

  • 107.3 Mountain Country Radio Live Remote With Concert Ticket Giveaways
  • Face Painting and Balloon Tying
  • Children’s Bike Helmets Giveaway
  • Sapo Guapo Tacos Food Truck
  • CSFD Honor Guard Presentation 
  • Fire Chief Ted Collas
  • The Honorable Mayor John Suthers
  • Chief of Staff Jeff Greene
  • Birthday Cake Cutting
  • Drone Flights and Capability Demonstrations
  • Brush Truck Display
  • Rescue  17 Auto Extrication Demo With Equipment Display
  • Engine 1 and Truck 1 Aerial Water Display and Live Fire Exercise 
  • Hazmat 14 Will Display Meters, Tools and Specialty Suits
  • Medical Division Display:
    • AMR Ambulance
    • UC Health 
    • CPR demonstrations
    • Equipment displays
  • Lifeline Helicopter Landing
  • CSPD Armored Vehicle Display (BearCat)
  • Games  & Fire Life Safety Trailer for Kids
  • Also, Many Table Displays Offering Information and Education:
    • CSFD Recruiting
    • Wildland Mitigation
    • Medical Division
    • Fire Explorers Post 1894

The event is posted on Facebook but please reach out to Captain Vaughan if you have any questions BVaughan@springsgov.com
 

Event dates

Location Fire Department Complex (map)
375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Date/Time Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Please Take Our Community Survey

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is seeking your input. We would like your feedback as the department creates its strategic plan for the next five years. This plan will establish goals and objectives to guide how the CSFD serves the community. We would appreciate you taking just a few minutes to complete the survey. After the conclusion of this survey, all feedback will be shared publicly. Your input is important to us and we thank you! 

Group R Occupancy Specific Requirements

The provisions below are required for this specific occupancy. These are in addition to the general requirements for all buildings. The general requirements may be found here.

GROUP R-1 OCCUPANCIES

Evacuation Diagrams: A diagram depicting two evacuation routes shall be posted on or immediately adjacent to every required egress door from each hotel or motel sleeping unit.

 Emergency Duties: Upon discovery of a fire or suspected fire, hotel and motel employees shall perform the following duties:

  1. Activate the fire alarm system, where provided.
  2. Notify the public fire department.
  3. Take other action as previously instructed.

Fire Safety and Evacuation Instructions: Information shall be provided in the required fire safety and evacuation plan to allow guests to decide whether to evacuate to the outside, evacuate to an area of refuge, remain in place, or any combination of the three.

GROUP R-2 OCCUPANCIES

College and University Buildings: An approved fire safety and evacuation plan shall be prepared and maintained for Group R-2 college and university buildings. 

First Emergency Evacuation Drill: The first emergency evacuation drill of each school year shall be conducted within 10 days of the beginning of classes.

Time of Day: Emergency evacuation drills shall be conducted at different hours of the day or evening, during the changing of classes, when school is at assembly, during recess or gymnastic periods or during other times to avoid distinction between drills and actual fires. One required drill shall be held during hours after sunset or before sunrise.

Emergency Guide: Fire emergency guides shall be provided for Group R-2 occupancies.

Guide Contents: A fire emergency guide shall describe the location, function and use of fire protection equipment and appliances accessible to residents, including fire alarm systems, smoke alarms and portable fire extinguishers. Guides shall include an emergency evacuation plan for each dwelling unit.

Emergency Guide Maintenance: Emergency guides shall be reviewed and approved by the fire code official. 

Emergency Guide Distribution: A copy of the emergency guide shall be given to each tenant prior to initial occupancy.

Evacuation Diagrams for Dormitories: A diagram depicting two evacuation routes shall be posted on or immediately adjacent to every required egress door from each dormitory sleeping unit. Evacuation diagrams shall be reviewed and updated as needed to maintain accuracy.

GROUP R-4 OCCUPANCIES

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan: An approved fire safety and evacuation plan shall be prepared and maintained for Group R-4 occupancies. The required fire safety and evacuation plan shall include special employee actions, including fire protection procedures necessary for residents, and shall be amended or revised upon admission of a resident with unusual needs.

Fire Safety Plans: A copy of the plan shall be maintained at the facility at all times. Plans shall include the following:

  1. Location and number of resident sleeping rooms.
  2. Location of special locking or egress control arrangements.

 Employee Training: Employees shall be periodically instructed and kept informed of their duties and responsibilities under the plan. Records of instruction shall be maintained. Such instruction shall be reviewed by employees at intervals not exceeding two months. A copy of the plan shall be readily available at all times within the facility.

Resident Training: Residents capable of assisting in their own evacuation shall be trained in the proper actions to take in the event of a fire. The training shall include actions to take if the primary escape route is blocked. Where the resident is given rehabilitation or habilitation training, methods of fire prevention and actions to take in the event of a fire shall be a part of the rehabilitation training program. Residents shall be trained to assist each other in case of fire to the extent their physical and mental abilities permit them to do so without additional personal risk.

Drill Frequency: Employees shall participate in drills an additional two times a year on each shift. Twelve drills with all occupants shall be conducted in the first year of operation.

Drill Times: Drill times are not required to be held at unexpected times and under varying conditions

Resident Participation in Drills: Emergency evacuation drills shall involve the actual evacuation of residents to a selected assembly point and shall provide residents with experience in exiting through all required exits. All required exits shall be used during emergency evacuation drills. Exception: Actual exiting from emergency escape and rescue windows shall not be required. Opening the emergency escape and rescue window and signaling for help shall be an acceptable alternative.

Group I Occupancy Specific Requirements

The provisions below are required for this specific occupancy. These are in addition to the general requirements for all buildings. The general requirements may be found here.

GROUP I-1 OCCUPANCIES

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan: The required fire safety and evacuation plan shall include special employee actions, including fire protection procedures necessary for residents, and shall be amended or revised upon admission of any resident with unusual needs.

Fire Evacuation Plan: The required fire evacuation plan shall include a description of special staff actions. In addition plans in Group I-1 Condition 2 (residents require limited verbal or physical assistance while responding to an emergency situation to complete building evacuation) occupancies shall include procedures for evacuation through a refuge area in an adjacent smoke compartment and then to an exterior assembly point.

Fire Safety Plans: A copy of the fire safety plan shall be maintained at the facility at all times. Plans shall include the following in addition to the general requirements:

  1. Location and number of resident sleeping rooms.
  2. Location of special locking or egress control arrangements.

Employee Training: Employees shall be periodically instructed and kept informed of their duties and responsibilities under the plan. Employees are to be specifically trained on the emergency procedures for any special needs occupants. A copy of the plan shall be readily available at all times within the facility.

Resident Training: Residents capable of assisting in their own evacuation shall be trained in the proper actions to take in the event of a fire. In Group I-1 Condition 2 (residents require limited verbal or physical assistance while responding to an emergency situation to complete building evacuation) occupancies, training shall include evacuation through an adjacent smoke compartment and then to an exterior assembly point. The training shall include actions to take if the primary escape route is blocked. Where the resident is given rehabilitation or habilitation training, methods of fire prevention and actions to take in the event of a fire shall be a part of the rehabilitation training program. Residents shall be trained to assist each other in case of fire to the extent their physical and mental abilities permit them to do so without additional personal risk.

Drill Frequency: In addition to the required evacuation drills, employees shall participate in drills an additional two times a year on each shift. Twelve drills with all occupants shall be conducted in the first year of operation. Drills are not required to be held at unexpected times and under varying conditions.

Resident Participation in Drills: Emergency evacuation drills shall involve the actual evacuation of residents to a selected assembly point and shall provide residents with experience in exiting through all required exits. All required exits shall be used during emergency evacuation drills.

 

 

GROUP I-2 OCCUPANCIES

Fire Evacuation Plans: The required fire safety and evacuation plans shall include a description of special staff actions. Plans shall include all of the following in addition to the general requirements:

  1. Procedures for evacuation for patients with needs for containment or restraint and post-evacuation containment, where present.
  2. A written plan for maintenance of the means of egress.
  3. Procedure for a defend-in-place strategy.
  4. Procedures for a full-floor or building evacuation, where necessary.

Fire Safety Plans: A copy of the plan shall be maintained at the facility at all times. Plans shall include all of the following in addition to the general requirements:

  1. Location and number of patient sleeping rooms and operating rooms.
  2. Location of adjacent smoke compartments or refuge areas.
  3. Path of travel to adjacent smoke compartments.
  4. Location of special locking, delayed egress or access control arrangements.
  5. Location of elevators utilized for patient movement in accordance with the fire safety plan, where provided.

Emergency Evacuation Drills: General emergency evacuation drill provisions are required with the following exceptions:

  • The movement of patients to safe areas or to the exterior of the building is not required. 
  • Where emergency evacuation drills are conducted after visiting hours or where patients or residents are expected to be asleep, a coded announcement shall be an acceptable alternative to audible alarms.

GROUP I-3 OCCUPANCIES

Employee Training: Employees shall be instructed in the proper use of portable fire extinguishers and other manual fire suppression equipment. Training of new employees shall be provided promptly upon entrance to duty. Refresher training shall be provided not less than annually.

Employee Staffing: Group I-3 occupancies shall be provided with 24-hour staffing. An employee shall be within three floors or 300 feet horizontal distance of the access door of each resident housing area. In Group I-3 Conditions 3, 4 and 5, as defined by the adopted fire code, the arrangement shall be such that the employee involved can start release of locks necessary for emergency evacuation or rescue and initiate other necessary emergency actions within 2 minutes of an alarm. Exception: An employee shall not be required to be within three floors or 300 feet horizontal distance of the access door of each resident housing area in areas in which all locks are unlocked remotely and automatically in accordance with Section 408.4 of the International Building Code.

Notification: Provisions shall be made for residents in Group I-3 Conditions 3, 4 and 5, as defined by the adopted fire code, to readily notify an employee of an emergency.

Keys: Keys necessary for unlocking doors installed in a means of egress shall be individually identifiable by both touch and sight.

Group H-5 Occupancy Specific Requirements

The provisions below are required for this specific occupancy. These are in addition to the general requirements for all buildings. The general requirements may be found here.

Plans and Diagrams: Plans and diagrams shall be maintained in approved locations indicating the approximate plan for each area, the amount and type of HPM stored, handled and used, locations of shutoff valves for HPM supply piping, emergency telephone locations and locations of exits.

Plan Updating: The required plans and diagrams shall be maintained up to date and the fire code official and fire department shall be informed of major changes.

Emergency Response Team: Responsible persons shall be designated as an on-site emergency response team and trained to be liaison personnel for the fire department. These persons shall aid the fire department in preplanning emergency responses, identifying locations where HPM is stored, handled and used, and be familiar with the chemical nature of such material. An adequate number of personnel for each work shift shall be designated.

Emergency Drills: Emergency drills of the on-site emergency response team shall be conducted on a regular basis but not less than once every three months. Records of drills conducted shall be maintained.

Group E Occupancy Specific Requirements

The provisions below are required for this specific occupancy. These are in addition to the general requirements for all buildings. The general requirements may be found here.

First Emergency Evacuation Drill: The first emergency evacuation drill of each school year shall be conducted within 10 days of the beginning of classes.

Time of Day: Emergency evacuation drills shall be conducted at different hours of the day or evening, during the changing of classes, when the school is at assembly, during the recess or gymnastic periods, or during other times to avoid distinction between drills and actual fires.

Assembly Points: Outdoor assembly areas shall be accessible by all occupants. Outdoor assembly areas shall be designated and shall be located a safe distance from the building being evacuated so as to avoid interference with fire department operations. The assembly areas shall be arranged to keep each class separate to provide accountability of all individuals.

Covered and Open Mall Specific Requirements

The provisions below are required for this specific occupancy. These are in addition to the general requirements for all buildings. The general requirements may be found here.

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan: An approved fire safety and evacuation plan shall be prepared and maintained for covered malls exceeding 50,000 square feet in aggregate floor area and for open mall buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet in aggregate area within the perimeter line.

Lease Plan. A lease plan that includes the following information shall be prepared for each covered and open mall building:

  1. Each occupancy, including identification of tenant.
  2. Exits from each tenant space.
  3. Fire protection features, including the  following:
    1. Fire department connections.
    2. Fire command center.
    3. Smoke management system controls.
    4. Elevators, elevator machine rooms and controls.
    5. Hose valve outlets.
    6. Sprinkler and standpipe control valves.
    7. Automatic fire-extinguishing system areas.
    8. Automatic fire detector zones.
    9. Fire barriers.

Lease Plan Approval: The lease plan shall be submitted to the fire code official for approval, and shall be maintained on site for immediate reference by responding fire service personnel.

Lease Plan Revisions: The lease plans shall be revised annually or as often as necessary to keep them current. Modifications or changes in tenants or occupancies shall not be made without prior approval of the fire code official and building official.

Tenant Identification: Tenant identification shall be provided for secondary exits from occupied tenant spaces that lead to an exit corridor or directly to the exterior of the building. Tenant identification shall be posted on the exterior side of the exit or exit access door and shall identify the business name and address using plainly legible letters and numbers that contrast with their background. Exception: Tenant identification is not required for anchor stores.

Unoccupied Tenant Spaces: The fire safety and evacuation plan shall provide for compliance with the requirements for unoccupied tenant spaces in Section 311 of the adopted fire code.