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Friday, October 5, 2012

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Slash Collection At Stanley Park Fairgrounds

Wanted slash! Free! The Estes Valley Fire Protection District will once again be providing a slash collection site to assist individual residents, not commercial locations or businesses, get rid of slash they have accumulated as they have improved defensible spaces around homes. Due to space limitations, we will not be accepting any bags or piles of yard debris (needles and cones) or slash from commercial sites. Residents of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District can bring slash to the Community Drive entrance of the Stanley Park Fairgrounds on Saturdays: October 20 th , 27 th and November 3 rd , only, from 9:00-1:00. Turn left as you enter the fairgrounds and the site will be directly ahead. Slash consists of tree trimmings, small tree trunks, and shrubs that have been On September 27, 2012, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Scott Dorman held a board retreat at the historical Mountainside Lodge, Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies. Evan Goulding, former president of the Colorado Special Districts Association, facilitated the meeting between District Board Members President Sue Doylen, Vice President Frank Theis, Treasurer Doug Klink, Jack Rumley, Mark Igel and the EVFPD Fire Chief Scott Dorman. Board Secretary Suzanne Landkamer was also present. The retreat was held to allow the board to discuss a number of issues facing the district, which the board has not had time to fully explore at regular meetings. One issue discussed was the perception by some inside, and outside, the department that the district is moving towards a paid firefighting force. In order to clarify the board's position on this issue, the EVFPD Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following policy statement: The Estes Valley Fire Protection Dis- removed to create or improve defensible space around structures. Fire fighters appreciate all the work property owners do to reduce wildfire hazards as they cannot take the time to do that work when a wildfire threatens an area. Here are some actions property owners can do to create defensible spaces. * Thin continuous tree and brush cover around all structures. * Clean out gutters and roof areas where pine needles collect regularly. * Clean pine needles and other debris from under decks and in corners of structures. * Mow grass and weeds around structures to prevent flames from reaching it. * Prune tree branches to a height of 8- 10 feet to eliminate the possibility of fire reaching the branches

Estes Valley Fire Protection District Board Retreat 2012

trict will continue to maintain a force of volunteer firefighters supported by a paid administrative staff. The Board of Directors, along with Chief Dorman, express their gratitude to both Mr. Goulding and the Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies for the use of this historic landmark as a backdrop for meaningful discussion, planning and goal-setting. The EVFPD is looking positively into the future of providing the Estes Valley with excellent services, while planning for the long-term sustainability of the District. Back row; Chief Scott Dorman, Vice President Theis, Board member Jack Rumley. Front row Treasurer Klink, President Doylen, Board member Mark Igel. EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton (ladder fuels) and burning the tree and possibly reaching the structure. * Remove any small tree or shrub from under large trees to prevent fire from reaching the tree branches. * Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure. * Post reflective house numbers at the edge of the road so they are clearly visible both day and night. * Make sure the driveway is at least 12 feet wide and all tree branches are cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow emergency response vehicles safe access to all structures. For more information on creating defensible space and additional safety measures, contact: Sue Pinkham at: spinkham@estes.org or 970-577-3682.

RSVP Now For Fire Recovery, Healing, Bouncing Back Workshop

Interested fire survivors must RSVP by Wednesday, October 10, for a free workshop for High Park and Woodland Heights Fire Survivors that takes place on Friday, October 12. The workshop, titled "Recovery, Healing and Bouncing Back" will be facilitated by Neil Rosenthal, Psychotherapist/Denver Post columnist, who is also a survivor of two fires. The Friday, October 12, workshop take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, 1 st floor Hearing Room, 200 W. Oak Street in Fort Collins. RSVP/Sign-up by Wednesday, October 10 by calling Beverly Miller in the Larimer County Commissioners Office at (970) 498-7010.

County Office Closure Notice

Larimer County Courts and the District Attorney's Office will be closed on Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day. All other County offices will be open.

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