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South Metro Fire Rescue Announces the Recent Graduation of its Newest Class of Firefighters
Centennial, Colo. -- (Dec. 5, 2016) -- SMFR
announced today that the latest class of firefighters from SMFR Training Academy has graduated.  A ceremony recognizing the 20 graduates was held at the Parker Arts, Cultural and Events (PACE) Center on Friday,   Dec. 2, 2016 in recognition of all their efforts through the 16-week academy.  Click here to read entire press release.. 

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South Metro Fire Rescue Warns Wildland Fires Can Happen Any Time of Year.  October Was the "Most Burned Month" in 2016 for SMFR

Centennial, Colo. -- (Nov. 17, 2016) -- South Metro Fire Rescue is warning that a wildfire can happen any time of year and all residents in Colorado need to be aware of the risks and be prepared with preventative measures.  Click here to read entire press release...

Ultimate Car Seat Guide

Have you seen the Ultimate Car Seat Guide put out by Safe Kids Worldwide? It's a great new tool to help parents figure out what car seat to purchase, how to install it, how the child is supposed to fit in the seat, and when they should graduate to the next step. 

10/17/2016:  Castle Pines, Town of Parker, and Douglas County Sheriff's Office Level 1 Fire Restrictions Effective Immediately:
 Prohibited Activities: 
 * Open burning of any kind.
 * Use of fireworks.
 
Allowable Activities:
*Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only.

*Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.
 
* Fire suppression or fire department training fires.

*Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age.

*Professional fireworks displays.
  
Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $1000.00 fine and a $10.00 surcharge.
 
Additional information on fire restriction stages can be located at:
                                     Douglas County Emergency Management.  


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South Metro Fire Rescue Raises Over $101,000 for the "Fill the Boot" Campaign
Centennial, Colo. - (Sept. 22, 2016)
A few weeks ago, members of all 17 stations in South Metro Fire Rescue's district participated in helping raise money for MDA - standing at storefronts, intersections and other areas in the south metro area using their boots to collect money to help support this important cause.  Muscular dystrophy is characterized as a group of genetic diseases that causes progressive muscle deterioration that limits strength and mobility.  South Metro Fire Rescue has participated in this event for over 17 years - raising approximately $1.5 million to-date -- filling the boot each year in between calls for service.  The organization plans on continuing this tradition for many years to come.  Click here to read more.
 

 


South Metro Fire Rescue Opens Recruiting for Paramedic/Firefighters
Centennial, Colo. - (Sept. 20, 2016)
South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) has
opened up the recruiting process for entry-level and experienced paramedic/firefighter positions.  Applicants must register for intent to test no later than Nov. 18, 2016.  Click here to read more.    
      
Are You Ready for a Wildfire?
South Metro Fire Rescue takes every precaution to help pro­tect you and your property from a wildfire, but we can’t do it alone.  We need you to prepare, too.  Successfully preparing for a wildfire requires you to take personal responsibility for protecting your­self, your family and your property at home and on vacation. Here are some tips you can follow:
  • Read your workplace and school emergency plans so you know how those organizations will protect your family members in emergencies;
  • Ensure family members know how to use gas, electric and water shut-off controls;
  • Plan and practice different escape routes from your neighborhood;
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit as recommended by the American Red Cross, FEMA or similar organizations;
  • Create an evacuation plan for your babysitter or children in case such an order occurs when you aren’t home;
  • Inventory your home so that insurance claims can occur faster

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Contact South Metro Fire Rescue’s Preparedness Division for information at ReducingRisk@southmetro.org or 720-989-2271.
      
Hidden Village in Parker Earns Firewise Designation
Congratulations to our neighbors in Hidden Village for earning their Firewise Communities status.  The crew of Station 43 - Lt. Mark Hamill, Engineer Daryl Troute and Firefighter Scott Russell - joined Risk Reduction Specialist Einar Jensen to present the award on May 22nd.  To be Firewise means to invest time and money individually and collectively to reduce the risk of wildfire in a community.  They are protecting their families and our firefighters, and ultimately, creating a community that is better adapted to the presence of wildfire.  For more information on becoming a Firewise community or learning about our other wildfire mitigation resources, email reducing.risk@southmetro.org.

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