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Election Results -- May 8, 2018  

South Metro held an election on May 8th, 2018 for the inclusion of property within the area identified as Highlands Ranch and Littleton Fire Protection District. The unofficial results of this election include:
 
Littleton Fire Protection District:  
 

  • 302 in favor of inclusion
  • 29 against inclusion

Highlands Ranch Metro District:
 

  • 1,075 in favor of inclusion
  • 45 against inclusion

South Metro Board of Director Results:

In addition, there was an election for the SMFR Board of Directors in District A; District E; and District G. 

Director and Chair Laura Simon (District E) as well as Director William Shriver (District G) did not run contested so they will serve an additional term.  

Director Hank Eng from District A has also been re-elected to serve another term. Results include:

  • Hank Eng: 84
  • Tim Hartwig: 14
  
Unification Update with Littleton Fire Rescue  

 

In April 2018, the City of Littleton’s City Council approved South Metro Fire Rescue being their service provider starting in 2019. The ultimate goal is for the properties to fully include into the fire district so that the City will no longer contract for fire and emergency services. This will require a vote of the citizens, and the South Metro board of directors officially called for that election on May 2nd. The election will be held on Nov 6, 2018. See the following links for the agreement between South Metro and Littleton, as well as the resolution calling for the election. 

Unification

 
South Metro Fire Rescue Was Awarded Prestigious ISO Class 1 Designation - Will Take Effect August 1, 2018 

Newest ISO

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) has achieved the best possible fire protection class rating issued by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) -- an ISO 1 rating.  The Class 1 rating is important to property owners who may now see a reduction in their insurance premiums.

 The new rating combined with SMFR's international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International is a prestigious designation that few fire protection districts in the nation have achieved.  SMFR is the fourth in Colorado to achieve this honor, following Cunningham Fire Protection District, who South Metro unified with on January 1, 2018.


The ISO rating is evaluated approximately every five years, and SMFR's previous rating was a "Class 3".  Moving to a "Class 1" places South Metro in the prestigious group of only 240 department throughout the country with an ISO rating of 1.  There are seven departments in Colorado that have received an ISO rating 1 - including Denver, West Metro, Federal Heights, Cunningham, Westminster, Adams County, and now South Metro - and South Metro is the first department in the country with an ISO 1 in hauled water / non-hydrant areas. To view and down the letter from ISO stating our rating of 1 in areas with hydrants, please click here.  To view and download the letter from ISO stating our rating of 1 in areas without hydrants, please click here.



 
             SMFR was recognized by ISO at a board meeting on January 3rd, 2018.
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Other Updates: 
  • Communities South Metro Fire Rescue and Cunningham Fire Protection District Merge. Click Here to Read the Full Story 
  • Special Edition of SMFR's 2018 Newsletter is Now Available.  Click Here  to read the special edition of The Fireline
  •  Click here to read the regular   Spring 2018 edition of The Fireline
Fire-Adapted Communities

South Metro Fire Rescue is committed to nurturing Fire-Adapted Communities in which wildfires burn through ecosystems without injuring people or damaging structures. This vision requires all of us to reduce our risk from wildfires. Do you have questions about wildfire safety? Click on these links to learn more about these fires and how our agency responds to them.


 
 

http://www.9news.com/news/local/wildfires/wildfire-season-in-colorado-everything-you-need-to-know/441496085

http://www.9news.com/news/local/wildfires/what-to-do-if-a-wildfire-is-reported-near-your-home-1/439509005


Lightning: Learn the Facts

by Einar Jensen, SMFR Risk Reduction Educator

Rachel Lightning
Photo:  Rachel Hurst

Lightning, a rapid discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere, is among the most impressive weather phenomena on the planet. The winds within a thunderstorm or similar column of rapidly rising air causes particles of ice to crash into each other. During the crashes, smaller particles lose electrons while larger ones gain electrons, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As the cloud bottoms become charged negatively, the ground below becomes charged positively. When the difference between the negative charge in the cloud and the positive charge on the ground becomes large, the negative charge starts moving toward the ground. As it moves, it creates a conductive path. When the negative charge from the cloud contacts the positively charged ground, electrical current surges through the path, which creates a visible flash of lightning. Thunder is the sound of a shock wave created by the rapid heating and cooling of the air in the lightning channel.

Lightning strikes the Earth over 25 million times each year. Thirty people typically die in the US each year from lightning strikes, according to National Weather Service records. Tragically, this year’s first lightning fatality occurred in Colorado on May 7 when a woman riding a horse was struck. 

Between 2011 and 2016, lightning caused 38 fires in South Metro Fire Rescue’s jurisdiction. Half of those fires were in buildings while the other 19 were wildfires of varying sizes.

Lightning bolts strike throughout the district, but in this period 44% of the strikes that ignited fires occurred in the Parker area. The second leading area with 16% is the 80108 zip code, which includes Castle Pines, Castle Pines Village and Happy Canyon.

The other zip codes in our district received the remaining 40% of lightning-ignited fires: 80121 (8%), 80112 (8%), 80125 (5%), 80124 (5%), and 80104, 80135, 80111, 80016 and 80113 each had a single fire caused by lightning. 

In that same duration, lightning struck three people in our district. Two were touching metal when a bolt of lightning struck a building and one was hit while walking outside. None of the three was injured seriously.
  
Many lightning victims are caught outside during a storm because they were not aware of the predicted weather, they did not act quickly to get to a safe place, or they return outside too soon after a storm has passed. Those victims include athletes, roofers, landscapers, farmers, families and builders. The safest place during a thunderstorm is inside a building or hard-topped vehicle.When thunder roars, go indoors.
  
If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, get to a safe place immediately. Lightning can travel several miles from the actual cloud. Thunder is the perfect clue to seek shelter before dangerous lightning begins. 

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

Photograph by Tim Tonge

                                                                            Photograph by Tim Tonge
  
Contact South Metro Fire Rescue’s Preparedness Division for information at ReducingRisk@southmetro.org or 720-989-2271.