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A public Ballot Content Meeting will be convened by the Designated Election Official, Barb Andrews, at 11:00 a.m., on July 17, 2018, in the Board Room of the South Metro Headquarters building at 9195 East Mineral Avenue, Centennial, Colorado.  The purpose of the Ballot content Meeting is to consider proposals for the form and content of the ballot question for the City of Littleton inclusion election, to be held by coordinated mail ballot on November 6, 2018.  Any interested member of the public may participate in the Ballot Content Meeting.  A summary of procedures related to the Ballot Content Meeting follows, and a full copy of the Order for Inclusion Election (City of Littleton) setting the procedures can be reviewed at [LINK TO ORDER].

1.         All participants shall submit to the DEO a written notice to participate in the Ballot Content Meeting providing the name of the participant and an email address and/or mailing address at which the participant can be notified upon the DEO certifying the final form of the ballot question.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the Ballot Content Meeting that can be used to provide this information.  Notices to participate and any written proposals or comments can also be submitted to DEO@SOUTHMETRO.ORG.

2.         The Ballot Content Meeting is not in the nature of a hearing and is not subject to formal rules of procedure.

3.         Participants shall provide written proposals and may make verbal presentations as to the appropriate form of the ballot question.  The DEO may ask questions of the participants.  Participants will not be required to respond to statements or questions posed by other participants.

4.         The DEO shall resolve all disputes or objections related to the procedures of the Ballot Content Meeting, except as set forth in the Court’s Order. The DEO may restrict or exclude duplicative or irrelevant presentations.

5.         Each participant shall have twenty (20) minutes to present his or her comments and any proposed form and content of ballot question. The DEO may grant additional time to participants.

6.         At the conclusion of the Ballot Content Meeting the DEO may take the proposals under consideration and as soon as possible and no later than September 7, 2018, shall set and certify the ballot question to the County Clerk and Recorders of Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson County.  A copy of the certified ballot question shall be emailed on the same day to all participants who submitted a written notice to participate in the Ballot Content Meeting, unless a participant provides only a US Mail address, in which case the certification will be mailed to such US Mail address on the same day.

A proposed form of the ballot question can be found in the South Metro District/City of Little Pre-Unification Agreement can be reviewed at [LINK TO AGREEMENT].

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.

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 or 720-989-2271.