The Elizabeth Fire Department was established in 1947 after the fire at Jones Motor Company, which threatened the entire east end of town. The population was ever-increasing, and it was no longer possible to fund the department on donation. So, in 1977 the fire department became a tax based individual district called The Elizabeth Fire Protection District (EFPD).
Presently, the department consists of 17 careers, eight part-time, and 34 volunteer members provide numerous services to the community, including public education, fire prevention, fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation, emergency medical services, and countless public assists. Our average response time is less than seven minutes after receiving the 911 phone call.
Two career staff, along with the administrative staff, respond from Station 71 and two additional career staff, respond from Station 73 to provide the community with reduced response times through-out the District. Each station is staffed with one paramedic/firefighter and one EMT-B/firefighter. Station 72 is a volunteer station in the Ponderosa Subdivision. These dedicated, educated, and certified volunteers respond by pager to many emergencies.
Our volunteers are crucial to the District’s response and are required to obtain and maintain State of Colorado Certificates in Firefighting, Hazmat, and Emergency Medical. They are required to attend regular monthly training, meetings, and a percentage of calls to remain a member in good standing. The District is presently accepting applications for citizens that have a desire to be a part of The EFPD.
To enhance services to all citizens, The EFPD accepts and provides mutual aid to Parker, Rattlesnake, Kiowa, Franktown, Elbert, and other surrounding departments.
The EFPD conducts training as though it were an actual incident. Members receive training in specialized areas such as ice rescue, mass casualty events, and general firefighting and medical techniques. Members of the EFPD are provided over 3,000 training hours per year.