Jeffco Fire Restriction Lifted

Effective  August 3, 2017,  the  Jefferson County Sheriff  lifted the temporary fire restriction order for Jefferson County.

Denver Mountain Parks and Jeffco Open Space will remain in a Stage 2 Fire Ban, while Lakewood Open Space and Golden will remain in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

 

The current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the danger of wildfire; however, residents are encouraged to continue to be vigilant and are reminded to use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires, disposing of lighted cigarettes, and conducting other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks. Warm and windy days can quickly lower the fuel moisture content of trees and grasses, making them susceptible to ignition.

 

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to closely monitor the fire danger in the county and make appropriate adjustments to reduce the risk of fires in JeffCo.

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Jeffco Fire Restriction in Effect July 27, 2017

Effective Thursday, July 27, 2017,  the Jefferson County Sheriff has rescinded the Stage 2 Fire Ban and issued a Stage 1 Fire Restriction for portions of Jefferson County that includes the Golden Gate Fire Protection District, until further notice. Please note the use fireworks remain prohibited.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following activities:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2015 IFC 310.8)
  • Open burning, including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction. (2015 IFC 105.6.30)
  • The use of all fireworks.

Conditions will be monitored and restrictions adjusted or lifted as conditions warrant.  For more information, please visit the JeffCo Sheriff’s Office Website here.

Jeffco Fire Ban in Effect July 13, 2017

Effective noon, July 13, 2017 the Jefferson County Sheriff has issued a temporary Stage 2 fire ban for all lans in Jefferson County, which includes all of the Golden Gate Fire Protection District.

A Stage 2 Fire Ban prohibits:

 Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

 Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

 Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2015 IFC 310.8)

 Open burning including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction. (2015 IFC 105.6.32)

 The USE of ALL fireworks, as defined below.

 Shooting tracer rounds or explosive type targets.

 Chain saws shall only be operated with a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in proper working order, and having an extinguishing source, water, pressurized water extinguisher, or a proper chemical pressurized extinguisher large enough to handle nearby hazards and possessing at least one large size pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six inches. All must be readily available for quick use.

 Welding and cutting torch appliances, as described below in the definition section, shall only be operated within an area that is barren or cleared of all combustible material at least 30 feet in all directions from the operating equipment. (2015 IFC 308.1.6) This operation may only be done during a declared “Fire Ban” upon receiving a permit from the Fire Authority having jurisdiction over the operating location. (2015 IFC 105.6.31)

 Use of an explosive initiation system requiring a burning fuse line.

For more information, please refer to the post from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office: http://jeffco.us/sheriff/news/2017/temporary-fire-ban-implemented-in-jefferson-county(1)/

 

JeffCo Fire Restriction in Effect June 29, 2017

Effective Thursday, June 29, 2017,  the Jefferson County Sheriff has issued a temporary Stage 1 Fire Restriction for portions of Jefferson County that includes the Golden Gate Fire Protection District, until further notice. Please note the use fireworks remain prohibited.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following activities:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. (2015 IFC 310.8)
  • Open burning, including “bon fires” that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction. (2015 IFC 105.6.30)
  • The use of all fireworks.

Conditions will be monitored and restrictions adjusted or lifted as conditions warrant.  For more information, please visit the JeffCo Sheriff’s Office Website here.

Fire Chief’s Corner

 

Golden Gate Firefighters are honored to serve the community with well trained emergency responders.

We would like to remind everyone thaimg_0279t wildfire season is still underway and the county is currently under a fire ban.  Research from post fire analysis from across the country has proven that defensible space is effective in reducing the risk of home ignition.  Creating defensible space and keeping your driveways accessible allows firefighters to access the area and provides for firefighter safety.  Keep up the good work in removing fuels away from your homes and the ongoing efforts of the Firewise community.

A second reminder is to change your batteries in your smoke detectors.  Each time we need to set our clocks to day light saving we should also change the batteries in the smoke detectors.  Smoke detectors save lives.

As always, thank you for supporting the volunteer firefighters of Golden Gate so that we can protect our community.

Fire Chief Doug Cupp

Election 2016 – Absentee Ballot Request

The 2016 Election for Directors will be a polling place election, taking place at the Grange on May 3, 2016.

If you would like a mail-in ballot, you must complete a Mail-In Ballot Request and return it to the Designated Election Official, no later than April 29.

This must be done even if you’re registered as a mail-in ballot voter with Jefferson County, since the Golden Gate Fire Protection District conducts independent elections.

All mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by May 3, 2016.

Download the Mail-In Ballot Request here.

GGFPD Election 2016 – Director Candidates

The Golden Gate Fire Protection District will have two director seats up for election on the May 3rd ballot.   The term for each seat is 4 years.

Candidates for this year’s election, listed in ballot order, are:

David Kinnard

In our Golden Gate Canyon area, wildland and structural fires pose a major threat to our families, homes and land. Medical emergencies of illness and injury are an even more common threat to our health and wellness. A skilled and timely response by our firefighters and medical first responders is critical to protecting our lives and property, and a key to safety for our families, livestock and visitors in our special foothills environment.

As a member of the GGFPD Board of Directors, I will work to support:

  • The best equipped and trained volunteer Dept. we can provide
  • Responsible financial stewardship and accountability to the community we serve
  • Recognition by the County and State for the increasing service and financial demands that the growing recreational use in our District places on our volunteers and resources

I am a 25 year resident of Golden, married father of four; Lori and I moved to Douglas Mountain three years ago. As a physician trained in cardiology, I have over 30 years’ experience leading teams of highly skilled professionals serving patients and families challenged by cardiovascular disease, our nation’s leading cause of death. I recognize our GGFPD Board must support a high level of technical knowledge and skill in the Dept., implemented by dedicated and generous volunteers, with innovative, transparent, cost-effective use of scarce resources to successfully protect our District from the threats of fire, illness and injury. I pledge to focus sharply on these goals; if you share these priorities I would appreciate your support.

John Arendt

In 2007 I volunteered with the GGFPD to revise and update the water source database.  Ever since I had been planning to join the fire department and up until the Black Hawk Ridge fire last fall (directly across from our house), I hadn’t taken the leap.  I was the first person at the fire with boots and shovel.  I experienced firsthand how vulnerable we are especially with increasing recreational use of the canyon.

I joke with my wife that I didn’t realize I wanted to be a fire fighter until I was 50!  I’ve recently passed my Colorado FF1 written and JPR’s.  Wildland training is around the corner.  In the short time I’ve been directly involved it’s been intense physical and mental work, yet fun and incredibly rewarding.

My entire professional career has been involved in engineering of industrial and consumer safety products.  Bringing a product to market is no different than managing any organization.  Understand root issues, develop goals and creating a plan of action to accomplish those goals using the available resources.

Being a small fire district, Golden Gate must be creative, nimble, and resourceful to accomplish our goals.  There is no space, time nor energy for politics or being politically correct nonsense.  The needs and goals are clear.  Let’s boil it down to the basics and get on with things.

A mentor of mine said to me in a recent discussion about running for a board position that a fire department has the highest moral duty to act with uncompromised standards to perform beyond that which is expected.

I believe the focus of any first response organization should be the highest level of safety for the citizens as well as the first responders while assuring highest value for tax payers’ dollars.  We owe the community of Golden Gate Canyon management that provides the highest level and quality of training and equipment for the fire fighters, a balanced budget, excellent value for funds spent, elimination of waste and seamless coordination with mutual aid partners synergizing services, training and equipment.

I look forward to working with the Auxiliary and the Grange, representing you, the residents of Golden Gate Canyon.

Steven Green

Patsy Daniel

Mill Levy Certification Notice

It has come to our attention that the mill levy to support the Golden Gate Fire Protection District has been improperly certified for the past four years.  The District Board of Directors has taken swift action to investigate how this happened and approved the required budget adjustment for this year.

The approved general mill levy for our fire district as set by the voters, in accordance with the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, or TABOR, is 9.000.

Unfortunately, the accountant who has been working with the District for the past four years, improperly, and for reasons unknown, departed from the Colorado-approved guidance and certified the rates at 10.774 for 2014 and 12.665 for 2015.

A mill certification is a typical administrative task done after the budget is adopted, simply certifying the mill at the rate approved by the voters, and filed directly with Jefferson County to determine your property taxes.

Fortunately, the approved budgets for the past two years did not rely on the additional amounts to fund core operations.  The District has taken steps to put the excess revenue into reserves.  While the District will not receive all of the 2016 property tax revenue until this fall, the Jefferson County Treasurer will not allow the District to correct the mill levy to be collected this year, which will stand at 12.665 mill.

At the March 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board voted 4-0 to certify a mill levy tax credit for property taxes next year.   This means the mill will be reduced to a level to even out the over-collection from the past four years.  The District will use revenues collected this year, and held in reserve, to fund next year’s operations.

The District will be hiring an accountant with experience working with special districts and knowledge of our obligations under TABOR.

We regret this occurred and take stewardship of your tax dollars seriously.  We appreciate your understanding and patience as we take steps to ensure our District has the appropriate level of professional services and additional oversight moving forward.