Archive for September, 2015


The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department operates several different types of apparatus in order to meet the needs and services of the district we protect. Included in our fleet of apparatus are vehicles designed for fire suppression, Emergency Medical Service, wildland, special operations and command.

Each vehicle carries a special selection of tools and equipment as well as a specified number of personnel. Front-line apparatus (staffed 24 hours with firefighters) consist of one quint, three engines, two medic units (paramedic ambulance) and a command vehicle.

All of our front-line apparatus are staffed with at least one firefighter / paramedic as well as one firefighter / EMT.

Fire suppression apparatus
These are the vehicles that most folks normally associate with the fire department – the big, red fire trucks. Castle Rock operates two types of fire suppression apparatus: an engine and a quint.

An engine carries hose, water, equipment and firefighters to the scene of an emergency. The engine also is capable of pumping water through its hoses so firefighters can apply it to fires. Also carried on the engine are vehicle extrication tools and advanced life support medical equipment, which allows the engine to respond to all types of emergency and nonemergency calls. Castle Rock operates three engines: Engine 151 (rescue engine), Engine 153 and Engine 154.

The trucks that you see driving around Town with the big ladders on top are called quints. Basically, they serve the exact same functions as an engine but also have additional capabilities due to the ladder. They carry all of the same equipment as engines. Quint 155 (Crowfoot Valley) has a 109-foot ladder.

Medic units
Approximately 61 percent of all 911 calls are medical. The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department provides its own ambulance transports, ensuring the highest level of service and protection to our residents. The vehicles we use are called medic units, also known as ambulances. All our firefighters are cross-trained in both firefighting and emergency medical services.

The medic units carry equipment needed to respond to medical calls and transport patients to hospitals. The equipment they carry includes medications, heart monitors and patient-stabilization devices.

Castle Rock operates three staffed medic units, Medic 151, Medic 153 and Medic 154.

Vehicles for special operations
Along with fire suppression, EMS and wildland, the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department answers the call for special situations that require special vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with:

  • Rope rescue tools
  • Trench rescue tools
  • Hazardous materials equipment
  • Vehicle extraction equipment
  • Structural collapse equipment and tools

Castle Rock operates three special operations vehicles: Haz Mat 155Squad 154 and Collapse 154.

Apparatus for wildland fires
Located in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Castle Rock (as well as surrounding areas) is considered an urban-interface area, providing a unique challenge to firefighters. We must be capable of responding to wildland fires that threaten homes and businesses.

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has apparatus designed specifically for such responses. These vehicles are used not only to protect the residents of Castle Rock; they are also called upon by the U.S. and Colorado State forest services to assist with large wildfires in our region.

During summer 2002, the Hayman fire broke out 10 miles west of downtown Castle Rock and burned more than 138,000 acres. Our wildland vehicles were some of the first on the scene. Castle Rock operates several wildland vehicles: Brush 151 (type 6 engine), Brush 153 (type 6 engine), Brush 154 (type 6 engine) and Brush 155 (type 3 engine).

Command vehicles
The command vehicles carry senior officers to the scene of major incidents. These vehicles are equipped with:

  • Advanced life support and / or basic life support medical equipment, including AEDs
  • Command centers
  • Radio communications centers

Each chief officer is assigned a command vehicle. Castle Rock operates one shift commander vehicle, Battalion Chief 151.

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Station 153

5463 E. Sovereign St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Station 153 is home to an engine, brush truck, medic unit, reserve quint and the antique fire truck.

Typically, there is one officer, one driver and one firefighter / paramedic assigned to the engine and one firefighter / EMT and one firefighter / paramedic staffing the medic unit.  The brush truck and third-out medic unit are cross-staffed when necessary.

Response area
Station 153 protects Founders Village, Castle Oaks, a middle school and three elementary schools. The station’s first-due response area competes with The Meadows as the fastest-growing area in the district.

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Family Preparedness

You and your family will cope best by preparing before a disaster strikes. One way is by assembling a disaster-supplies kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you’ve gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.

Disaster-supplies kit
Make sure you have plenty of water and nonperishable food – at least a three-day supply per person. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno chaffing dish fuel.


  • A first-aid kit (nonprescription drugs, tools and supplies)
  • Mess kit (paper cups, plates and plastic utensils)
  • Emergency-preparedness manual
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Nonelectric can opener
  • Utility knife
  • Fire extinguisher (small canister type)
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper and pencil
  • Needles and thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water)
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Supplies for babies or children
  • Important family documents

Additional information
For additional information on a 72-hour Disaster Supplies Kit, visit the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.

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CodeRED Emergency Mass Notification

Safety in numbers, connecting during crisis situations

CodeRed is a high-speed telephone emergency notification system that allows public safety personnel to send messages directly to residents –whether they are home or away – during an emergency. It uses geo-tracking to target specific areas with prerecorded phone messages, emails or texts.

Some Douglas County residents may have been signed up for a previous system that all jurisdictions within the County used. County and municipal agencies are no longer using that system. Though contact information will be transferred to the new system, it is suggested all residents sign up for the new system to ensure they are included in this important effort. Business owners are also encouraged to register their contact information.

The Douglas County Emergency Telephone Service Authority decided earlier this year to go with a different notification provider. After requesting proposals from a variety of providers, CodeRED rose to the top. The authority, which is funded by a monthly 70 cent phone surcharge on all cell phones and landlines within the County, will pay for the system.

CodeRED alerts may be implemented in situations such as police activity in the area, wildfires or other emergency incidents. However, the system does not include weather alerts. Town encourages our residents to stay tuned to weather radios and local media for information during severe weather.

In order for CodeRED to perform at its best, it needs an accurate database of contact information, associated with addresses. To ensure your information is included in this database, you must sign up. Required information includes: First and last name, street address (no P.O. Boxes), city, state, ZIP code and primary phone number. Data will be kept confidential.

Residents can also sign up using cell phone numbers and emails, because dispatch centers can also use CodeRED to send messages via text message or email. Signing up allows residents to set their contact preferences. Should residents move, they will need to register again with their new address.
CodeRED will alert people of incidents in their area. The Town also uses its Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep the public updated on events and issues and during emergencies. Visit and follow the Town @CRgov.

DISCLAIMER: The CodeRED™ notification service (the “Service”) is provided as a supplemental emergency communication method and should not be relied upon exclusively. Douglas County Emergency Telephone Service Authority (the “Authority”) makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, with regards to the Service, including without limitation, warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or delivery of any information posted or transmitted by the Authority through the CodeRED™ System. Although CodeRED™ is an important tool for the Authority’s use in the event of an emergency, there is no guarantee that notification will reach any particular resident upon activation. By providing the Service, the Authority does not assume a duty of care and does not waive any of the protections of the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (§ 24-10-101, et seq., C.R.S.). The Authority, its affiliates, agents, or contractors, or their respective employees, shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, reliance, punitive, or consequential damages or for lost profits or revenues or lost data or costs of cover relating to the Service, regardless of the legal theory under which liability is asserted.

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Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest

Each year the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department hosts the Annual Fire Safety Poster Contest.

Get out your markers, crayons, water colors, finger paints, pens and pencils! Get a fresh piece of paper and show the Town of Castle Rock what you know about fire safety. Entries should have ideas and messages to remind people to be safe in their homes.

This year we are asking entrants to use the theme:

As with all contests, there are rules that need to be followed:

  • You must be a student in a Castle Rock school and attending 3rd through the 6th grade
  • Posters must be made on a white 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper
  • Please DO NOT submit on lined paper unless it is part of your picture
  • Please use all of your creativity and plenty of color
  • Please complete the entry form and feel free to use the back of the entry form to draw your picture
  • Only one entry per student
When you enter, we all win!
You have a very important message to get out to all of the residents of Castle Rock. If your entry is selected, it will be made into a decal that is placed on the side of a fire truck where it will ride throughout the entire year. These messages are seen by almost every resident and visitor of Castle Rock.

Fire Chief Art Morales will select the four posters placed on the fire trucks for the year.

Entries are due to your teacher no later than (to be determined).  No entries will be accepted after that date.

For more information, contact our Fire and Life Safety Educator/Inspector at email.

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