The Deer Mountain Fire Protection
District was formed in November 1985 after the Deer Mountain
Volunteer Fire Department (which was formed in 1984) saw a need
for expansion and tax dollars to run the Fire Department. A
Special Election was held on Nov. 19, 1985 in a motor home at
the small Country Store. Eighty-two residents voted that day
with 68 for and 14 against.
At that time the first board
members were elected. They were, Ed Huffman, John Mueller, John
Kauffman, Arleen Weber, and Tom Waldron. After the Oath of
Office, Ed Huffman was voted in as Chairman.
The first year was hard work and
the beginning of many volunteer hours to come. In September 1986
John Kauffman petitioned the Mineral Impact Board for a grant of
$30,000 to enlarge the small one bay station, purchase two
trucks and equipment as well as install utilities. The grant was
Deer Mountain Volunteer Fire
Department has maintained a volunteer station for over 25 years
and has had as few as 7 Firefighters. Today Station-1 has 21
Firefighter, 7 Medical First Responders and 8 support drivers.
The Station operates 8 vehicles ranging from Brush Truck to
Station-1 also has a very important
support group, Red Suspenders. Community members active in Red
Suspenders hold fundrisers for the Fire Station.
In February 1988, the town of
Coaldale, about 26 miles North West of Station-1, joined the
Deer Mountain Fire Protection District. While Coaldale was in
the District they served the western end of Fremont County with
12 to 16 Firefighters. In May of 2008 Coaldale left the DMFPD
and started the Western Fremont Fire Protection District.
In December of 1989 the town of
Cotopaxi petitioned the DMFPD Board to join the District and was
accepted in January 1990. The town of Cotopaxi has approximately
500 resident and about 12 miles of US Highway 50 and the
Arkansas River. This station is also responsible for fighting
fires at the Cotopaxi School, grades K-12. The Fire Station
today has 7 volunteers and 4 vehicles. The small rural Community
was growing and the District was now in full swing. In 1989
another grant was used to build the Fire Station in Cotopaxi.
Over the next few years the
District had very little change. Late in 1998 they received a
Colorado Lottery Grant and added a Community/Training Hall at
On June 2, 2002 the District
experienced a very large Iron Mountain Fire. Approximately 4,400
woodland acres and 100 homes and out-buildings were destroyed.
Fortunately there was no loss of human life. After the fire, a
review of procedure brought the District to start training in
Urban Interface and the use of National Wildfire Coordinating
Group (NWCG) qualifications.
The next large fire was above the
town of Coaldale on BLM land. The fire started in September 2007
by lightning and burned around 340 acres. BLM officers used the
fire as a mitigation project.
In May of 2008, the
Ferguson Fire began exhibited the same weather patterns and fire
conditions as the Iron Mountain Fire but only destroyed around
380 acres. This was due in part to better equipment and a higher
level of training. Both the Iron Mountain and the Ferguson Fires
were in Station-1's boundaries.