Colorado Short Thousands of Volunteer Firefighters, Say State Fire Chiefs

Peyton Fire Department assistant chief Rob Nordeman waits for firefighters to arrive during their weekly training session at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado’s residents and departments comprised solely of volunteers are responsible for nearly 70 percent of the state’s land surface. But the Colorado State Fire Chiefs estimate that Colorado needs about 3,500 more volunteers – a number just more than 40 percent of the present force – in order to meet the demands of the state, while adhering to National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards. Continue Reading →

DUI Analysis Finds that One-Fourth of all Drivers Busted Have No License

Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriffs, Justin Osborn, right, and Beau Baggett, left, perform road side sobriety tests along the 6900 block of S. Jordan road in Centennial early Sunday morning, April 18. The woman was arrested and charged with D.U.I. THE DENVER POST/ ANDY CROSS  (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Of the 45,637 people arrested for drinking and driving offenses in Colorado from April 2012 through April 2014, one in every four didn't have a valid driver's license, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis found. And that didn't include the ratio for the 13,200 people arrested for DUI in Denver, the only jurisdiction in the state where authorities said they couldn't provide the information. Continue Reading →