Colorado Short Thousands of Volunteer Firefighters, Say State Fire Chiefs

Firefighters train 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 Association (NFPA) standards. Continue Reading →

Rural Emergency Medicine

Rural Emergency Medicine

A car swerves across the center-line and slams into you head-on in a sickening thud, a spray of glass, an exploding air bag. You’re alive, but you’re hurt and you need help – fast. Someone calls 911. Who comes to render aid, how much training and experience they have, and even how long it takes them to arrive will vary drastically, depending on where you are in Colorado. And so will your chances of dying. Continue Reading →