Message from the Fire Chief
2016 is shaping up to be an interesting and productive year. So far, we have been very lucky and continue to get copious amounts of moisture. This is helping to keep our wildland fire danger down. Conditions may change quickly if the moisture we are receiving stops suddenly. Low risk times, like this spring, are a great time to work on fire mitigation projects around your home. We are happy to provide FREE advice and consultation on fire mitigation.
If you are interested in this service or learning more about YOUR fire department, please call the station at (303) 526-0707. We’re happy to help you in any way we can.
We would like to share with you some other projects that we are working on for 2016 and 2017, as referenced in our strategic plan published last year. Our plan focuses on the following four core domains:
- Operational Excellence – we will maintain highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services for our community members; reduce response times and maximize responder coverage; and increase preparation for catastrophic events.
- Community Partnerships – we will strengthen relationships within our community as well as with nearby emergency response stakeholders via intergovernmental teaming agreements.
- Financial Stewardship – we will continue our financially conservative, cash-based, debt-free approach to managing the department through ongoing overall economic uncertainty.
- Our People – we will foster a community-based, volunteer-staffed, professional department that is trained and prepared to deliver our core services.
Using these domains as guideposts, we are working on the following projects for 2016, continuing into 2017:
- We are focusing our efforts on recruitment and retention. For us, 2016-2017 is “The Year of the Volunteer.” We are looking for new and dedicated people to join our team. Are you looking for a meaningful way to contribute to your community? We provide all of the necessary training and equipment to become a state certified firefighter. Joining the Fire Department is a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve your community AND make a difference in the lives of others.
we will maintain highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services for our community members; reduce response times and maximize responder coverage; and increase preparation for catastrophic events.
- Our newest pumper truck, Engine 536, will soon be in service. We have an open-house scheduled for July 2, weather dependent. Please drop by the Lookout Mountain Fire Station for a burger and check out YOUR new fire engine!
- We are beginning work on our VHF emergency communications network, called LIMEnet. We will have a communications antenna at each of the following stations/locations: Lookout, Idledale, Morrison and El Rancho (LIME). The Lookout Mountain station already has an existing 40-foot-tall communications antenna which will be reused. We are adding a new 40-foottall antennas to the Idledale station, and mounting new antennas on our station at El Rancho. We are entering into a lease-use agreement with the owners of the communications tower located at the dinosaur lot near I-70 and Exit 259 in Morrison.
- We are reviewing our options for emergency dispatch services. As you may have heard, our current dispatch center, Evergreen Fire Department’s Volunteer Fire dispatch center, will cease operations in 2017 and move to a consolidated, county-wide dispatch center called “Jeffcom.” We want to ensure that YOU, the service user, and our volunteers continue to get the absolute best emergency dispatch service possible.
To read the entire Long Range Plan, click here..
The success of our organization is completely dependent on the support of our community. There are many ways to become involved: become a firefighter, volunteer for the auxiliary, support the annual Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser, come to a monthly Fire Board Meeting, or just stop in and say hi. We pride ourselves on being a true, community based, community supported volunteer organization.
Thank you for your help as we strive to keep our community safe!
Office: (303) 526-0707
Mobile: (303) 900-8675
Brian Zoril began serving as the Fire Chief for Foothills Fire & Rescue on January 5, 2011.
Brian began his fire career with Foothills Fire & Rescue in August of 1997. He has served in many officer positions within the department, and was Foothills' Volunteer Fire Chief in 2008, 2009 & 2010. A lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain and a third generation firefighter, Brian Zoril's father and grandfather also served on the Lookout Mountain Fire Department.