July 12, 2016 - The Larimer County Commissioners Adopts Fire 
Restrictions on Open Fires & Fireworks -- the full press release can be 
found here:

Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA) Alerts



Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department has a new email list for communicating with our community.  Sign up to be contacted with news about fire department activities and local events, including fire conditions, fire ban notices, and news about fire activity in the area.  Stay informed to stay safe.

Learn how to protect your property and yourself!  Come to our summer workshops:

Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone — Saturday, June 4th
Evacuation: How and When to Get Out — Sunday, June 26th
Get Wildfire Smart About Insurance — Sunday, July 10th
Evacuation: How and When to Get Out — Saturday, July 30th
Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone — Sunday, August 14th

All workshops are at 1:00 pm in the Wapiti Room and everyone is welcome to attend (you do not need to be a Crystal Lakes property owner).  Refreshments provided

Special Notices


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 August 21, 2016


Good afternoon!

If you've ever pulled up to where one of our traffic control people is blocking a roadway and asked, "What's going on?" or met a department member at a social event and said, "Hey, why was the helicopter here the other day?" you'll have noticed that you don't get much of a response. You might be told "oh, we had a medical call" or "it's an ATV accident," with no additional detail. And perhaps that seems odd to you - after all, you already know there was a medical call; there wouldn't have been a helicopter otherwise, now would there? For that matter, why does the Incidents page on the fire department website say only that a medical call happened in a certain filing and nothing more? That's not really any information at all.


The reason the members of the fire department don't answer questions like this in any detail is the same reason your doctor can't tell anyone the details of your medical condition. We're bound by the same HIPAA laws that your doctor's office is. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which took effect in 2003, created privacy standards regarding patient information that all health care providers must follow. This includes the responders from your local fire department.


So no, we can't tell you who was in the motor vehicle accident or why someone had to be airlifted out. We can't tell you who is sick or injured, what the illness or injury is, or what we think the outcome will be. Nor, even if you're the patient's family or best friend in the world, can we tell you how they're doing or what's wrong if you're not right there with the patient, where they can agree to have that information shared, or not. We're required to protect the privacy of our patients, and that means not talking about anything that hasn't already become public knowledge through newspaper reports or community discussion. If it's information the patient or their family doesn't share with the community, then it's information we will never talk about.


And even though we're not bound by the same laws when it comes to the fires and other non-medical incidents we run on, we have a policy of keeping the same confidences. So no, we won't tell you whose house almost burned down or who we think was responsible for an auto accident. It's part of our job to respect the privacy of the people involved.


So please don't think of our non-committal answers as keeping things from you. Think instead about the level of confidentiality you'd want us to preserve if the emergency were yours.


Thanks and stay safe! 

Marian Kelly
Fire Chief
Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department


Practice Wildfire Safety


People start most wildfires - find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.

  • Contact your local fire department, health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
  • Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
  • Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors' skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can't get home.

For more information on wildfire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website.