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Special Notices


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 January 5, 2017


Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are preparing for the changes a new year brings.


The fire department also experiences these changes, and this year is no exception. Beginning today -- Thursday, January 5th -- the Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will have a new chief.  As of today, I am stepping down as chief, becoming one of the department's assistant chiefs, and Mark Rode is the fire chief for Crystal Lakes.


This is something that's been in the works for a while now. Having been chief for nine years, I feel it's time for me to step aside and hand over the duties and responsibilities to someone new. In the fall of 2015, I informed the department of my intention of stepping down after 2016, and we have spent the last year working to ensure that the transition will go smoothly. Firefighter and EMT Mark Rode has spent the last year as assistant chief and chief-in-training and was recently officially voted in as chief by the members of the department.


When he joined the department in 2014, Mark hit the ground running, taking first responder/EMR training and then immediately going into EMT training, earning his certification in December of 2014. He's been a member of both Crystal Lakes and Red Feather fire departments since that time, responding to medical and fire calls for both areas. Since joining Crystal Lakes, he's worked wildland fires in Crystal Lakes (including the Beartrap Fire), Red Feather, Livermore, and Glacier View and structure fires in Red Feather and Poudre Canyon. He brings 35 years in business administration and a host of useful skills to the department and will make an excellent chief.


I cannot properly express how much I have valued the support of the department and this community during my time as chief and am sure the same (and more!) support and assistance will be extended to Chief Rode as he takes on this new role. I'm honored to have served the community as fire chief and look forward to continuing to serve it for many more years as a firefighter and medical responder.


Many thanks!


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.



Warning Sirens

For the safety of the community, Crystal Lakes Associations has evacuations sirens posted throughout the Association. The evacuation siren in case of failure of the dam is located near the Wapiti Mailsheds to cover the floodplain area and sounds like this (whoop sound) -- property owners in the floodplain should evacuate immediately if they hear this siren; all other property owners should remain on their lots, to keep the roads clear for those evacuating the floodplain. Sirens in ALL parts of the association will sound the fire evacuation siren if a wildfire threatens the community -- it sounds like this (alert sound) -- ALL property owners should evacuate IMMEDIATELY if they hear this siren. Emergency personnel will be on hand to help direct evacuating property owners out of the area.

Where to Find Us:

Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District (CLFPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (CLVPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


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How to Contact Us

For more information, feel free to contact us by telephone, email, or by using our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!


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