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Special Notices

2021 CLVFD Summer Education Series

All workshops are free and open to the public.  Schedule subject to change.  Register for classes using the link below – we’ll contact you a week prior to the class to confirm date/time OR send a Zoom link if we’ve determined the class can’t be safely conducted in person. You must register to receive the Zoom link, which won’t be posted publicly.  Email Marian at if you need help registering.  


Register for classes here.  


Chainsaw Safety – Learn best practices for operating that chainsaw safely and effectively. Class taught by firefighters certified as sawyers by the Forest Service.

               Sunday, May 30               1:00 pm         Fire Station
               Sunday, July 11                 1:00 pm         Fire Station


Stop the Bleed! – Save a life. Learn the basics of bleeding control, including how to safely and properly apply a tourniquet. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, this program is designed to give everyone the tools to help save friends and neighbors when disaster strikes.

               Sunday, May 30               3:00 pm         Fire Station

                                                                                    (after Chainsaw Safety class)
               Saturday, August 28        9:00 am         Fire Station


Fire Mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone – Did you know that many of the most effective steps you can take to protect your home are no more arduous than yardwork? Learn what you can do to increase the chances of your property surviving a wildfire.

               Sunday, June 13                 1:00 pm         Fire Station
               Sunday, August 15             9:00 am         Fire Station
               Saturday, September 25   1:00 pm         Fire Station


Get Wildfire Smart About Insurance – Learn how insurance really works in a major disaster, what you'll have to do to collect and what you can do now to make sure you have the resources you'll need to start over with no regrets.                     
               Saturday, July 24               1:00 pm         Fire Station


Evacuation: How and When to Get Out – Don’t hesitate because you don’t know what to do.  Come and learn how to be prepared for an evacuation, how to know when it’s time to go, and what to do when the time comes. Not just Crystal Lakes specific—this information is useful to property owners in any community affected by wildfires.

               Saturday, June 26              9:00 am         Fire Station          
               Friday, August 6                 1:00 pm         Fire Station
               Sunday, September 12       1:00 pm         Fire Station

Recent Email Notices

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
September 12, 2021
Good evening!
CLVFD and CL FIRES will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Jane Tiffin on Saturday the 18th. The gathering will begin at 11:00 at the Crystal Lakes Fire Station. We’ll kick things off at11:30 with a potluck luncheon – CL FIRES is providing the entrée, beverages, and all necessary tableware; guests are asked to bring a side (salad or dessert) to share. The memorial service will be held at the Crystal Lakes Community Fund Memory Wall by the Wapiti mailsheds beginning at 1:00. Jane’s husband, Jim, and other members of their family will be there and would appreciate the opportunity to see and chat with friends from their time up here.
Jane passed away earlier this year, and we’ve been waiting for an opportunity to celebrate her life and how much she meant to Crystal Lakes – this weekend is our chance. Jane and Jim moved off the mountain several years ago, after spending many years as active members of the Crystal Lakes community, committed to improving our little piece of the mountain through their involvement in a tremendous number of area organizations and programs. Among their many accomplishments was the founding of the Bear Aware program, which was the first program of its kind in the state. With the assistance and backing of the Dept of Wildlife, Bear Aware taught property owners how to avoid attracting bears and reduced the number of bear break-ins in our community from over two hundred the year before the program started to less than ten within two years. Thanks to the efforts of Jane and Jim, our community is still living in harmony with the bears. They were both valuable members of the Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, spending fourteen years as Special Duty Responders, ensuring that emergency personnel got where they needed to go and firefighters were kept safe on calls. The benefits Jim and Jane brought to our community with their determination and enthusiasm are incalculable, and we’re meeting to remember Jane and celebrate everything they both brought to our lives.
We ask those who knew Jane to join us, Jim, and their family in remembering her on Saturday the 18th. If you’re planning to come, please RSVP to Jody Sandquist at or 970-881-2790 so CL FIRES will have an accurate head-count for ordering food.
Parking: in case CLVFD has an emergency call during the memorial, please park to avoid blocking responders from getting in and fire trucks from getting out. Please do not park in front of the apparatus bay doors or up against the hillside opposite the station (the trucks need the entire space between the building and hillside to safely exit the station). 
Thanks and stay safe! 
Marian Kelly
Assistant 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:

MP3 audio file [163.5 KB]

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:

MP3 audio file [168.6 KB]

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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