The Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District (CLFPD) covers an area approximately 4,800 acres. Located in the Roosevelt National Forest fifty miles northwest of Fort Collins, the boundaries for the district are the same as the boundaries for the Crystal Lakes Water and Sewer Association. The vegetation at this elevation (8,000 to 9,500 feet) ranges from grassy meadows to stands of aspen and pines and there are several lakes in the area. The community is comprised of more than 600 cabins and residences on 1,700 lots, a community center and seasonal restaurant, a small mountain resort (Beaver Meadows and associated land), and approximately 95 miles of unpaved roads.
The Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department's (CLVFD) Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is 9. They respond to all fire, rescue, and Emergency medical Services (EMS) calls within the district and they have mutual aid agreements with all surrounding fire departments including Red Feather Lakes, Glacier View, Livermore, Larimer County EMS, Forest Service, etc. They also contract ambulance services with the Red Feather Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (RFLVFD) on an annual basis. The all-volunteer staff of the CLVFD provide 24 hour coverage for any and all emergencies. The equipment is located at 237 Blackfoot Road. The District is very active in the community with fire prevention, public education, fund raising, and other community events. The personnel of the District remain committed to meeting the life safety needs of the community.
An elected five person Board of Directors is responsible for guiding the department's overall direction. These meetings are open to the public. The Board of Directors are governed by the Special District Act, Title 32 of Colorado State Law. Board members serve a term of 4 years, with special District elections held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of May in every even-numbered years.