Special Duty Responders

Photo taken by Milo David

Special Duty Responders turn out during an emergency to lead the Red Feather Quick Response Team (QRT) to the site of an emergency and to direct traffic. CLVFD contracts with the Red Feather QRT for all medical emergencies. Since Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District contains more than 87 miles of road, it is necessary to lead Red Feather and Poudre Valley Hospital Ambulances to medical emergencies and then to the Landing Zone or back to CR73C. Crystal Lakes Roads are narrow and often snow packed. To insure the safety of all emergency responders, CLVFD and RFLVFD, it is often necessary to reroute traffic or even block roads temporarily. Landing Zones need to be protected from passing traffic or sightseers. The special duty responders handle traffic control during any type of emergency. 


Special duty responders may also serve as Medical First Responders or choose to train with the firefighters on trucks and pumps to supply added manpower when needed. These responding members, while not able to function as firefighters, choose to help the department within the limits of their own abilities. This is welcomed but not required. 


All necessary equipment is supplied for all special duty responders, who are equipped with traffic control cones, vests, helmets, jackets, flags, flashlights and carry pagers and radios. Whenever possible, special duty responders work in teams of two. 


The CLVFD is fortunate to have such a large complement of responding members, who take on a lot of necessary duties which free firefighters up to focus on fighting fires. Many members are married couples who work together as a team to support the fire department, or opt to separate into firefighter and special duty responder. This makes fire department activities family oriented and friendly.

Special Duty Responder       Position Years with Dept
Kelly, Kate

Traffic Control Officer/EMR

Sandquist, Jody Asst Traffic Control Officer Twenty-six
David, Marilyn Special Duty Responder Seven
David, Milo Special Duty Responder Seven
Gessert, Jon Special Duty Responder Three
Gessert, Sue Special Duty Responder Three
Rau, Susan Special Duty Responder One

We are always in need of new Special Duty Responders.  Please consider joining us!



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:

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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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