FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the Falcon Fire Protection District organized?
The Protection District is governed by a five-member, publicly-elected Board of Directors who serve up to two consecutive four-year terms. The Protection District is managed by a career Fire Chief and a Deputy Chief of Operations. The District is a combination department, meaning it is staffed by career (paid) firefighter/emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics as well as reserve (volunteer) firefighter/EMTs.
What is the Falcon Fire's area of responsibility?
The Protection District responds to calls within 113 square miles of unincorporated El Paso County. It serves more than 66,300 residents (per El Paso County Assessor, Oct. 2018) and protects more than 16,100 structures with a 2018 estimated market value of $4.2 billion.
How many calls does the District respond to each year?
The District responded to 3005 incidents in 2020, which was an increase from 2,986 incidents in 2019.
How many firefighters respond to a typical medical call?
When responding to a call, each engine carries a minimum of two firefighters and each ambulance carries one paramedic and one firefighter. Since many responses are related to medical issues, we respond with one engine and one ambulance.
How many calls involve responses to fires?
In 2017, about 3.8 percent of calls involved responses to active fires (structural, wildland, vehicle, etc.). This number does not include fire alarms, hazardous materials incidents, or calls that were initially reported as fires but turned out to be something else (smoke from heavy equipment, authorized fire pit, etc.).
How many firefighters respond to fire calls?
A minimum of two engines-six firefighters and a battalion chief respond to fire calls. Other resources may be assigned depending on the type of fire (structure, wildland, vehicle, etc.)
How many stations does the District have?
The Department operates from five stations for the protection of our citizens and businesses.
Station 1, at Meridian Ranch Boulevard and Stapleton Road, is staffed 24/7.
Station 2, on North Meridian Road in the north end of the District, is not staffed.
Station 3/Administration, on Old Meridian Road and Highway 24, is staffed 24/7.
Station 4, on Capital Drive north of Constitution Avenue, is staffed 24/7.
Station 6, on Jones Road in the east end of the District, is not staffed.
With the rapid growth of the community, what are the District's future goals for stations?
The District continuously assesses operational needs to support growth in the Falcon area. Future goals under consideration include adding living quarters at Station 2 to facilitate 24/7 staffing, with the intent to reduce response times in the north end of the fire district.
STATION 4 HIGHLIGHTS
Why was the new station necessary?
Station 4 is the primary response station for the portions of the Falcon Fire Protection District located near Marksheffel Road and Constitution Avenue, which consistently has one of the highest call volumes in the entire fire district. Since Station 4 went into service in May 2017, response times to this area have been reduced by about half.
How was the new Fire Station 4 financed?
Construction was financed by Farmers State Bank on a ten-year lease/purchase agreement. The District previously paid off a similar lease/purchase agreement for Station 1 in January 2015, five years early, saving taxpayers $192,541 in interest.
How long did it take to complete construction of the new Fire Station 4?
Groundbreaking for the new fire station took place June 15, 2016, and the station became operational on May 14, 2017.
How many firefighting apparatus are in the Falcon fleet?
3 fire engines
1 four-wheel-drive engine
4 water tenders
4 brush trucks
2 Quick Response Vehicles (QRVs)
2 utility trucks
1 command vehicle
1 reserve ambulance
1 reserve engine
What’s the average life span of a fire truck?
The average life span of firefighting equipment is 10-15 years.
How much does it cost to replace firefighting apparatus?
The current cost of replacing a fire engine is between $525,000 - $600,000 just for the vehicle. Additional equipment (hose, nozzles, self-contained breathing apparatus, hand tools, power tools, medical equipment, etc.) adds about $100,000 to the cost.
A brush truck, which is designed and used specifically for fighting wildland fires, costs about $100,000 fully equipped.
A water tender runs about $225,000 - $250,000 including equipment.
We took delivery of our newest firefighting vehicle, a Rosenbauer fire engine, in 2019. Our oldest apparatus, a tender, was delivered in 2002.
What are the District's most significant future challenges?
Funding remains one of the biggest challenges for the Falcon Fire Protection District, which serves one of the fastest growing areas in El Paso County. FFPD has one of the lowest mill levies of any county fire district, which impacts our ability to hire staff, replace aging equipment, build new fire stations, and invest in current firefighting technology in order to better serve District residents. In 2017, residential property assessment rates were reduced as mandated by the Gallagher Amendment.
Where does the District get its funding?
The District's funding comes primarily from property tax income. The District receives no funding from El Paso County or the State of Colorado.
ISO (INSURANCE) RATINGS
What is the District’s ISO rating?
Effective February 01, 2017, the Falcon Fire Protection District’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) grading schedule has been updated to a Class 3/10 Fire Department.
Class 3: Applies to all residential properties within five road miles of any Falcon fire station or any of our neighboring Automatic Aid fire district stations, whether or not these areas are supplied with fire hydrants.
Class 10: Applies to all properties that are not within five road miles of a Falcon fire station or one of our neighboring Automatic Aid fire district stations, regardless of fire hydrant protection.
What are ISO ratings and how are they determined?
ISO ratings help determine the cost of homeowners insurance. (Note: Not all insurance companies use ISO ratings.) Ratings are based on evaluations of several categories, including:
Ratings are on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the best rating. Higher protection class ratings translate to more expensive homeowner’s insurance premiums.
COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION AND SAFETY EDUCATION
What community risk reduction and education services does the District provide?
The District offers a number of programs, which include:
Fire prevention and education information via social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and in local news media.
Presentations to local public schools, homeowner associations, and local civic and service organizations.
An extensive Community Resources page on this website.
RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING
How can I become a firefighter for the District?
The District continually recruits new reserve (volunteer) firefighters. Most career firefighters are hired from the District’s reservist ranks.
Applicants for reserve (volunteer) firefighter positions must:
Be 18 years of age or older
Possess a High School Diploma or GED
Possess a valid driver’s license
Have a clean criminal record
For complete information, visit our Employment page.