"We are dedicated to protecting
life, home, and property through
leadership, education and partnerships."
Serving the Communities of New Castle, Silt, & Rifle, Colorado
Colorado River Fire Rescue
Coverage & Stations
Colorado River Fire Rescue is a combination fire protection district utilizing Volunteer, Part-Time and Full-Time staffing. The Fire District maintains six stations: three staffed stations, one station staffed, through an ongoing partnership by Interagency Firefighters, and two non-staffed stations.
Station 43 (South Rifle) Closure
2019 In Review
In 2019, CRFR serviced 2,736 calls. This was a decrease of 10.8% from the previous year, but an increase of 10.3% from 2017. 1,733 of those calls were medical and inter-facility transport calls, 127 were fires, 102 Hazardous Materials, and 774 were other types, such as good-intent calls, false alarms, and special hazards. The primary cause for the 10.8% decrease from 2018 was due to CRFR realigning services to our Mission Statement and reducing the number of long-distance inter-facility transports (non-emergency type calls) which took crews out of district for prolonged periods of time.
Origins & History
In 2012, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District (New Castle, Silt) and Rifle Fire Protection District (Rifle) began the process of merging in order to provide better services to all three communities. This process resulted in the creation of Colorado River Fire Rescue (CRFR). CRFR provides all-hazards service, including structure and wildland fire protection, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and rescue response for the Town of New Castle, the Town of Silt, the City of Rifle and surrounding areas with a total response area of approximately 851 square miles.
Vision For the Future
CRFR is in an exciting time of transition. During this time, we are developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan to guide us into the future, and conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Fire Chief who will lead us there. Our leadership team is focusing on doing what is; (a) right for our communities, (b) right for our organization, and (c) right for leadership transition.
Above all, CRFR is an engaged, professional, and high achieving organization. CRFR's people are its greatest asset, and as such, CRFR personnel have and will continue to provide excellent service to our customers/citizens.
Respectfully, Randy Callahan - Fire Chief
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