Fire Prevention and CWPP

 

Fire Prevention

It is the goal for Lyons Fire to lead the way in public education in all topics concerning Fire Prevention to the citizens of the district. The goal of fire prevention is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies that may arise and the damage caused by them. These target audiences include the following:

Students: Students are often the primary target of fire prevention. Our Firefighters will often visit schools in our district and teach students the basics of fire prevention. Sometimes we will also have the students come to our station for a tour and a short fire prevention discussion and education lesson. One big hit in the fire prevention program is we bring in a smoke house. This is typically used at the Lyons Elementary where we focus on the younger students and teach them how to call 911, what to say when the call and the basics on what to do if they have a fire at their own house. This has proven to be a great success in education over the years and we strive and instill the importance of this program to the schools to keep programs like this continuing!

Adults: It is important that ‘adults’ also know the basics of fire prevention. Adults are the leading educator in teaching children and maintaining safe environments at work and home and are essential to preventing dangerous emergencies. We also offer education services, and handout information that can be useful for Adult citizens in our District to help us promote Fire Prevention and Education

 

Senior citizens: Along with young children, seniors have been identified as an “at risk” group, especially in hazardous situations. Within the last year, the fire department has started an out- reach program to target this Audience as well. It is important that seniors have pre-planned their escape routes and have access to emergency exits as well as know what information is available to help them pre-plan in the event they have an emergency.

  

Fire prevention education comes in various forms of promotional items these items include pamphlets, videos, hands on educations, banners, lectors and others! Sometimes the messages and lessons are simple tips. Some of the effective and important lessons and messages include:

 

Stop, Drop and Roll

 

If your clothing catches on fire, the most effective method of extinguishing the fire is to stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to smother the flame. Don’t run around because it fans the flames.

 

Wildfire Preparation

Approximately 90% of the Lyons Fire Protection District is set in a wildfire prone area. Most of the district is covered with a mixed fuel load of Ponderosa Pine, Mountain Mahogany, Juniper, Sage and other various shrubs and grasses which are all very likely to burn in the event of a wildfire. The district has a long history of fighting wildfires at the risk of losing firefighters lives in order to save lives and property of our residents. Over the last several years in dealing with drought we have seen an increase to wildfire activity around our area. The Lyons Fire District has been very fortunate and has never had a catastrophic wildfire event, but we are worried that the unfortunate day may soon come!!

We are continuously working on training our firefighters to the most current, safest and effective training we can offer as well as continually upgrading our wildfire equipment and apparatus. Because a large amount of the district does not have a water supply system, we rely on water tenders to shuttle water to the outlying areas of our district. We have mutual aid contracts in place to ask for help form our neighboring departments as well as recourses from the county, state and federal level in the event a wildfire exceeds our capabilities.

The fire district is very worried about the ongoing beetle kill increase we have seen over the last several years. In 2010, the district started a survey for the implementation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) This was a very in depth survey which included driving every road in the district, surveying homes, assessing driveways, fuel loading, slopes and more. This plan is a very important factor in trying to help prevent loss of property and life due to a wildfire. While doing these surveys we found that a large amount our residents were unaware of wildfire mitigation practices. The CWPP describes in detail our findings and suggestions to help the citizens of our district to prepare for a large wildfire event. (A complete copy can be found on the CWPP link). Residents living in the wildland urban interface areas are encouraged to read the CWPP as well as get informed on what to do in the event of a wildfire. This information can be found at the following links: wildfireinfo@jjpage.com & paulswildfire@blahblah.com
Or by contacting the fire department.

Also in 2010, the district implemented a wildfire mitigation crew. This crew sets out to help property owners with mitigation efforts. The mitigation crew is cross trained in both wildfire, structural firefighting and EMS skills. The crew also serves as an initial attack crew in the event a wildfire breaks out in the district.

We face a large increasing problem with wildfires every year due to more beetle kill, lightning strikes and drought. The district takes wildfires very seriously and will attempt every effort possible to protect our citizens!

 

Residents are encouraged to report smoke
immediately by calling – 911

 

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a collaboratively developed strategic plan that identifies specific wildfire hazards and risks facing Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) communities and neighborhoods. The CWPP development process allows the community to plan how it will reduce these wildfire hazards and risks. It provides prioritized mitigation recommendations that are designed to reduce those hazards and risks by identifying the most critical areas and effective methods for fuel reduction within the area of study. The first step in wildfire prevention is to raise awareness of the responsibilities of living in a fire-prone environment. Individual and community action can ensure that homes and neighborhoods are better prepared for wildfire when it strikes.

 

Goals and Objectives

1. Develop a CWPP for the LFPD that meets or exceeds the minimum state standards in order to qualify the community for wildfire mitigation grants.

2. Improve wildfire protection through community awareness and education.

3. Involve district firefighters in conducting community surveys to increase community interaction, and provide firefighters training and familiarity with roads, housing areas, and wildfire risks.

4. Prioritize hazardous fuel reduction projects for the district as well as USFS and Boulder County.

5. Improve fire department response by collecting information to support incident planning and future detailed pre-plan efforts.

6. Provide landowners information on practical and effective ways to reduce wildfire risk to their property.

7. Disseminate information to the community on actions to take in the event of an imminent wildfire incident.

 

PDF Downloads

LFPD recommends reading the Main Homeowners Document (which contains the introduction, assessment, and recommendations) and your Neighborhood Specific Appendix to grasp the full understanding of how the CWPP benefits your specific location.

Please use the following Appendix breakdown to select your area specific region by clicking the link to the right of your community.

North St. Vrain (520KB)
(PDF)

Lyons Park Estates (422KB)
(PDF)

Spring Gulch (524KB)
(PDF)

Dakota Ridge (573KB)
(PDF)

X-Bar 7/Blue Mountain (586KB)
(PDF)

Stone Canyon/Eagle Ridge (618KB)
(PDF)

Steamboat Valley (516KB)
(PDF)

Town of Lyons (Central) (492KB)
(PDF)

North Foothills/Ute Highway/Rabbit Mountain (426KB)
(PDF)

South St. Vrain (496KB)
(PDF)

Apple Valley (455KB)
(PDF)

Town of Lyons (New Developments) (451KB)
(PDF)

Town of Lyons (New Developments) (451KB)
(PDF)

Main Homeowners Document (266KB)
(PDF)

Maps (Appendix A) (4.6MB)
(PDF)

Assessment Criteria (Appendix B) (25KB)
(PDF)

Homeowners Appendix/Recommendations (Appendix C) (520KB)
(PDF)

Lyons FPD CWPP Complete
(PDF)