2018 MSVFD Awards Banquet

This year marked the 67th time that MSVFD has celebrated the work and accomplishments of its membership with an awards banquet. The following awards and achievements were recognized. 

Special Recognition:

  • Traci Woofter and family, for their outstanding support of MSVFD during the 2017 election 

Classes:

  • Firefighter 1: Cindy Duncan, Bill McGoey, Oscar Michel, and Matthew Robson

Special Recognition of the Most Training Hours in 2017:

  • Cindy Duncan with 406 hours

Red Jackets:

  • Kyle Perkins and Kenzie Mulligan-Buckmiller

Fire Calls:

  • 200: Alex Keylin

  • 200: Mark Wong

  • 200 & 300: Lt. Andrew Winchell

  • 500: Lt. Steve Schopper

  • 1000: Chief Forsett

  • 1900: Linda Radice

Years of Service:

  • Kaitlyn Byrne – 5 years

  • Kyle Perkins – 5 years

  • Dave Hunting – 15 years

  • Chief John Forsett – 35 years

Firefighter of the Year:

  • Lt. Andrew Winchell

Press Release: Burn Ban

UPDATED: JUNE 6, 2018

Mr. Mayor and Members of City Council,

In order to maintain consistency across the region as it pertains to the recognition and enforcement of fire restrictions and bans, and because weather patterns continue to make worse already extreme fire danger conditions, I am ordering the following Fire Ban for the City of Manitou Springs:

1. Open Burning Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any outside fire. This includes all campfires and warming fires, all solid fuel burning fireplaces (e.g. fire pits, fire tables, and chimineas) and cooking appliances (e.g. charcoal BBQ grills, smokers and pellet BBQ grills).

This ban excludes Liquid Propane (LP) fueled or gas fueled open flame cooking devices, (e.g. LP BBQ grills or camping stoves) with a 10’ separation from combustible materials, (clearance not applicable to single-family homes).

2. Outdoor Smoking Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors.  This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue. Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited.  

These bans do not apply to compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within private residences.

If weather patterns change the local outlook significantly one way or the other, Fire Ban will be adjusted accordingly.

John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs

May 2017 Awards Banquet

This year marked MSFD's 66th annual awards banquet, an evening to celebrate the many investments of our membership into the department and serving the community. 

We were honored to receive a plaque from Diana Taylor, MSFD's fire investigator, in recognition of exceptional work in overhaul and evidence protection in a recent structure fire.

Classes:

  • EMT Academy: Cindy Duncan, Molly Geiger, Laura Jamison, Oscar Michel, Matthew Robson, Andrew Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Brad Walters, and Jennifer Walters.

  • Wildland Academy: Cindy Duncan, Molly Geiger, Oscar Michel, Lee Reinhart, Matthew Robson, Andrew Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Ashley Triplett, Lt. Andrew Winchell, and Mark Wong.

  • Officer Academy: Kaitlyn Byrne, Capt. Dave Combs, DC Joshua Maul, Capt Bobby White, Michael Willie, and Lt. Andrew Winchell

Excellence in support of the EMT Academy:

  • Mackenzie Mulligan-Buckmiller and Groff Schroeder

Years of service:

  • Ben Engelhardt – 5 years

  • Asst. Chief Keith Buckmiller – 25 years

  • Brad Walters – 30 years

  • Lt. Steve Schopper – 40 years

Red jackets:

  • Lt. Chris Byrne, Laura Jamison, Andrew Thompson, Tyler Thompson

Retirements:

  • Asst. Chief Paul Willie, after 32 years of service

Fire calls:

  • 2700: Capt. John Nichols

  • 1800: Linda Radice

  • 600: Asst. Chief Keith Buckmiller

  • 500: Dep. Chief Josh Maul

  • 300: Capt. Bobby White

  • 100: Lt. Andrew Winchell

Gift of Life:

  • 5/6 save - Capt. David Combs, Linda Radice, Andrew Thompson, Brad Walters, Ashley Wardell, and Capt. Bobby White
  • 12/16 save - Capt. David Combs, Alex Keylin, Lt. Larry Mitchell, Ashley Triplett, and Michael Willie

Firefighter of the year:

  • Lt. Chris Byrne

Press release: burn ban

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Update: As of 04/04/2017, the burn ban has been lifted.

15-March-2017

Madam Mayor and Members of City Council,

 

Effective immediately, I am ordering the following Fire Restrictions for the City of Manitou Springs:

 

1.       Open Burning Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any outside fire, including camp fires and warming fires. 

 

This current ban excludes fires in permanently constructed fire rings within the city’s RV and Camping Parks; and charcoal grills, and wood burning fire places, (chiminia) or fire pits with proper fitting screen covers and with a minimum of 15’ separation from structures or other combustible material at private residences.  None of these exclusions permit a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter, and all must have a flame height of less than 2 feet.

 

2.       Outdoor Smoking Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors.  This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue.  Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited. 

 

These restrictions do not apply to gas-fueled grills used out-of-doors, or to fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves.  Additionally, compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within private residences are not included in the ban.

 

Current Wildland Fire predictive services for our area indicate continuing warm, dry and breezy conditions.  I have attached the Predictive Services Fire Weather/Danger Update from March 13th for your reference, and you can monitor these outlooks at;

http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/outlooks.htm .

 

While we can only control our city limits, it is my hope that these restrictions will enhance awareness of our citizens and visitors, and the message will carry far outside of our boundaries.  It is also my hope that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will also soon imposed fire restrictions for all areas of unincorporated El Paso County in some similar manner.  Should the county impose a fire ban while this ban is in place, this ban may be adjusted to allow for consistency in management and compliance.

 

If weather patterns change the local outlook significantly one way or the other, Fire Restrictions will be adjusted accordingly.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs

Introducing Engine 1011

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On November 4th, 2016, Manitou Springs Fire Department took delivery of a 2016 Rosenbauer Commander engine. For the last year, MSFD has worked through custom designs and inspected the engine multiple times before reaching this day. The engine will replace Engine 1011, a 1995 Becker engine that has served Manitou Springs for the last 21 years.

The new engine has four wheel drive, a short wheel base, and a tight turn radius for the narrow back roads of Manitou.

We appreciate the support of the community and Manitou Springs City Council, and look forward to using Engine 1011 for years to come.