In 2020, obviously the COVID-19 Pandemic stole the spotlight and impacted how we had to conduct business to help protect the community and our staff. We took very aggressive steps to ensure our response was effective to an unprecedented and ongoing situation. At the end of 2020, I was very pleased to report that we had only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the organization. We did have a second positive test of a firefighter, although that individual as asymptomatic. While the office and stations were closed to the public, we continued to provide the essential services to the community through email and virtual meetings. We provided all the essential decontamination supplies and personal protective equipment for staff throughout the event. We were able to participate in drive by birthday celebrations, “Be the Light” with RE-8 Schools, the Class of 2020 Graduation Parade, numerous agencies and citizens participated in a community support parade to pay respects to the family in the passing of Retired Volunteer Firefighter Randy Semroska. Accomplishments in 2020 included the ground breaking and start of construction on Station 3, the purchase of a new fire engine for Station 3, the resurfacing of the Station 1 apparatus floors, partnering with the Fort Lupton High School on the Career Explore Program, the passing of Ballot Measure 6D regarding the Gallagher Amendment, all radio devices for the tornado sirens were updated, we received a $68,000.00 grant from the State of Colorado for COVID-19 relief, and the honor to participate in the Field of Honor. 2020 was undoubtedly a tough year, but the District Staff stood strong during trying times. I am very proud of their commitment to our service. Thank you to our community for your ongoing support.
We continue to strive to provide the most efficient and quality level of emergency services to our citizens.