The Timberline Fire Protection District spans both Gilpin and Boulder Counties, approximately 30 miles west of the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area. The district spans the Peak to Peak Highway between gaming destination cities of Black Hawk / Central City and Nederland. We are also 60 minutes from world class skiing at Keystone and Breckenridge Resorts. The district is a rural area covering approximately 173 square miles with an estimated population of 4,500 residents. During summer months, our district is several degrees cooler than the Denver and Boulder Metro area, as a result we surge to an estimate 15~20,000 people taking advantage of our State and Federal Park and other attractions. The 119 Peak to Peak Scenic Highway is a favourite route for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts resulting high volumes of traffic across our mountain roads. Incredible hiking trails, challenging rock walls, and vast off-road motor vehicle trails attracts the most adventurous deep into our Colorado mountain which can often require extensive technical rescue support.
Challenges in the area include a high altitude environment; steep, winding, unpaved mountain roads; lack of adequate water supplies and weather extremes. With the dense forests, there is a high potential for serious wildland fires. A major Union Pacific railroad line traverses the north side of the district and enters the 6 mile long Moffat tunnel on the west side of the district. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National forests and the Golden Gate Canyon State Park border the district, providing many backcountry recreation opportunities. Additionally there are 74 square miles of National Forests and State Parks that the district responds to under mutual aid agreements that lie outside the district’s tax boundaries. There are several county government buildings within the district including a library, justice center with a jail, a community center, an equestrian center, and several Public Works maintenance facilities. A K-12 public school is also located in the district. The district also provides mutual aid to soundings districts and houses county ambulance crews 24x7.
The district has 9 stations with over 21 pieces of apparatus and 50+ volunteer firefighters. The district currently employs a full time Fire Chief, a Business Manager and part time maintenance staff.