Summit Fire & EMS
Summit Fire & EMS is professional, all-hazards emergency-response organization that provides high-quality emergency medical, fire, hazardous material, technical rescue and wildfire response. Summit Fire employs a cadre of 63 commissioned firefighters, 15 Fire Corps volunteers and 11 civilian employees.
Service and response area
Summit Fire & EMS serves the municipalities of Copper Mountain, Frisco, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma and Silverthorne, as well as the unincorporated neighborhoods of Summit Cove and Wildernest. The organization also serves as the primary emergency response agency for U.S. Forest Service lands within northern Summit County. The Summit Fire & EMS Authority is a legally designated organization that manages the operations of Summit Fire on behalf of two existing special districts -- the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District and the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District -- which have taxing authority through property taxes. The Lake Dillon and Copper Mountain districts encompass approximately 110 square miles, and, including unincorporated areas and federal lands, Summit Fire serves as the primary emergency-response agency for approximately 290 square miles. Summit Fire & EMS serves approximately 17,500 permanent residents and more than 100,000 visitors and part-time residents during peak periods.
Summit Fire & EMS is the product of consolidations of several former fire districts and departments, including:
- Dillon Valley
- Snake River
- Copper Mountain
Board of Directors
Both the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District and the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District are established under Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and are separately governed by five member elected boards of directors. Three board members from Lake Dillon Fire and two board members from Copper Mountain serve on the joint board of directors for the Summit Fire & EMS Authority.
As well as responding to more than 2,200 emergency calls annually, Summit Fire & EMS provides preventive services such as fire safety training, education and enforcement, code inspections of commercial properties, technical plan reviews, wildfire defensible-space inspections and fire- and environmental-safety education. Summit Fire also collaborates with other agencies at federal, state and local levels. An excellent example of this is the partnership with the Summit Fire Authority, which oversees the Summit County Hazardous Materials Team and the High Country Training Center and is operated jointly by Summit Fire and the neighboring Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District based in Breckenridge. Through the High Country Training Center, located in Frisco, Summit Fire is committed to continuous improvement through high-quality education and training.
Summit Fire operates out of four response stations:
- Dillon (Station 8)
- Frisco (Station 2)
- Keystone (Station 11)
- Copper Mountain (Station 1)
An administrative office (Station 10) is located in Silverthorne.