Office of the Fire Chief
The fire chief operates under the general direction of the PFA Board of Directors and is responsible for the operations, policies and procedures of the department. Generally, the chief supervises the acquisition, management and maintenance of the authority's facilities, material and personnel as well as securing positive interjurisdictional relations with all necessary public and private entities.
Administrative Services Division
Administrative Services is responsible for providing administrative assistance to all PFA divisions in the areas of financial management, payroll, personnel records, policies, insurance, risk management, strategic planning, human resources, information technology, PFA board and council reports, and coordination of the department's legal matters.
Mailing address: 102 Remington St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
The Operations Division is responsible for providing timely and effective emergency services to all citizens and businesses within the Poudre Fire Authority. These services include structural fire suppression, emergency medical services (basic life support and automatic defibrillator) including vehicle accident extrication. In addition there are specially trained teams that provide wildland fire response, hazardous materials response, water rescue, trench rescue, low- and high-angle rescue and other specialized rescues. In many cases, the operations division cooperates with other agencies in providing and receiving assistance in these specialty areas. The cooperators include Larimer County Emergency Services, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Colorado State Forest Service and United States Forest Service. PFA also has many auto- and mutual-aid agreements with surrounding fire departments. PFA is also part of the "Colorado Task Force One," which provides urban search and rescue functions for all types of natural and manmade disasters. Colorado Task Force One is one of many urban search and rescue groups located all around the country. They are managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and can be deployed anywhere in the country and around the world. The operations division also works with public affairs and education to provide educational opportunities for children, special population groups and the general public, identifying emerging community fire trends and assisting businesses in educating employees in proper fire safety behaviors.
The support division encompasses the areas of Training, Emergency Medical Services, Occupational Health & Safety, Information Technology, Geographic Information Services, Facilities and Apparatus within PFA. Personnel assigned to the support division include: one division chief, two battalion chiefs, three captains, one firefighter and seven non-uniformed personnel. The division provides many of the ancillary services required to keep the daily operations of the Poudre Fire Authority functioning at a high level. Examples of services provided include: department training in the areas of firefighting; emergency medicine and technical rescue; IT support to a variety for hardware and software applications located in 14 different locations; maps and GIS services for routing to emergency incidents; and maintenance and replacement of fire apparatus and construction of new fire stations.
The Training Center is part of the operations division and is responsible for providing training and education to PFA operations personnel with the intent of keeping skill and knowledge levels high. Specific programs include the basic training program, Captain and Driver Operator testing and certification, biannual recruit fire academies, annual major emphasis training, company performance evaluations, hiring and recruitment, personnel development, and operation of the PFA Training and Education Center. A battalion chief, two training captains and one clerical support person staff the Training Division.
Community Safety and Service Division (CSS)
The Community Safety and Service Division is responsible for administering all safety and fire-prevention programs. These programs include fire protection systems, inspection services, investigations, commercial construction, youth fire awareness and hazardous materials regulation. The CSS division uses a combination of full-time and part-time personnel, cross-trained operations division personnel and program teams in pursuing program objectives.
CSS is responsible for ensuring that all buildings and facilities constructed within the PFA jurisdiction conform to all applicable fire codes and standards, that all buildings and facilities are inspected periodically to detect and correct fire hazards, and that all fire protection and hazardous materials systems are installed and maintained correctly. CSS is responsible for determining the cause and origin of all fires and to initiate actions to identify changes in fire codes and standards based on relevant fire history. CSS is responsible for maintaining applicable records, accounting and related systems capable of supporting all CSS programs in accordance with state statutes and recognized best practices.
Under general direction of the fire chief, the fire prevention division chief (fire marshal) directs all activities of the division and is responsible for planning, administering and evaluating all CSS programs.
Public Affairs and Communication (Media Inquiries)
Contact: Public Affairs and Communication Manager (Public Information Officer/PIO): Madeline Noblett (970) 219-5930. Members of the media should use the general media line: (970) 658-5502 in time-sensitive or breaking news situations, or for immediate needs only. General inquires can go directly to Noblett at (970) 219-5930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.