About PFA's Divisions

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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 inter-jurisdictional relations with all necessary public and private entities. Poudre Fire Authority's administrative offices are at 102 Remington St., in Fort Collins. Tom DeMint is currently serving as PFA's fire chief.

 

 pfa, administration builiding, admin, building exteriorAdministrative 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

 

Operations Division

The Operations Division is responsible for providing high-quality, timely, compassionate, and effective emergency services to all people and businesses within PFA's 235-square-mile service area. PFA services include but aren't limited to: structural- and wildland-fire suppression; emergency medical services; motor vehicle accident extrication; high- and low-angle rescue; trench rescue water rescue; hazardous materials-incident response; and more.

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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 Colorado Task Force 1, which provides urban search-and-rescue functions for all types of natural and manmade disasters. Colorado Task Force 1 is one of many urban search-and-rescue groups located across 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 members of the community, and to identify emerging community fire trends.

 

Support Division

The support division encompasses PFA's areas of training, emergency medical services, occupational health and safety, Information Technology, Geographic Information Services, and facilities and apparatus.  The division provides many of the ancillary services required to keep the daily operations of the Poudre Fire Authority functioning at a high level.   

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Training Center

 

When you need help, you want to know you are receiving the highest-quality care from prompt, skillful, and caring emergency responders. Rest assured, that is the case with our 189 full-time (as of summer 2018) firefighters who, in 2017, trained for a collective 51,708 hours to ensure they are as prepared as possible for any call that could come their way. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, many people from emergency-response agencies and partner organizations -- from across the state, nation, and in some cases the globe -- come together at PFA's northwest Fort Collins Training Center to work together, learn new skills, and practice existing skills so they can be the best for their communities.

 

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, public education, and hazardous-materials regulation.

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Public Affairs and Communication (Media Inquiries)

You may contact Public Affairs and Communication Manager (Public Information Officer/PIO) Madeline Noblett at 970-416-2867 or mnoblett@poudre-fire.org. Members of the media should use the general media line, available by phone (no texts, please) at 970-658-5502 or email at pfamedia@poudre-fire.org. PFA posts up-to-date information here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.