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Rattlesnake Fire Protection District

The Rattlesnake Fire Protection District (RFPD) was established in 1983 and provides fire and emergency medical services to the citizens of North West Elbert County, Colorado. The Rattlesnake Fire Protection District covers 66 square miles with 2 full time staff / 7 part time and 45 volunteers with 4 stations and training facility. Rattlesnake Fire is also very proud to say that we qualify for an ISO 5 designation, saving its citizens on fire insurance.

Elbert County Press Release

Elbert County moves to Stage 1 burn restriction with improved moisture levels September 25, 2013.

Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap and the Elbert County Fire Chiefs Association recommend and support the decrease to Stage 1 with the new and sustained moisture in our local area.

Officials remind the community that with today's reduction, Elbert County is not removed from the potential for fire danger and that burning still requires permit from your local fire authority or district. Residents must obtain the proper fire permitting with your local Fire Protection District to burn at your home or business. Stage 1 prohibits open burning without approved permitting. Stage 1 allows the use of charcoal grill fires, fires in approved portable exterior fireplaces (with permit), outdoor welding and hot work, and the sale and use of fireworks in compliance with State and Local Regulations. Outdoor smoking is prohibited, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Contact the Elbert County Emergency Management office or your local Fire Department with related questions on any outdoor burning requirements. To view the Executive Order Click Here.

Safety crews remind everyone that we must be careful during dangerous wildfire days and use added precaution in Summer and Fall. The mixture for dangerous fire weather includes high temperatures, low humidity, and heavy winds. Be sure to sign up for reverse notification on Code Red to receive critical messages to your home telephone, cellular telephone and email or text in the event you are ever needed to evacuate during wildfires. You can find the link at titled "Code Red" located on the left side of the screen. Be sure to follow Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for links and information to all the available information outlets. For more information on what is allowed and what is banned go to

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Maybe you just want to see your car cut to pieces and lit on fire? WE ARE LOOKING FOR CARS FOR DONATION!! If you have a vehicle you don't want (running or not) we will use it for training. All submitted vehicles need to have the title. If interested in donating a vehicle, please call the station for more information.

Our Mission


The mission of the Rattlesnake Fire Protection District is to mitigate our customers' fire and medical emergencies with competence and compassion; and to educate our residents through comprehensive prevention programs.

Letter from the Chiefs

The members of the Rattlesnake Fire Protection District proudly serve the citizens of North West Elbert County with dedication and professionalism. Day or night, in good weather or in bad, the volunteers who comprise your Rattlesnake Fire Department are always ready to respond rapidly to a variety of emergencies whether it be fire, medical, traffic accidents, hazardous materials, or a citizen in need of assistance. The members of the Rattlesnake Fire do an average of 16 hours a month in training to train the new recruits and to keep the rest sharp and ready for the next emergency call. We are very proud of their efforts, and as the Fire Chiefs we will do our best to ensure that this agency continues to meet and exceed expectations.

This web site will allow you, the citizen's of North West Elbert County, access to information such as fire season warnings, upcoming activities, community education, and volunteer recruitment information. Anyone interested in volunteering with Rattlesnake Fire and giving back to your community please feel free to contact us or stop by and pay us a visit. We appreciate your continued interest & support is Rattlesnake Fire. If you have any questions or comments about our organization and / or services feel free to give us a call at 303-841-8111.

Chief Bryan Bowen
Operations Chief Cass Kilduff


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