RCVFD is Donation Based and Tax Exempt (501c3). Any donation you make to RCVFD will be tax exempt and can be deducted.



Donations can also be sent to:
RCVFD - Treasurer
PO Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512

Questions, contact the Treasurer on the contact page.


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10 Ways Your Can Help Support RCVFD

  1. Drop the Chief and email and let us know how we are doing - Contact Us
  2. Donate to RCVFD Donate Now!
  3. Help out with the Rist Canyon Mountain Festival -from books to booths and pieces of art to pies...we need your help to pull this off!
  4. Attend the Annual Meeting hmmmm potluck!
  5. Support your business with an ad in Ristwatch Contact the RistWatch Editor
  6. Run for one of the Board of Directors positions (this is an annual position and so much fun) BOD Officers are elected by the General Membership. consist of President, Immediate Past-President, First Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Area Representatives and Newsletter Editor.Contact the BOD President
  7. Become a responder. See the section Meetings are 2nd Wed each month More information on responding here
  8. Bake a pie for the responders Wed night meeting.... they love pie
  9. Purchase a reflective address sign for the driveway to your home. This makes it a lot easier to find you and your neighbors
  10. Did I mention Donate Now!
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In 2011 we suffered the Crystal Fire. This fire, which was man caused, started on Crystal Mountain south west of the Buckhorn.  Initially contained to about 20 acres, the Crystal fire was fanned by a sudden nighttime windstorm with winds reaching 70mph or more.  The fire grew to over 3000 acres in a matter of minutes and destroyed several homes.  Because the wind struck very late at night, it was a critical and life threatening situation.  The Crystal fire was the first major fire in the RCVFD area in 30 plus years.

On June 9, 2012, a lightning-sparked fire in the Buckhorn became the wind driven inferno known as the High Park fire. High Park burned over 89,000 acres and destroyed some 254 homes and countless other buildings and took 1 life.  The area was evacuated for nearly 21 days.  Two years later, RCVFD and our community is recovering – showing a determination and effort that is truly amazing.

September 2013 floods In 2013 the front range of Colorado had an extended upslope storm that dumped 14.6 inches of rain at RCVFD station 1. This storm caused a 500-1000 year flood event that destroyed roads and properties up and down the Colorado front range.  Because of High Park, and the expected flooding that comes after a wildland fire, RCVFD and our residents weathered the flood better than most.  We had been preparing for flooding from the High Park burn for a year.  Still, of the 3 roads in the RCVFD area, only Rist Canyon Road survived and it was damaged.  Since then, Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie and the upper Buckhorn roads have been repaired (though the upper Buckhorn is a temporary repair).  The lower Buckhorn remains closed.  That road will be rebuilt during 2014.

hrough all these events, the men and women of RCVFD and the community we live in rallied and responded.  The High Park fire response is a model of response and interagency cooperation.  The years of planning and training at RCVFD, and work in our community, paid off during High Park.  While it was an event without parallel, it was a model of human resources.  After High Park, RCVFD Chief Robert Gann was awarded the first ever Wildland Safety Exemplary Service Award by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) at the 2013 Backyards and Beyond conference.

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RCVFD is a 100% donation-based volunteer fire department.  We achieve this through  donations grants, and various fund raising events.  Since RCVFD is a 501(c)3 all donations are tax-deductible.  From the construction of our firehouses, the purchases of equipment and clothing all the way to our volunteers that are on the front lines, RCVFD provides a model what can happen when a community supports and cares for its fire department.
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Station 4, which burned in the High Park Fire in 2012, had its grand opening in Whale Rock on October 13, 2015. Thanks to all those who donated time, effort, and materials to make rebuilding Station 4 a reality. Special thanks go to FCI Constructors and RMMI.


Station 4 houses engines 641 and 642, and is designed to meet ISO 9 certification requirements. That means that residents in the Whale Rock area may be able to get significant breaks on their home insurance. We are currently working on formally receiving that ISO 9 certification. Once it's complete, talk to your insurance agent!


For more information on our fire stations and the equipment at each one, have a look at Homeowner Information.