About  RCFVD
Who We Are

Capabilities and Commitments

RCVFD, as an organization, is committed to providing, to the best of our ability and within constraints of providing for RCVFD responder safety, emergency response to life and property threatening fires, life or property threatening emergencies such as natural disasters and medical emergencies, accidents and rescue situations. RCVFD operates within our response boundaries as defined in the RCVFD by-laws.


In 1975 dedicated residents joined forces to create Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. Using donated equipment and their own personal credit, Station 1 was built. Today with 3 stations RCVFD has grown into a 100% donation-based , effective emergency response department. 39 years and 3 major disasters later….we thank them for their vision and foresight

Who We Are

RCVFD is staffed by approximately 35 volunteer emergency responders and strongly supported by the community. RCVFD’s response area has grown from 38 square miles in 1975 to approximately 110 square miles today, not including automatic mutual aid to approximately 50 additional square miles.

Who We Are

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 RCVFD responds to between 50 and 100 calls per year.  Currently, the mixture is about 50/50 fire/medical (rescue).  RCVFD is a classic Wildland Urban Interface (houses in the woods) fire department and faces all the challenges created by that. As the population density and number of visitors to our area increases, RCVFD continues to see a more diverse set of responses and a higher level of expectation.  It is important that, if you visit or live in a rural area such as RCVFD’s response area, you understand the limitations imposed upon emergency response by that area.  The fact that we have no hydrant system and must deal with diverse weather and topography and long travel distances (not to mention volunteer staff) means that RCVFD will probably never provide the 4-minute response expected in town.  This means that we (RCVFD and the community) must work together to provide appropriate and timely responses.  RCVFD is committed to providing the very best professional emergency services we can and we continually strive to improve or expand our services.  Your support is critical.
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