Mark McCracken

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 08:19

Beaver Fire

The Beaver Fire is a small (approximately 5 acre) fire near the CSU Mountain Campus off the Pingree Park Road. There were approximately 25 firefighters on scene last night, camping out at the Mountain Campus so they could be back on the fire early this morning. The behavior was reported as fairly quiet, and frankly with the moisture levels as high as they are, I would not expect this fire to grow rapidly. Also, given its location it is not likely to affect us here in Rist Canyon. We will be watching it closely this weekend – ready to lend a hand if they call for mutual aid from neighboring departments.

However, this fire is a reminder going into the holiday weekend to be extra careful with fire – make sure your campfires are fully out (cold and wet enough to stick your hand in the ashes). Remember that any fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in Colorado. I strongly encourage you to enjoy one of the municipal displays, rather than take risks in our community.

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512
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Thank you everyone who helped on Saturday to make this year's Community Preparedness/Mitigation day such a great success! This event couldn't have happened without everyone coming together to volunteer their time and effort. It was great to see us all coming together to help make our community safer.

To see pictures from the event ----> click here <-----

Thank you again,

Ashton Croxton
Juana Jackson
Taylor Hubbard
Trisha Johnston
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:14

Wildfire Preparedness Day 2019

It’s time for our annual Fire Station Open House and Wildfire Preparedness Day! The event will be held this Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10-2. This is a chance for you to meet your firefighters, learn how to protect your home from wildfires and enjoy a free lunch! We will also have a kids area upstairs that will have activities, such as Teddy First Aid, Evacuation Station and more!

This year we are also going to be doing some mitigation work in the morning for a community member who needs help. You'll have a chance to work alongside RCVFD firefighters and learn as you volunteer. If you would like to volunteer to do mitigation with the firefighters, you can sign up at the link Mitigation Sign Up. Mitigation will be from 7:30 - 11:30am, afterwards everyone will return to Fire Station One for a free lunch!
Monday, 15 April 2019 10:14

Wildfire Preparedness Day 2019

Spring is coming! It’s time for our annual Fire Station Open House and Wildfire Preparedness Day! The event will be held on May 4, 2019 from 10-2. This is a chance for you to meet your firefighters, learn how to protect your home from wildfires and enjoy a free lunch! We will also have a kids area upstairs that will have activities, such as Teddy First Aid, Evacuation Station and more!

This year we are also going to be doing some mitigation work in the morning for a community member who needs help. You'll have a chance to work alongside RCVFD firefighters and learn as you volunteer. If you would like to volunteer to do mitigation with the firefighters, you can sign up at the link Mitigation Sign Up. Mitigation will be from 7:30 - 11:30am, afterwards everyone will return to Fire Station One for a free lunch!
Our Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department is seeking a skilled person or persons to construct a durable storage shed (~10' x 12'), which will be located on-site at RCVFD Station 1, for the storage of books used for our annual Mountain Festival in September.

Plans for the shed are not yet finalized, so whoever agrees to provide the construction will have input into the final planning stages.

If you or anyone you know is able and willing to assist RCVFD in this capacity, please send a message to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I will contact you with more details.

Thank you!

Kind regards,

Jeff Yarberry
President, RCVFD
Monday, 01 April 2019 09:45

RCVFD is seeking a Grant Writer

Our Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department is seeking a volunteer Grant Writer to assist with obtaining outside financial and material resources.

In the past, we have had a volunteer Grant Writer who has been incredibly helpful in securing grants so that RCVFD can more conservatively use our donations received from our local community and outside supporters. However, due to increased responsibilities outside of this role, our current volunteer is unable to continue to serve in this capacity.

If you or anyone you know is willing to assist RCVFD in this capacity, please send a message to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I will contact you with more details.

Thank you!

Kind regards,

Jeff Yarberry,
President, RCVFD
Sunday, 31 March 2019 12:05

King Soopers Fundraising Change

Great news! You can now link Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department to your King Soopers rewards card! King Soopers is phasing out the pre-paid cards, so be sure to follow the steps below so RCVFD can earn 5% of all your purchases at King Soopers, at no cost to you! The process only takes a few minutes.

If you don't already have a King Soopers Rewards Card, visit the service desk and request one. They're free of charge, and you'll save money whenever you shop at King Soopers. Once that's done, follow the steps below to help RCVFD whenever you shop.
  1. Go to the King Soopers Community Rewards page, logging into your King Soopers account (or create one with your card).
  2. Use the "Find an Organization" box to enter our NPO number, YP687 and click Search.
  3. Click "Enroll" and you're done!

Always use your Rewards Card when shopping. RCVFD will receive quarterly payments from King Soopers for 5% of all members' purchases. This is a big source of revenue for us, and helps us cover our yearly budget while saving you money at the same time.

If you have any questions about the King Soopers Rewards Program, contact them at 1 (800) 576-4377.

As always, thank you for supporting the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:26

Found Stressed Dog in Stratton Park

There is a very cute, somewhat shy black and white pitbull on my deck. anyone one know where he might live? he seems young and has a collar, but i can't get to it.

It's been on my deck the last hour, crying. Somewhat skittish of people. It has also been spotted near Mike Sherry's house.

Please contact Amy Richtermeyer at: 970-484-2579

lost black-and-white dog
Friday, 15 February 2019 19:44

Wildfire Preparedness Day 2019

Spring is coming! And that means it's time to start putting together our annual Wildfire Preparedness Day and Firestation Open House. This is a chance for you to meet your firefighters, learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and even watch your kids use fire hoses to put out "fires". This year we are also going to be doing some mitigation work in the morning for a community member who needs help. You'll have a chance to work alongside RCVFD firefighters and learn as you volunteer.

We hope to have this 4th annual event on May 4, 2019, but to do that, we need your help.

The way RCVFD pays for the food and other small details for this event is with a $500 grant from NFPA. And we only get this grant if lots of people vote for our event proposal, so vote early and vote often! It's easy:

  1. Head over to the NFPA website where we have posted our event proposal.

  2. Click on the big yellow "Vote" button once per day.


That's all it takes! Thank you so much, and we can't wait to see you on May 4.

Ashton Croxton
Tuesday, 01 January 2019 12:58

Thank you for your support

Happy New Year!

The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department community has once again supported their fire department through volunteerism and financially. The 2018 Annual Drive ended the year with a flourish of donations accomplishing two firsts. The 2018 annual drive surpassed the fire department budget goal two years in a row and also surpassing $80,000 for the second year in a row. 2018 annual drive ended totaling $80,322. Great community in which to work and live. Thanks to All!

Richard Lund, Treasurer
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