Mark McCracken

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
Sunday, 16 December 2018 20:53

Chimney Fire Season

Last night we had a close call - a chimney fire that did not become a wildfire or a full structure fire. This is "chimney fire season" - please take this opportunity of a few warm days to see that your chimney is thoroughly cleaned. People always ask how often they should clean their chimney. Some resources say a once a year cleaning and inspection is enough, but it totally depends on your stove, your firewood & how you operate your stove. You can never clean it too often, so don't let combustibles build up in your chimney. Chimney fires can easily become full structure fires, they also spew lots of sparks so can easily start a wildland fire around your home, and finally the heat of a chimney fire can damage your flue increasing the chance of a future fire. So do your part and make sure that chimney is clean...!

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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Friday, 30 November 2018 10:18

Colorado Gives Day 2018

I am sure you all have heard by now that Tuesday, Dec 4th is Colorado Gives Day. This is a great opportunity for all of us to demonstrate the true meaning of the holiday season through our generosity to the non-profit organizations we support. RCVFD is one of those non-profits and we appreciate you considering a donation that would support vital emergency response in our neighborhood. It's easy - just go to and type in RCVFD in the search-by-name box. Thanks & we wish you all a safe & joyous holiday season.

PS - please spread the word by sharing this message with your friends and relatives.

Thanks - Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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Monday, 22 October 2018 10:33

Annual Meeting Minutes for Review

At the Nov 3 Annual Meeting of RCVFD, the draft minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting will be voted on for approval. Please follow the link below to review the draft minutes.

RCVFD Annual Minutes 2017 (draft) (pdf)
Friday, 12 October 2018 12:22

Missing Dogs

Our 3 dogs went missing from our house around 1030thus morning and we have been unable to locate them. Their names are Buddy, Dino and Arya.
Buddy is a light tan heeler mix with a black and white, skulls and crossbones collar. He is usually less friendly of the group.
Dino is a red nose pit bull, white and tan. Really sweet and wearing a blue collar.
Arya is a German Shepard puppy more black than tan has a black collar and is very sweet just very puppy. Arya and Dino both have tags on them with cell numbers. If you find them please text either number, our house phone number is 970-237-5683.
Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:23

Seaman Fire

It is hard waking up to the smell of smoke from a nearby fire, record hot temperatures and the promise of a red flag day ahead. It is stressful on all of us, but particularly those of us that were around in 2012 for the High Park fire. We know all too well how ugly wildfire can get.

First, I want to say take a deep breath and take care of yourself. All of us process stress differently. It can be helpful to do things that are productive. The bonus is that if things go south you will be better prepared. I would suggest the following:

  • Review your evacuation list. There is a link on that will give you a good start.

  • Review the defensible space around your house. Clean up combustibles that you have stacked out behind the garage (I am guilty). Again there is info on our website about defensible space.

  • Make a home inventory – video or still pics are great for this. Do not store that info in your house, but somewhere safe (your desk at work, send to a trusted friend, or store in the cloud).

  • Have a communication plan with your family and friends. Know where you are going to meet if you are asked to evacuate.

The weather is not going to be our friend for a while. It is predicted to be unseasonably hot & dry for many days. I measure rain at my house and we have not had more than a few sprinkles of rain since the last week of July. Be extremely careful with anything that could create a spark. If you are out cutting firewood, take water with you so you could douse a spark from your saw if you hit a rock.

There are many places to stay up to date on the Seaman fire. LETA 911 is a great resource for current info and you can register to receive reverse 911 calls in case we need to contact you. Another good resource for current details is the RCVFD Facebook page.

A final reminder to take care of yourself and your friends and family - and pray for snow……..

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
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Friday, 07 September 2018 20:35

Festival Silent Auction

Hi Friends and Neighbors,

The Festival is tomorrow, (yay!) and it looks like it will be a great day! The Silent Auction is tomorrow too (also yay!) and we have SO MANY GREAT ITEMS! All the donors have been exceptionally generous, and we've had many many volunteers finding and retrieving them all, including Louise Creager, Deb Pedersen, Carolyn Stanley, Trisha Johnston, Juana Jackson, Richard Lund, and all the other people who brought all this stuff! There is definitely something for everyone: eye doctors to iphone cases to ice cream. You can go home with shooting range passes or a chemise. Or spend a weekend in Cheyenne (a lot more fun than one might think!). Loveland ReadyMix donated a whole side of beef! O'Dells sent us a river or snow tube with a ton of other awesome stuff. We have gift cards from all over the place, for just about anything you can think of. You can see a lot of photos of items on the Festival Facebook page set up by Taylor Bradley Hubbard and screwed up by me. The page is Rist Canyon Mountain Festival. I'm including a list of all the items below, also. So take a look, find something great, and buy it tomorrow. See you at the Festival!

Click here for the items. (PDF)

Yesterday we sent out a Community Alert with information about volunteering at the Mountain Festival during the Sep 7-9 weekend.

To make it easier to sign up, just follow this link

Hope to see you there!
The Rist Canyon Mountain Festival and Fundraiser for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (RCVFD) is looking for people to help with the set up, breakdown, and manning of various tents and activities before, during and after the festival. Your help supports your community and your firefighters!

Most volunteer times are set in one hour increments and you are welcome (and encouraged) to sign up for as many as you like. If you have any problems with signing up or would like us to add your name to the list please contact Trisha Johnston 970-294-2228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Because our volunteers are such an important part of the festival running smoothly, we ask that you let us know by September 1st.

We appreciate any help! Please feel free to pass on this message to your friends and family.

Thank you,
Friends of the Festival
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