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Early Morning Fire Displaces 10 Sandstone Residents

  • 24 January 2021
Early Morning Fire Displaces 10 Sandstone Residents

At approximately 1 a.m. today, crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Sandstone 70 condominiums located at 909 Red Sandstone Road in Vail. Upon arrival, crews found a well-established fire in the upper unit of a fourplex. The fire was quickly knocked down from the exterior and then with the assistance of Eagle River Fire Protection District Engine 5, crews confirmed that all of the occupants were out of the building while extinguishing the remainder of the fire inside the unit. The fire was contained to one unit; the surrounding units in the building had smoke damage. A total of 10 occupants were displaced. Crews remained on scene for several hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. There were no injuries reported.

Invitation to Bid - Fire Pumper

  • 21 January 2021

INVITATION TO BID
Sealed bids will be received by Vail Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) for the furnishing of necessary labor, equipment, and material for a Custom Side Mount Rescue Pumper fire apparatus and other equipment as outlined in the following specifications.

Important Changes to EC Alert; How to Continue Receiving Updates for Non-Emergency Alerts

  • 19 January 2021
Important Changes to EC Alert; How to Continue Receiving Updates for Non-Emergency Alerts

Effective Feb. 1, Eagle County’s EC Alert service will change how it delivers non-emergency messages. Non-emergency messaging from EC Alert will no longer be sent as text messages; instead, the messaging for announcements such as traffic alerts, area alerts, business alerts and red flag warnings will be sent via email and the Everbridge app.

Vail Fire joins with Agency Partner to Expand Community Connect Platform with new Features for Businesses, Property Managers and Public Buildings

  • 14 January 2021
Vail Fire joins with Agency Partner to Expand Community Connect Platform with new Features for Businesses, Property Managers and Public Buildings

Vail Fire & Emergency Services has joined with Eagle River Fire Protection District to expand services available on Community Connect, the secure platform allowing residents to voluntarily share critical life-safety information about their home and family which is then made available to first responders at the time of dispatch.

Vail Fire and Emergency Services Maintains Excellent Insurance Rating

  • 14 December 2020
Vail Fire and Emergency Services Maintains Excellent Insurance Rating

Fire Chief Mark Novak is pleased to announce the Vail community has maintained an excellent insurance rating following an assessment of the department’s fire suppression resources by the Insurance Services Office. ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies and others by providing information about risk. Vail’s assessment was conducted earlier this year.

Local Fire Agencies Partner to Adopt Community Connect to Bridge Critical Info Data Gap Between Residents and First Responders

  • 10 November 2020
Local Fire Agencies Partner to Adopt Community Connect to Bridge Critical Info Data Gap Between Residents and First Responders

Vail Fire & Emergency Services, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District roll out platform to better engage residents to prepare for emergency situations and ultimately keep their community safe.

Eagle County Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts to Co-host Eagle County Public Safety Awards

  • 18 October 2020
Eagle County Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts to Co-host Eagle County Public Safety Awards

The 7th Annual Eagle County Public Safety Awards will be held on Oct. 29 at Donovan Pavilion for award winners and their families, followed by a virtual celebration for all citizens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Initiated by the Rotary Clubs of Eagle County after 9/11 to recognize area public safety heroes, this event will recognize outstanding emergency responders, medical professionals and community leaders. This year is especially meaningful due to the extra demands and risk of COVID-19 and the life-threatening wildfires.

Vail Fire Department Promotes Fire Prevention Week with Virtual Activities

  • 11 October 2020
Vail Fire Department Promotes Fire Prevention Week with Virtual Activities

The Vail Fire Department went virtual this year to promote National Fire Prevention Week which took place Oct. 4-10. Unable to host the annual open house format at the West Vail Fire Station or do their regular classroom visits due to the pandemic, firefighters were featured in safety videos to emphasize this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”

Free Curbside Chipping Service Wrapping up for Season in Vail

  • 27 September 2020
Free Curbside Chipping Service Wrapping up for Season in Vail

Only a few weeks remain for free curbside chipping services provided by Vail Fire and Emergency Services before coming to an end for the season. The chipping is available through Thursday, Oct. 15 to assist with defensible space on private property.

Vail: Make Your EVAC Plan. A Special Facebook Livestream Event with Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Fire Chief Mark Novak

  • 27 August 2020
Vail: Make Your EVAC Plan. A Special Facebook Livestream Event with Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Fire Chief Mark Novak

Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Fire Chief Mark Novak are hosting a timely conversation around Vail’s Emergency Evacuation Plan, reasons the town may need to be evacuated and how to personally prepare for an evacuation as well as address community concerns and questions.

Wildfire, Air Quality and Travel Information

  • 26 August 2020
Wildfire, Air Quality and Travel Information

Use these resources for updated status reports on nearby wildfires, smoke and traffic impacts, and local fire restrictions.

Grizzly Creek Fire Update and Smoke Outlook

  • 26 August 2020
Grizzly Creek Fire Update and Smoke Outlook

Wednesday's update on the Grizzly Creek Fire from the National Incident Management Team and U.S. Forest Service. 

Are You Ready? Create Your Evacuation Plan Now

  • 17 August 2020
Are You Ready? Create Your Evacuation Plan Now

Vail's police and fire chiefs discuss the importance of planning ahead for an evacuation, especially during this hot and dry summer. Don't wait for a pre-evacuation order, as there may not be time. 

Free Curbside Chipping Service Available

  • 12 August 2020
Free Curbside Chipping Service Available

Vail Fire and Emergency Services is continuing to provide a free curbside chipping service to assist property owners with defensible space on private property. The service is available through Oct. 15 and includes chipping for branches, logs and small trees up to 15 inches in diameter. Slash must be stacked neatly in piles no larger than 5’ x 5’ x 5’ per pile. Property owners are not limited to the number of piles they can have chipped. Slash pick up will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Property owners are asked to avoid piling slash in the roadway or public right of way.

Be Mindful of Wildfire Risk

  • 11 August 2020
Be Mindful of Wildfire Risk

Fire officials from across the region are asking everyone to be mindful of the heightened risk for wildfire in the area. With the Grizzly Creek Fire burning in nearby Garfield County, the pending implementation of Stage 2 fire restrictions across Eagle County and the likelihood of Red Flag Fire Weather Warnings, Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak is encouraging personal preparedness during this time of heightened risk.

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