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About Us

About Us

Our 100% non-paid volunteer fire department is committed to providing quality and rapid response for fires, emergency medical care, ice rescue, river rescue, traffic accidents and information to our residents and visitors to the Poudre Canyon.

The Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire/EMS Department serves the residents and visitors of the Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, Colorado. The canyon is home to 750 full-time residents with a summertime population of 3,000 and is host to nearly 500,000 visitors annually. These visitors engage in all sorts of activities including fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, motorcycling and backcountry weekend getaways at one of our mountain resorts. Many of our emergency calls are to assist these visitors. Responding to an area nearly 60 miles long, the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District covers more than 99 square miles from Gateway Park to Cameron Pass along Colorado State Highway 14, and up to County Road 69 and County Road 68C up to and including the Shambhala Mountain Center and Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. In addition, we are the first responding agency to another 150 square miles adjacent to our district.

Map of boundaries of district.

Fire Board

Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District is governed by a five-member board of directors who serve staggered four-year terms.  

Board of Directors 2020
Updated 4/15/2020

(Term ends: 2023)
Gene Mericle - President
6225 Hwy 14
Bellvue, CO 80512

(Term ends: 2023)
Bette Blinde- Treasurer
6004 County Road 68C
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

(Term ends: 2023)
Leonard "Boots" Jaffee
37 Poudre River Road
Bellvue, CO  80512


Transparency Notice

Click this link and type in Poudre Canyon to see the most recent transparency notice for the district: Transparency Notice

Fire Board Meetings and Locations

The Poudre Canyon Fire Protection Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Odd months are at the Lower Community Building.
Even months are at the Upper Community Building
Lower Poudre Canyon Community Building
10234 Hwy 14
Bellvue, CO 80512
Upper Poudre Canyon Community Bldg
33689 Hwy 14
Bellvue, CO 80512
Fire Board Minutes and Agendas
Click here for Minutes and Agendas


District Personnel
The Communities

The communities that the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District serves are located in three areas. Poudre Canyon stretches for 60 miles along Hwy 14 and for our purposes is divided into two areas, Lower Poudre Canyon east of the narrows and Upper Poudre Canyon west of the narrows. Poudre Park is the population center of the Lower Poudre Canyon. Many of these people have jobs in town and commute to work. Rustic and Spenser Heights are the population centers of the Upper Poudre Canyon. Most people who live in these areas are retired. The third area we serve is along County road 68C.  Here you will find the Shambhala Mountain Center and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. Most of the folks who live in this area are self-employed.

Learn about the Lower Poudre Canyon Community

Learn about the Upper Poudre Canyon Community

Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Community Wildfire Protection Plans

District Newsletters

The district publishes newsletters twice a year. These newsletters are distributed to taxpayers in the district via mail or email. If you would like to receive these newsletters via email, please click here to complete the email form.

Archived Newsletters


Controlled burn in upper Poudre Canyon at night

night time call