Serving the Security/Widefield area for over 60 years
The Security Fire Department (SFD) was established in 1956 by volunteers and was originally named the Security Village Volunteer Fire Department. The department was located in a small portion of the Sproul Homes and American Builders carpenter shop at 510 Security Blvd, where it received its first fire truck, a used 1941 Peter Pirsch, donated by Sproul Homes. The current fire station 1, located at 400 Security Blvd., was constructed in 1958, and a new 1957 American LaFrance Pumper was purchased for the community. The department had up to 50 volunteers and responded to fires only. In the coming years, the department was able to pay cash and purchase two new additional fire trucks, a 1965 Mack, and a 1974 Am LaFrance.
The department was originally notified of an emergency by 3 sirens installed in the fire district. In the early 80s, the department purchased a new paging system to replace the sirens, which allowed for a specific fire station to be notified and respond to emergencies with the fire truck manned by paid staff. Other pages could be sent out to notify officers, rescue personnel, and volunteers to respond in their private vehicles to emergencies as necessary. A second new fire station was opened in September 1976, located at 7420 Metropolitan Blvd., and the district was able to hire its first two paid firefighters. In 1988, a third station was opened, located at 5110 Bradley Cir.
Currently, fire station 4 is being constructed at 7600 Wayfarer Dr., and it will provide protection to the upper east areas of Widefield, the Sunrise Ridge area, Appletree, Peaceful Valley, Larson Ranch, and The Glen. The SFD handles over 7,700 calls a year, averaging 21+ responses each day, and is one of the busiest departments in El Paso County, covering over 50 square miles of property in the fire protection district. The SFD holds a Class 3 ISO fire insurance rating, and all stations are manned 24 hours a day with 50+ highly skilled and trained paid staff and officers and are still supplemented by around 15 volunteer members. The department has 4 pumpers, one ladder truck, a heavy rescue/pumper truck, 5 paramedic ambulances, 3 wildland fire brush trucks, and numerous staff and utility vehicles.
Over the past 60+ years, the district has kept current and innovative with modern fire, rescue, and ambulance apparatus that meet and exceed today’s higher minimum NFPA standard requirements. The SFD works with other local departments to provide mutual aid and also offers public education, fire prevention, and emergency preparedness programs.