Security Fire Protection District has provided wildland and outside fire protection for the community and neighboring communities since its establishment in 1956. The Waldo Canyon (2012 – Colorado Springs, CO) and Black Forest (2013 – Black Forest, CO) fires were the first Type 1 National Wildfire assignments that Security Fire assisted in fighting. With these fires so close to home, these fires showed the need and encouraged some of our personnel to extend wildland firefighting aid on a larger scale.
The crews’ work is physically and mentally demanding. Most assignments will involve workdays between 14 and 16 hours long. What little rest these crews get after their workday happens in tents within fire camps. Sometimes they may even sleep in spike camps away from the main fire camps. Here, if time, distance, and resources allow, they will be provided with food brought to them from the fire camp. However, there are times when crews are sleeping on the fire line with no camp in sight or are required to be self-sufficient with no food being provided by the incident management team.
Despite how grueling the work can be, Security Fire Protection District continues to send trucks and personnel to help with fires throughout the United States. From coast to coast, these firefighters have selflessly worked hard to protect people, land, and resources to which they have no ties. From California to Florida, Security Fire Protection District has provided professional and compassionate wildland fire protection and mitigation to the citizens of our great nation. With more to come!