Frequently Asked Questions

Can I build a fireplace in my backyard?
If you live in the City, call the City Building Department at 970-384-6411. In the County, call the Garfield County Building Department at 970-945-8212.
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Can I burn branches, grass, or weeds in the irrigation ditch in my backyard?
No. The use of the ditch belongs to the ditch company that maintains it. Fires set in ditches can easily get out of control. No open burning is allowed in the Glenwood Springs Fire District.
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Can I burn wood in a Chiminea or other outdoor burning appliance in my backyard?
Yes. But you must use only clean and dry fuel. Smoke can cause neighborhood problems, especially with neighbors with lung problems. Clean and dry fuel usually eliminates this issue. Call 970-384-6480 for questions regarding backyard fires.

Can I have a campfire?
Recreational fires are limited to three foot by three foot in size and must have a permit from the Fire Department. Fires larger in size require the presence of off-duty firefighters and equipment at a considerable cost. For a large bonfire call 970-384-6480 for costs associated with off-duty personnel.
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Can I have a campfire in the mountains?
Within Forest Service lands, call the BLM at 970-947-2800 or Garfield County at
970-945-0453 to check on burn bans.
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Can I have a pig roast?
Yes. There is no permit required when using a commercial pig roaster. Fires over 9 square feet or greater than 3 foot by 3 foot for cooking require a permit from the Fire Department. Also consider your neighbors and advise them you will be burning wood for a roast.
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Code questions?
Contact our Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433
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Do you give fire extinguisher training?
Yes for organizations only. You may contact our Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433.  Two weeks notice is required for scheduling.
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Do you install child car seats?
No.  Please contact Garfield County Public Health for an appointment  In Glenwood call 970-945-6614 in Rifle call 970-625-5200.
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Do you provide CPR and First Aid classes?
No.  Please contact Colorado Mountain College or the American Heart Association.

Employment opportunity inquiries.
We are not hiring at the current time.  When openings are available, they will be posted here.
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Fire Code Questions?
The City of Glenwood Springs has adopted the 2003 International Fire Code.
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Open Burning Information
For information regarding open burning, download the information packet and permit application.
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How do I get copies of Incident reports?
General Incident Reports: A letter must either be faxed or mailed to us requesting copies of a particular incident.  Currently there is no charge for this service unless copies of photos are requested.  Fire investigations include finishing the written reports take from five days to two weeks depending on the size and complexity of the fire. Call 970-384-6480 for information. Arson reports may take much longer.
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Medical Incident Reports: Medical information is strictly confidential and cannot be released to anyone other than the patient unless the patient has signed a release of information document authorizing the second party to obtain the medical incident report. Patient will be required to present a valid identification. A copy of this identification will be attached to your request for our files. Usually your attorney will fax us the request. 
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How are inspections scheduled, and how are the contractors notified?
Please call the Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433 to request an inspection.
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How close can I park to a fire hydrant?
Fifteen (15) feet.
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How do I become a volunteer firefighter?
Check our employment page.
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How do I clean up after fire/smoke damage?
Clean walls, floors, furniture, drapes, etc. with the following solution - 4-6 tablespoons Tri-Sodium Phosphate, 1 cup Lysol or any chloride bleach and 1 gallon water then rinse with warm water & dry - wear rubber gloves with this solution. Make sure there is as much air going through the rooms as possible.  Most of the time your insurance company will have their approved environmental clean up company contact you.
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How do I confirm a public education fire program that is already scheduled?
Call or email our Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433.

How do I dispose of an old fire extinguisher?
Contact a private company, found in the yellow pages of the phone book under "Fire Extinguishers."
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How do I get an Occupancy Load Sign?
The city does not provide an Occupancy load sign.  The Building Department will give you your occupancy load limit and you are required to make and post your own sign.  If you have questions for the Building Department you can call them at 970-384-6411 or email.
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How do I talk to the Fire Chief?
Contact the Office of the Fire Chief at 970-384-6430 to make an appointment.
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How does my out-of-town alarm company contact the Fire Department?
They can call our 24-hour Dispatch Center at 970-625-8095.
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How many sets of plans do you require for building plan review?
Three sets.
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How much is the fee for my building or system plan review?
Click HERE to print out our Plan Review Application in PDF format or contact our Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433. (please submit 3 copies of the plan review application)
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I can't find an address. Can you help?
The best way to find an address is to use the World Wide Web. Many address requests received by Fire Prevention are not within our jurisdiction so we are not able to provide such information. In some cases we may be able to direct you to the appropriate fire department or fire protection district for assistance. Contact us at 970-384-6480. If your request is needed for insurance purposes, we no longer give this information over the phone.
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I need a copy of a report for an incident I was involved in.
Call 970-384-6480 for a report copy. Requests for medical reports must be accompanied by a signed release from the patient and a copy of a valid ID. You may also fax your report request to 970-945- 6480.
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I need a copy of my last business inspection.
Contact Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433.
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I need a plan reviewed. Who do I contact?
Our Deputy Fire Marshall at 970-384-6433 or click HERE to download an application in PDF format. Please print 3 copies and either mail them to us at: 101 W. 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or drop them by our location at 806 Cooper Avenue, Glenwood Springs. (NOTE: No mail delivered at the Cooper Address).
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I need a Tent Permit.
Tent permit requirements and an application are available at the following link. Please include all necessary information. Once the application is completed, it can be dropped off at A fee of $50.00 is required for tent permits. We will also need a copy of the flame certificate for our records. A 72 hour notice for Tent Permit Applications is required and all tent permits require a site inspection. TENT PERMITS
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I need an EMT or Paramedic to cover a special event.
Contact the Fire Department at 970-384-6480.
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I need an ISO rating.
All dwellings located within the city limits of Glenwood Springs are rated a 4. For dwellings located outside the city limits, please call our Deputy Fire Marshall at 970-384-6433 or email: ISO INFORMATION
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I need assistance with my Knox Box.
Call 970-384-6433 for information or email KNOX BOX assistance.
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I need assistance with my Smoke Alarm or Carbon Monoxide detector.
Contact Fire Prevention at 970-384-6433. We can schedule a courtesy inspection.
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I need help for my child who sets fires.
Contact our Deputy Fire Marshal or call (970) 384-6433.
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I need to have a business inspected.
Contact the Deputy Fire Marshal for Inspection Services at 970-384-6433. Please make sure to include your name, business name, phone number and email address so we can contact you...your request is important to us.
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I need to have my Knox Box locked up.
Once you have installed your Knox Box to the correct specifications and it is ready to be locked up, please send an email by clicking on this link. KNOX BOX LOCK UP
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I need to purchase a Knox Box.
Email us or call 970-384-6433 to pick up a KNOX Box order form directly from the KNOX BOX company.
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I need to set up a fire drill for my business.
You are welcome to conduct your own fire drills. If you have further questions contact our Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433.
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I want to burn a pile of branches.
Open burning is not allowed. Either chip up the branches or take them to the local landfill.
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I would like brochures on fire safety.
Please contact our Deputy Fire Marshal by calling 970-384-6433.
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I would like to ride along with the firefighters. How do schedule a ride along?
Contact us at 970-384-6480.
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I would like to schedule a program for a senior group. Who do I contact?
Contact our Deputy Fire Marshal a call at 970-384-6433. Two weeks advanced notice is required.
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I would like to tour a fire station.
Just call us at 970-384-6480 or drop by 806 Cooper Avenue.
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Is there a current Fire ban in effect?
Bans on open burning is issued by Garfield County or by the Governor. See http://www.garfield-county.com/ for information on county burn bans or restrictions.
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I’d like to report a fire hazard.
Contact the Deputy Fire Marshal or call 970-384-6433.
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Who do I call for problems with overgrown weeds?
Contact Garfield County Vegetation Management at 970-625-8601 or via email.
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Someone is parked in a fire lane whom do I call?
Please call the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 970-384-6500.
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What is the Glenwood Springs ISO Classification?
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department's ISO rating in 2009 is a 4 for dwellings located within the city limits. The purpose of this rating (Schedule) is to review the available public fire suppression facilities, and to develop a Public Protection Classification for fire insurance rating purposes. The Schedule measures the major elements of a city's suppression system. These measurements are then developed into a Public Protection Classification number on a relative scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing less than the minimum recognized protection.
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What is agricultural burning?
Agricultural burning is defined as the open burning of cover vegetation for the purpose of preparing soil for crop production, weed control, maintenance of water conveyance structures related to agricultural operations, and other agricultural purposes. Living in an area zoned for agricultural, having water rights, or living out of city limits does not automatically qualify a property for agricultural burning. Permits for agricultural burning are required. Certain areas are within the prohibited burn area and no permits will be issued.
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What is the distance needed between a fire hydrant and plants/shrubs?
Thirty-six (36) inches.
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What is the phone number to my fire station?
Station phone numbers are not given out to the public. If you need to contact someone at a fire station call Administration at 970-384-6480 and they will transfer you to the appropriate station.
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What's the closest fire station to my home?
Click on this link to find the fire station closest to your home: STATIONS.
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Where can I get my fire extinguisher recharged?
Contact a private company, found in the yellow pages of the phone book under “Fire Extinguishers.”
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Where can I purchase flame retardant spray?
Ace Hardware, Lowes or your local nursery.
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Where can I send my child when they have been caught or I suspect they are playing with fire?
Contact the Deputy Fire Marshal at 970-384-6433.
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Where do I go to get a burn permit?
Burning is no longer permitted in the Glenwood Springs Fire District.
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Why do we have to bring another set of plans for review to the fire department?
Three copies of your plans are required so that two copies are returned to the contractor and one is kept for our records. The fire department review is from a different perspective than that of the Building Department’s. The Building Department review of you plans is conducted in accordance the Uniform Building Code, while Glenwood Springs Fire checks the plans for requirements of the Uniform Fire Code. The Building Department for the City and the County are in two different buildings, and the fire department is yet at another location.