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Statement from the Chief – August 10, 2020

Lyons Community:

I would like to get some information out on what has been happening at
Lyons Fire District.

Let me start by addressing the smoke we have been experiencing. As you
may have seen on the news, we have a large and uncontrolled wildland
fire just west of Grand Junction. That smoke, coupled with an even
larger fire in CA, is what has been giving us all of our smoke issues.
Unfortunately, until there is a shift in the wind or they gain
control of these fires, this will continue. For those of you with
health issues, please keep your windows and doors closed when the
smoke conditions are poor.

We are aware of the complaints regarding the lights being on at night
at our fire stations.  We recently installed motion detectors that
shut-off after 10 minutes. We can’t remove or turn off the lights
because they serve two important functions:

1. They protect our firefighters.  When there is an emergency call at
night, the primary goal of our personnel is to get to the station, get
an emergency vehicle,  and get out and on the road to address the
emergency as soon as possible. The lights will go out shortly after
they leave.  Taking time to stop and turn the lights on and off takes
valuable time away from getting to the emergency as quickly and safely
as possible.

2. In order to provide some protection from vandalism and break-ins,
these lights act as a deterrent. We want to make sure the funds that
are provided to the department are used wisely, and keeping the
property and equipment safe helps us do that for the community.

We are primarily a volunteer force with only two paid firefighters,
who each work 4 days on and 4 days off, responding to calls.  The
chief is on-call at all times, and we also have two part-time people,
one taking care of some administrative duties and an accountant to
handle our financial needs. The remainder of the personnel are your
neighbors who are the volunteer firefighters.  They are the backbone
of the department and respond day and night to any and all calls for
service in our fire district. The calls we respond to are not only
fire calls, but also for medical calls, water rescues, car accidents,
traffic control, and emergency actions needed at our local schools. We
currently average 1 to 2 calls per day, which is a high volume for a
volunteer staff, who also must work to provide for their families! A
shout out to all of them for a job well done!

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that should you have any concerns or
are looking for some information regarding the fire department, please
feel free to reach out to me at any time.  Please call 303-823-6611
and if you do not reach anyone please leave a message and someone will
get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks and be safe!
Steve

Steven J. Pischkle
Interim Fire Chief