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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!

Steven J. Pischkle
Interim Fire Chief

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Don’t Fall for Coronavirus Scams

Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office

What Scammers Are Doing

  • Setting up fake websites to sell unproven treatments, or to offer cleaning and disinfecting products at exorbitant prices.
  • Calling, texting, sending emails, and creating social media posts to entice you to buy a bogus testing kit or fake product, or to offer vaccinations.
  • Sending fake information in messages that appear to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts claiming to have new info about the virus.
  • Creating fake “investment opportunities” claiming that products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus – and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
  • Setting up fake efforts to take donations for victims in hard-hit areas.

What You Can Do

Be alert!

  • According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently NO drugs or vaccines approved to treat or prevent coronavirus.
    • Ignore online offers, calls, emails, texts and
      social media posts telling you otherwise.

Be smart buying online

  • Shop from trusted places and sellers and compare prices before buying.
  • The FDA advises that testing for the coronavirus is only conducted in verified state and local public laboratories.
    • Ignore online offers for virus test kits.

Visit reliable resources for the most up-to-date information

  • Boulder County Public Health:
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment:
  • CDC:

Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails or from sources you don’t know

  • These links can lead you to a fake website or can download malicious software (malware) or a virus onto your computer.
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.
  • Do your homework before donating or investing
  • Check that a charity is legitimate at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office or at
  • If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Be alert to virus-related investment schemes, and research new investments carefully.

Call the Community Protection Division with Questions, or to Report a Scam 303-441-3700

Download the flyer:
DA Fraud Alert on Coronavirus scams 3-18-20

Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
Michael Dougherty, District Attorney



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