The Westminster Fire Department has a mission to:
- Protect the community from fire damage and loss
- Preserve and enhance the health of residents
- Promote, regulate and enforce a safe and sustainable living environment for residents and businesses
- Respond to and mitigate all identified hazards to minimize risk to the community
- Respond to calls from residents
- Engage residents and businesses as partners for community safety
The Westminster Fire Department:
- Operates from six fire stations throughout the City of Westminster to quickly respond to home or building structure fires, vehicle fires, or fires of any nature.
- Addresses water rescues, hazardous materials, technical rescues, and other emergency responses.
- Offers advanced life support emergency medical and ambulance transport services.
- Provides four full time ambulances and seven fire engines, all equipped with appropriate medical equipment for life support services.
- Prepares for and responds to large scale disasters through the City’s emergency management program, managed by the Fire Department.
The Westminster Fire Department is made up three divisions including Administrative, Operations and Emergency Services, and Training. Each of these divisions are overseen by the fire chief. A more in-depth look at our fire departments structure can be seen on our department's organization chart.
The Administrative Division oversees Budget Administration, Emergency Management and Preparedness, the Fire Prevention Bureau, and Technical Services.
Operations and Emergency Services Division:
The Operations and Emergency Services Division oversees Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Suppression, and Technical Rescue.
The Training Division oversees fire training and development for fire department personnel to maintain safety to the citizens and personnel for the City of Westminster.
A Message from Fire Chief Doug Hall
What a wonderful honor and privilege it is to serve the citizens of Westminster. As Fire Chief, I am humbled to have the distinct honor to serve alongside our team of exceptionally committed and highly qualified professionals delivering exceptional fire protection and emergency medical services to our great community. We are continually seeking opportunities to improve services. We focus on ways to bring greater efficiencies, improved effectiveness, and enhanced equity to Fire Department services. These efforts ensure the fire department's services support City Council's strategic plan goal to provide visionary leadership and effective governance. In order to fulfill the goals and objectives of City Council's strategic plan we continual focus our continuous improvement efforts through four fundamental strategies.
We are always concerned about the threat of fire to our homeowners and businesses. Our primary risk from fire continues to be the home environment, primarily our single- and multi-family homes. Our staff seeks every opportunity to share fire safety practices with our residents. Emergency medical services calls continue to trend upwards, making up over seventy-percent of our department responses. This is due in large part to residents living longer and residing longer in their homes. Staff continues to work with hospital systems, social services, and community groups to assess and redefine emergency medical services to ensure the community is receiving what it needs. Fire personnel utilize their expertise and knowledge in conducting community presentations and life-safety training programs, such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first-aid, infant car seat inspection/installations, carbon monoxide and smoke detector installations, and home safety inspections.
I am especially proud of our community-focused fire prevention and public education programs. One of our great programs is our Westminster Fire Citizens Academy, which is now in its tenth year. Supporting the strategic goal for a vibrant inclusive and engaged community, our citizen academy offers a real world, hands-on experience in understanding the technical aspects essential to deliver our services. Citizen academy attendees, using firefighter’s turnout gear and equipment, crawl through smoke-simulated mazes, experience combatting small fires, climb aerial ladders, learn water survival skills, and get to cut up cars utilizing extrication tools. A highlight of the academy is the ride-along with fire crews, giving attendees a front-row seat in experiencing the life of a firefighter.
In support of the City's strategic goal for proactive regional collaboration, the Fire Department is collaborating with our neighboring north area agencies in a number of programs and services resulting in enhanced efficiencies and greater effectiveness. Our automatic and mutual aid agreements provide for a more effective emergency response force resulting in higher quality service to our residents, businesses, and improved safety for fire personnel. One of the more beneficial collaborations is the north area's multi-agency recruit firefighter training academy. Participating agencies share resources for a thirteen-week training academy.
It is unlikely the Fire Department could have achieved the many successes noted previously without the ongoing support of our residents and businesses, City Council, and City Manager Don Tripp and other City staff. A heartfelt thanks to each of you.