4800 West 92nd Avenue Westminster, CO 80031

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Fire Department host or come to my child's birthday party?

Can I barbecue on my apartment deck?

Do you provide car seat inspections and installations?

How do I go about drawing up an escape plan for my home/business?

Who would I call to request an ambulance report and what is the fee?

Who would I call to request a fire report and what is the fee?

What is Westy Med?

Why is the fire engine parked in the grocery store parking lot?

Why do I see firefighters exercising?

Can I call the fire station direct and save time, instead of dialing 9-1-1?

Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?

What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?

What is the best thing to do for a burn injury?

When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?

How do I schedule to ride-a-long with the fire department?

Will you come to the grand opening of my business?

What do firefighters do when they are not on emergency calls?

Where can I get First Aid and CPR classes?

How long does it take to respond to a 9-1-1 emergency call?

Who do I call about fire hydrant maintenance?

Which Fire Station responds to my address?

How do I go about applying for a job with the Fire Department?

What criteria do you use to recruit firefighters?

Does Westminster Fire have a volunteer program in place?

What is the law regarding fireworks?

What is a General Permit and where would I go to acquire one?

What is the time frame for a plan review?

 

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Q: Can the Fire Department host or come to my child's birthday party?
A: Thank you for your interest, however the fire department cannot schedule birthday parties. If you would like to set up a time to tour one of 6 stations, the Westminster Fire Department would be happy to schedule that for you. While birthday groups are welcome to schedule a tour of a fire station on that special day, stations are not equipped to handle birthday parties. Please do not bring gifts, birthday cakes, drinks or treats into the fire station during your scheduled tour. The number to Fire Administration is 303-658-4500.

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Q: Can I barbecue on my apartment deck?
A: No. Fire Codes 307.5 and 307.5.1 state that open-flame cooking devices, whether charcoal, petroleum gas, or any other open-flame device cannot be operated on combustible balconies or within 10-feet of combustible construction. The exception to this would be if your apartment complex is protected by a fire extinguishing sprinkler system. For a copy of the code or if you have questions on the code please contact Fire Administration 303-658-4500. Barbecue Grill Policy 

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Q: Do you provide car seat inspections and installations?
A: Yes. Free car seat inspections are offered the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. An inspection and/or installation takes 30-45 minutes with the technician. It is ideal to have your child present during the process so that we can "custom-fit" your car seat for your child. Call to make an appointment, 303-658-4500.  Car Seat Inspections

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Q: How do I go about drawing up an escape plan for my home/business?
A: The basic steps to draw up an escape plan include: draw a floor plan of your home/business; define at least two exits from each room; agree on a meeting place away from the home/business; practice your escape plan; and make your exit drill realistic. For a brochure on Exit Drills in the Home, call the Westminster Fire Department at 303-658-4500 or see our safety tips.

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Q: Who would I call to request an ambulance report and what is the fee?
A: Ambulance reports may only be released to the patient (providing appropriate identification) who received ambulance transport and/or medical treatment. An insurance company or second party requesting a copy of an ambulance report must provide a signed and notarized release from the patient before the Fire Department can release any records. The cost to obtain an ambulance report is a $5 research fee plus 25 cents per page and mailing costs if the report is not picked up. You may call the Fire Administration office at 303-658-4500 to find out the status of the report you are requesting, but a visit to the office may be required in order to provide proof of identification. If the patient is unable to provide identification in person, please call for details about alternative methods of doing so.

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Q: Who would I call to request a fire report and what is the fee?
A: To request a copy of a fire report, please call the Fire Administration office at 303-658-4500. The cost to obtain a report is a $5 research fee plus 25 cents per page and mailing costs if the report is not picked up in person.

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Q: What is Westy Med?
A: Westminster Med is an opportunity for you to save on out-of-pocket expenses if you need emergency transportation to a local hospital by a Westminster ambulance. This program is limited to Westminster residents only. Westminster Med 

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Q: Why is the fire engine parked in the grocery store parking lot?
A: There are a number of possible reasons for a fire engine to be parked in a grocery store parking lot including: an emergency call, a fire inspection, a public education program, or just shopping for food to accommodate crew meals for a 24- hour shift. Because firefighters spend approximately one third of their life with this second family, the fire crew, team meals are common and encouraged by the organization. Visits to the market by firefighting personnel is limited to one trip per day and you should always see a firefighter at the engine while the rest of the crew is in the store shopping. Two important notes to keep in mind:  firefighters pay for the food that they purchase (the City does not reimburse for the daily food requirements of personnel), and even though the crew is shopping, they are in service and will drop everything to respond to an emergency call.

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Q: Why do I see firefighters exercising?
A: The job of firefighting is very strenuous both mentally and physically. In order to assure that Westminster Firefighters are physically able to perform their job in an efficient and productive manner, the department has established testing criteria that all firefighters, new recruits to Chief officers, have to pass on a yearly basis. This testing is supported organizationally by the commitment of at least one hour a day to fitness related activities that promote the ability to physically perform the job. In short, firefighters workout at the station and are seen running around fire station property in order to be able to serve our emergency service customers efficiently and effectively.

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Q: Can I call the fire station directly and save time, instead of dialing 9-1-1?
A: No!  Please us 9-1-1! The 9-1-1 emergency system is designed to save valuable seconds. When you dial 9-1-1, the system routes the closest police or fire unit to your home. Fire stations are not properly equipped to take emergency calls and the crew could be out of the station on another emergency call.

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Q: Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
A: Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom and outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as the den, living room, kitchen, or family room.  Smoke Alarms

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Q: What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?
A: Homeowners should buy an extinguisher that can handle class A-B-C fires. (IIA:10B:C) is the preferred rating an extinguisher should have. The extinguisher should be UL or FM listed. They should be designed to extinguish fires that usually occur in homes; including wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires. Call 303-658-4500 for more fire extinguisher information or training and see our  safety tips.

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Q: What is the best thing to do for a burn injury?
A: Cool a burn with water. Do not use ointments, butter or other substances. For minor burns contact a physician. For serious burns, dial 9-1-1 immediately. See our  safety tips for details.

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Q: When there is only a small fire, why do so many fire engines respond?
A: The standard response to a residential structure fire includes 3 engine companies, 1 ambulance and 1 Battalion Chief. If these units are not needed, they are released upon arrival. The main goal of the Westminster Fire Department is to protect lives and property; this level of response is needed to accomplish that goal.

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Q: How do I schedule to ride-a-long with the fire department?
A: Currently the City is only taking EMT, Paramedic or Fire Science riders affiliated with schools that the Fire Department has written agreements with. These facilities are Red Rocks Community College, Front Range Community College, Avista Hospital, North Suburban C.A.P.E . Paramedic program, St. Anthony Central, Colorado Mountain College, and Health One through Swedish Hospital. In order to schedule ride-a-longs, the Fire Department requires the completion of a two departmental forms. You can acquire these forms in the Fire Administration office located at 9110 Yates Street or see our Ride-Along Guidelines.

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Q: Will you come to the grand opening of my business?
A: The City of Westminster Fire Department does not have the resources to provide this service. With the growth of our City it is not feasible to take an engine or ambulance out of service for a private business grand opening event. The Westminster Fire Department will provide public education free at community events.

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Q: What do firefighters do when they are not on emergency calls?
A: Training takes up a good deal of their time when they are not on call. Firefighters are required to have at least 20 hours of emergency-related training each month. Firefighters also participate in fire safety inspections (this also helps in familiarity with the community to reduce response time during incidents). Firefighters must also check and maintain their equipment, clean and maintain their stations, and respond to public education requests.

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Q: Where can I get First Aid and CPR classes?
A: Westminster firefighters offer CPR/First Aid classes every month. The instructors are certified to teach the American Heart Association curriculum. The fee for both first aid and CPR is $55. The fee for only first aid or only CPR is $45. To register, please call Fire Administration at 303-658-4500. First Aid and CPR classes 

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Q: How long does it take to respond to a 9-1-1 emergency call?
A: Normally it takes between 4-6 minutes for engines to arrive on scene after a 9-1-1 call has been placed.

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Q: I have a question about fire hydrant maintenance.
A: Fire hydrant maintenance is handled by the City's Utilities Department, 303-658-2500.

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Q: Which Fire Station responds to my address?
A: To obtain information as to which Fire Department and station would respond to your home address in the Westminster area, you may call the Fire Administration Office at 303-658-4500. Westminster Fire Department personnel will locate the information that you require.

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Q: How do I go about applying for a job with the Fire Department?
A: The City of Westminster Fire Department uses the DRCOG (Denver Regional Council Of Governments) exam as a hiring resource, 303-455-1000. Testing is conducted twice a year.

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Q: What criteria do you use to recruit firefighters?
A: The City requirements are Colorado State Certified EMT; Firefighter I; posses 60 college credits hours or 5 years working experience in a related field or military service; 21+ years-of-age; and a score of 80% on the DRCOG exam.

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Q: Does Westminster Fire have a volunteer program in place?
A: The Westminster Fire Department does not have a volunteer firefighter program in place. If you would like to become a volunteer for a fire protection agency you can try Federal Heights 303-427-7209 or Arvada FPD 303-424-3012.

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Q: What is the law regarding fireworks?
A: The City of Westminster permits the use of fireworks only from 12 a.m. on July 3 through 12 p.m. on July 5. The City of Westminster permits only those fireworks that do not explode and do not leave the ground. For further inquiries please contact Fire Administration at 303-658-4500. Fireworks

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Q: What is a General Permit and where would I go to acquire one?
A: A  General Permit is a fire safety issue that requires permitting per the International Fire Code and is required by the Westminster Fire Department. This permit can be requested through the Fire Administration Office, 9110 Yates Street. The current fee for a general permit is $50. Reasons could include:

-The use of a tent over 200 square feet in area
-Asbestos removal as it applies to Article 87 of the International Fire Code
-Open flame use in an assembly room
-Use of explosives or blasting agents
-To display gas fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings
-To conduct open burning
-To use pyrotechnical special effects material

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Q: What is the time frame for a plan review?
A: The time frame for plan review for fire alarms or sprinkler systems is generally two weeks from the date of submittal. The Fire Department does offer an "Express Lane" plan review service for existing businesses with just minor adjustments to fire protection systems currently in place. Walk-Through Plan Review Process

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