The Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs was established in 2015 by business and civic leaders as an independent, non-profit organization to strengthen the services of the Colorado Springs Fire Department while promoting excellence in the department and improving public safety by providing resources not otherwise available from the City.
Since the Foundation was established, it has contributed more than $100,000 to fund equipment and training that enhance the safety and professionalism of the city’s firefighters and that enhance public safety.
Among the items funded by the Foundation are Ballistic Vest Packages that provide an added layer of protection to firefighters who may encounter gunfire while responding to potentially life-threatening calls for service. The enhanced ballistic vests and helmets protect firefighters from gunfire to include most rifles. A limited number of firefighters have received the Tactical Vest Packages and the Foundation continues fundraising efforts to ensure all 440 Colorado Springs firefighters have the equipment available.
The Foundation also funded enhanced emergency access saws that allow emergency responders to open vehicles and extract victims. These saws are specially manufactured to cut through the toughened exteriors of modern automobiles, which otherwise are resistant to less capable extraction equipment.
Additional funding goals include a new all-wheel drive vehicle for the fire department's volunteer chaplains and a new panel truck to support the department's Heavy Rescue crews.
As our city continues to grow, the challenges faced by our fire department expand and test those who have sworn to protect and serve our community. The Fire Foundation provides an important avenue for the private sector to come alongside our firefighters to support the department in its mission.