Rye Fire Protection District (RFPD) was formed in 1938 as a volunteer service. After 53 years of public service, in 2001 it became a career/paid department. RFPD is a fully operational 24 hours a day 7 days a week department comprised of full and part-time employees. These dedicated individuals work together to respond to over 900 emergency response calls annually to a community of roughly 8000 residents and visitors . The departments coverage area is 233 square miles of interstate, highway, commercial, residential, San Isabel National Forest, and open space. We operate out of two stations to provide fire, hazardous materials, and ems services to the Greenhorn Valley. This department is proud to have a explorer cadet program. This program gives a chance for high school students to experience the daily life and work of a fire fighter.
Message from the Chief:
As the Fire Chief it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Rye Fire Protection Districts website.
We have witnessed many changes in the community and to this organization over the years, but one thing that remains constant is the dedication and commitment to protect the lives and properties within the District.
Rye Fire Protection District is an organization of dedicated firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedic’s serving the District of approximately 240 square miles within 3 counties which includes Colorado City, Hatchet Ranch, Town of Rye, San Isabel and all areas in between. The highly-trained personnel who service deliver an “all-hazards” response which includes medical emergencies, car accidents, vehicle fires, structural fires, hazardous materials releases, and wildland fire.
As the Chief, I am privileged and proud to lead a fire service team of skilled members that are diverse and committed.
I hope you find the information contained within this website useful. If you may have any suggestions for improvements of the site please let us know.
Steven E. Bennett, Fire Chief
Rye Fire Protection District