Crested Butte Fire Protection District

The mission of the Crested Butte Fire Protection District is to help improve the quality of life for our citizens by providing prompt, safe and efficient responses to emergencies with highly trained Firefighters and Emergency Medical Providers.

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Crested Butte Fire Protection District Withdraws November Ballot Question

Crested Butte, Colorado – The board of directors of the Crested Butte Fire Protection District (CBFPD) recently voted unanimously to withdraw the District’s planned ballot question from 2018 General Election. After an ongoing analysis of the effects of Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment on the District’s revenues due to reductions in the statewide Residential Assessment Ratio (RAR), the board concluded that there were simply too many unknowns, and potentially too much possible impact on non-residential property owners to proceed with the ballot question at this time. While it was too late for the ballot question to be removed from the ballots before printing, voters can ignore the question and any votes for or against the question will not be tabulated.

The Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, passed in 1982, set a statewide requirement that residential property could make up no more than 45% of the statewide property tax base. Also part of the amendment was the establishment of the assessment ratios where residential properties would be assessed at 21% of their actual value and non-residential (commercial) properties would be assessed at 29%. For example, commercial property valued at $1 million is assessed and taxed at a value of $290,000. Those assessment ratios were designed to adjust as needed to maintain the 45% residential / 55% non-residential split. As Colorado has grown since 1982, the non-residential assessment ratio has been fixed at 29%; the residential ratio has decreased to 7.2% this year and is expected to be further reduced to 6.1% statewide by 2020. This represents a decreasing rate and amount of property tax for residential property owners and would equate to a roughly $168,000 reduction in district revenues with no changes in property values.

The CBFPD, along with over 80 other districts in Colorado, was intending to ask voters to allow the district’s mill levy (the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value) to float upwards from its current level of 8.036 mills as needed to offset any declines in the statewide RAR. However, the board of directors found this concept to be very difficult to explain, as it was not tied to any immediate threats to district revenues. Additionally, it could result in a disproportionate burden to non-residential property owners who are already assessed at the higher 29% rate and would need to pay an even higher tax rate to offset losses due to changes in the residential assessment ratio.

The CBFPD continues to appreciate the historic support of the District’s voters. There is significant activity expected next year at the state level regarding these Gallagher and RAR issues that will likely change how the District addresses this concern in the future. In the short term, the District will continue to use its existing funds wisely to provide world class fire protection and EMS services to our community.
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HWY 135 is now open. Conditions remain poor please travel with extreme caution.


HWY 135 One Lane ONLY at mile 26

Units currently responding for a motor vehicle accident just south of town on Highway 135. Please use caution in the area and expect delays.
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Fire Division

The Fire Division provides fire suppression for structural & wild land fires as well as rescue service for vehicles & structures.

EMS Division

The Crested Butte EMS Division provides Advanced Life Support Certified transport to local clinics and the Gunnison Valley Hospital.


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Joining the CBFPD is an excellent way to participate in community service that really matters.  Help Crested Butte by saving lives and fighting fires.

CPR Classes

CBFPD provides CPR courses and Skills Sessions for blended learning. For blended learning, please visit: Find course: BLS for healthcare provider or Heartsaver. Complete this online portion and print certificate. Contact Rob Weisbaum to schedule a skills session check off. This takes approximately 1 -2 hours depending on participants. Cost is $20 for the skills portion.

For full CPR courses, please refer to our calendar for scheduled courses.

CBFPD Invitation to Bid

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About the Crested Butte Fire Protection District
  • District Configuration

    We cover approximately 220 square miles.  We have a base population of about 2,500 people which swells to nearly 10,000 at the peak of ski periods and other vacation/tourist periods during the summer, fall and winter seasons.

  • Membership Profile

    Consists of paid division heads and administrators, plus approximately 40 volunteer fire fighters and 25 volunteer EMS personnel. There are about 20% of the membership who are members of both the Fire and EMS divisions.

  • Funding

    CBFPD funding is provided by an ad valorem tax collected annually by the Gunnison County Treasurer’s Office.

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    Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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