Mission Statement
To protect lives and save property; provide public education and public relations; strive to high standards for the best possible service for the funding available; provide EMS; improve public image via equipment, buildings; interface well with other agencies; and provide for future planning

3365 West 65th Avenue
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 429-3597

Meeting Minutes?




January 250
February 188
March 236
April 254
May 244
June 246
July 265
August 288
September 287
October 258
November 240
December 302
Total 3058




2013 3058
2012 2889
2011 2641
2010 2612
2009 2636
2008 2607





Welcome to Southwest Adams County Fire Rescue (SWAC).  We are a special district of the State of Colorado and are overseen by a District Board comprised of five publicly elected officials.

We protect approximately ten square miles comprised of unincorporated Adams County, Arvada, and Westminster.  The main district boundaries are from 52nd Ave to 92nd Ave and from Sheridan Blvd to Pecos Street.


Chief George Ditolla Retires
1/2/14 ~ After 45 years of dedicated service, as well as being SWAC's first paid chief, Chief George Ditolla has hung up his helmet...

Denver Post article and video

5280.com article and pictures





C-Shift Battles Apartment Fire
12/29 ~ At 22:19 ADCOM Dispatchers alerted Firefighters from Southwest Adams and North Washington Fire with mutual aid from Federal Heights... (continued at 5280fire.com)

Joint Live Fire Training
Preparing for a proposed merger between SWAC and North Washington Fire Rescue, the two departments conducted joint training (continued at 5280 fire.com)

New Engines
The department took delivery of two new Pierce Velocity PUC Pumpers to replace Engines 11 and 14, both of which were overdue for replacement and required increased maintenance.  More info can be found in the Issue 2, 2013 SWAC Siren.

  (Photo:  Rick Luebke, 5280Fire.com)

Car Seat Check Event
The department will be hosting a child's car seat check event on September 29th from 9am to 2 pm.  The event will be held in the King Soopers parking lot at the intersection of Sheridan and 64th Avenue in Arvada.  Certified technicians will be on hand to inspect and install car seats.

2013 Call Volume Continues Uptick
At the mid point of 2013, the department's call volume is at 1418, showing that 2012's jump was no fluke.

2012 Firefighters of the Year
The department is pleased to announce its 2012 Firefighters of the Year as honored by the Westminster Elks and the Westminster Shriners.  The Elks named David Thorley as their FFOY while the Shriners honored Tony Pedron and Mike Reader.  Please click on their names for their full awards biography.

Trailer Fire Extinguished
12/5/12 ~ C-Shift arrived to an early morning fire in Rustic Ranch Trailer Park.  The fire, caused by a tipped over candle, was quickly extinguished.  Firefighters dealt with cold weather and a downed power line on scene.  The department was assisted by North Washington Fire.


Rise in Call Responses
The department ended the year with 2889 requests for service, an increase of over 250 calls from the previous year.  The department, in general, has had more requests for mutual aid service from neighboring departments this year.

New Ambulance
The department recently  took delivery of an ambulance made by MedTec.  The 2012 Ford F-450 was placed in service as the new Medic 11.  The unit sports an air ride suspension for improved ride quality and patient comfort.  This also allows lowering of the patient compartment to ease stretcher loading and unloading.  In addition, the ambulance has LED lighting, a rear back up camera, and most obviously, a new paint scheme.  By popular demand, the department is transitioning to a new red apparatus scheme.

Car Seat Check Event
The department will be hosting a child's car seat check event on October 13th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The event will be held in the King Soopers parking lot at the intersection of Sheridan and 64th Avenue in Arvada.  Certified technicians will be on hand to inspect and install car seats.

Latest Department Newsletter
Please click here for latest newsletter.  If you would like the Siren e-mailed to you on a quarterly basis, please submit your email address to tstockford@swacfire.com

Reverse 911 Cell Phone Registration
Residents of unincorporated Adams County are serviced by Adams County Communications (ADCOM) for their 911 services.  In the event of an emergency requiring resident notification, a reverse 911 system is in place for home phone numbers and is managed by FirstCall.  Residents can now register their cell phone numbers with this same service so that they can receive these important messages when they are away from their homes.  Registration can be found at https://alertregistration.com/adamscountyco/   Additional information about the system, as well as where residents of Arvada and Westminster can register their cell phones can be found at http://www.co.adams.co.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=914   

2011 Year End Reviews Available  (click here)

Latest Department Newsletter
Please click here for latest newsletter.  If you would like the Siren e-mailed to you on a quarterly basis, please submit your email address to tstockford@swacfire.com

Annual District Board Elections Set
The 2012 election for District Board members will be held May 8 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Voting centers are located at Station 11 (3365 W. 65th Avenue, Denver, CO) and Station 14 (3821 W. 88th Avenue, Westminster, CO).
The candidates are Robert Espinosa, Greg Neal, and Randy Ferguson.  There are two positions up for election.

Garage Fire Extends to Residence (B-Shift)
03/11/12 ~ At 14:56 ADCOM dispatchers alerted Southwest Adams County Firefighters with Mutual Aid from North Washington Fire to a garage fire at 7946 Vallejo St... (story continued at 5280fire.com)

Firefighters Honored for Life Saved
2/16/12 ~ Captain Clinton Garner and Firefighters Josh Ciardullo, Stephane Legault, Tony Pedron, Heath Sayers, and Matt Taylor were honored for their actions that saved the life of a man pinned under a vehicle at a local gas station.  (Story continued at the Westminster Window).

George Ditolla   

B-Shift Extinguishes Basement Fire
2/4/12 ~ Firefighters extinguished a blaze this morning that gutted the basement of a home in unincorporated Adams County...(story continued at the DenverPost.com)

C-Shift Extinguishes Bedroom Fire
2/4/12 ~ An early morning bedroom fire was rapidly extinguished in the Perl Mack neighborhood.  Firefighters responded to find fire and smoke venting from a front bedroom window.  Firefighters had to deal with the ongoing snowstorm and 16 inches of fallen snow.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Department Newsletter Available
The department's quarterly newsletter, The Siren, is now available online in .pdf format.  (Please click here to view)

A-Shift Snuffs Mobile Home Fire
01/15/12 ~ At 17:42 ADCOM dispatchers alerted Southwest Adams County Firefighters to a interior smoke investigation at Berkeley Village Mobile Home Park at 5400 Sheridan Blvd... (story continued at 5280Fire.com)

Busy 2011
The department ended 2011 with 2641 calls, the highest total since 2007.  This included nearly 300 calls in July and a busy New Year's Eve 2011 for C-Shift.  End of year reports will be completed later in 2012 and posted here.

C-Shift assists in Goodwill Headquarters Fire
Firefighters were called to assist with a fire started when work crews were cutting out a malfunctioning trash compactor.  Medic 11 transported one victim to a nearby hospital...(story continued at Denver Post)

A-Shift Extinguishes Difficult House Fire
12/08/11 ~ Just before 1400 hours Southwest Adams County Firefighters were alerted to a report of a possible garage on fire on 64th Ave just east of Federal Blvd. First due Engine 11 arrived on scene to find active fire behind the residence by the garage at 2811 W. 64th Ave, and advised dispatch of a working house fire on the Charlie & Bravo side of the residential structure...(story continued and pics at 5280fire.com)

Congratulations to our 2011 Firefighters of the Year
The Westminster Elks honored Todd Stockford as their Firefighter of the Year.  The Westminster Shriner Chapter honored Corey Davidson and Mike Tavalez as their Firefighters of the Year.  Please click on their names to read their award biography.

C-Shift Snuffs Bedroom Fire  
An evening bedroom fire on a cold and snowy December 4th was quickly extinguished, saving further damage to a home on 74th Way.  Firefighters arrived to find a front bedroom fully engulfed in fire and smoke billowing from the roof vents and eaves.  The homeowner was able to escape without injury.  The cause of the fire is under investigation..(story continued and pics at 5280fire.com)

Gas Station Worker Hit, Pinned Under SUV
A-Shift's Medic 11 and Engine 11 save the life of a man pinned under an SUV.  Click for 9News Story.

2012 Preliminary Budget posted (click here)

SWAC hosts county HazMat Training
In May of 2011, the department hosted quarterly training for the Adams/Jefferson County HazMat Team.  The exercise was staged at the vacant Clear Lake Middle School and simulated a chlorine and unknown acid release.  Firefighters from five area departments took part in the training.

2010 Year End Reports Added (click here)

2010 EMS Grants in Review
In 2010, the department was able to secure nearly $50,000 in grants for EMS equipment.  This included $30,000 for new Zoll cardiac monitors with capnography and carbon monoxide monitoring capability; and, $16,000 for two Stryker power PRO battery powered hydraulic cots and three Knox boxes to secure medications in the ambulances.



Engine 11 Upgraded to ALS
In 2010, the department added Advanced Life Support (ALS) capabilities to Engine 11. When a paramedic is working on this apparatus, they now have the proper equipment to treat patients with advanced care, including cardiac monitoring, advanced airway, and limited medications.  This advanced care is in addition to the ALS status of both department ambulances.

2011 Budget Projections and Reports Added (click here)

Reserve Firefighters Added
November 2010
The department would like to welcome six new reserve firefighters that will begin to volunteer for shifts in December.   Congratulations Carie Porter, Paul Beard, Joe Ciancio, Jordan Long, Jeff Woog, and Mark Wylie!  This brings the total of volunteer firefighters to 15.  If you would like information about our volunteer firefighter program, click here.

Congratulations to our 2010 Firefighters of the Year
The Westminster Elks' honored Verne Ullrich as firefighter of the year for Southwest Adams County Fire Department.
The Westminster Shriner Chapter honored
Josh Venerable and Clinton Garner as their firefighters of the year for Southwest Adams County Fire Department.
Please click on each firefighter's name for their award biography.

Workplace Injuries Low for 2009
June 17, 2010
At the June District Board Meeting, the department's insurance company, VFIS, presented the District with a refund check for $3000 for keeping workplace injuries at a minimum for 2009.

Open House
Please join us June 26th from 11am to 2pm for an open house at Station 11.  Food and beverages will be provided (funded by donations).
Activities will include the smokehouse, blood pressure checks, station and apparatus tours, File of Life signup, and car seat inspections.

Southwest Adams County Fire Election Results
     May 05, 2010
Results for the May 4th election for three open positions on the District Fire Board:

Kenneth Ciancio     156 votes
Anthony Spano       138 votes
Harold Lewis           83 votes

Martha Velasquez    71 votes
Dorothy Martinez     60 votes
Robert Espinosa      19 votes


Southwest Adams County Fire Mill Levy Election Results
     November 17, 2009

YES     1852
NO      1581

We would like to thank you for continuing to support your local fire department.  These funds will allow us to maintain the excellent services provided to our district!


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