LDFR annual awards ceremony

We had a wonderful time celebrating achievements, both within the department and by members of the public, at our annual LDFR awards ceremony on April 22. Check out these photos of some of the smiles and recognitions!

Capt. Kim McDonald, right, accepts his commemorative ax for 15 years of service from Assistant Chief Steve Skulski, as Chief Jeff Berino looks on.

LDFR Engineer Bob Corcoran, left, receives his commemorative helmet and a big pat on the back for 20 years of service to LDFR from Lt. Casey Human.

Assistant Chief Steve Skulski, left, is congratulated by Chief Jeff Berino for 35 years of service to Lake Dillon Fire (and its predecessors). Thirty-five years!

LDFR Fire Corps volunteer Kim Bailey, left, is congratulated by Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell for 40 years of service, starting from when he was a volunteer firefighter. Forty years!!

Jerry “Doc” Peterson is congratulated by Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell for serving — get this — 55 years with Lake Dillon Fire and its predecessors! Fifty-five years! Doc was instrumental in getting the first ambulance to this community, and instrumental in establishing the precursor Dillon Fire Department. He has so many great tales to tell — things like walking in front of the ambulance in a blizzard as it carefully navigated Loveland Pass (the only way out of the county) on a run down to a Denver hospital … or how they sometimes had to push-start the original old fire engine, and sometimes, when they got down to the bottom of the hill at Lake Dillon Drive, it still hadn’t started. What a legend!

Sarah Thorsteinson, executive director of the Summit Association of Realtors, accepts a Citizen’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Under her direction, this organization has promoted wildfire safety and preparation through annual mailers sent to every property owner in the county, and she has been a wonderful advocate for our efforts.

Dr. John and Maggie Hillman receive a Citizen’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino. The unofficial ambassadors of the Lower Blue River valley north of Silverthorne, the Hillmans are tireless advocates for improving public safety, encouraging neighbors to join the fire district and clear defensible space for wildfire, and improve telecommunications. They’re really wonderful!

LDFR Finance Manager Mary Hartley was surprised and delighted with receiving the Chief’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino — a completely deserved honor!

LDFR Capt. Brian Schenking, left, receives the Leadership Award from Chief Jeff Berino for his efforts at overseeing the department’s efforts to become fully accredited — a gargantuan task.

LDFR Human Resources Manager Matt Scheer, left, receives the Member of the Year Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Matt puts the “human” in “human resources.”

LDFR Engineer Ted Salthouse, left, receives the Firefighter of the Year Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Ted has been described as the “golden retriever of firefighters,” meaning that he never seems to have a bad day. Seriously — dude is always smiling.

A bunch of brass! From left: High Country Training Center Division Chief Don Koogle, LDFR Assistant Chief for Operations Joe Hegenderfer, Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention/Fire Marshal Steve Skulski, Chief Jeff Berino, Assistant Chief for Support Services Bruce Farrell and Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner.




Press release: Lake Dillon Fire honors firefighters, staff for service and actions

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21 April 2016

 

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209

Lake Dillon Fire honors firefighters, staff for service and actions

At its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, Lake Dillon Fire honored a number of firefighters, chiefs and staff for their service and actions.

Among those honored were Firefighter of the Year Steve Wantuck, Leadership Award recipient Assistant Chief Steve Skulski, and Chief’s Award recipients Firefighter Aaron Ferdig and Office Assistant Donna Trainer.

A special commendation also was awarded to the Silverthorne Police Department for its community involvement as demonstrated in its popular annual Safe Summer Kickoff and Adopt an Angel programs.

“Each year, we like to take note of jobs well done, service beyond the call of duty, bravery and heroism, and extraordinary service to our community and to honor those people whose dedication and actions reflect the highest calling of Lake Dillon Fire,” said Chief Jeff Berino. “We are extremely proud of our deserving honorees and hold them up as examples of what we as a department strive to achieve in the name of public safety and positive community involvement.”

The ceremony also recognized numerous LDFR employees who have received promotions, earned professional certifications and college degrees and achieved length-of-duty benchmarks in the past year.

Those earning longevity awards included:

  • Five years: Firefighter/medics August Guettlein and Case Byle, LDFR Fire Corps volunteer Dan Myers and LDFR custodians Glenda Daniels and Cheryllyn Goldsberry;
  • 10 years: Firefighter/technician Aaron Ferdig and Firefighter/medic Andrew Segura;
  • 15 years: Firefighter/technician Ken Jones, Lt. Kevin Skaer and Lt. Matt Brewer;
  • 20 years: Fire Corps volunteer John Young;
  • 25 years: Battalion Chief Shaun Sawyer
  • 30 years: Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell
  • 35 years: Chief Jeff Berino

The awards ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dillon Community Church Fellowship Hall, 371 E. LaBonte Drive, in Dillon, is free and open to the public.

 

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Press release: Lake Dillon Fire leads attack on erratic wildfire near Heeney

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Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209

 

2 October 2015

 

Lake Dillon Fire leads attack on erratic wildfire near Heeney

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Lake Dillon firefighters led the charge into the evening on Friday in battling a rapidly changing, active wildfire just south of the community of Heeney.

 

Soon after sizing up the erratic Cemetery Ridge Fire burning in thick, beetle-killed timber, the Lake Dillon contingent was joined by firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Copper Mountain Fire, Breckenridge-based Red, White & Blue Fire and shortly later with crews from Kremmling Fire, Vail Fire and Northwest Fire based in Park County.

 

A total of about 50 firefighters were on the ground Friday afternoon, but the blaze, driven by wind from a series of squalls, made a series of very fast runs through lodgepole pine and aspen and hillsides of grass and sage.

 

Ultimately it grew to an estimated 70 acres, even showing signs of active fire behavior — torching and running — well after dark, when fires typically “lay down.”

 

At one point, the residents at the Brush Creek Ranch voluntarily evacuated, and a crew was assigned to protect the buildings there. No other structures were threatened.

 

By evening, a 10-person Juniper Valley crew had arrived in anticipation of joining the fray on Saturday. Additionally, a 20-person hotshot crew traveling from Wyoming and a second Type 2 Initial Attack crew was en route to the fire, burning about 12 miles north of Silverthorne.

 

Two LDFR crews were assigned to monitor the fire overnight.

 

Because of the immense amount of downfall and standing-dead timber, the remote, rugged terrain and the capricious nature of the fire, incident commanders are anticipating putting as many as 200 firefighters on the fire lines on Saturday.

 

The initial command of the fire is being handled jointly by Lake Dillon Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

 

This information will be updated on Saturday.

 

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Ride home on a fire truck!

Summit Cove Elementary School student Mason got the best ride home from school ever after his parents won a silent auction item from the PTA. Looks like we have a new firefighter recruit now!

 

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Firefighter/medic PD Lawrence and engineer Rob Beesley show off some of the tools carried on the truck.

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Proud dad take a pic of his son trundling off.

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He gets to ride backwards and listen and chat on the headset and everything!

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Firefighter/medic PD Lawrence shows his young charge the ropes in the back of the truck.

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The welcoming committee. People usually are happy to see us arrive at their homes. Sometimes they’re happier than others.

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Our hero disembarks.

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Whatdya think? Good fit?

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No trip in a fire truck is complete without the view from the catbird’s seat!

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Ladder trucks are so cool!

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Lt. Brian Schenking and his crew, including an honorary 8- going on 9-year-old firefighter.

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Engineer Rob Beesley puts Mason in the full gear. Room to grow!

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Give a kid an ax and no tree is safe!




2015 Lake Dillon Fire awards ceremony

 

 

 

Some images from the 2015 Lake Dillon Fire awards ceremony on Saturday, April 25.

 

 

 

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LDFR Fire Corps volunteer (and spouse of the deputy chief) Janis Berino receives her ceremonial ax for 15 years of dedicated service.

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Deputy Chief Jeff Berino, left, and Chief Dave Parmley, right, honor recently retired finance manager Linda Boucher and Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner for 25 years of service.

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Fire Inspector Dave Coulter receives his award for 10 years of service from Assistant Chief Steve Skulski as Chief Dave Parmley looks on.

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Lt. Kevin Skaer receives the Chief’s Leadership Award from Chief Dave Parmley as Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell looks on.

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Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner, left, and Chief Dave Parmley, right, honor the Engine 8 A Shift crew — Lt. Casey Humann, firefighter Aaron Ferdig, firefighter/medic Adam Anderson and acting engineer Frank Towers — with the LDFR Unit Citation for their terrific work on a Jan. 2 house fire.

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Chief Dave Parmley and Deputy Chief Jeff Berino award the Medal of Valor — one of the department’s highest honors — to firefighter/medic Adam Anderson, firefighter/medic Rob Evans, Lt. Casey Humann and firefighter Dan Ross for their efforts to save a man trapped in a house fire on Jan. 2.

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Lt. Casey Humann receives the Firefighter of the Year award from Chief Dave Parmley.

The LDFR Honor Guard

The LDFR Honor Guard

Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner and his wife, Leslie.

Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner and his wife, Leslie.

LDFPD Board member Larry Gilliland and Assistant Chief Steve Skulski

LDFPD Board member Larry Gilliland and Assistant Chief Steve Skulski

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Firefighters Steve Wantuck and Frank Towers

Firefighters Steve Wantuck and Frank Towers

Lt. John Wilkerson and Capt. Kim McDonald.

Lt. John Wilkerson and Capt. Kim McDonald.

Recipients of the LDFR Citizens Awards were Dan Schroeder and Beth Huron of the CSU Cooperative Extension Service for their terrific leadership with the Summit County Wildfire Council.

Recipients of the LDFR Citizens Awards were Dan Schroeder and Beth Huron of the CSU Cooperative Extension Service for their terrific leadership with the Summit County Wildfire Council.

Firefighter Steve Wantuck introduces our next recruit to Chief Dave Parmley.

Engineer Rob Swier introduces our next recruit to Chief Dave Parmley.

Firefighter Ryan Grafmiller with recently retired finance manager Linda Boucher and her replacement, Mary Hartley.

Firefighter Ryan Grafmiller with recently retired finance manager Linda Boucher and her replacement, Mary Hartley.

Engineers Doug Beeler and Rob Swier go mano a mano.

Engineers Doug Beeler and Rob Sweir go mano a mano.

Firefighters Aaron Ferdig, Taylor Reifschneider and firefighter/paramedic August Guettlein ham it up.

Firefighters Aaron Ferdig, Taylor Reifschneider and firefighter/paramedic August Guettlein ham it up.

The uniformed crews in attendance.

The uniformed crews in attendance.

LDFR Chief Dave Parmley and Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Steve Skulski

LDFR Chief Dave Parmley and Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Steve Skulski

The LDFR fire-prevention team

The LDFR fire-prevention team

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Engineer Aaron Kaltenbach and his son.




Photos: Fatal fire, Silverthorne 2 January 2015

Lake Dillon firefighters responded to a house fire at 914 Blue River Parkway on Friday, Jan. 2. The home was fully in flames, and, alerted by neighbors that someone may have still been inside, a team entered and found 81-year-old Warren Alloway unconscious inside. They were able to pull him out and initiated resuscitation efforts before turning over his care to the Summit County Ambulance Service, which took him to the Summit Medical Center. He was pronounced dead there. About 20 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire, Copper Mountain Fire and Red, White & Blue Fire worked together to extinguish the flames after more than an hour. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Credit: Bill Linfield

Credit: Bill Linfield

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New address signs are here!

The first batch of reflective, code-approved address signs have arrived, and engine crews are assisting homeowners with placing them where they can be seen by emergency responders. The signs, which are available at half-price thanks to a subsidy from the Summit Council Wildfire Council approved by the Summit County commissioners, are available to all residents of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District and can be obtained for a mere $17.50 by applying at our Silverthorne administrative station, 401 Blue River Parkway.

 

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Scenes from Fire Prevention Week 2014

Lake Dillon firefighters and staff have been visiting the four elementary schools in our district to teach kids about fire safety. It’s been a hoot!

 

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Firefighter/medic Jon Hannum talks with pre-school kids about good fire and bad fire. Campfires … marshmallows … good … yum!

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Stop, drop and roll!

 

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Job well done!

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Gotta knock down all of the windows with fire in them!

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Ready, fire … um … aim!

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You forgot something …

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Firefighter Steven Wantuck advises fifth-graders in the fine art of rolling hose.

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A perfect fit!

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Carrying an air tank like a boss!

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I’ll grow into this, I promise!

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Good thing the suspenders keep the pants from falling down.

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Um, I don’t think it’s supposed to look like that.

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Let me help you put the eye visors down.

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Am totally going to wear one of these when I grow up!

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Firefighter/medic Case Byle hanging out with the kiddos.

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Getting some love!




LDFR Fire-Safety Expo 2014

Several hundred people and representatives from dozens of organizations made our inaugural Fire-Safety Expo a resounding success! Held on Sept. 6, in the Target parking lot in Silverthorne, the event featured demonstrations, interactive displays, contests, kids’ activities and free hotdogs! Check out some of the images below, and thank our supporters and sponsors, listed at the end!

The side-by-side demonstration of how quickly fire spreads in a room without a sprinkler compared with a room with one was a real spectacle.

The side-by-side demonstration of how quickly fire spreads in a room without a sprinkler compared with a room with one was a real spectacle.

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Lt. Kevin Skaer guides a new firefighter recruit through the paces.

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Zach Lynch of the Summit Fire Authority teaches a youngster how to perform hands-only CPR.

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LDFR Fire Inspector Dave Coulter informs Sparky that he is too tall for that ride, the smoke trailer.

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The bouncy house, provided by Time to Party, was, as always, a huge smash.

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LDFR Firefighter/medic August Guettlein plays with fire.

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Firefighter Andrew Segura teaches the proper use of a fire extinguisher.

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The Summit County Rescue Group and the Summit County Water Rescue Team both showed off some cool stuff.

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Sparky makes new friends and gets reacquainted with old ones, including LDFR Firefighter Rob Swier.

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Dad, I’m ready for some Class V rapids!

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The guys from Meadow Creek Tire teamed up with the Summit County Ambulance Service to provide free tire checks.

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The Colorado State Patrol’s seat-belt convincer always provides a fun but dramatic reminder of how much impact even a low-speed crash has. Always wear your seat belts!

 

LDFR wants to thank the Dillon Dam Brewery, Old Chicago, the Sunshine Café, Murphy’s Food and Bar, Jimmy John’s and the American Red Cross for their generous prize-drawing donations, and to Arapahoe Basin and Keystone-Vail Resorts for contributing the grand prizes of season ski passes.

 

Special thanks also go to the dozens of organizations and their representatives who participated and made it such a fun, informative, interactive and well-attended event, including: Jody Acres, Mike Acres, Deb Myers, Mike Kelly and Mary Kay Kelly of the American Red Cross; Rob McClure of CBS-News 4; Claudia Owen, Trooper Greg Manning and Trooper Eddie McLaren-Rose of the Colorado State Patrol; Chief Tony Tucker and firefighters Ken Wilkinson and Annie Sperandio of the Kremmling Fire Department; Bruce Phegley and Gary Bergman of Meadow Creek Tire; Kevin Michalak and Scott Brooks of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control; Dan Akers and Sue Hobrach of Service Monkey; Chief Mark Hanschmidt and Officer Rob Coker of the Silverthorne Police Department; Jim Gault, John Manning, Matt Lolley, Donna Lenard and Veronica Lozano of State Farm Insurance; Maureen Bradley, Phil McFall and Jim Levi of Summit County Ambulance; Don Bantam and Dan Hendershott of the Summit County Building Department; Julie Lawless, Sarah Mumford and Inger McDonald of Summit County Communications; Rob Sollenberger, Jodi Fairbanks, Shari Topping, Andrea Reller, Mitch Painovich and Rich Miller of the Summit County Rescue Group; Drew Fontana and Jody Patrizio of the Summit County Water Rescue Team; Matthew Howard of the Summit County Wildfire Council; Zach Lynch of the Summit Fire Authority; Nicole Johnson and Amber Flenniken of the Summit Medical Center; Heather Pearcy, Jean Sullivan and Dave Sullivan of Summit Systems; Luke Gardner, Shawna Dietz and Matt Brown at Target; Matt Kugler at Time to Party bounce houses; and Ramon Martinez of Tri-County Fire Extinguisher.

 

Additionally, thanks go out to Scott Pribble and the Arvada Fire Department; Julie Sutor of the Summit County Commissioner’s office; Scott Wilson and Cameez; Steve Allie and Colorado Tents and Events; the Dillon Community Church; Red, White & Blue Fire; Roman Moore and KYSL radio; and the Summit Daily News for their support of this effort.

 

We apologize if we inadvertently have omitted anyone who participated in the event organization, and any oversight is regrettable.




Fake smoke, real training

Crews from Lake Dillon Fire, Copper Mountain Fire and Red, White & Blue Fire on 23 June 2014 participated in wildfire training in the Gold Hill neighborhood between Breckenridge and Frisco, the first of three days (all three shifts) in three parts of Summit County.

 

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