Fire Safety in our Community



Fire Extinguishers Can Save Lives!

One of the most important tools to have on hand in your home or business is a fire extinguisher! 

Fire Extinguisher

The Cortez Fire Protection District provides fire extinguisher training to community groups and companies.  For more information or to schedule a fire extinguisher training session, please contact Matt Shethar at or at (970) 565-3157.


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The National Fire Protection Association has provided a few statistics regarding Smoke Alarms/Detectors in homes.

**  Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
**  More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present
**  The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms


Smoke Detectors 

Smoke Detectors

These detectors should be placed in every level of your home, on the ceilings inside and outside sleeping areas, and in the basement. These alarms should be interconnected: when one sounds, they all sound.

CFPD received a Smoke Detector Grant from State Farm in 2019!  This grant helps CFPD keep our community members safe!


Carbon Monoxide Detectors  

CO Monitor

These detectors are in an “invisible killer” because it is colorless, odorless, and is a poisonous gas.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning.  Faulty, improperly-used, and incorrectly-vented fuel appliances in homes can produce the carbon monoxide gas without residents knowing it is happening.

Install CO detectors in a central location outside sleeping areas of your home.


At CFPD, we encourage all of our community members to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide Detectors installed in every home. 
Contact Jesse Borden at or at (970) 565-3157 for more information!



Links to articles from baron and home preparedness

We received some excellent, helpful information from LouAnne, a librarian, who provided us with a great link to create a disaster supply kit for your home.  Thank you LouAnne for your help in your community for Fire Safety and sharing the information with us!

Click on the following link to create your own emergency preparedness kit!


A student in the Cortez Community named Kylie has found an article about fire safety and security for homes and wants to share this with everyone.  Thank you Kylie for your help with spreading the news on fire safety for our community!

Here is the link to the article with Security Baron!