PALMER LAKE, Colo. — After strong opposition from a group of concerned community members, the town council of Palmer Lake has abandoned a plan to close its volunteer fire department.
An earlier proposal involved the closure of the fire department in favor of an intergovernmental agreement between the Tri Lakes Monument Fire Protection District and the Town of Palmer lake for fire protection and emergency medical services.
The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department responds to more than 400 calls annually, according to Shana Ball, former fire chief for Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department and currently on the fire committee. Ball adds some of those calls are mutual aid calls to other districts.
After a public meeting Wednesday night, the Town of Palmer Lake Facebook page posted:
Last night our Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department was saved from being closed down. We have such a legacy here in Palmer Lake; indeed a very special place to live. There is such gratitude to be able to live in such an endearing little town nestled against the Rocky Mountains. Coming home to “The Bright Star of Palmer Lake”; it is always a beacon in the winter and now summer.
According to the Palmer Lake Fire Department website, the department is currently staffed by three fire officials, five career staff members, and 17 volunteers.
“They just do a lot of community things. Anytime there’s a race, anytime somebody has a fundraiser, our fire department makes sure there’s a crew available to cover that, so that everything goes smoothly and safely. It’s phenomenal, you don’t get that from other large cities, only here in Palmer Lake,” Ball said.