Rico Fire Protection District Buys Lots Adjacent to Fire Station

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Parcels south of Rico Fire Station, including pink house, recently purchased by Rico Fire Protection District. Ore Cart photo.

 Rico Fire Protection District

Regular Monthly Meeting

April 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM - via Internet


Directors present

Tyler Lapp (Chairman)

Gregg Anderson

Mary Hagan

Susan Robertson

Stacy Sheridan


RFPD Staff present

Todd Jones - Chief

David Kunz - Administrator 


The Rico Fire Protection District has completed purchase of 2-1/2 lots adjacent to the Rico Fire Station. RFPD directors considered the purchase at the District's March 11, 2020 meeting.

According to an RFPD statement, the purchase price was $60,000. The Seller contributed $10,000 "in kind," resulting in a net cost to the District of less than $51,000 with fees. RFPD funded the purchase from general funds cash reserves.

The District intends to remove the existing structure.

Recent "runs" include ski avalanche rescue

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Rico Fire Department participates in a backcountry skier rescue. Skier was injured in an avalanche on Telescope Mountain - March 31, 2020. Rico Fire Protection District photo.

The Fire Department conducted four "runs" since the previous monthly Directors meeting:

  • backcountry ski avalanche rescue March 31 on Telescope Mountain.  Photos of the rescue may be seen at the RFPD Facebook page April 1, 2020 post.
  • two single-vehicle vehicle accidents with no injuries.

wildland fire response in the lower West Fork at Montezuma County Road 38.

July Fourth activities uncertain

RFPD staff advised Directors that the Fourth of July events draft schedule requires no changes at this time. However, the annual community celebration is subject to any public health order which may be in effect in the first week of July. Possible dry Spring-season weather may cause fireworks restrictions to be issued. For these reasons, fireworks purchase will be postponed.