Kiowa Fire Protection District covers a 324 square mile area of north central Elbert County and is comprised of approximately 95% undeveloped land, 4% residential properties, and 1% commercial properties. The district runs to the the county line at County Road 194 on the North. The Eastern boundary is bordered by County Road 125, the Southern boundary is County Road 94, and the Western boundary is County Road 33.
Kiowa Fire Protection District has a population of approximately 3000 permanent residence with about two thirds of the population commuting out of county for work. The district is mainly comprised of rural agricultural lands with low density mixed value housing on lots ranging from three up to 35 acres. While the fire district is primary rural, it also encompasses a small downtown area of about half a square mile which includes single and multi-story commercial structures, small residential structures, a mobile home park, the Elbert County Justice Center, the Elbert County Administrative Building and the Elbert County Fairgrounds. It is anticipated that Elbert County will experience an annual growth of about 3.63% or an overall growth rate of 191.1% from 2000-2030. This is expected to exceed the growth rate of neighbor Douglas County.
Kiowa Fire District is covered by two fire stations. Station 221 is located at 403 County Road 45 in downtown Kiowa and Station 222 is located off of County Road 53 approximately 1.5 miles North of County Road 166. Additionally the Fire District maintains the Training Center just East of the Town of Kiowa on Highway 86!
2022 brought a record number of calls for service (535) and growth continues to fuel the need for these service calls. Call volume increased 11% from 2021 and the trend of 10-15% increase each year, for the last decade, continued with the year 2022.
We are committed to provide quality service, organizational success, and individual excellence by each one of our members.
The mission we have set for our organization is to provide the highest level of life and property safety through the extension of Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Response and Public Education consistent with the prudent utilization of funds and community resources.
In addition to our ability to respond under all conditions, we are actively engaged in the community with Fire and Life Safety as one of our primary goals. The KFPD provides residents and businesses with a full range of programs and services, such as Community CPR, annual business inspections and annual fire hydrant testing. It is our goal to ensure all members of our community that their quality of life is safe and secure. Fire prevention is one of the keys to a safe community. The KFPD continues to implement a Public Education campaign encouraging the proper use of fireplaces, heaters, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.
Our volunteer membership is what makes our department so special. Over 25 volunteers, hundreds of hours of training, thousands of hours in shift work, state of the art equipment, and that “hometown” neighbor-helping-neighbor mindset is what we call our recipe for success. If you are interested in volunteering or supporting KFPD, we’d like to hear from you. You may contact us at 303-621-2233 visit www.kiowafire.org or visit our Fire Station # 1 in the Town of Kiowa, Colorado.