Ronda Scholting

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Protecting Your Pets: Have A Plan

An estimated 360,000 residential house fires occur in the U.S. every year, claiming the lives of nearly 40,000 beloved pets. And 1,000 of those fires are unintentionally started by the pets themselves. Prevention is an important part of fire safety, and so is having an escape plan to keep your family and your pet(s) safe

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Snowmelt Season Means Potentially Dangerous Runoff

Warmer than normal temperatures this year have set off Colorado’s annual snowmelt a few weeks early. And, because of that, federal data is forecasting statewide streamflow to be 86 percent of average for the 2022 season. Even so, Colorado’s creeks and rivers will see rising water levels with fast moving, icy currents that could pose

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Marshall Fire Shows Importance Of Home Wildfire Mitigation

Driven by hurricane force winds, the Marshall Fire in Boulder County late December was an unstoppable force. What began as a small fire spread through neighborhoods and commercial areas, destroying more than a thousand structures, and damaging more than a hundred. At any one time, dozens of fires were burning, ignited by embers that found

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‘Tis The Season For House Fires: How To Stay Safe

It’s the time of year for festive celebrations, filled with family and friends, home-cooked meals and sparkling lights. It’s also the time of year that West Metro Fire Rescue sees an increase in fires ignited by cooking, space heaters and candles.  Even a small fire can cause thousands of dollars of damage, not to mention

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Wheat Ridge

Nation’s Firefighting Resources Stretched Thin, West Metro Crews Pitch In

After a record-setting wildfire season in Colorado in 2020, this year is proving to be just as challenging for many western states. California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana have seen more than 100 fires since the beginning of summer. More than 2.2 million acres have burned, and more than 1,200 structures have been lost. According

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West Metro Firefighter/Paramedic Dennis Hollister holds a baby he delivered along with the mother
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Medics Deliver Baby In Family’s Front Yard

The Reilly family’s plan was simple. When it was time, mom and dad would head to the hospital for the birth of their second daughter. And when Maggie Reilly woke up to contractions shortly after midnight on March 7, she didn’t panic. Instead, she timed them just to make sure before waking up her husband.

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