The City of Thornton maintains a full-service Fire Department with six 24-hour fire stations. Each fire response crew consists of a station officer, firefighter/engineer, and firefighter/paramedic. The department also oversees the City's fire safety issues, provides ambulance service, and carries on education and training around a whole spectrum of public safety issues.
The City of Thornton Fire Department mitigates the public safety needs of the community by providing services quickly, competently, and compassionately.
The Fire Department is responsible for mitigating emergencies and providing fire and safety education to the community. The Department is comprised of five Divisions: Operations, Prevention, Support Services, Ambulance Services and Administration. Services provided by these Divisions include: responding to and managing requests for emergency services, including fire, medical treatment and transport; hazardous materials and technical rescue; fire investigations; performing building inspections and pre-plans; interpreting and enforcing the International Fire Code; developing and administering a rigorous training program; educating the public in fire prevention and community safety through community outreach events; planning and directing the Department’s operations, resources and development; and performing emergency management planning.
The Fire Operations division is responsible for handling all emergencies within the City of Thornton. The basic work unit of fire operations is the engine company. In 2017, we responded to 277 fires. The staffing on an engine company is a minimum of three personnel – one company officer, one driver/operator, and one firefighter/paramedic. The primary services delivered by the fire operations division are:
- Fire Suppression
- Emergency Medical Services
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Technical Rescue
- Public Education
- Fire Prevention
- Fire and Arson Investigation
- Community Service Activities
Fire Prevention Division
The Fire Prevention Division is administered by the Fire Marshal. Her staff includes three Fire Protection Engineers who perform many tasks, including the technical review and approval of construction, development, and fire protection system plans. Fire alarm system, fire sprinkler system, building construction, site utility, and various other plans are reviewed to ensure that buildings have adequate access roads, sufficient water supplies and fire hydrants, and correctly designed fire protection systems. The Prevention staff also performs various inspections to ensure the correct installation and maintenance of fire protection systems, and to verify compliance with all permit applications.
Ambulance Services Division
The Thornton Fire Department partners with Good Samaritan Medical Center in order to provide training, quality assurance and medical oversight of the level of care delivered to the citizens. In 2017, Thornton Fire Department responded to 7,420 emergency medical/rescue calls.
The Thornton Fire Department began as a volunteer department in the 1950’s.
The volunteers took turns keeping the 1924 American LaFrance fire truck at their
homes until the community had facilities to store it. The phone company also
set-up a special telephone system so every time an emergency call was placed, it
would ring at all the firemen’s homes, they would listen for the address and
then would meet at the fire.
In 1994, the Thornton Fire Department and the West Adams County Fire
Protection District merged to form the North Metro Fire Rescue District and
covered the cities of Thornton, Broomfield and Northglenn. This District was in
force until December 31, 1999, when it was decided to de-merge the two. The
Thornton Fire Department was then re-created on January 1, 2000.
In August 2018, the sixth station was opened. Fossil Ridge Public Safety Center also serves as a sub-station for the Thornton Police Department.
Thornton's Fire Department now consists of 138 full-time employees and
operates six 24-hour fire stations.