Leadership

LESSONS LEARNED: FOUR-ALARM HOUSE FIRE

Issue 7 and Volume 157.

BY EINAR N.U. JENSEN At 2217 hours on January 6, 2004, the Evergreen (CO) Volunteer Fire Department’s (EVFD) 90 volunteer firefighters received a page reporting a “possible structure fire” at 3864 Mountainside Trail. According to the resident, the master bedroom was full of smoke and the wall around the bedroom’s fireplace was bubbling. The EVFD, the operations wing of the Evergreen Fire Protection District, serves an unincorporated yet moderately populated area of 125 square miles in the foothills west of Denver. Most of the homes are owned by middle- and upper-income families, and the house on Mountainside Trail was no exception. The two-story, 8,000-square-foot home was located along the eastern edge of The Overlook at Palo Verde, a gated community south of Stagecoach Boulevard and west of Evergreen Parkway. Although a thick forest intermingles with the subdivision, this fire presented little risk of involving nearby pine trees. As Captain Evan…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now