Frequently Asked Questions

What hours do WSFR personnel work?

WSFR has 3 shifts- “Battalions” (A, B, and C). Full time career Firefighter/EMTs are assigned to one of the three battalions which are scheduled 48 hours-on and 96 hours-off.  Part-time and volunteer members work from 12 to 48 hours depending upon the needs and their availability.  Although the hours are long,  this type of schedule is the most economical method of maintaining a constant level of service and requires fewer personnel than shorter shifts.  Other staff such as administrative, life safety, and support work a typical 40 hour work week.

How many firefighters and rescue personnel are on duty each day?

WSFR has between 12-20 personnel on duty each day. Each first due Type 1 Rescue / Pumper has a minimum staffing of 3 Firefighter/EMTs, and may staff up to 4 personnel on these engines. We also staff our Advanced Life Support ambulance with a minimum of an EMT and Paramedic through a contract with Poudre Valley Hospital EMS. Additionally we have a Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, Operations Chief, EMS Chief, Fire Chief, and support staff who respond if needed. We have a system in place to quickly recall career and volunteer members for large incidents requiring additional resources.

How many Fire / Rescue Stations does WSFR Operate?

We have 3 stations that are staffed 24 / 7. Station 1 is at 100 N. 7th St. Windsor. Station 1 is our headquarters and houses Engine 1, a fully staffed first due Type 1 Rescue / Pumper; an Advanced Life Support Ambulance always staffed with at least one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician; a Battalion Chief; and other important apparatus such as a Heavy Rescue, Ladder Truck, Brush 1, Rescue Boat, Water Tender 1, and reserve equipment. Station 1 also houses our administrative offices as well as a large classroom facility for trainings and meetings.

Station 2 is located at 9 Timber Ridge Parkway in Severance. This houses Engine 2, a fully staffed first due Type 1 Rescue / Pumper, Brush 2 and Water Tender 2 to serve areas without hydrants.

Station 3 is located at 7790 REA Parkway in the Larimer County portion of Windsor. This station houses Engine 3, a fully staffed first due Type 1 Rescue / Pumper and Brush 3.

Each of our stations is designed to house extra equipment, gear, support equipment, training / conference room, and the technology necessary to link our firefighters to local and regional training and IT infrastructure. All stations have meeting rooms that may be rented to the public for meetings.

Depending on the call type firefighters will take different types of apparatus along with the primary “tool box” their Type 1 Rescue / Pumper.

Is WSFR a Paid / Career or Volunteer organization?

We are both; we are a combination agency that enjoys the best of both worlds. Our career staff is highly trained, dedicated, and hold multiple credentials in the Fire / Rescue Service. Our volunteers are members of our region who serve for a variety of reasons, and all have successfully passed our rigorous Fire Academy and are certified at the Colorado Firefighter I, and most are EMTs and hold additional certifications and qualifications.

What type of governmental agency is WSFR?

Our official name is Windsor Severance Fire Protection District, which is an independent Colorado Title 32 Special District, a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado formed to provide necessary public services.  As such, we are governed by a five member elected Board of Directors.  Our district covers approximately 100 square miles and includes the Towns of Windsor and Severance. In 2011 we elected to operate by our dba name Windsor Severance Fire Rescue (WSFR) which more closely reflects our array of Fire and Rescue services.

Why do firefighters and Paramedics take an engine or ambulance to the grocery store?

Our crews work 48-hour shifts they are expected to remain together in readiness to respond that entire time. They get no “breaks” where they are not expected to respond within seconds. In 2015 WSFR Crews will respond to over 2300 calls for service.

Each 48-hour tour crewmembers pool their own money to buy groceries for the tour of duty. To stay in constant readiness, crews go everywhere together; this is how they are trained, and how they operate when they are called upon for an emergency. Each crew typically will make a quick trip to the store to stock up once per tour, and they are always ready to respond. Occasionally WSFR crews will go to a restaurant if they have not had time to prepare a meal at the station.

Are outdoor fire pits allowed in Windsor and Severance?

Outdoor recreational burning is allowed at single family dwellings only when contained within manufactured, portable outdoor fire pit; outside fireplace; or in a chiminea. All wood burning appliances shall include a screen or spark arrestor design feature. A permit is not required for these devices. The length of burn time of the fire must be reasonable so as not to disturb neighbors. Operators shall not allow the fire to produce noxious smoke. The burning of rubbish, trash, construction materials, yard debris, leaves, or recyclable materials is strictly prohibited. Only clean, dry wood may be burned. A responsible, non-impaired adult shall be present and monitor the burning until the fire is extinguished (i.e. out cold) and provide a means for rapid fire extinguishment such as a portable fire extinguisher, water from a garden hose, or a shovel and dirt or sand. Outdoor wood burning appliances shall be maintained in good repair at all times and situated on cleared, level ground so that the appliance cannot tip over.

For the full regulation please see our policy that is located at Recreational Burning Policy