Foothills Fire Protection District

Address25 sq. mi. from Bear Creek N. to Clear Creek, Hwy 93 W. to Rainbow Hills to the Evergreen Fire Protection District boundary, except for 3.4 sq. mi. boundary of the Genesee Fire Protection District.
QuadEvergreen, 1965 (1979); Morrison, 1965 (1994)
SectionT4S, R70W & R71W
Elevationc. 7000-8500
Source"City & Mountain Views", 'Fire District Management,' April 1994 & Oct. 1996; Lomond, "Mt. Vernon Canyon Past to Present."
Initialdate1998-08-15 00:00:00-06
Latestdate2012-11-28 00:00:00-07
HistoryIn November 1996, landowners of the three districts approved consolidation. All three communities volunteered for bucked brigades and makeshift trucks with garden hoses until the 1950s when the population began to expand rapidly. The first Idledale fire house was built in 1956 and the district was formed in 1960. Idledale's territory was from Bear Creek to U.S. Highway 40 (north of I-70) until 1972 when the Genesee development was "excluded" from within the boundary. Idledale volunteers formed the Highland Rescue Team in the 1960s. HRT became a separate non-profit EMT service for the entire Central Mountains community during the 1980s. Mt. Vernon Country Club was the first planned development in Mt. Vernon Canyon with homeowners volunteering bucket brigades. They formed a special district for one square mile (where homes were built) in 1958. The Lookout Mountain Fire District was formed in 1960 by a core group of dedicated volunteers. The district served the entire area, including non-tax producing Denver mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space. The consolidated Foothills Fire District has mutual aid agreements with Genesee and Evergreen Fire Districts.