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Hal Doughty


A Letter from Chief Doughty

Durango Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, emergency medical response and transport, rescue services, and hazardous material response across approximately 325 square miles of La Plata County, Colorado. Our response district runs 58 miles along the US 550 corridor from the New Mexico state line north into San Juan County, Colorado, near the peak of Coal Bank Pass. Our western boundary is just beyond the Durango West subdivision heading toward Hesperus on Highway 160 west, and our eastern border is in the Florida River Valley just east of the river along Highway 160 east.

In 2015, Durango Fire Rescue responded to 4831 calls including a vast array of medical emergencies, structure fires, vehicle accidents, water rescues, hazardous materials spills, automatic fire alarms, wildland fires, and technical rescues and searches. Our organization provides these services through the work of 160 dedicated members, comprised of volunteer firefighters and medics, full-time firefighters and medics, part time and contractual employees, and an administrative staff; all who are focused on providing the quickest, most effective, and best service for our community.

In addition to emergency call response, our fire prevention bureau provides many services for the community. Our members interact with thousands of La Plata County citizens from the very young to the elderly, and everyone in between through programs and services such as: code enforcement, inspections, plan reviews for construction, fire alarm and fire suppression system inspections, burn permits, and community education and fire prevention. Our goals are simple: provide high quality public safety and community service, to improve the quality of life in our community and help make it a safer place to live.

In my position as the Fire Chief, I am one of the most fortunate people in the world. You see, I get to work each day with a group of the most dedicated and committed people I have ever been exposed too. 160 individuals, many of whom don’t even get paid, who believe what you do: that living in our community should be enjoyable, and that if something bad happens there should be people who will come and help, no matter what. Our members work incredibly hard to do just that. They commit countless hours to being ready to answer the next call for help. Our motto is “One Community, One Family, One Department”.

Durango Fire Rescue is here to help, no matter what your need is. We look forward to sharing more about our organization in the future. Until then, we wish you health and safety.

Hal Doughty
Fire Chief – Durango Fire Rescue