Welcome to Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District

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The mission of the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District (ICFPD) is to aid in the preservation of life and property. Throughout the year, our volunteers participate and contribute to a myriad of functions related to the public safety of the citizens of the district. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about our organization. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.

The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is located southwest of Denver in the foothills of Colorado. Organized in 1956, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District. With a first due response area of 52 square miles the firefighters of ICFPD respond to an average of 350 calls per year.

With a roster of fifty active firefighters, the department operates fifteen pieces of apparatus at five stations throughout the district.

Apparatus includes 5 engines, 2 brush trucks, 3 water tenders, 3 ambulances, and 2 rescue trucks.

The firefighters, EMTs and paramedics of ICFPD include a team of highly motivated and trained volunteer professionals. Our purpose is to respond for fire suppression, wildland fire, rescue, emergency medical calls and hazardous material emergencies.

Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Appoints First Full-Time Fire Chief

SkipShirlawThe Board of Directors of Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District announced that Maurice “Skip” Shirlaw has been appointed Fire Chief effective January 1, 2016.  Shirlaw currently serves as a Deputy Fire Chief for ICFPD.  The Board of Directors made the appointment during the September 9th meeting of the Board. “My goal is to keep the men and women of our fire department safe and to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of ICFPD,” said Shirlaw.

Shirlaw has a successful career in fire and emergency medical services at ICFPD as a volunteer firefighter, earning a number of promotions and certifications that included Advanced-EMT, Hazardous Materials Operations, State of Colorado Firefighter II, and several wildland fire certifications. Chief Shirlaw’s leadership skills and experience represent a good fit for ICFPD, and the men and women who volunteer to serve the citizens of ICFPD. “ICFPD is fortunate to have him on board as Fire Chief and we all look forward to taking the department to a higher level” said Karl Firor, ICFPD Treasurer.

Shirlaw, a Colorado native, graduated from Colorado State University. Shirlaw was hired as Deputy Chief by ICFPD in 2012, and has been instrumental in guiding ICFPD through major changes in the district.

"Chief Shirlaw has served this district admirably for many years,” stated ICFPD Board President Joe Marcus. “He stepped up to serve the citizens in times of change.  We value his leadership and we agree that he is the best person for the job.”

“The board thanks current Chief Randy Simpson for his service to the district.  Chief Simpson has guided our fire department through some major challenges over the past three years.  He represents a long line of volunteer Inter-Canyon chiefs who have provided excellent leadership and management over our 60 year history” said Board Treasurer Karl Firor.  “The appointment of Skip Shirlaw, a fine product of Inter-Canyon Fire Department, is indicative of our continued trust in our dedicated men and women who serve our district.”

Shirlaw’s duties will include management of the 40 person volunteer staff, response to emergency incidents, fleet management, finance, procuring grant funds and community programs.

ICFPD Proud to Announce Largest Single Donation in Department History

EvelynesMemorialAmbulanceDInter-Canyon Fire Protection District is proud to announce the single largest donation in the department’s history.  The family of Evelyne Nordheim selected ICFPD as the recipient of a $220,500.00 donation for the purchase of an ambulance.  Evelyne Nordheim was a resident of ICFPD for over 50 years prior to her death in 2013.  The new ambulance will be positioned at ICFPD Station Four to serve her friends and neighbors in the Deer Creek Mesa and White Deer Valley neighborhoods and all of the citizens of Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District.

“The new ambulance will replace a 14 year-old vehicle which has served our district well, but is nearing the end of its useful life.” said Chief Randy Simpson.  “The ambulance at station four has become our most frequent responding apparatus and will be a great asset for providing emergency medical services across our district.  The generous donation from Evelyne Nordheim’s estate will allow our volunteer staff to provide the best possible care to our patients.”

The new ambulance will have all of the equipment needed to provide Advanced Life Support emergency medical care:

  • Four wheel drive
  • Multiple radios for communicating with surrounding agencies
  • ECG monitor/defibrillator for patient assessment
  • Medications, supplies and equipment to serve all patients

image1The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District was one of three organizations to receive donations from the estate of Evelyne Nordheim.  The other recipients include the Disabled American Veterans and the Oak Creek, Colorado Fire Department for a building to house their restored original 1938 fire engine.   ICFPD plans to purchase an ambulance, which duplicates the most recent ambulance acquisition.  Standardization will reduce training time and maintenance costs.  Placards recognizing Evelyne Nordheim’s donation will be placed inside and outside the ambulance and on ambulance equipment.

Biographical Information on Evelyne Nordheim Evelyne Jarrell was born on May 4, 1924 in Oak Creek, Colorado.  She grew up in the area and then taught school in a one room school house near Hayden, Colorado where she met Shelby Nordheim who was working as a cowhand on an area ranch.  Shelby served as a Technical Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and saw action in Africa, Italy and France.  Shelby parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and was critically wounded on June 13, 1944 and spent over a year in the hospital recovering from his injuries.  Shelby and Evelyne were married in 1949 and moved to the Denver area where both worked on a ranch in Waterton Canyon.  In late 1950 Evelyne and Shelby moved to Denver and Shelby attended Barber College, opening a shop in the downtown YMCA. 

Evelyne took a job with the Air Force Finance Office working with servicemen on retirement and disability.  In 1957 they built a house in Jefferson County near the future location of Chatfield Reservoir.  The Army Corps of Engineers condemned the area for a flood control reservoir in 1968 and the Nordheims were able to purchase their house and moved it to its current location on Buckhorn Road near Deer Creek Canyon Park where they lived the rest of their lives.  Shelby passed away in 2001 and Evelyne lived in the house until her death in May 2013.  The Nordheim's did not have any children. Evelyne is survived by her two brothers, Alvin E. Jarrell of Granby, Colorado and Howard C. Jarrell of Grand Junction, Colorado

The volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics of Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District provide fire suppression, wildland fire response and Emergency Medical Services to approximately 10,000 residents in a 52 square-mile area of the foothills of Jefferson County.  We would like to thank the family of the Nordheims for this incredible gift.