The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) protects the life and property of approximately 16,000 residents and 20,000 commuters in a 300-square-mile area of central Colorado. This response area includes the towns of Carbondale, Colorado in Garfield County, Redstone in Pitkin County and Marble in Gunnison County.

Founded in 1953, the department has 26 career personnel and 35 volunteer personnel who respond from five fire stations to provide fire and medical services to the community. The department has 21 apparatus including one ladder truck, one aerial engine, six engines, five water tenders, two wildland fire units, two rescue units and four medic units.

With a strong emphasis on community and customer service, the fire district relentlessly pursues its vision to provide the best quality emergency and prevention services to our community.

A full service, “all-hazards” organization, CRFPD provides fire prevention/inspection services, fire suppression (structural, wildland, and vehicle), advanced life support emergency medical services (paramedic ambulance transportation), public and risk reduction education, hazardous materials response, and technical rescue (high angle and swift water rescue) services. In 2018, the Fire Department responded to over 1200 calls for service, and the staff and volunteers logged approximately 6000 hours of training.