Berthoud Fire’s Guiding Principles:
TO SERVE, TO CARE, TO SUPPORT
Our vision is to serve the community with compassion, professionalism, and selfless service. We inspire others by our leadership and participate with partnering agencies to create an environment of excellence through continuous improvement. We aspire to meet the ever-changing needs of a dynamic community by embracing tradition, innovation, and being sound stewards of the public trust and resources.
Integrity: We stand undivided in promoting harmony and maintaining high ethical standards which include honesty, faith, compassion, loyalty, duty and forgiveness
Innovation: We encourage and support creative ideas which improve our services.
Traditions: We respect the transcendent wisdom and time honored practices which have set the foundation for our community and our profession.
Stewardship: We are vigilant in upholding the trust of the community, caring for their safety, and honorably managing their public resources.
Professionalism: We take pride in our proficiency, maturity, leadership and accountability to our mission.
People: We respect all people and care about their safety and well being regardless of status, origin, or personal beliefs
Berthoud Fire’s History:
The Berthoud Fire Protection District , a Special District under C.R.S. Title 32, Colorado Revised Statutes, celebrated 125 years of service to the Berthoud community in 2013; from hose carts pulled by volunteer firefighters to fire apparatus of the 21st Century driven and operated by career and reserve firefighters. The Berthoud Hose Company No. 1 was hastily formed to protect the Town of Berthoud from fire following the devastating fire that destroyed the Davis & Hartford Mercantile. In the early years of fire protection within the Town of Berthoud, fire apparatus responded from a fire station shared with the Town of Berthoud in the 600 block of 4th Street. That building was later used for fire training following the opening of a new fire station in the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue. Over the years the Berthoud Volunteer Fire Department evolved, on June 19, 1950 the Berthoud Fire Protection District was established by order and decree of the Larimer County District Court.
In the early 1960’s the District’s fire station on Massachusetts Avenue was vacated; fire apparatus were relocated to a new fire station in the 200 block of Mountain Avenue. The District has called Station 1, located at 275 Mountain Avenue, its home for more than 40 years. In 1990, following the approval of a bond by the tax payers of the District, Fire Station 1 was expanded and the Berthoud Area Community Center was built.
Following the completion of a “strategic Plan” in 1998, the District received approval of a bond to construct a second fire station located at 4014 West County Road 8, west of the Town of Berthoud. With the completion of Fire Station 2, the purchase of necessary fire apparatus and the hiring of additional career firefighters; emergency services throughout the District were improved, response times were lowered, and additional firefighters were immediately available to respond from either station
Prior to the remodel of Fire Station 1, the construction of Fire Station 2, the purchase of fire apparatus and the hiring of additional career firefighters the Districts Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) was
5 / 9/ 10. Following the remodel of Fire Station 1, the construction of Fire Station 2, the purchase of necessary fire apparatus and the addition of career firefighters the District’s ISO / PPC was lowered to a Public Protection Classification 3 for all properties within 5 driving miles of either fire station, saving property owners thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.
The ISO Rating is now a class 2.
Berthoud Fire has maintained its innovation, selflessness, and high level of service for 130 years.