Established: April 2002
Mission Statement: To provide quality rehabilitation services along with a safe and secure resting area for all emergency response personnel throughout the Pikes Peak area for extended emergency situations. The Rehab Services is defined as: "providing for the physical and personal needs of the individuals who respond to emergency situations. This includes providing food and fluid replenishment, rest for worn out emergency personnel, medical evaluations, and emotional support." The Fire Rehab Service is structured to be a rapid or quick response service team for emergency situations considered to be long in duration - three hours or more - and the Fire Rehab Service is able to support multi-day events as well. Early notification is critical in the service team's ability to properly fulfill their mission. Travel distance and time will affect response and arrival time.
Rehab Services: Fire Rehab strives to provide the highest level of quality services possible to any fire, rescue, law enforcement, medical, wildland, and HAZMAT agencies throughout the Pikes Peak Region. NFPA Standard 1584 is the cornerstone document driving the Rehab Services. Services which are typically requested and provided include the following:
In addition to the noted services provided for emergency situations, Rehab is also available to support special training situations, public relation events, stand-by's, fire department open house events, and most any other event on a pre-scheduled basis.
Dispatch Information: Fire Rehab can be requested and dispatched by Alpha Page by contacting the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center. Basic information needed when requesting Fire Rehab includes location as to where to report, requesting agency, type of situation, approximate number of people to be served, and when available, whether a prepared meal is to be anticipated or not. Sometimes this information is not always immediately known. Fire Rehab would rather have an early notification, response, and deal with details once their presence has been established than to cause a delay in providing critical services.
Response Policies: The Pikes Peak Firefighters Association has established the following response and staffing policies:
Financing: The Pikes Peak regional Rehab Services has addressed the ongoing need to operate in a financially responsible manner. Rehab Services receives no direct tax money for any portion of its operations or services. In an effort to make Rehab Services both available and fair to all emergency response agencies, the following sources of income have been pursued:
Fire Rehab does not want finances to be a deterrent to requesting services. However, services might not be available if adequate finances are not secured and handled in an equitable manner. Fire Rehab is willing to explore other avenues of funding and creative alternatives to offset expenses. The Pikes Peak Firefighters Association is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation and all contributions may be considered tax exempt.
For additional information or clarification, please contact Jim Hatfield, Fire Rehab Manager, at (719) 598-3454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James E. Hatfield
1160 Montezuma Road
Colorado Springs, Co 80920