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Chief Welsch

Foreman Collin Powers swears in Chief Welsch as of 4/15/2014.

Paul Welsch served as Deputy Chief of the Crystal Park Volunteer Fire Department for over 7 years as he and Chief John Hennessey worked to create a trained and effective fire department for Crystal Park.  Chief John Hennessey and EMT/FF Susi Hennessey are moving to Utah, and Hennessey decided to step down as Chief prior to their move.  Both remain as active members of the fire department until their departure.

The members of the CPFD gave Chief Hennessey a standing ovation for all the work he has put into making this department a success; and welcomed Chief Welsch with appreciation and respect for the commitment and leadership he brings to his new job.


If you registered for the Emergency Notification System prior to July 2013, we are asking you to create a new account by selecting “sign up” at the top of this page:

We have changed the vendor that we use to make Emergency Notifications.  You will need to create a new account to allow you the ability to log in and keep your information up to date. If you are able to login in using your existing username and password no further action is needed. If you get an error message indicating your email or password is invalid, press the sign up button and create a new account.

The El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority provides an Emergency Notification System (commonly referred to as Reverse 911) to notify you of emergency situations that are a threat to life or property, or situations that are deemed dangerous by public safety officials.

The new system allows you to register up to 5 different locations (work, home, school, etc). You can now register up to 8 points of contact per person (landline, cell phone, sms text, email, etc.), and select the order in which you would like the devices notified.  When creating a new account, please register as an individual and not as a household.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more.

It is important to note that during an emergency you should use as many forms of communication as possible to stay informed. Stay tuned to news broadcasts, radio stations, social media websites, weather radios, etc. Do not put your safety at risk waiting for a phone call/notification to be told what to do. If at any time you feel that you are in danger you should take whatever action you feel is necessary to get yourself to safety.

Saturday March 22, Evening

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Snowy weather meant traffic accidents on Highway 24,
causing MSFD to request assistance from CPFD. 


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On March 22, just after midnight, the Crystal Park Fire Department received a page for a traffic accident on Crystal Park Rd. in the lower Park.  The driver, not a Crystal Park resident, had run off the road.  The car was prevented from rolling over by a guy wire for a utility pole.  Manitou Springs Fire responded with police agencies, determined there were no injuries and departed after turning the scene over to Crystal Park Fire.  It took two Colorado Springs Utilities trucks (one a pole-setting crane truck) and two tow trucks to get the car extracted without damage to the pole and without rolling the car.  Three personnel from CP Fire were on scene until the call was terminated, about 5:30 AM.  The two occupants of the car were extremely lucky.


Over the past several years, wildfire seasons have increased in both duration and intensity. Very recent history in El Paso County and all along Colorado's Front Range provides far too many examples of what fire can do to homes in wildland areas such as Crystal Park.  Community-wide wildfire mitigation efforts in Crystal Park, or any community as a whole, are conducted on a relatively large scale and may not necessarily be effective in protecting individual homes.

Individual homeowner action is the key to reducing a home's risk of ignition
Reacting to fire is less effective than preparing for fire.  Your home's last line of defense is the home site itself, and it should be the first prepared. 

There is no practical way to make your home 100% fire proof, but the risks can be significantly reduced.  Years of scientific research and post-fire investigations have repeatedly shown that the structure of a home and its surrounding landscape characteristics are among the most important factors in determining whether a house burns.   Many Crystal Park members have already taken major steps toward mitigating fire hazards on their property, but, for a variety of reasons, many others have not.  If you have not completed fire mitigation measures around your home, the HOA, Metro District and Fire Department strongly encourage you to take advantage of readily available information and expertise, and take meaningful action to increase the survivability of your home.

Here are some of the resources available:

  • CPVFD members have volunteered to perform individual Firewise home assessments and provide specific recommendations for increasing your home's defensibility. To discuss/schedule a no-cost assessment, contact Eric Julian, ejjulian@hotmail.com

  • The Firewise home page available via this link provides information on preparing defensible space and many more fire preparedness topics.

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