Littleton Fire Protection District – History
The Littleton Fire Protection District (LFPD) is a special district under Colorado law and is an independent government agency which is allowed to tax real estate for purposes of providing fire protection. The boundaries of the District surround Littleton on three sides: Wadsworth on the west, Chatfield Avenue on the south and Holly Street on the east, approximately thirty square miles. (see map)
The District is managed by a five-member board, elected at large in the District, as required by Colorado law. Each member is elected to a four year staggered term, with officers of the board being elected by the board members. As elected representatives of District residents, the District Board exercises the powers invested in them by law; they set mill levy rates for fire protection, invest funds, develop an annual budget, enter into contracts, adopt fire codes, and perform other functions necessary to provide fire protection. The District hired a District Adminstrator in 2010 to handle administrative duties. (see board)
The District mill levy is 7.678 mills to provide fire and paramedic services to the area. Since formation in 1948, the District has contracted with the City of Littleton (City) on a formula basis for all fire and paramedic services. Costs for the services are determined on assessed valuation and number of emergency responses. This enables one fire department to function at a fraction of the cost of two departments.
An abbreviated dateline for the history of the District:
The District was formed. The City of Littleton and the Littleton Fire Protection District operate as one department.
Centennial in Arapahoe County. The station is know as Fighting 15. Station 15 covers a mixed area of residential, commercial and retail, including the Streets of Southglenn and several miles of C-470. In addition Station 15 responds as backup within the Littleton Fire Protection District, The City of Littleton, and Highlands Ranch Metro District as needed.
Chatfield State Park. In addition Station 13 responds as backup within the Littleton Fire Protection District, The City of Littleton, and Highlands Ranch Metro District as needed.