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Littleton Fire Protection District provides notice that it will leave fire partnership

Post Date:11/17/2017 5:35 p.m.

Littleton City Manager Mark Relph received notice today that the governing board of the Littleton Fire Protection District (LFPD) will terminate its agreement with the City of Littleton and the Highlands Ranch Metro District effective January 1, 2019. According to a November 16 LFPD press release, “The governing Boards for Littleton Fire Protection District and South Metro Fire Rescue Fire Protection District have voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding to create a consolidated fire protection district that will serve all the citizens and property in their respective service areas.”

“I’m not surprised the Littleton Fire Protection District has decided to leave the longstanding partnership between the City of Littleton and the Highlands Ranch Metro District,” Relph said. “We’ve been in discussion with our partners for more than a year to consider options that provide the best possible fire and emergency medical service to our citizens in the most cost-effective manner and we will continue to do so,” Relph added. “Our staff will do our best to ensure as smooth a transition as possible,” Relph added.

Plans are already underway to merge Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) dispatch services with South Metro Fire Rescue’s MetCom, effective January 1, 2018 following city council approval of a four-year Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on October 17. This agreement covers only dispatch services for LFR. It is not an agreement to consolidate the fire departments.

The Littleton City Council, the LFPD and the Highlands Ranch Metro District boards have discussed service delivery options since August of 2016. The city council, at its November 28 study session, will discuss how future fire and emergency medical services will be evaluated. The council and its fire partners will meet November 30 at the Littleton Museum to discuss next steps.

The LFPD is generally located east and west of the Littleton city limits. It owns stations 13, 14, 15 and one-third of station 16. The Littleton Volunteer Fire Department began in 1890. The initial partnership with Littleton Fire Rescue began in 1948 with the Highlands Ranch Metro District joining in 1979.

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