Unification History

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Plans for unification with South Metro Fire Rescue began near the end of 2017 when LFR’s partners, the Littleton Fire Protection District and Highlands Ranch Metro District, announced plans to join South Metro Fire Rescue starting in January 1, 2019. The announcement spurred further analysis and negotiations to determine how to best provide high-quality, financially sustainable fire protection services to Littleton residents.

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The formal dissolution of the fire partnership revealed that LFR cannot financially operate as a standalone department with at least the same level of service enjoyed for the past several decades. Besides being cost prohibitive, LFR is not equipped to independently provide adequate response times or standard levels of service. 

Careful consideration of several partnership options shows that unification with South Metro Fire Rescue provides the highest level of service for the lowest cost. The new boundaries that formed when the partners joined South Metro Fire Rescue created shared borders between the city and South Metro Fire Rescue allowing for more efficient service.


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