The 2013 Colorado flood struck Big Elk Meadows particularly hard. All five of our dams were washed away and the lakes and wetlands are gone. The water distribution system along with the roads, electrical, and phone services need to be rebuilt so that we can return to our homes.

The Volunteer Fire Department of Big Elk is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501c3. We have established an "EMERGENCY RECOVERY" fund to help with the emergency needs of this disaster.
Donations can be made to “VFD of Big Elk” and sent to:
Big Elk VFD
42 Willow Drive
Lyons, Co 80540
donations@bigelkvfd.org

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Thursday Dec 11 - 12:13pm
I don't think this will come as a surprise we all know that radio traffic can be unreliable but its good to remember. All seven of the firefighter portable radios tested by NIST failed to perform properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperature levels encountered in “fully involved” fires, as when all the contents in a room or structure are burning. Four of the handheld radios stopped transmitting, and three experienced significant “signal drift,” rendering the radios unreliable for communication. read the report at http://www.nist.gov/el/fire_research/radios-120914.cfm
Thursday Nov 27 - 12:36pm
Thankful to Deborah Martin Trout for capturing this photo of our fire chief Nelson Renouf and crew responding to a house fire in Pinewood Springs, Colorado, one of our mutual aid communities. No injuries. Fire took entire house down. Stay in touch in case you wish to help the couple who left their house for five minutes to return to devastation.Big Elk VFD shared a photo.
Thursday Nov 27 - 12:34pm
Big Elk VFD commented on a photo.
Thursday Nov 27 - 7:48am
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Thursday Nov 20 - 9:48am
More than a year later, the VFD of Big Elk has endured. Colorado Gives Day is December 9. We hope you'll consider donating to our recovery. Thanks to Brian Brown, also a flood survivor, who accepted an enormous workload to provide this video without charge to the VFD. Brian's website (www.coloradoconnections.org)
Wednesday Nov 19 - 9:43am
December 9 is Colorado Gives Day. Here's our link on the site - www.coloradogives.org/VFDofBigElk - Hope you'll consider sharing the VFD link on your page starting today!Big Elk VFD shared Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center's photo.
Friday Oct 3 - 11:52am
from Guy Scoma Just wanted to share the results of the wonderful evening of raising funds for the community. A very enjoyable evening with good food and good friendship was had by all. I wish we could have raised more for all of the communities but, we did very well with only having room for 150 people to dine. Please remember to pass this information on to those who don't have email addresses through Facebook or by personal contact. It was a very successful evening, thanks to all of you and the Anniversary Dinner Committee & my sidekick and co-chairman Glenn Christensen. Without everyone's assistance, this would not have been possible to accomplish. I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone's input in this event. Here's to the rebuilding of the mountain communities and all of their concerns. Sincerely, Guy Scoma & Glenn Christensen An Evening of honor, thankfulness and Excellence from the Iron Eagles The Anniversary Dinner of September 12, 2014 was very successful-Thank You! Glenn Christensen began the evening by thanking the gentleman who made this dinner possible. That gentleman, who remains anonymous, received a thunderous round of applause from the people attending that evening. He thanked everyone for their support to include the churches and so many volunteer organizations and groups that have come to our rescue. These include the Christian Church of Estes Park, Life Bridge Church, Rocky Mountain Christian Church and so many churches & groups from Estes Park and then he asked Pastor Aaron Dorman to say grace. As Pastor Aaron Dorman gave his blessings on the evening, he first relived the story of the flood and what it had brought on for so many people. He also spoke of those who are still coming to him today having to do with the damage that has occurred in their lives both property, business and stress from it all. Reports have it that the night was not only enjoyed by all but everyone moved about the room and conversed with their neighbors and shared stories of the personal things that happened to them. Another highlight of the evening was the introduction of the Helicopter pilots that attended with their families. A beautiful medallion was offered to Guy Scoma in respect for all who had put so much into this very special cause. It read “For Excellence” Presented by the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander and the back said from the “Iron Eagles”. The pilots received a huge round of applause from a very thankful crowd. As we travel down the guest list of those who attended, we are pleased that we could personally thank so many of the volunteers who stayed behind to protect and winterize the Meadows. We wanted to share the results of the fund raiser, along with the Dinner events that were held to thank everyone who participated and joined together for the Flood of 2013 in the mountains. Thanks also go to so many who donated that could not attend. So here is a breakdown of what totals were collected for each group. Big Elk Meadows Association $1,010.00 Our most sincere thanks from Big Elk Water Association $700.00 your chairman and co-chairman VFD of Big Elk Meadows $1,625.00 Guy Scoma & Glenn Christensen Christian Church of Estes Park $ 500.00 without you, the evening would Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District $ 475.00 not have been the same. The evening raised a grand total of $ 4,310.00 Thank You very much! If you have any additional tidbits that you would like us to know about, just send them in to Guy Scoma @ 929 Ninebark Ln. Longmont, CO 80503 or Glenn Christensen at P.O. Box 2571, Lyons, CO 80540 or to our email addresses at gascms@aol.com or G
Wednesday Oct 1 - 10:42am
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Wednesday Oct 1 - 10:42am
Big Elk VFD shared a link.
Friday Sep 19 - 9:21pm
Thank you, Pinewood Springs resident, for donating the cost of internet service for one month to the VFD through the Mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elk effort. November 26 Bill Bilsing of Exede came into Big Elk to install internet service for the first time at the firehouse. Firefighter Leann is shown assisting Bill. Thank you, PWS!
Thursday Sep 18 - 10:01pm
Big Elk VFD commented on their own link.
Monday Sep 15 - 10:24pm
Yes. Thank you. Whether our small fire department gets any more spontaneous donations or not is irrelevant, the most important thing is we thank those who took the time to say with dollars you care. We will be ok. We are Mountain Strong and that strength comes not just from the area but from the volunteers from all over the country who came to our valley to help. We thank you.
Monday Sep 15 - 10:13pm
Thank you, Dee! Everyone needs to know that Virgil Good of Crossroads Ministry has the fastest dry wit of anyone and that the VFD of Big Elk is profiled on the Mountain Strong site - go check us out. We're go grateful. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/mountain-strong-movement-born-out-of-flood-recovery/
Monday Sep 15 - 10:06pm
We were so lucky compared to Jamestown. We did miss two of our main fundraisers, but we will come back stronger. If you wish to help, here's a link for the VFD. www.coloradogives.org/vfdofbigelk/overview
Saturday Sep 13 - 4:05am
http://www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elkBig Elk VFD shared Firefighter Wife's photo.
Friday Sep 12 - 3:07pm
Over thirty nonprofits affected by the flood have joined in an effort to highlight opportunities for YOU to be part of the team to help in flood recovery. Choose us - http://www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elk or visit the other nonprofits and learn how amazing our community is with an abundance of goodness. Today marks a milestone - one year of volunteerism, of continued nonprofit work, of people pitching in. Please consider adding a note when you do share the VFD link's address.
Friday Sep 12 - 9:17am
Have you hugged a VFD today? You can do a virtual hug by sharing our link - especially today - the anniversary of the flood (even though some of us agree it started on the 9/11)! http://www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elk
Thursday Sep 11 - 2:48pm
These people have directly helped VFD of Big Elk in its presence on the Mountain Strong for Nonprofits project. Thanks for all you've done to inspire and MOVE us into action and SHAKE UP the possibilities. Hope everyone pitches in to share the link to www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org and add a personal message about our VFD.
Tuesday Sep 9 - 5:27pm
Thank you Nebraska for your donation to the VFD! We are humbled by your support.
Monday Sep 8 - 8:02pm
http://www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elk Thank you for sharing our entry on the Mountain Strong for Nonprofits with family and friends.
Monday Sep 8 - 4:38pm
The flood actually started on September 11 late in the evening when some residents discovered a massive failure of their cement wall nestled in rock and earth on Hemlock Drive. Deputy Shane Stephenson was trapped in Big Elk well before the 1am 911 tone on September 12 when the VFD of Big Elk was toned to a rescue on Big Elk Road. When he watched Big Red 4901 cross Mirror Lake Dam he thought he was watching the first fatalities. He reported to Fire Chief Nelson CR 47 was gone. About the same time we could hear people on Hickory calling for help, (visitors who had a rental car that ended up stranded for months - no mercy by the rental company) - but the people of Big Elk have shown much compassion and generosity helping each other. We're reaching out to friends and family and friends of friends for support. You can help by sharing this video with a few words of explanation - asking them to look for the VFD of Big Elk's entry to help nonprofits affected by the flood. Thank you for whatever you can do to spread the word.
Sunday Sep 7 - 8:30pm
The anxiety in her voice... I'm so sorry she was experiencing this. You would never know Estes Park flooded like this if you were to drive the main street. Still painful financial burdens for people, still recovery going on. Thanks for sharing one person's view. We've come so far. Coming September 12, the launch date to help nonprofits impacted by the flood. http://www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org/give/vfd-big-elk
Wednesday Sep 3 - 10:53pm
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Tuesday Sep 2 - 10:39pm
VFD of BEM, Only a little over a week till the Anniversary Dinner. I hope to have well over $1,000.00 to help with your losses. Please check with Glenn Christensen to see there is still time to purchase a dinner. All of the proceeds of the $25.00 will go to you. Invitation to an Anniversary Dinner in Estes Park at Mary's Lake Lodge as a Fund Raiser for the flood of 2013 on Friday September 12, 2014 Cash Bar Social Hour is at 6 p.m. - Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Share a wonderful dinner with friends & family and raise money for Big Elk Meadows at the same time. All dinners have been donated, so your cost of $25.00 per person goes directly to benefit the organization of your choice. Big Elk Meadows Fire Department, (make check out to VFD of Big Elk Meadows) Please send your checks to Glenn Christensen at P.O. Box 2571 – Lyons, CO 80540. Glenn has agreed to help me finalize this dinner since The dinner is limited to 150 guests. If you can’t attend, but would like to donate, your donation can be earmarked for one of the many volunteers who have helped with the recovery to attend the dinner in your place. Please contact them and give us their name. Your full donation will still go to the organization of your choice. Of course, any additional donations are most welcome! Remember, to bring your family & friends. Please include full names of attendees, address, phone & Email address for each person attending so we confirm receipt of your check. Send checks to the addresses above. Co-Chairman, Guy Scoma & Glenn Christensen
Tuesday Sep 2 - 7:53pm
The Power of Mountain Strong for Nonprofits GET READY! COMING SEPTEMBER 12! The VFD of Big Elk has joined more than 30 other local nonprofits participating in Mountain Strong for Nonprofits. Just as people from around the country rallied with Mountain Strong t-shirts for flood recovery, we hope they will support us through this new fundraising collaborative.* The power of this program, however, comes from supporters like you sharing the website and video with friends and family! On the anniversary you'll see the unveiling of the Mtn Strong project. Thank you for reaching out beyond the valley in support of MtnStrongNonprofits.org! *We are not paying to participate and donations come directly to us with no fees assessed by the website or EPNRC.
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Mission Statement

As Volunteers and within the capabilities of our equipment and training, we are pledged to protect the people of the Big Elk Meadows community area from emergencies and natural disasters and to render assistance in the event of medical emergencies. Beyond immediate safety of our neighbors, we also strive to protect the forest that surround us and the homes in which we live.

42 Willow Drive
Lyons, Co 80540
Phone 303-823-5717
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