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


For updates and to keep in touch, see our Facebook Page.

Facebook Updates

Wednesday Mar 25 - 4:22pm
Upcoming Training Its time to prepare for wildland season. April 4th 0900- Wildland Initial attack May 2nd 0800- 1600 Wildland RedCard Refresher June 6th 0900- Emergency Vehicle Rollover Prevention. THE FOLLLOWING VFIS EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR 2015: Emergency Vehicle Rollover Prevention Location: Dates/Times: Big Elk Meadows Volunteer Fire Department June 6, 2015 42 Willow Drive, Lyons, CO 9:00 am – 11:00 am Hwy 36 (N. St. Vrain) towards Estes, 9 miles to Larimer CR 47 & 5.5 miles into Big Elk v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) Safe Backing Practices for Fire and EMS Location: Dates/Times: Eagle County Paramedic Services June 18, 2015 785 Red Table Drive, Gypsum, CO 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) v Lunch will be provided Emergency Vehicle Driver Training – Instructor Level Location: Dates/Times: Timberline Fire Protection District Training Center June 27 – 28, 2015 Station 7 – 14908 Highway 119, Black Hawk, CO 8:00 am – 5:00 pm v Program fee: $60 per participant for VFIS Insureds; $249 per participant for Non-VFIS Insureds (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) Anger Management / Critical Incident Stress Management Workshop Presented by Stephen Charles, Chief / Berthoud Fire Protection District; VFIS Instructor Location: Date/Time: Boulder Rural Fire Protection District September 23, 2015 6230 Lookout Road, Boulder, CO 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed)Big Elk VFD updated their status.
Wednesday Feb 11 - 9:30am
You Are Invited: Jamestown Fire Station Open House Friday, February 20th, 2015 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. The September 2013 Flood may have destroyed the old Fire Station, but thanks to a lot of help, the new Jamestown Fire Station is almost complete! To celebrate, the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department cordially invites you to an Open House on February 20th, from 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Acknowledgments and Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 P.M. Tour the new Fire Station Free BBQ brisket meal Balloons for the kids Kids can dress up in fire gear Check out live music at the Mercantile next door starting at 8:00 P.M. Please spread the word among your friends and within your organization. All are welcome! RSVPs are not necessary, but certainly appreciated as we prepare for a feast! erika.archer@jamestownco.orgBig Elk VFD updated their status.
Wednesday Feb 11 - 9:28am
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Monday Feb 9 - 2:08pm
All, We regret to pass on that a 30-year-old Firefighter trainee died during rescue training exercise in Hanover, Ontario (Canada) yesterday. Twelve students were taking part in a training exercise for ice and water rescue certification run by a private firm on the Saugeen River, northwest of Toronto. Firefighting student Adam Robert Brunt, of Bowmanville, "somehow" became trapped under the ice during the training at approximately 1300 hours. A search was conducted and he was found within 15 minutes-and even with life saving measures on scene, while in transport and at the hospital his life could not be saved. MORE HERE: Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.Big Elk VFD shared a link.
Wednesday Feb 4 - 6:48pm
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Friday Jan 9 - 1:53pm
Paul E. Moody, Jr. Paul Everett Moody, Jr. passed away at his beloved mountain home in Big Elk Meadows, CO on January 4, 2015. His death was sudden and unexpected. His primary residence was in Corbin, KY. He was born October 13, 1929 in Cleveland, OH. to Paul E. and Christine Donegan Moody. The majority of his growing-up years were spent in Dickson, TN. His parents and his sister, Beverly Moody Owens, preceded him in death. In addition to 11 years in the US Naval Reserve, Paul obtained his BS and MS degrees from Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN. He taught biological sciences at the high school and college levels. After 8 years, he left a teaching position at Ohio Northern University to attend medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He entered private practice in pediatrics in Findlay, OH in 1967, where he remained for 18 years. He relocated to Kentucky and eventually retired from practice with Corbin Pediatrics in Corbin and London, KY. Paul is survived by his children: Dianne Hinson (Mike) of Bradenton, FL; Thor (Pam) Moody of Wesley Chapel, FL; Michael (fiancée, Missy James) of Cincinnati, OH; and Rob Boyle (Melanie) of Loveland, OH. Loved grandchildren include Cody Hinson of Ft. Myers, FL; Paul R. Moody of McKinney, TX; Rachel Bare of Indiana; Taylor and Olivia Moody of Corbin, KY; and Abigail and Isabelle Boyle of Loveland, OH. He also has 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a nephew, three nieces, cousins and many long-time friends. Paul's wife, Helen Boyle Moody, also survives and was at his side at his passing. Arrangements are underway for cremation with AllNutt Funeral Services in Estes Park, CO and, once returned to KY, a "Celebration of Life" service will be announced. Paul was an avid reader, puzzle solver, golfer and hiker. He hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park, several trails in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park and also in and around Big Elk Meadows. He also enjoyed annual 4-wheeling trips to the Canyonlands and Arches NP, Utah and camping trips to Michigan with his buddies. He is a past member of the BEMA/BEWA Board of Directors, organized and chaired the first Lake Health Committee in Big Elk Meadows, and volunteered his services whenever he could to assist in the maintenance and preservation of the beauty of the Big Elk Communit In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax-deductible donations be made either to: Volunteer Fire Department of Big Elk (Designate as memorial gift for Paul E. Moody, Jr) 42 Willow Drive Lyons, CO 80540 or Rocky Mountain Conservancy/Moody Memorial P.O. Box 3100 Estes Park, CO 80517Big Elk VFD updated their status.
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 Elk VFD shared a link.
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 - 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 ( Elk VFD shared a link.
Wednesday Nov 19 - 9:43am
December 9 is Colorado Gives Day. Here's our link on the site - - 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 or GBig Elk VFD updated their status.
Wednesday Oct 1 - 10:42am
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Wednesday Oct 1 - 10:42am
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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 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!Big Elk VFD shared a 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. Big Elk VFD shared a link.
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. Elk VFD shared a link.
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. Elk VFD shared a link.
Saturday Sep 13 - 4:05am 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 - 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. Big Elk VFD shared Estes Park Medical Center Foundation's video.
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)! Elk VFD shared a link.
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 and add a personal message about our VFD.Big Elk VFD shared Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center's post.
Tuesday Sep 9 - 5:27pm
Thank you Nebraska for your donation to the VFD! We are humbled by your support.Big Elk VFD updated their status.
Monday Sep 8 - 8:02pm Thank you for sharing our entry on the Mountain Strong for Nonprofits with family and friends. Big Elk VFD shared a link.
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.Big Elk VFD shared a link.
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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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