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

Sunday Aug 2 - 10:06pm
So sad
Saturday Aug 1 - 11:15am
Just had a training on the new flush points we have around the Meadows great job Paul Flanagan. They aren't quite fire hydrants but could definitely help in an emergency
Tuesday Jul 7 - 8:14pm
The Big Elk car wash is open
Thursday Jun 4 - 10:55pm
A map of Road closures
Thursday Jun 4 - 10:10pm
Lyons co
Thursday Jun 4 - 7:40pm
Taken fro Longmont looking towards Burthod CO I think
Thursday Jun 4 - 7:04pm
Tornado touched down in Burthoud Co The storm has moved over rabbit mountain towards Lyns but no funnel clouds are currently visible
Friday May 29 - 12:31am
Burning the midnight oil to bring you a new VFD web site
Thursday May 28 - 12:15pm
I am trying to set up a new website for the fire department with Google's site builder. Anyone have experience with this who could help me along?
Wednesday May 27 - 10:56pm
We sure want to try..
Monday May 25 - 7:50pm
Great news! Jane Wjwoskie of Larimer co SAR is ready to certify her new search dog after only 18 months. She and a few others will be in Big Elk testing on June the first week in June. They will be in small groups doing day and night searches. Please don't interrupt them. The other good news is that they are moving to Pinewood Springs so we will get to work with her a lot more.
Thursday May 21 - 6:30pm
Here is the schedule of events for this weekend. Friday 0830 hrs Firehouse clean up and set up for annual meeting. Saturday annual meeting Sunday 0700 - Start cooking for pancake breakfast. Sunday 0800 - Pancake breakfast. Sunday 1030 - Breakdown & clean up. Sunday 1100 - "Duck Race" Due to the expected weather we will be plucking a duck from a trough. We can use all the help we can get so come on down!
Monday May 18 - 9:43pm
Are you ready for whatever the mountains have in store?
Friday May 8 - 11:59pm
The St vervain is reporting1440 cfs in Lyons. The 2013 flood it was at 3200 I think
Friday May 8 - 11:53pm
Reverse 911 call cr47 is going to be closed at the first crossing off highway 36.
Friday May 8 - 1:14pm
Anyone have experience with Google for Nonprofits administration? We have an account but trying to do anything is impossible.
Thursday Apr 30 - 8:28pm
Wildland scenario this Saturday. Wear your P. P. E. And be ready to rock 'n roll.
Wednesday Apr 8 - 3:37pm
The Estes Park Duck Race is coming soon (May 2, 2015), and as a member of the Volunteer Fire Dept. of Big Elk, I would love to encourage you to get your tickets to "adopt" a duck. Tickets are $20 (paper ) or $21 online. A whopping $19 is donated directly to our fire department when you choose "Big Elk Meadows V F Dept"! The prizes this year are pretty awesome, including first prize of a Caribbean or Alaskan Cruise, or an Hawaiian Vacation (or $6,000 cash instead); second prize of a trip to Riviera Maya Mexico or Walt Disney World (or $3,000 cash instead); third prize of a trip to San Francisco or New Orleans (or $2,000 in cash). You don't need to be present to win. Tickets: $20 via paper form available weekdays at the firehouse (check #9 on the back of the form to select the VFD) $21 online at (select Big Elk Meadows V F Dept as the Organization) Your generous donations to the fire department make our mission possible and are much appreciated!
Friday Apr 3 - 3:15pm
Be sure to Adopt a Duck for the Estes Park Duck race on May 2, 2015 and possibly win one of the grand-prize vacations (or the $$ instead). Prizes are awesome this year! Buy tickets for $20 from the firehouse during the weekday, or for $21 online any time of the day or night at Choose "Big Elk Meadows V F Dept" as the Organization on the paper or online form, and $19 of every duck you adopt is given directly to the fire department! Post a Comment when you adopt ducks, and let's see who has the biggest flock!
Wednesday Mar 25 - 4:22pm
Upcoming Training Its time to prepare for wildland season. April 4th 0900- Wildland Initial attack May 2nd Wild land Field exercise May 16th 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)
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!
Wednesday Feb 11 - 9:28am
Big Elk VFD changed their profile picture.
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.
Wednesday Feb 4 - 6:48pm
not a big concern but something to think about
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 80517
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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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