Mission

Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services provides sustained professional law enforcement, security and access control, emergency communications and fire and emergency services in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for Soldiers, Family members and civilians of the Fort Carson military community.

Vision

Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services is a forward-thinking, highly respected and values-based organization providing industry standard emergency services for the Fort Carson military community.

  • Leadership

    Lt. Col. Ryan C. Cagle
    Lt. Col. Ryan C. Cagle, Director of Emergency Services
    Ricky Oxendine
    Ricky Oxendine, Deputy director of Emergency Services
    Master Sgt. Jeremy G. Legault
    Master Sgt. Jeremy G. Legault, Directorate of Emergency Services sergeant major

Security and Access Control Division

Mission

Responsible for the development and maintenance of a practical, economical and effective physical security and access control program to protect government resources in accordance with Army Regulation 190-13.

Vision

The best Directorate of Emergency Services in the Department of Defense through Values, Integrity, Strength, Innovation, Organization and a Never Ending Commitment to our customers.

Mailing Address
Security and Access Control Division
7337 Osan Street, Bldg. 2757 Mod 1,
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Physical Address
Bldg. 2757 Mod 1
(Intersection of Barkley Avenue and Osan Street)

Physical Security Branch Missions

The Physical Security Branch conducts physical security operations in support of the Senior Commander's protection program.

  • Physical security compliance inspections
  • Installation physical security survey
  • Asset vulnerability assessment
  • Construction design reviews
  • Work order review
  • Security training
    • Fort Carson Physical Security Course
    • Physical security portion of the Armorer’s Course
    • Commander’s/1SG Pre-command Course
    • Installation interior guard briefings

Intigrated Commercial Intrusion Detection System (ICIDS)

The ICIDS section is responsible for the planning, development, installation, monitoring and maintenance of Fort Carson’s ICIDS alarm system. ICIDS policy is addressed in paragraph 9-2 of Army Regulation 190-13, the Army Physical Security Program. The ICIDS alarm monitoring station is open 24/7, and is located at building 2757 Mod 1.

Gate/VCC Locations, Services, & Hours of Operation

  • Gate 1: Nelson Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115, open 24/7
  • Gate 2: O’Connell Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115 (Currently closed)
  • Gate 3: Chiles Avenue south of Academy Boulevard, open 24/7. This gate is the primary commercial vehicle gate.
  • Gate 4: Barkley Avenue south of Academy Boulevard, open 24/7
  • Gate 5: Titus Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115, open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Gate 6: Wilderness Road east of Colorado Highway 115, open Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Gate 19: Eassayons Road west of Charter Oak Ranch Road, open Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Gate 20: Magrath Avenue west of I-25, open 24/7

Gate 1 VCC

  • Building 6012, located on Nelson Boulevard just east of Colorado Highway 115, immediately outside of Gate 1.
  • Open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Services Provided:
    • Issuance of Visitor/Contractor/Vendor access passes/badges
    • Enrollment into the Automated Installation Entry (AIE) program
    • NCIC checks for personnel requesting a DA Form 1602

Gate 3 VCC

  • Located inside the Gate 3 guard house on Chiles Avenue south of Academy Boulevard
  • Open 24/7
  • Services Provided:
    • Commercial vehicle and one time installation access processing NOTE: Access passes/badges are not issued at this location

Visitor, Contractor and Vendor Access Process

Vetting Process

All personnel who are requesting unescorted access to Fort Carson and not in possession of a DOD ID card or installation pass/badge will undergo a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check. This check involves verifying the individual’s identity and checking their criminal history. Personnel who have any of the following disqualifying factors will be denied access to the installation.

  • The NCIC-III check contains criminal information about the individual that causes the senior commander to determine that the individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety of the installation.
  • The installation is unable to verify the individual’s claimed identify based on the reasonable belief that the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity in the attempt to gain access.
  • The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a federal installation or facility.
  • The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, production or possession of child pornography, trafficking in humans, drug possession with intent to sell or drug distribution.
  • The individual has a U.S. conviction of espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder.
  • The individual is a registered sex offender.
  • The individual has been convicted of a felony within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation.
  • The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. government by force.
  • The individual is identified in the Terrorist Screening Data Base (TSDB) as a known to be or suspected of being a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity.

NOTE: Fort Carson does not conduct vetting of contractors/vendors for employment purposes.

Pass Request Process

Visitor, contractor and vendor one time entry: Contractors/vendors (large vehicles, over 26,000 pounds) requesting a day pass without a DOD sponsor and visitors requesting a one-time entry must go to Gate 3, present a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle) and manifest or bill of lading. An NCIC III check will be conducted, the vehicle will be inspected and logged. No passes will be issued at Gate 3. 24-hour visitor access pass, without a DOD sponsor:

Visitors/contractors/vendors (small vehicles under 26,000 pounds) requesting a day pass (multiple entries within a 24-hour time period) without a DOD sponsor must go to the Visitor Control Center and present a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle). All IDs must be in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Act. Access pass in excess of 24 hours: Visitors/contractors/vendors requesting reoccurring access in excess of 24 hours must have a DOD sponsor. The sponsor will ensure an FC Form 2036-E is completed on each individual and digitally signed by the government sponsor or agency certifying official. The form will be printed out and given to the individual requesting access. The individual requesting access will then bring the FC Form 2036-E, a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle) to the Visitor Control Center. An NCIC III check will be conducted and a pass issued for the requested dates (not to exceed one year or the length of the contract, whichever is shorter).

The FC Form 2036-E is not required for passes between one and 90 days, if the sponsor accompanies the individual to the Visitor Control Center. The sponsor will need to provide his DOD ID card to the servicing clerk. For passes ranging from 91-365 days, the FC Form 2036-E with a digital signature is required.

FC 2036-E, Request for a Fort Carson Installation Access Control Card -- http://www.carson.army.mil/assets/docs/des/fc2036-1.pdf

Other Categories of Passes

Pass Request Process
Hunting/Fishing

Visitors requesting reoccurring access for hunting or fishing must go to the Visitor Control Center and present a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle) and their recreation permit (ISportsman.net). An NCIC check will be conducted and a pass issued for up to 120 days.

Gold Star Family members and survivors

Gold Star Family members and survivors may request reoccurring access to the installation. The Gold Star member or survivor will need to have the FC Form 2036-E completed by the Survivor Outreach Services Office (719-526-2069). The Gold Star member or survivor must go to the Visitor Control Center and present a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving), vehicle registration, proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle) and the completed FC Form 2036-E. An NCIC check will be conducted and a pass will be issued. SOS vehicle decals will be issued if requested.

Categories/situations not identified above and special events

Any category or situation not identified above may be directed to the Security and Access Control Division at 719-526-5543.

Acceptable Forms of ID for Unescorted Access & Identity Proofing

The following forms of ID are recognized for unescorted installation access:

  • DOD Common Access Card (CAC)
  • DD Form 2 A (ACT) (active-duty military identification card)
  • DD Form 2 (ACT/RES) (armed forces of the United States – Geneva Conventions Identification Card – active and Reserve)
  • DD Form 2 (RET) (United States uniformed identification card – retired)
  • DD Form 2S (ACT/RES) (armed forces of the United States - Geneva conventions identification card – active and Reserve)
  • DD Form 2S (RET/RES RET) (United States uniformed identification card – retired and Reserve retired)
  • United States government issued authenticated federal PIV credentials
  • DD Form 1173 (United States uniformed services identification and privilege card – personnel 18 years old and older)
  • DA Form 1602 (civilian identification and Gold Star Families – only after NCIC-III check)
  • Fort Carson issued access badge or pass

The following forms of ID are recognized for identity proofing for badge and pass issuance:

  • Valid state-issued driver’s license. All state issued IDs must be in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Act. NOTE: State issued IDs which state “Not Valid for Federal Identification” are not authorized as a form of federal identification for installation access or identity proofing.
  • DA Form 1602 (civilian identification and Gold Star Families) The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) issued transportation worker identification credential (TWIC)
  • DD Form 2574 (Armed Forces Exchange Services ID and privilege) Air Force (AF) Form 354 (civilian ID)
  • DD Form 1934 (Geneva Convention ID card for medical and religious personnel)
  • DD Form 2764 (US DOD/Uniformed Services civilian Geneva Convention ID)
  • DD Form 489 (Geneva Convention ID card for civilians)

Foreign National Visitors

Official Foreign Visitors

Official foreign visitors (subject to the provisions of AR 380-10) may be given unescorted installation access with approval from the 4th Infantry Division Chief of Staff. Contact the MSE G-2 Foreign Disclosure Officer at 719-526-5733 for more information.

Non-Official Foreign Visitors

Non-official foreign visitors must be escorted by a DOD ID card holder at all times while on the installation. Escorts are responsible for the foreign national at all times while on the installation. Escorts must be in the vehicle with the foreign national when driving on the installation.

Automated Installation Entry (AIE)

The Automated Installation Entry (AIE) program is the system of record for automated entry onto Army installations.

AIE provides real time National Crime Information Center (NCIC) wants and warrants checks on the person associated with the ID media being scanned. It also checks the DEERS database to ensure that the ID is valid and has not been reported as lost or stolen. Finally it checks available databases to see if the person associated with that ID has been barred from any DOD installations. This capability greatly enhances the safety and security of the installation.

CAC and Teslin ID cards (Family member or retired IDs) can be registered for system use at either the Gate 1 Visitor Control Center, or at the in-lane podiums at Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 20. Registration usually takes less than a minute and will then allow customers to use the AIE podiums for access.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I am a DOD ID card holder will I need to complete this background check?
A: No. If you are a DOD ID card holder, you will be granted access.

Q: If I am a CAC or DOD ID card holder, will I be able to escort people on post if they are in my vehicle? Will those I am escorting be required to show ID at the gates?
A: DOD CAC and ID card holders can escort Non-DOD ID card holders onto the installation. All vehicle occupants 18 years or older will need to be in possession of a state or federally issued photo ID. When the Trusted Traveler Program is in effect, uniformed service members and spouses, DOD employees, and retired uniformed service members and spouses can escort guests without the guest having to show ID. Note: Personnel with a Fort Carson access badge or pass cannot escort non ID card holders.

Q: If I am a DOD ID card holder and I forget my ID on post will I be required to complete this check?
A: Yes. DOD ID card holders who are not in possession of their ID must do one of two things; either contact somebody in your organization to bring you the ID, or process through the VCC.

Q: If I am a military member or spouse will I be able to sponsor an individual to obtain a pass for reasons like at-home child care, therapists, visiting family, babysitters, house cleaners, etc. If so what will the process be?
A: Yes. The sponsor will have to complete the FC Form 2036-E found on the Fort Carson portal. Once the form is digitally signed, the sponsored individual will take it to the VCC to complete NCIC checks and have a pass or badge issued.

Q: What documents are required to request the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) check?
A: A valid U.S. or state issued photo ID, or U.S. passport is required for access, and to show for identity proof. If the individual is driving a vehicle, it must be a valid driver’s license with current registration and insurance for the vehicle being driven on the installation.

Q: When is the Visitor Control Center open?
A: The Gate 1 Visitor Control Center (VCC) is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The Gate 3 Visitor Control Center (for one time access – no passes or badges issued) is open 24/7.

Q: Our agency cannot digitally sign the FC FM 2036 as required. What do we do?
A: Contact the Security and Access Control Division at 526-5543.

Q: How long is this pass good for?
A: A visitor pass can be issued from one day (24-hour period from date/time of issue) up to 90 days depending on the type of request and sponsorship. An installation access badge will be issued for lengths of 91-365 days, depending on individual access needs/requirements.

Q: Do I have to do this every year for all my employees? A: Yes. Every time a pass or badge is renewed the employee/visitor will go through the complete request process.

Q: Why can’t I use a passport?
A: You may use a valid U.S. passport for identify proofing at the VCC for the NCIC check; however, if you are driving, you will also be required to provide a valid driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

Q: What is the estimated time to complete these checks?
A: Current times are estimated to be 5-7 minutes for background checks and approx. 2-3 minutes to print and issue a pass or badge. These times are after your number is called and you sit down with a clerk. Overall wait times will vary based on the number of customers at the Visitor Control Center.

Q: What if I ride the bus and the other passengers don’t have an ID?
A: The bus driver will be responsible for ensuring that the Non DOD ID riders do not exit the bus while it is on the installation.

Q: What do I do if I’m sponsoring a large event on post?
A: Organizations who are sponsoring large events on post may submit a memorandum through the DES Security and Access Control Division to the garrison commander requesting a “Special Event” waiver. This memorandum needs to include a risk assessment of allowing non-DoD ID card holders un-vetted installation access, and what mitigating measures the sponsoring organization is going to do to minimize these risks. The request should be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the event so it can go through the review and staffing process.

Q: If my employee is denied due to an unfavorable NCIC check, how can I get them access?
A: You may use the denial waiver process to request access for an employee that is denied due to derogatory information found during the NCIC background checks.

Q: What derogatory information can deny me entry onto Fort Carson?
A: If the NCIC check finds any of the following information you will be denied entry onto Fort Carson:

  • The NCIC-III check contains criminal information about the individual that causes the senior commander to determine that the individual presents a potential threat to the good order, discipline, or health and safety of the installation.
  • The installation is unable to verify the individual’s claimed identify based on the reasonable belief that the individual has submitted fraudulent information concerning his or her identity in the attempt to gain access.
  • The individual has a current arrest warrant in NCIC, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual is currently barred from entry or access to a federal installation or facility.
  • The individual has been convicted of crimes encompassing sexual assault, armed robbery, rape, child molestation, production or possession of child pornography, trafficking in humans, drug possession with intent to sell or drug distribution.
  • The individual has a U.S. conviction of espionage, sabotage, treason, terrorism or murder.
  • The individual is a registered sex offender.
  • The individual has been convicted of a felony within the past 10 years, regardless of the offense or violation.
  • The individual has been convicted of a felony firearms or explosives violation.
  • The individual has engaged in acts or activities designed to overthrow the U.S. government by force.
  • The individual is identified in the Terrorist Screening Data Base (TSDB) as a known to be or suspected of being a terrorist or belonging to an organization with known links to terrorism or support of terrorist activity.

Q: How does the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act impact access onto Fort Carson?
A: All States (and territories) are either compliant or on track to achieve compliance and have received extensions. Therefore, Fort Carson will accept all state issued drivers licenses and ID cards for installation access with the following exception; state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards marked "Not Valid for Federal Purposes," "Federal Limits May Apply," "Not for Federal Use" or other similar language will not be accepted as valid identification for unescorted entry onto Fort Carson. An approved form of ID identified above is required for unescorted entry.

NOTE: If you have any additional questions not covered here, contact us at: usarmy.carson.imcom-central.mbx.fcdw@mail.mil

Fort Carson Police/Provost Marshal Division

The Police/Provost Marshal Division provides professional law enforcement services to the Fort Carson military community and increases unit readiness by ensuring good order and discipline.

Services

Patrol Branch

The Patrol Branch provides proactive and profession police serves to the community, ensuring safety through commitment, integrity and trust. Patrol support can be requested 24/7 through the Fort Carson Consolidated Dispatch at (719) 526-2333. The Patrol Branch Chief is available at (719) 526-0091.

Police Desk

The Police Desk is the central hub of any law enforcement activity, responsible for receiving and recording complains, maintaining the desk blotter, controlling offenders in custody, monitoring the detention cells, keeping the PPMD and DES team informed of major incidents as they unfold and managing the flow and quality control of law enforcement reports. The Police Desk is located in building 2700 and can be reached at 719-526-6199. Other services provided by the Police Desk include:

  • Weapons Registration (FC66E)
  • On-post employment fingerprinting from 4-6 p.m. daily
  • Vehicle VIN verifications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Lost Military Identification Memorandums
Traffic Management and Collision Investigation Section

The Traffic Section is a highly specialized portion of the Patrol Branch that documents and investigates traffic accidents. The Traffic Section is located in building 2700 and the Duty Investigator can be reached 24/7 through the Fort Carson Consolidated Dispatch at 719-526-2333. The Section Chief is available at 719-526-1774. Other services provided by the Traffic Section include:

  • Abandoned vehicles, 719-439-4893
  • Targeted vehicular speed monitoring
  • Parking and traffic surveys
  • Traffic control assistance for special events
  • Unit and community traffic safety briefings
Operations
The Operations Branch provides overall mission support of police operations, conducts police and security related planning, employs police assets in support of major functions and conducts staff coordinations with units, law enforcement agencies, and civilian organizations. The Operations Branch is located in building 2700 and the branch chief is available at 719-524-4411. Other services provided by the Operations Branch include:
  • Police training
  • Criminal Intelligence
  • Event support and security
Police Records

The Police/Provost Marshal Records Section accurately processes, stores and disseminates law enforcement records to a variety of sources, including commanders, attorneys, courts, individuals and the United States Army Crime Records Center. The Police Records Section is located in Module 4 of building 2757 and can be reached at 719-526-8289 or usarmy.carson.imcom.mbx.des-ppmd-records@mail.mil, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday- Friday (federal holidays excluded).

Services provided by the Police Records Section include:

  • Soldier and civilian clearing
  • First person case requests
  • Local records and background checks
  • Central Violations Bureau Notice (citation) processing
  • Installation barment/driving suspension processing and Information
Military Police Investigations (MPI)

The Investigations Branch conducts criminal investigations into misdemeanor and minor felony violations of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, Colorado Revised Statutes and the United States Code. MPI is located in building 2700 and the duty investigator can be reached 24/7 through the Fort Carson Consolidated Dispatch at 719-526-2333. The branch chief is available at 719-526-2081.

Other services provided by MPI include:

  • Evidence room, 719-524-0752
  • Lost and found, 719-524-1704
AWOL Apprehension

The AWOL Apprehension Section processes personnel actions and documentation for Soldiers declared Absent Without Leave (AWOL)/Deserter or have been confined by a Civilian Confinement Authority (CCA) or Military Confinement Authority (CMA). AWOL Apprehension Section can be contacted at 719-526-0606, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (excluding federal holidays).

Other services provided by AWOL Apprehension include:

  • Prisoner transport
  • Unit escort briefings
School Resource Officer (SRO) Program

SROs provide law enforcement, security and crime prevention for the elementary and middle schools located on Fort Carson. An SRO can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday through the Fort Carson Consolidated Dispatch at 719-526-2333.

Other services provided by the SROs include:

  • Safe-2-Tell responses
  • Investigation of juvenile related offenses and incidents
Conservation Law Enforcement Program (CLEP)

The CLEP actively enforces local, state and federal environmental, natural and cultural resource laws and regulations in order to ensure the sustained use of military lands for readiness training. The CLEP Branch is located in building 9665 and CLEP support is provided through the Fort Carson Consolidated Dispatch at 719-526-2333. The branch chief is available at 719-503-9250.

Other services provided by the CLEP include:

  • I-Sportsman recreational access system
  • Hunter’s safety classes
  • Outdoor and wildlife education and outreach
  • Outdoor recreational assistance

Fire and Emergency Services

Mission

Provide Professional and Reliable Emergency Services to the Community We Serve.

Vision

The best DOD fire and emergency services through Values, Integrity, Strength, Innovation, Organization and Never-Ending Commitment.

Address
Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services
6510 Wetzel Avenue
Building 1805
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Who Are We

Fort Carson is one of the Department of Defense’s 10 largest Army installations. The main installation is located in central Colorado, bordering the cities of Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army’s second largest tactical training area, is a satellite to Fort Carson. PCMS is approximately 150 miles south of Fort Carson near Model, Colorado. Our jurisdiction covers 630 square miles (402,000 acres). The installation serves a population of over 100,000 people. Fort Carson is the home to the 4th Infantry Division, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and a host of other military elements. The installation’s main urban area consists of shops, malls, restaurants, schools, day care facilities, administrative buildings, motor pool maintenance facilities, a hospital, family residential neighborhoods and troop dormitories. The rural areas include one main airfield, two satellite airfields and a vast landscape of special tactical and live ordnance military training areas.

Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services (FCF&ES) is committed to providing the best and most progressive emergency services to the community. We are known as an innovative leader in Army fire protection. A vast amount of awards have been bestowed us, to include Army’s Top Fire Department in 1999, 2003 and IMCOM West Fire Department of the Year in 2009. Not only do we provide service to our own community, we regularly provide support to the surrounding communities though automatic and mutual aid agreements.

Our professional, caring and dedicated personnel make the service we provide No. 1. Their innovative vision, desire and skills have made us a very progressive leader in Department of Defense (DOD) Fire Service worldwide. Our personnel are equipped with the finest, state of the art apparatus and equipment. Many programs, adopted DOD-wide, are born here. Special programs and involvement with other agencies keep our personnel on the cutting edge.

Operations personnel are assigned to a seven platoon schedule; each firefighter works 72 hours a week by completing 48 hour shifts. Minimum staffing level is approximately 30 personnel per day. The Emergency Communication Center is staffed 24/7 by personnel working 12 hour shifts. Our Fire Prevention Branch is staffed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with on call fire investigators available 24/7.

Services

Fire Suppression

With the changing times and evolution of the fire service, we have taken on many new tasks and responsibilities. However, fire suppression is still our primary mission. Fire loss has been kept to a minimum through the fast and competent actions of our firefighters. Our firefighters are equipped with the finest apparatus and the state of the art equipment. Through continual practical fire training and extensive educational opportunities, we ensure that our personnel can “protect those who protect our country.”

Emergency Medical Services

Modern day emergency medical services (EMS) continue to evolve through advanced equipment, training and technology. FCF&ES responds to all EMS calls along with transporting ambulances. This helps with quicker response times due to locations of fire stations. All operations personnel are trained to the EMT-Basic level and frontline engines respond with Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics. Progressive EMS protocols along with standing orders and directives from our Physician advisor help to greatly improve our standard of care.

Technical Rescue

FCF&ES provides a variety of technical rescue services such as confined space, rope, vehicle/machinery extrication, swift water, trench and structural collapse. Currently, the technical rescue team operates Heavy Rescue 31 (HR-31). Our department is one of 14 departments in Colorado that makes up the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Colorado Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (COTF-1). Our training area with extensive props has made us an inaugural part of the training and certification for FEMA COTF-1. Our heavy rescue team works close with the Colorado Springs Fire Department Heavy Rescue team, training and working together on a regular basis. Personnel from our department were deployed to New York City in 2001 for the World Trade Center terrorist attacks for urban search and rescue as part of COTF-1.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Butt’s Army Airfield is home to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, with its CH-47 Chinooks, AH-64 Apaches and UH-60 Black Hawks. Our mission is to support aircraft training, maintenance and operations to ensure availability for deployment worldwide. The airfield is home to over 90 aircraft, worth over $700 million. The United States Air Force and USAF Academy regularly use the runways for fixed wing trainer aircraft and C-130 Hercules missions. On occasion civilian aircraft are authorized use of the airfield. During peacetime, the airfield averages 160 flights per day. We provide fire suppression and rescue services to Butt’s Airfield as well as to two remote airstrips located at Red Devil and PCMS. Additionally, personnel have the rescue training and ability to respond to high altitude crash rescue incidents that occur in the surrounding mountainous terrain.

Hazardous Materials Response

FCF&ES is tasked with providing Operations and Technician Level response to all hazardous materials incidents on Fort Carson, as well as providing incident commanders to manage the incidents. All firefighters are required to be certified to the Hazardous Materials Operations level with more than 90 percent at the technician level. A specialized team of DOD certified Hazardous Materials Technician level responders is assigned at Station 32 for immediate dispatch to all hazardous materials spills, releases, and terrorist events. All fire department officers are certified at the Hazardous Materials Incident Commander level.

Wildland Fire

We have the responsibility of wildland fire protection and suppression to Fort Carson’s 138,000 acres and PCMS’s 250,000 acre located 150 miles south of the main installation. Well trained and dedicated personnel are essential in ensuring safe and effective results. FCF&ES personnel are trained to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) standards that meet the new DOD Wildland Fire Policy. The installation also has entered into agreements with Local, State, and Federal agencies to assist in combating wildfires in the now decade long drought of the West. Our Prescribed Fire Program has benefited the installation by reducing the threat of unwanted wildfires in the small and large arms range areas by reducing the amount of accumulated vegetation. This ensures that military training can continue without the loss of valuable training time and the shutdown of units waiting for fires to be suppressed. This also reduces the possibility of a large wildfire escaping the boundary of the installation. Over the years this program has saved the installation millions of dollars in lost time and resources.

Training

The FCF&ES Training Center is equipped with state of the art equipment including a three-story class B fire tower, a two-story class A fire building, a four-story confined space trainer and a 40-person classroom that is outfitted with video teleconferencing equipment to communicate with and train outlying stations. The Training Branch also has several mobile trainers such as an ARFF simulator (CH-47), HazMat trailer, roof ventilation trailer and a class B simulator. Training is the cornerstone of our service delivery. We take great pride in our Training Branch. We facilitate thousands of hours of training annually. Additionally, we a State of Colorado Paramedic CEU Group as well as an EMT-IV training center.

Support

The Fire Prevention Branch is located in the Fire and Emergency Services Administrative Facility, building 1805, Fort Carson, CO 80913.

Primary Services

  • Facility fire and life safety hazard inspections
  • 1,500 inspections annually
  • 12 million square feet of inspected space
  • All facilities inspected annually or after occupancy change or construction change in structure
  • Target facilities quarterly inspections (example, health care and education occupancies, Exchange, commissary)
  • Codes used by this division include AR 420-1, CFR 420-5 and National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

Codes and Standards Construction

  • Plans review
  • All new construction project review
  • All existing construction project review
  • Over 500 plans/projects annually

Fire Investigation

  • All fires in jurisdiction investigated for cause and origin
  • Investigation services to neighboring agencies

Public Education

  • School age fire prevention activities
  • Building fire marshal training
  • Daycare providers fire education
  • Fire drills (education and day care facilities)
  • Children’s smokehouse demonstrations
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Help for the juvenal fire setter

Prevention Pays Off

One of the Major highlights for the division are the annual Fire Prevention Week activities. Each year the program grows in intensity. Each school on post is visited by Sparky the Firedog and our inspectors with a message of fire and general safety. Other prevention activities include a coloring contest with great prizes, a stove fire demonstration, and safety giveaways for the whole family. With over 7000 contacts annually, the message of fire and general safety is making a large impact on the public. Fire Prevention helps ensure that injuries and fire loss are being held at a negligible level. High quality customer service is our goal, if we can help you identify potential life safety hazard, set up a training session, talk about children and fire, or answer any questions please contact any inspector via phone or email.

Additional Services

  • Provide back up support as firefighters during major incidents
  • Logistical support to operations division
  • Rehab supplies during major incidents and large wildland fires

Fire Stations

Station 31

Bldg. 1805
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Station 32

Bldg. 500
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Station 33

Bldg. 9665
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Station 34

Bldg. 10002
Fort Carson, CO 80913

Station 35

Bldg. 300
36086 US Hwy 350
Model, CO 81059

Emergency Communications Center

Mission: To answer calls for service and to coordinate the appropriate field response for the Soldiers, their Families, DOD civilians and all who pass through the gates of Fort Carson.

Vision:
RESPECT — We will render aid to all with compassion, empathy, courtesy and equality.
INTEGRITY — We will do the right thing at all times and in all circumstances.
SERVICE — We will serve with pride and deliver high-quality customer service.
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Fort Carson's Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is the nerve center for emergencies occurring on Fort Carson and the Piñon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS). As a fully operational Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), the center also processes some calls for service for areas outside of Fort Carson’s boundaries.

The ECC is staffed 24/7 by a staff of 16 personnel comprised of 12 dispatchers, three shift supervisors and a chief. The staff processes an average of 73,000 phone calls a year. This total includes approximately 5,800 911 calls and 67,200 nonemergency/administrative phone calls in and out of the center. In addition to receiving traditional landline and cellular phone calls, the center is equipped to process any incoming text-to-911 calls. Dispatchers in the ECC answer emergency and nonemergency calls from citizens and dispatch field responders. They are responsible for handling all incoming requests for assistance and dispatching the appropriate police, fire and emergency medical units in an efficient, organized and professional manner. The ECC also supports the Security Access Control division by providing radio operations and running queries through the CCIC/NCIC system.

All ECC employees are certified through the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch with each employee holding certification in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) and Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD). These certifications provide for standardized medical care and instruction to callers until field responders arrive on scene. Additional certifications include CPR and Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC) Operator level-S certification.

Dispatchers operate a top of the line Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to track calls for service and emergency responders. The CAD system is linked to other PSAPs in El Paso and Teller Counties allowing for quick and efficient exchange of information and supports mutual aid operations.