We will be there for you if you need us! The City of Fountain Fire Department covers a city of 25 square miles with a population of 33,000 citizens. The department also covers 19 miles of Interstate 25 from mile post 135 south to the Pueblo County line, mile post 116. The department has 52 career Fire Fighters and 21 Volunteer Fire Fighters and support staff, which work out of three fire stations. The Fire Department provides; Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention and Education, Basic and Advanced Medical Life Support, Ambulance transport, Hazardous Materials Unit, Heavy Rescue Unit, Technical Rescue Team and Wild land Fire Team.



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Mission Statement:

To minimize loss of life, suffering and damage due to fire, medical, and environmental emergencies within the community of Fountain through public education, code management, and incident response.


The City of Fountain Fire Department is committed to protecting citizens, visitors, animals, property, and the environment within our community.  We will be responsive to the needs of our citizens and visitors by providing rapid, professional, and humanitarian services essential to the health, safety, and well-being of the community.  We will accomplish our mission through prevention, fire suppression, advanced medical services, hazard mitigation, and other related emergency and non-emergency activities.  We will actively participate in our community, serve as role models and strive to effectively utilize all of the necessary resources available to provide a service deemed excellent by our citizens. 

Average Response Time 4.59 minutes

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Chief Maxon

Message from the Fire Chief:

It is a honor to serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Fountain. Please look at our website to learn about the Fountain Fire Department. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. The Fountain Fire Department will be there if you need us!

Fire Chief
James Maxon, MPA, EFO, CFO

Office of the Chief

Fire Chief James Maxon

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Chief Maxon 


Office: 719-393-6891

Chief Maxon has served the Fire Service for 27-years and was appointed in March 2019 to lead the Fountain Fire Department. He is responsible for overall strategic leadership to ensure the department is well positioned to provide the best service to the citizens and visitors of the community. To accomplish this the Chief leads 72 volunteer and career members assigned to three fire stations providing a broad range of fire and emergency services to the community.


He has experience in initiating changes in department staffing and deployment, strategic planning, organizational culture, the department’s community-focused mission, personnel development, and a volunteer incentive program. Chief Maxon is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) at the National Fire Academy. Has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, and an Associates Degree in Fire Science. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sandoval County Commission in 2018 and was named New Mexico Fire Officer of the Year in 2012.  Chief Maxon served as the Chair for the Board of Trustees for the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) in 2018. PERA serves 90,000 members and manages a $15 billion dollar fund. He currently serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Program Planning Committee for Fire Rescue International, and previously served on the IAFC Elections Committee, and the Fire Service Membership Council for the International Code Council.

Chief Maxon previously served as the Fire Chief (2012-2019) and Deputy Fire Chief (2006-2012) for the Sandoval County Fire Department that covers 3,700 square miles through 20 fire stations and 280 members. Chief Maxon previously served with the Mexico State Fire Marshal Office. During his tenure at the State Fire Marshal Office he conducted over 500 fire investigations and has been admitted as a fire origin and cause expert in both New Mexico and Colorado District Court. He has been successful in securing numerous convictions for arson related cases. Chief Maxon started his career as a volunteer firefighter with Hondo Fire and Rescue in 1992 in Santa Fe County where he served until 1997. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1994 and attended the 16-week Department of Defense Fire Academy graduating as number one in his class. He was assigned to Kirtland AFB where he provided crash rescue to Albuquerque International Airport, was a member of the Haz-Mat team, and provided structural fire response. He obtained the rank of company officer at age 20. He was named Airman of the year in 1995 for Kirtland AFB 377 CEG and nominated for the Top Twelve Airman in the Air Force Award.

In 1999 at age 24 he approached the Santa Fe Community College Board about the possibility of founding a fire science degree/training program for area firefighters. The Board approved the program and Chief Maxon spent several years developing and instructing courses. Today, the program has become part of the Public Safety Institute. Chief Maxon was a member of the original committee at the National Fire Academy that formed a model curriculum (known as FESHE) for an Associate's Degree in Fire Science in 1999. The degree program is now in use throughout the United States.


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Fire Prevention / Fire Safety


The mission of the City of Fountain Fire Prevention Division is to protect the citizens, visitors, property and the environment within our community. The Fountain Fire Prevention Division will accomplish this by the implementation, administration and enforcement of the fire and life safety codes and through the prevention of fires.

Fire Inspections, Fire Code Enforcement, Fire Investigation, Public Fire & Life Safety Education, Hazardous Material Management Planning, Plan Review, Fire Permits and Fire Engineering.

Personnel within this section are perform all Fire Code compliance inspections associated with new construction activities, complaints, referrals, special events, etc. They also support the on duty firefighting personnel by responding to incidents requiring their expertise, assisting them with issues regarding the Fire Code, inspections, and other needs as required. 


The Fire Engineering & Plan Review Section assures new commercial structures will meet not only Fire Code provisions, but also the Fire Department Operations personnel's needs during emergency responses. The section is responsible for reviewing fire protection system plans, new commercial building plans, new development plans, hazardous materials management planning and issuing the required fire department permits.


We will work together to create a safer City of Fountain through fire & life safety educational efforts, coalitions and awareness by changing unsafe behaviors and impacting high risk audiences based on community needs. As a resource to the community the City of Fountain Fire Department has compiled fire and life safety information to assist you in taking the initiative in keeping your family and home safe.

Fire Department personnel visit classrooms at local schools with a fire prevention message each October during National Fire Prevention Week. Fire safety & education programs are available for business and community groups on request. 

To contact the Fire Prevention Division call (719) 393-6890.

Special Teams


TEMS TeamThe City of Fountain Fire Department Tactical Emergency Medical Services (T.E.M.S) team works hand in hand with the City of Fountain’s Police Department Rapid Response Team (RRT). Just as military operations units include a medical contingent into its operational plans; this joint effort incorporates specially trained EMS Paramedics/EMT’S into the City of Fountain Police Department’s tactical operations. The Tactical EMS (TEMS) Paramedics/EMT’S provide medical support during training and operational missions and are equipped to provide immediate medical support within the inner perimeter of any tactical operation. Thus, an injured officer, civilian or suspect will be provided immediate access to medical care, despite hazardous conditions that might otherwise delay treatment.

The Fire Department Wildland Team is made up of several highly trained members of the Fountain Fire Department. They combat Wildland fires in the City of Fountain and are often requested from other fire departments for assistance on large wildland fires.

The Public Safety Auxiliary works within our community by providing meals and refreshments for meetings,providing clothing, food and shelter for citizens when they have a fire in their homes, providing meals and refreshments for Firefighters and Police Officers on emergency scenes, assisting people in need within the community with clothing or food, providing toys and food during the Holiday season for less fortunate families.


Privacy Practices




The City of Fountain Fire Department is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. The City of Fountain Fire Department is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect. 

Uses and Disclosures of PHI: The City of Fountain Fire Department may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. Examples of our use of your PHI:

For treatment. This includes such things as obtaining verbal and written information about your medical condition and treatment from you as well as from others, such as doctors and nurses who give orders to allow us to provide treatment to you. We may give your PHI to other health care providers involved in your treatment, and may transfer your PHI via radio or telephone to the hospital or dispatch center.

For payment. This includes any activities we must undertake in order to get reimbursed for the services we provide to you, including such things as submitting bills to insurance companies, making medical necessity determinations and collecting outstanding accounts.

For health care operations. This includes quality assurance activities, licensing, and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, as well as certain other management functions.

Reminders for Scheduled Transports and Information on Other ServicesWe may also contact you to provide you with a reminder of any scheduled appointments for non-emergency ambulance and medical transportation, or to provide information about other services we render.

Use and Disclosure of PHI Without Your Authorization. The City of Fountain Fire Department is permitted to use PHI without your written authorization, or opportunity to object, in certain situations, and unless prohibited by a more stringent state law, including:

  • For the treatment, payment or health care operations activities of another health care provider who treats you;
  • For health care and legal compliance activities;
  • To a family member, other relative, or close personal friend or other individual involved in your care if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure and you do not raise an objection, and in certain other circumstances where we are unable to obtain your agreement and believe the disclosure is in your best interests;
  • To a public health authority in certain situations as required by law (such as to report abuse, neglect or domestic violence;
  • For health oversight activities including audits or government investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings, and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to oversee the health care system;
  • For judicial and administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases in response to a subpoena or other legal process;
  • For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when responding to a warrant;
  • For military, national defense and security and other special government functions;
  • To avert a serious threat to the health and safety of a person or the public at large;
  • For workers compensation purposes, and in compliance with workers compensation laws;
  • To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for identifying a deceased person, determining cause of death, or carrying on their duties as authorized by law;
  • If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ donation and transplantation;
  • For research projects, but this will be subject to strict oversight and approvals;
  • We may also use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.

Any other use or disclosure of PHI, other than those listed above will only be made with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.

Patient Rights: As a patient, you have a number of rights with respect to your PHI, including: 

  • The right to access, copy or inspect your PHI. This means you may inspect and copy most of the medical information about you that we maintain. We will normally provide you with access to this information within 30 days of your request. We may also charge you a reasonable fee for you to copy any medical information that you have the right to access. In limited circumstances, we may deny you access to your medical information, and you may appeal certain types of denials. We have available forms to request access to your PHI and we will provide a written response if we deny you access and let you know your appeal rights. You also have the right to receive confidential communications of your PHI. If you wish to inspect and copy your medical information, you should contact our privacy officer.
  • The right to amend your PHI. You have the right to ask us to amend written medical information that we may have about you. We will generally amend your information within 60 days of your request and will notify you when we have amended the information. We are permitted by law to deny your request to amend your medical information only in certain circumstances, like when we believe the information you have asked us to amend is correct. If you wish to request that we amend the medical information that we have about you, you should contact our privacy officer.
  • The right to request an accounting. You may request an accounting from us of certain disclosures of your medical information that we have made in the six years prior to the date of your request. We are not required to give you an accounting of information we have used or disclosed for purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations, or when we share your health information with our business associates, like our billing company or a medical facility from/to which we have transported you. We are also not required to give you an accounting of our uses of protected health information for which you have already given us written authorization. If you wish to request an accounting, contact our privacy officer.
  • The right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of your PHI. You have the right to request that we restrict how we use and disclose your medical information that we have about you. The City of Fountain Fire Department is not required to agree to any restrictions you request, but any restrictions agreed to by The City of Fountain Fire Department in writing are binding on The City of Fountain Fire Department .
  • Internet, Electronic Mail, and the Right to Obtain Copy of Paper Notice on Request. If we maintain a web site, we will prominently post a copy of this Notice on our web site. If you allow us, we will forward you this Notice by electronic mail instead of on paper and you may always request a paper copy of the Notice.

Revisions to the Notice: The City of Fountain Fire Department reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice at any time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to all protected health information that we maintain. Any material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities and posted to our web site, if we maintain one. You can get a copy of the latest version of this Notice by contacting our privacy officer.

Your Legal Rights and Complaints: You also have the right to complain to us, or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the government. Should you have any questions, comments or complaints you may direct all inquiries to our privacy officer.

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Privacy Officer Contact Information:
Privacy Officer \ The City of Fountain Fire Department
212 North Santa Fe Ave. Fountain, Colorado 80817
           Fax 719-382-1002
           Email privacy@fountainfire.org


Effective Date of the Notice: April 14, 2003

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Volunteer Recruiting


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City of Fountain Fire Department
Volunteer Firefighter

The City of Fountain Fire Department has an integrated staff of career and volunteer firefighters. The volunteer firefighters have the same responsibilities and training requirements as the career firefighters, and are eligible to join special response teams within the department such as the Hazardous Materials Team, the Technical Rescue Team, Wildland Fire Team, and Tactical Emergency Medical Service Team. Volunteer firefighters are also provided opportunities to participate in training's offered within the state of Colorado as well as nationally. Volunteer firefighters are required to pull three 12-hour shifts a month. The shifts are from 08:00 - 20:00, and 20:00 – 08:00. When they are off duty, volunteer firefighters are alerted through a smartphone app to respond to large incidents such as wildland fires and structure fires.

A potential volunteer firefighter starts the journey by completing a volunteer application and participating through the selection process to become a fire academy candidate of the South Group Fire Academy. This academy is a joint program with the Fountain Fire Department, Security Fire Department, and Hanover Fire Department. The program allows the departments to share training resources and train new firefighters to a common standard. The fire academy is an eight-month program starting in February of each year. During the academy each candidate receives the training above-and-beyond the requirements of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. The certifications gained during the academy are the following:

  • Firefighter I (IFSAC & Pro-Board Accredited),
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations (IFSAC & Pro-Board Accredited), and
  • Wildland Firefighter 2 (National Wildfire Coordinating Group).

Upon graduating from the South Group Fire Academy, the candidates become sworn volunteer firefighters through the City of Fountain.

Volunteer EMS Provider

The City of Fountain Fire Department has an exceptional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program. This program includes career paramedics and emergency medical technicians, but also the department welcomes volunteer EMS providers. These volunteer EMS providers are held to the same standard as the career providers. The applicants must hold a current Colorado state paramedic or EMT certification.  Once selected into the EMS academy, the candidates must successfully complete a four-month field internship program where they are teamed up with seasoned paramedics and EMTs to help them succeed in becoming independent EMS providers on an ambulance. Volunteer EMS providers are required to pull three 12-hour shifts a month. The shifts are from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and 8:00 PM – 8:00 AM. When they are off duty, volunteer EMS providers are alerted through a smartphone app to respond to large incidents such as a mass causality incident or disaster.

Applications for volunteer fire fighter and EMS provider are accepted year round. The Fountain Fire Department selects new candidates once a year around December 1st to attend the fire or EMS academy beginning February of the following year. Anyone who is interested in serving as a volunteer with the City of Fountain Fire Department is encouraged to submit an application anytime. 

Thank you for your interest in the City of Fountain Fire Department and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

To become a volunteer firefighter/EMS provider you must:

  • Submit an application for volunteer appointment to the department. Applications are available at Fountain Firehouse 1 as well as on this website page below.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Reach your 18th birthday by the start of the fire academy.
  • Live in El Paso, Teller, or Pueblo Counties.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Be free of any felony convictions.
  • Agree and submit to a background check of criminal history.
  • Agree and submit to a driver history check.
  • Successfully complete a physical agility test.
  • Successfully pass an oral interview board.

Automatic disqualifies for acceptance into the City of Fountain Fire Department are:

  • Any drug or alcohol conviction
  • Any domestic violence conviction
  • Any felony conviction
  • Habitual driving infraction

For any questions about becoming a volunteer contact
Fire Training Captain Mark Kuzmic at (719) 393-6814.

Volunteer/Fire Academy Application

After printing and completing the application, you may do one of the following:

Scan and email to mkuzmic@fountaincolorado.org,

Fax to (719) 382-1002,

 or mail to:
Fountain Fire Department Firehouse 1
Attention: Training Division
811 N Santa Fe Avenue
Fountain, CO 80817