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​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Timberline Fire Protection District (TFPD) 

Serving Boulder and Gilpin Counties, Colorado





On May 3rd, the Timberline Fire Protection District is holding an election to fill three seats on the Board of Directors.

We have four candidates who are running for the Board. In alphabetical order they are:

Jim Crawford

​Paul Ondr

Chris Samuelson

Cheryl Taylor

Each candidate has prepared a bio  - please see below.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about the candidates

In addition, we will be holding a candidate forum on Monday, April 25th from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Timberline fire station 7 located at 14908 Highway 119. This is a great opportunity to learn more about those who will be directing emergency services in the Timberline Fire Protection District.  Refreshments will be provided.

Please come learn more about the candidates and don't forget to vote on May 3rd at Fire Station 7, 14908 Highway 119.

Glenn M. Levy, Fire Chief 

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After growing up in Centennial, Colorado, I attended the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in music, particularly clarinet performance.  After my undergraduate studies, I played clarinet in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra for a year before returning to beautiful Colorado.  I missed Colorado so much, I moved straight to the mountains where I have remained.  After supplementing my education with a paralegal certificate, I worked for the Courts in both Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, while continuing to play clarinet in the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Most recently I worked as a paralegal for Toussaint & Coaty, P.C. in Evergreen, Colorado, which represented many mountain area fire districts.  In addition to this extensive exposure to the legal and election needs of fire districts, my interest in the fire service has also been sparked by my husband's heavy involvement as a volunteer firefighter. In our spare time, we like exploring these beautiful mountains with our one year old daughter and two dogs.



Four years ago when you elected me to the Timberline Board Of Directors I said I would “Strive to decrease response times, address station locations, improve current station conditions, increase the number of volunteers who are trained and ready to respond to any type of incident, and ensure that we have better, more reliable equipment to accomplish these goals. I will be a strong advocate for fostering relationships and collaborating with our surrounding fire departments.”

Over the past four years all of the above have been completed or improvements have been made.  Although it has been a group effort by the BOD, Chief and all the dedicated volunteers, Timberline is much better prepared to protect your community than it was 4 years ago.  Timberline has 2 new fire stations that provide service to areas of the community that were previously under served, response times have been almost cut in half, stations have been remodeled or much need maintenance performed, the number of people who are volunteering for Timberline has increased dramatically,  many of whom do not live in the community but come stay at your fire houses and are ready to serve you, almost the entire fleet of fire trucks has been replaced, and our relationships with all of the county and surrounding agencies has never been this strong.  All of this has been accomplished without  needing to increase your taxes.  

If you are pleased with the direction Timberline is heading I would be honored to serve the community as Board member for another term.


Paul Ondr​


Jim Crawford has announced his candidacy for reelection to the Timberline Fire Protection District Board. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at Timberline's station 7 next to Taggerts. The poll will be open from 7AM until 7PM. Jim would appreciate your support on May 3rd.

Crawford.jpgJim was born in Washington DC and lived in Capitol Heights Maryland, just outside of Washington until moving to Gilpin County Colorado in 2000. Work had sent Jim to Boulder for training in the mid 1990s and he knew that this needed to be his new home. Jim is currently a resident in the Dory Lakes subdivision.

 Jim retired from the federal government in 2006 after a 32-year career. He started work at the Export Import Bank for two years and then went to the US Department of Commerce where he spent the remainder of his career. He spent the last 25 years in the Office of Computer Services which was one of the department's administrative data centers. When he retired, he was the Technical Director for the center managing operations and technology. During his tenure with the center, Jim was the recipient of the both the Department of Commerce's Silver Medal and the Bronze Medal for outstanding performance. After retirement from the government, Jim worked for Gilpin County for a year as their Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and has worked the last several elections as an Election Judge for Gilpin County.

Jim has been an active volunteer firefighter for 33 years. Jim started his service in 1983 when he joined the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He was an active member there for 30 years and remains a lifetime member of that department. During his time, he has held many offices including the rank of Assistant Chief for 4 years and Deputy Chief for 10 years. Jim also served on their board for 12 years. Over time, Jim has received two unit citations and was the recipient of Firehouse Magazine's Community Service award in 2006 for a door to door smoke alarm program that he participated in.

Jim's involvement in the Timberline District began in the summer of 2006 right after his retirement. From 2006 until 2008, he served on the High County Board. In May of 2008 he then joined the department where he remains active. In 2010, Jim returned to the High Country Board being part of the team working on the merger to form Timberline. He was one of the members to be selected to serve on the first Timberline Board. Jim's accomplishments on the board are many and include some recent ones such as managing the property inclusion open season for the past three years, writing various press releases for the district, and representing Timberline at many meetings. He has also written many grant applications for the district.

Jim gained most of his fire service training at the University of Maryland's, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. His training began shortly after joining Capitol Heights and continues to this day. He has a vast array of training from entry level firefighting classes to upper level management classes. His last major accomplishment was the completion of the Fire Officer III class in 2013. Jim was a Maryland certified EMT for 20 years and currently is working on his Colorado EMT certification. Jim is nationally certified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Professional Qualifications Board at the levels of Firefighter II, Instructor III, Inspector I, and Fire Officer III.​

As a board member, he believes that being fiscally responsible while providing the highest quality of emergency services is critical. Along those lines, recruitment and retention is key in meeting that goal. It is important to him to maintain and improve the volunteer staffing model. Firefighter safety is also important which entails ensuring firefighters have proper training and equipment to do the job. Strategic planning is important to help map the direction of the district into the future. Budgets need to look past the current year. Training that is high quality and accessible needs to be a priority. The Chief has made great strides in that and needs to be supported into the future. Alternate funding sources need to sought out. With the limited tax base of the district, alternate sources such as grants need to be pursued to ensure adequate funding of the district.

Jim is highly committed to the district and working to move it forward. His past performance has demonstrated his capabilities and his dedication. He would appreciate your support and vote on May 3rd. Thank you.

The Timberline Fire Protection District provides all Hazard Protection to both Gilpin and Boulder Counties in beautiful Colorado. The district is 30 miles west of the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area spanning the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway between the cities of Black Hawk and Nederland providing services for over 173 square miles between at over 9000ft above sea level.



Timberline on the Black Hawk Ridge Fire in Golden Gate Canyon: September 19, 2015


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Timberline Fire Protection District is a Colorado Special District. It is governed by an elected Board of Directors. 

 Our board consists of 5 positions who are elected to serve a 4 year term. 

Our next election is May 3, 2016.​

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