Fire Department

FirePatch1142.jpgThe Black Hawk Fire Department was established in 1879 and functioned as a 100% volunteer City service for 114 years. Since 1993, when they became a paid department, this relatively small department in a rural area provides fire and medical response to a transient population that exceeds 40,000 people on any given day. Black Hawk Fire runs out of one station with 4 fire apparatus, a utility and a command vehicle. The station also houses 2 Gilpin Ambulance Authority ambulances which are staffed at the Paramedic level apparatus and two ambulances. All staff work a 3 shift 48/96 rotation.

Mission Statement

"It is our mission to save lives, protect property and serve our community with professionalism, integrity and efficiency. Our department exists to serve our community and visitors thru the promotion of public safety, timely service of emergency response and an overall willingness to assist wherever needed"

Department Motto

"Preserving the past, protecting the future"

Vision Statement

"BHFD will be recognized as a leader in the fire service, respected by our peers and the community. By investing in community education, the highest standards of training, quality staffing and equipment, we will strive to be the best emergency service provider in the State of Colorado while also maintaining a proud community with a strong sense of safety"

Core Values

To our Community; "We owe our community professionalism, integrity and the highest level of compassionate service".

To our Department; "We owe this department our full commitment and dedication inspiring each other and believing that every action reflects on all members of the department both past, present and future".

To each other; "We owe each other a supportive environment surrounded by trust and respect for every individual while maintaining a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie".

To ourselves; "We owe ourselves continued improvement through education and training. Maintaining a physical and mental well-being for ourselves and taking pride in our chosen career".

Important Documents & Resources


The Black Hawk Fire Department currently has 19 full-time uniformed personnel. All personnel are fire, hazardous materials and medically trained to a minimum of the EMT-IV level.Gilpin Ambulance houses 2 ambulances at the fire station and both Gilpin Ambulances are staffed at the paramedic level.

Don Taylor
Fire Chief/Emergency Manager
(303) 582-2235

Rebecca Blondo
Executive Administrative Assistant
(303) 582-2248

Brad Krichau
(303) 582-2255

Fire Department Officers

Mark Schaller
A Shift Captain
(303) 582-2225

Jennifer Hembroff
B Shift Captain
(303) 582-2224

Kevin Martschinske
B Shift Captain/Inspector
(303) 582-2243

Trent Ingle
A Shift Lieutenant
(303) 582-2241

Chris Reid
B Shift Lieutenant
(303) 582-2242

Shane Castro
C Shift Lieutenant
(303) 582-2222

Mailing Address:
PO Box 68
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Physical Address:
196 Clear Creek Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Phone: (303) 582-0426
Fax: (303) 582-2229