Black Hawk Fire Department was established in 1879 and is located in the mountains, surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest, 30 miles North West of Denver. The city of Black Hawk became an Historic Landmark District in the late 1980s and is presently one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the state. Our department was all volunteer for 114 years until we became a paid department in 1993. We are a relatively small department in a rural area that 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 3 apparatus and two ambulances.


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”.

Protecting Your Home from Wildfire

Protecting Your Home from Wildfire - pdf

Firewise Construction - pdf

Forest Home Fire Safety - pdf

Fire Resistant Landscaping - pdf

Firewise Plant Materials - pdf

Ready, Set, Go - Wildfire Action Planning - video

Fire Safety Resources

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Contact Info


Fire Department

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

Fire and Medical Emergencies: 911

Department Personnel

Don Taylor, Fire Chief


Sam Sitzman, A-Shift Captain
Maintenance Captain

Kevin Martschinske, B-Shift Captain
Training Captain
Cell # 303-808-0194

Brian Cheek, C-Shift Captain
Fire Inspections/Prevention

Cell# 303-880-3187


Shane Castro, A-Shift Lt.

Mark Schaller, B-Shift Lt.

Jennifer Hembroff, C-Shift Lt.


The Black Hawk Fire Department currently has 18 full time uniform personnel. Gilpin Ambulance houses 2 ambulances at the fire station and 2 Gilpin Ambulance paramedics are assigned to each shift.

Firefighters: (Click on thename to sendan email)

Quentin Griffin, Bruce Hollenbeck, Aaron Heiser, Trent Ingle, Kip Karr, Jim Major, Jorge Olivas, Chris Reid , Dave Wellington, Chris Williams, Jason Christian, David Slagle

Fire Inspections and Permits
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Fire Watch Permit

Click HERE to access the fire watch permit.

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