Town of Palmer Lake to consider closing fire department

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PALMER LAKE, Colo. (KKTV) - A meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The department was established more than 80 years ago and funding appears to be an issue.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 17 at Palmer Lake Town Hall.

The following was shared to the Town of Palmer Lake Facebook page:

"Currently, the town of Palmer Lake is in talks to close the Palmer Lake Fire Department, which was established as we know it in 1938. The PLFD combats fires in Palmer Lake but also keeps our community a FireWise community, all through volunteer work. The volunteer firemen and women also maintain the Palmer Lake Star that we all love so much, as well as maintain safe environments during Winterfest, Fireworks, and more. Their annual Chili Supper is also a Palmer Lake tradition.

Hundreds of local firefighters got their beginnings at PLFD and now work for other cities and counties nationwide.

However, funding is short, and the PLFD doesn’t have the resources to build a new station and do all of the things they need to do operationally. Therefore, the town will be discussing closing the Palmer Lake Fire Department and utilizing Tri-Lakes Monument for emergency calls.

The Board of Trustees will be discussing this issue and possible actions moving forward on the 17th of July.

If you have anything to say either way about this issue or just want to listen, come to the meeting on the 17th at 6pm. It takes a village to make things happen."

11 News has reached out to several trustees and the mayor for comment. This article will be updated as information becomes available.