It was in July of 2009 that I sent a letter of appreciation to the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department for your rapid and effective response to the Valley Floor fire. Seven months later I have prepared another heartfelt response to your skills. I personally would like to thank the members of the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department and the Placerville Volunteer Fire Department, who responded so quickly and effectively to gain control over the Baked in Telluride fire. Not only did you control that aspect of the fire, but you made sure it didn’t move to adjacent buildings. In very tight physical constraints you were outstanding. Your volunteer status was only enhanced by your professionalism. The long hours and days that have been spent on this potentially very dangerous blaze, show the true community spirit you have brought to the entire Fire District. Your months of training certainly paid off big time. A special thank you also goes to the Telluride Marshal’s Department who were the first ones on the scene to report the beginning of the blaze.
Thanks, seems like a small word, but please don’t let the smallness of the word diminish the sincere appreciation felt by this entire regional community. Without you, this individual building fire, could have taken out many other buildings in the downtown area. While our skies carry remnants of the ash from the fire, your skill and caring is forever embellished upon your badges of courage.
The time and effort you and your fellow volunteers put in, is truly appreciated. You are always there and ready. As unpaid volunteers, you make us all very proud. Thank you again for what you do to protect our region.
- Stuart Fraser, Mayor, Town of Telluride