Welcome to the Cortez Fire Protection District

The Cortez Fire Protection District is an all-risk emergency service organization; we respond to all types of fire related emergencies, medical emergencies and special situational responses, including hazardous materials.

Mission Statement

The Cortez Fire Protection District dedicates our service to the health, safety and welfare of all who live and all who enter our community and the environment.

Position Opening Announcement
Fire Chief

The Cortez Fire Protection District (“Fire District”) is seeking qualified and motivated applicants for the position of full-time Fire Chief to lead a progressive, value-based, fire protection district in Southwest Colorado.

Click the PDFs below for the Job Announcement and the Job Description.

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Click the PDF below for the Call for Nomination information:

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Chief Vandevoorde was interviewed by KSJD’s Austin Cope to share with us the dangers of propane and how homeowners can avoid accidents like the deadly explosion in Rico on January 23, 2017.

Listen to the Radio Broadcast here.

The Cortez Fire Protection District has received a $2 million grant to build a new fire station.

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The Cortez Fire Protection District academy recently graduated 10 recruits – seven from Cortez, two from Ute Mountain Fire Rescue and one from Dolores.

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Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde

Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our employees, I would like to welcome you to the Cortez Fire Protection District website. The Cortez Fire District is recognized leader in providing fire, rescue and emergency medical service. We are committed to providing high quality, essential services in our community and throughout the 163 square miles of the Cortez Fire District. The members of the fire district are the most valuable resource in providing our citizens with the help they need, when they need it. Our members work hard everyday to meet the needs of the residents and visitors. Providing exceptional customer service is our top priority. The Cortez Fire District recognizes its importance within the community. We as an organization are honored to have a highly qualified, competent and diverse workforce. Through the organization’s commitment to continually developing our employees at all levels, we strive to be a leader in the great community that we serve. We partner with the Montezuma County Sheriff, Cortez City Police, Montezuma County Emergency Manager, Colorado State Police and our neighboring fire agencies to help improve the overall safety in our area. The Fire District website contains a wide range of information. It is a resource for our community and citizens. Our website is one of many tools that we use to stay connected to you. The Fire District also uses social media such as Facebook to connect to you. Jeff-Vandevoorde-Signature

Fire Chief

Cortez Fire Protection District

Fire Danger
Fire Danger - Low
NOAA Weather

Cortez, CO

Last Updated on Feb 24 2018, 3:53 am MST

Current Conditions: Mostly Cloudy


Temp: 15°F

Wind: North at 0mph

Humidity: 84%

Dewpoint: 10.9°F

Your 5-Day Forecast at a Glance