Day in the Life of a Golden Firefighter

Ever considered being a volunteer firefighter? If so, join us on December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fire Station 21 for a morning of demonstrations and answering questions that you may have about what it takes to be a Golden Volunteer Firefighter! Class size is limited, so reserve your spot soon by calling 303-384-8094 or email Reservations will be accepted through November 29 until the class is full.

The application submission period for the 2021 Volunteer Fire Academy will open on November 1 and close December 15. Testing and interviews will be in January, 2021. The Academy starts February 24 and runs every Wednesday and Thursday evening, and all day on Saturday through the end of June. For more information, contact Captain Jeanette Kehoe at or 303-215-8888.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Golden fire department’s dedicated professionals is to enhance the quality of life for the Golden Community through fire and injury prevention, education and the protection of life and property.


The Golden fire department strives for customer service excellence as a model combination fire department. We pride ourselves in always putting our customers’ needs above our own. Our department culture is grounded in inclusiveness, transparency and innovation. We protect each other through our dedication to training, safety and prevention. As a team of dedicated professionals, we are committed to the residents of Golden, our department and each other. All that we do is aimed at keeping Golden a premier place to live, play and work.

Fire Department Services

Non-emergency Services
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After business hours & weekends

Purpose Statement

To serve in the Face of Adversity.

Shared Values

Shared Values Acronym: I – LAST
Signifying we have the fortitude to do what is needed and the humility to serve others first.

I – Integrity
We are honest, fair, and consistent, showing an uncompromising adherence to ethical behavior and our shared values.

L – Loyalty
We are committed to each other as one family of brothers and sisters, to the residents of our communities, and visitors.

A – Accountability
We are responsible for our words and behavior to ourselves, each other, and the public. We humbly support one another in the positive pursuit of excellence, coaching each other to constantly improve.

S – Service
We put others before ourselves, doing our duty courageously, honorably, and respectfully. Through education and innovation, we provide the highest levels of emergency services and fire-prevention education in the nation.

T – Trust
We depend on one another’s words and commitments to each other as a high-performance team, based on our professional knowledge, skills, and capabilities.

A Message from Fire Chief Welch

Alicia WelchGreetings and welcome to the Golden Fire Department. Whether you live, work or play in the City of Golden please know that nearly 100 dedicated firefighters and staff are ready to assist you. The mission of our dedicated professionals is to enhance the quality of life for the Golden Community through fire and injury prevention, education and protection of life and property. As you visit our website you will learn about our Combination Fire Department, made up of both volunteer and paid personnel. In our 146-year history, we have seen Golden transition from a gateway to the mining industry, into a vibrant and thriving city that is an economic engine of the State.

We strive to achieve our mission through collaborating with the residential and business communities here in Golden. Additionally, we rely on our regional public safety agencies to provide quality and responsive emergency service to our community with GFD. Our focus is on promoting emergency preparedness, public education and safety, and rapid response to emergencies of all types.

We provide service from two community fire stations and maintain two support facilities, which house reserve fire apparatus. In partnership with American Medical Response (AMR), we contract two ambulances staffed by certified Paramedics who provide advanced life support service for for all who live, work, and visit our community on a daily basis.

The members of the Golden Fire Department are looking forward to serving you. If you have a question, comment or suggestion please contact us any time.

Chief Alicia Welch
Golden Fire Department
911 10th St
Golden, CO  80401
Office: 303-384-8090
Fax: 303-384-8089

September 2020 Fire Department Call Statistics

Major Incident Types
Number of Incidents
Percentage of Total
Fires 0 0%
Overpressure rupture 3 1.7%
Rescue & Emergency Medical Services 91 51.7%
Hazardous Conditions (No Fire) 9 5.11%
Service Call 5 2.84%
Good Intent Call 43 24.43%
False Alarm & False Call 19 10.8%
Severe Weather Related Call 0 0%
Special Incident Type 6 3.41%
Total Incidents 176 100%

Incidents by Location

District #1 (North end) 80 45%
District #2 (South end) 80 45%
Other Outside of City 16 10%

Other Statistics

Automatic Aid Received 15
Automatic Aid Given 5
Mutual Aid Received 2
Mutual Aid Given 2
Average Response Time 5:28 min
Average Total Time per Call 18:38 min
Average Number of Firefighters per Incident 6.2
Total Dollar Loss for the month $0
Fire Department Services:
Car Seat Checks Alarm Registration
Community Wildfire Protection Plan Firefighter Member Training
Fire Donations Fire Safety Education Programs
Senior Fire Safety
COG Mesa

 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa