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Trio at Grand EMS pass Red Card firefighter test
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 8/21/20

Three new members of Grand County Emergency Medical Services have qualified as Red Card Wildland Firefighters to assist various agencies on the Williams Fork Fire burning in Grand County with Lt. Chadwick Davis, a paramedic, and EMTs Stephen Rubenstein and Andrew Smyth earning the recognition.

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Update: 'Human caused' Williams Fork Fire has burned over 6,300 acres 
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 8/16/20

Update at 9:50 p.m. Sunday: On Sunday, authorities with the U.S. Forest Service attributed the Williams Fork Fire burning seven miles away from Fraser in Grand County to humans.

In a Sunday night update, the U.S. Forest Service listed the large wildfire as “human caused.” A spokesperson said over the phone that lightning had been ruled out, and while the exact cause remains under investigation, it is believed to be a result of human activity.

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CO 9 near Kremmling reopens following cement truck rollover
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 7/25/20

Original story: A stretch of Colorado State Highway 9 near Kremmling is closed in both directions due to a rollover cement truck crash.

Highway 9 is closed between River Drive and River Ranch Village with no estimated time for reopening. A local detour is in place.

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Grand County EMS celebrates 50 years of service
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 7/19/20

Grand County EMS’s 50th anniversary celebration featured three helicopters, two fire engines and a fleet of emergency response vehicles.

The county-approved cookout at Kaibab Park in Granby included masks, social distancing and a gathering of emergency responders beyond just EMS. Members of Grand County Search and Rescue, the sheriff’s office, local fire departments and the Granby police stopped by to commemorate the occasion.

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Girl Scouts honor Grand County EMS as Hometown Heroes
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 5/25/20

Kremmling’s Girl Scout Troop 50292 honored Grand County EMS with a parade and donation of cookies on Thursday during National EMS Week.

Troop 50292 Leader Katie DeBell said the troop overwhelmingly supported Grand County EMS to be their Hometown Heroes for the 2020 cookie sale season, which allowed the scouts’ customers to donate boxes of cookies to the organization.

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West Grand comes together to celebrate Class of 2020
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 5/25/20

On Sunday, with the iconic Kremmling cliffs as a backdrop, West Grand High School’s Class of 2020 gathered in the school’s parking lot to celebrate the end of their high school careers.

Despite the nontraditional setting, the ceremony incorporated familiar West Grand graduation customs, including a video presentation featuring pictures, songs and music chosen by each senior. Honking vehicle horns replaced thunderous applause, and cheers erupted as graduates were introduced.

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Search and Rescue responds to first call during COVID-19 pandemic
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 5/5/20

Grand County Search and Rescue responded to its first call during the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday morning after an ATV accident outside Kremmling.

Greg Foley, field director for GCSAR, said the crew responded to a call of an ATV rollover on County Road 22 that left a Winter Park man with serious injuries on Sunday morning. It was the first call for GCSAR since the state’s stay at home order.

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Local distillery provides hand sanitizer to first responders, community
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 3/29/20

The first weekend Fraser Valley Distilling advertised it was making free hand sanitizer, owner Barry Young got a call from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. 

“I thought I was in trouble,” Young recalled. 

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New EMS chief hopes to be Good for Grand County
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 2/18/20

Grand County’s new EMS chief brings 30 years of experience to the position. Robert Good took over as chief on Sunday. Grand County’s former EMS chief, Ray Jennings, retired in January after 16 years.

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Fraser Winter Park officers honored for life-saving measures
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 2/5/20

Three Fraser Winter Park Police officers were honored Tuesday at Winter Park Town Hall for life-saving measures they performed earlier this month on an emergency call. Officers Stensvad and Kupser and Sgt. Finley received the department’s life-saving medal after responding to a call in Wolf Park of an unconscious 71-year-old woman experiencing a seizure in August.

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Grand County announces top EMS chief candidates 
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 1/30/20

The list of professionals being considered for the Grand County Emergency Medical Services chief position is down to three candidates. You can meet them at a Community Meet and Greet from 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday at Granby Town Hall. Formal interviews will be held the next day with a panel of representatives from the county and other agencies that work closely with the EMS chief.

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Greyhound bus overturns in snow, no passengers hurt 
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 1/13/20

A Greyhound bus full of passengers made an unexpected three-hour detour when the bus got caught in deep snow on US Highway 40 outside Winter Park on Sunday evening. East Grand Fire responded to a call around 6 p.m. Sunday that a Greyhound bus had gotten caught in deep snow and the bus had turned onto its side.

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Two hurt in rollover that closed US 40 
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 11/13/19

A rollover wreck outside of Winter Park closed US Highway 40 in both directions for a brief period of time Wednesday. Two men sustained serious injuries in the wreck, though their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The two were taken to Denver Health, according to Fraser Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor.

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GCEMS captain honored at state level for local contributions 
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 11/9/19

Grand County EMS Captain Audrey Jennings will receive a statewide honor for her years of dedicated service and passion for providing emergency medical services. Jennings is being awarded the Francis Mildred Roth Women in EMS Award at the 2019 Colorado EMS Awards this evening at Keystone Resort hosted by the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado.

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EMS Chief announces retirement
Source: Winter Park Times
Date: 10/31/19

After sixteen years with Grand County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS), Chief Ray Jennings has announced his retirement from the department. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the chief to talk about his role, the department and how it has changed during his tenure.

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EMS Chief announces retirement
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 10/31/19

After 16 years as chief of Grand County EMS, Ray Jennings announced his retirement from the position in January. Jennings, who was appointed to chief in 2003, helped transform Grand County’s EMS into one of the top performing ambulance services in the country.

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Two hurt in separate falling incidents Saturday in Grand County
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 9/16/19

Two women were hurt in separate falling incidents Saturday in Grand County, including one that had volunteers with Grand County Search and Rescue rafting at night. According to a news release, a search and rescue team was called into action around 10 a.m. Saturday when a 55-year-old woman slipped about 12 feet into Jim Creek near the waterfall and hit her head on a log.

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Search and rescue responds to hunter with leg laceration
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 9/12/19

Grand County Search and Rescue responded to a hunter with a laceration in his leg on County Road 3 Wednesday afternoon. Greg Foley, field director for GCSAR, said an archer was out in the Mule Creek area around noon Sept. 11 and sitting on a downed tree when a branch lacerated the man’s leg.

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2 Critically injured after traveling 100 yards through aqueduct identified
Source: ABC 10
Date: 8/31/19

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition after traveling the length of a football field through an aqueduct pipe in Winter Park, according to a release from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.

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Police chase ends in Grand County when CSP flattens SUV’s tires
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 8/11/19

A 25-year-old man is in police custody following a Sunday chase on Highway US 40 that ended north of Kremmling in Grand County. In a news release, Colorado State Patrol describes how its troopers helped Steamboat Springs police and the U.S. Forest Service stop a fleeing 2007 Nissan Xterra at about 12:20 p.m. Sunday.

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EGFPD: A 50th Celebration to Remember
Source: Winter Park Times
Date: 8/8/19

Several hundred community members and their kids came out to celebrate East Grand Fire Protection District #4’s 50th Birthday last Saturday. The BBQ and family-fun open house included fire truck rides, ladder truck rides and drawings. The North Colorado Med EVAC Team flew in to show off one of their choppers.

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Search and Rescue fields two separate calls on Roaring Fork Trail Sunday
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 8/6/19

Sunday was a busy day for Grand County’s all volunteer Search and Rescue team as the local organization responded to two emergency calls, both on the Roaring Fork Trail near Lake Granby.

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Grand County 911 steps in when Summit goes down
Source: Sky-Hi News
Date: 7/15/19

UPDATE: Some customers in western Colorado and surrounding areas recently experienced a service disruption due to a third-party fiber cut. All services have been restored. A broken fiber optic line between Breckenridge and Bailey has caused a widespread telephone service outage that’s taken Summit County’s 911 Center offline.

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Firefighters contain structure blaze near Winter Park Highlands
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Updated 6:20 p.m., Tuesday: Local first responders were able to contain a house fire in the Winter Park Highlands area that resulted in two structure losses and a car fire.

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Two more fishermen rescued after getting stranded on lake; ice melt creating treacherous conditions
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, March 16, 2019


Emergency crews rescued a second group of people after they found themselves stuck on Lake Granby Friday night.

At around 10 p.m. Friday, two men and their snowmobiles ended up stranded on Lake Granby while ice fishing when slushy ice made it difficult to return to shore.

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Emergency crews rescue 2 med stranded on ice at Williams Fork Reservoir; Sheriff warns to stay off lake
Sky-Hi News
Friday, March 15, 2019


Two anglers hoping to catch a few fish ended up catching frostbite when they got stuck in the middle of Williams Fork Reservoir on Friday morning.

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Snowmobiler Medevaced after 150 foot fall in Grand Lake
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, February 9, 2019


A 38-year-old woman was medevaced from Grand Lake Saturday afternoon after sustaining serious injuries while snowmobiling.

At around 2 p.m. Saturday, the woman was snowmobiling in the Porphyry Peak area near Grand Lake when she drove around a fence and over a cliff, falling about 150 feet down, according to Grand County Search and Rescue Field Director Greg Foley.

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Women uninjured after car goes off Highway 40 near Snow Mountain Ranch
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, January 8, 2019


GRANBY — The driver of a vehicle traveling along Highway 40 on Tuesday morning received quite a scare after she lost control and plummeted about 50 feet into a ditch.

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Structure fire damages condos under construction in Winter Park
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, November 17, 2018


A structure fire at the Vasquez Creek Condos closed Vasquez Road in Winter Park at around 4 p.m. Saturday, but has been put out.

The fire damaged a structure under construction at 500 Vasquez Road, according to the Fraser Winter Park Police Department. Vasquez Road is now open.

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Structure fire damages condos under construction in Winter Park
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, November 1, 2018


A mid-morning multivehicle crash on US Highway 40 just south of downtown Granby ended with one individual being transported to Middle Park Medical Center for further evaluation.

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In busy summer season, Monarch Lake area sees most calls for search and rescue, officials say
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, July 26, 2018


This summer has proven to be a busy one for Grand County Search and Rescue, with most of the calls originating from the Monarch Lake area, according to officials.

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Golf Course Fire in Grand County is 100 percent contained
9 News
Friday, June 29, 2018


GRAND COUNTY - The Golf Course Fire burned more than 60 acres near Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County before being fully contained, according to a tweet from Grand Lake Fire.

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Officials: Grand Lake house fire may have been caused by smoking
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Officials from the Grand Lake Fire Protection District said Wednesday that they believe a cigarette and an oxygen concentrator machine may be responsible for a residential fire that sent a woman to the hospital late last week with severe burns.

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There are some new faces at Grand County EMS
Sky-Hi News
Monday, April 9, 2018


Grand County Emergency Medical Services is excited to announce the promotion of Melissa Lewis, Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) to Captain, and the hiring of Jeanne Power, NRP as our new Education Captain. GCEMS has also hired Elizabeth Schenk, NRP to a full-time Paramedic role.

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Kremmling Fire Department and Grand Count EMS helps family
Grand Gazette
Thursday, March 8, 2018


It all started when the furnace began to whistle on Tuesday. It sounded like the wind was blowing straight through my house.

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County considers relocating Grand Lake ambulance
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, November 11, 2017


The Grand County Emergency Medical Service, or EMS, is considering removing their ambulance currently housed at the Grand Lake Fire Department due to budget constraints and data suggesting a smaller percentage of calls in the area compared to the rest of the county. Despite some resistance from residents, officials expect that response times to the area won’t significantly be effected.

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County considers relocating Grand Lake ambulance
Coloradoan
Saturday, May 6, 2017


An injured 19-year-old Tennessee backpacker spent a night with rescuers in a remote part of Rocky Mountain National Park after a boulder fell on his leg, triggering an hours-long evacuation effort.

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Easier Lifting and Loading of Patients
EMSWorld.com
Monday October 5, 2015


EMS poses a lot of injury risk to the people who deliver it, and the employees of Colorado’s Grand County EMS aren’t an exception. Specifically, loading patients had contributed to a number of rotator cuff injuries among its providers.

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Survey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of Suicide
JEMS
Monday September 28, 2015

Courtney Smith, 54, drove to a desolate country road on a cold winter morning. It was three hours from the city where she worked as a medic for 28 years. Courtney pulled to the side of the road and sent a text to her three children.

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Updated: Byars Canyon fire containment estimate upped to 60 percent
Sky-Hi News
Monday, August 24, 2015


HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Thick smoky haze and the whirring pop of helicopter rotors filled the skies above Grand County on Tuesday morning as local firefighters worked to battle the Byers Canyon Fire, which started Monday morning, Aug. 24.

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Lightning strikes twice in Grand County
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, August 18, 2015


It was a busy weekend once again for Grand County first responders as a series of lightning strikes on Friday evening, Aug. 14, sent EMS and firefighters to two separate locations in the county.

A 28-year old female was struck by lightning at around 6 p.m. Friday evening. The woman was struck on her shoulder while in the Green Ridge Day Use picnic area on the shores of Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

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Grand County Search and Rescue saves man at Bowmen Lake
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Grand County Search and Rescue has completed its second high altitude rescue in three weeks.

Grand County Search and Rescue was paged at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, for a 20-year-old male, at Bowen Lake with probable altitude sickness at the 11,400-foot high lake.

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Hypothermic hiker rescued in Neversummer Wilderness
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, July 9, 2015


A 15 year-old hypothermic and severely dehydrated hiker stranded near Bowen Lake in the Neversummer Wilderness was rescued yesterday evening by local first responders.

The subject, whose name has not been released by local authorities, recently traveled to Colorado from Texas and hiked to Bowen Lake, elevation 11,600 feet, with a camping group including 10 people. The group of campers had a satellite phone and were able to call for search and rescue.

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Skiers off Berthoud Pass survive avalanche
The Denver Post
Sunday, May 10, 2015


A skier savoring the big spring snow off Berthoud Pass just above timberline Sunday got caught in an avalanche and suffered an injury but survived.

Grand County rescuers reached two men and a woman at the scene of the avalanche — about 100 feet wide and 40 feet long — at about 11,500 feet elevation in the Currant Creek area.

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Pilot Survives Crash In Remote Part Of Rabbit Ears Pass
CBS 4 News
Sunday, January 25, 2015

ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A pilot is lucky to be alive after crashing the plane he was flying in a remote part of a high country forest. The crash happened south of Highway 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday morning.

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Grand County EMS conducts emergency exercise in Tabernash
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If you drove through Tabernash on Saturday, Sept. 27, you might have noticed what looked like a major emergency taking place on the Union Pacific Railroad spur line that runs through town.

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III teenagers rescued on backpacking trip with grandfather
Fox 31 News
Monday, September 1, 2014

NEDERLAND, Colo. — A grandfather hiked out of the backcountry in the middle of the night to get help after his grandson fell ill during a backpacking trip, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

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Two walk away from Granby Airport plane crash
Sky-Hi News
Friday, August 29, 2014


Twisted wreckage and shaken nerves marked the aftermath of a single-engine prop plane crash at the Granby Airport on Friday, Aug. 29, between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

The crash resulted in minor injuries for the two people onboard: Robert Weaver and his wife Ruth Weaver, both of Las Vegas, Nev.

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Union Pacific chiefs visit Granby
Sky-Hi Daily News
Thursday, August 7, 2014


The upper echelon of Union Pacific Railroad executives stopped in Granby this week to promote relationships with local communities.

The Union Pacific Foundation invited leaders from Grand County’s communities and presented community grants to Grand County Search and Rescue, the Shining Stars Foundation and Routt County United Way.

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Snow Puts A Stop To Ride The Rockies On Berthoud Pass
CBS 4 News
Monday, June 9, 2014


KREMMLING, Colo. (CBS4) – It was the wintry start to the Ride The Rockies on Sunday. It wasn’t what thousands of cyclists were expecting. The week-long ride stopped on Berthoud Pass because of snow.

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Building Accountability in EMS
EMS World
Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Accountability can be a loaded word. According to the dictionary, accountable means a person, organization or institution required or expected to justify actions or decisions. Accountable can also be described as being responsible and transparent.

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Grand County EMS shaves off time with technology
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Grand County Emergency Management Services is moving into the tech age with a new online program that allows for real-time information about available emergency resources.

When the floods ravaged the Front Range in 2013, emergency response personnel decided there was a pending need to collaborate by listing resources available to both local emergency responders as well as responders dealing with larger situations across the state.

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Baby born at Middle Park Medical Center
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


GRANBY – Middle Park Medical Center announces the birth of Ada Rane Frank, born at Middle Park Medical Center in Granby earlier this month.

Melissa Riley and Travis Frank, of Granby, welcomed their daughter at 3:49 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, following an emergency delivery at their local hospital. Ada Rane was 18.5 inches long and weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce.

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Children’s Hospital gives Grand County ’EMS Provider of Year’ award
Sky-Hi Daily News
Monday, December 16, 2013


The Emergency Medical Services staff of Grand County received the highest honor for lifesaving care for our community’s most precious patients — children. The Colorado Children’s Hospital presented the paramedics and emergency medical technicians of Grand County EMS with the “2013 Colorado Children’s Hospital EMS Provider of Year.”

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Denver medic mourned in line-of-duty service
EMS1
Monday, December 16, 2013


DENVER, Colo. — More than 100 police, fire and EMS agencies from across Colorado honored fallen Grand County EMS and Denver Health Paramedic Brian Schimpf in a line-of-duty memorial service on Thursday.

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Prehospital Profiles: Grand County EMS
EMS World
Thursday, December 12, 2013


Located in the rugged Rocky Mountains and featuring a specialized Mountain Medical Response Team, Grand County EMS in Granby, CO is a small service with big heart.

The 38 dedicated employees handle emergencies in local city centers as well as in the wilderness, often working hand in hand with the all-volunteer Grand County Search and Rescue Team to aid skiers, mountain bikers and others in the challenging mountainous terrain.

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Brian Schimpf
South Whidbey Record
Sunday, December 1, 2013


Brian Todd Schimpf, 33, died surrounded by family and friends in Parker, Colo., Adventist Hospital, Nov. 23, 2013.

Brian was born in Pusan, South Korea, March 12, 1980, and adopted by his parents, David Schimpf of Duluth and Ann Linnea of Freeland, Wash., March 24, 1981.

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Grand County EMS mourns loss of captain
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Longer than a year after a Grand County EMS vehicle rolled two-and-a-half times on Red Dirt Hill, the driver of the vehicle, former EMS Captain Brian Schimpf, died following a surgery related to injuries sustained from the accident.

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Tabernash man rescued from Berthoud Pass
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Leonard Somers, 56, of Tabernash, apparently lost control while skiing alone and collided with a stump near Current Creek, near the top of Berthoud Pass on Saturday, Nov 2. He was incapacitated for more than an hour before his cries for help were heard by three locals who were ski touring along the Berthoud Ditch, according to Grand County Search and Rescue.

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Fire guts Grand Lake shoreline home
Sky-Hi Daily News
Tuesday, October 1, 2013


GRAND LAKE ­— Fire destroyed a large home on Grand Lake’s Buttram Point in the wee morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Homeowner Randy Buttram said no family members were at the home at the time of the fire. His brother was staying at the home the past week, but he had left the day before, Buttram said.

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Grand County hazards plan update available for review
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, September 26, 2013


Wildfires, drought and floods have been causing devastating impacts in Colorado this year. Would you like to learn more about what Grand County is doing to minimize the impacts of these and other hazards?

A draft of Grand County’s updated “Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan” is being made available for public review and comment.

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Grand County Search and Rescue retrieves injured hunter, lost 75-year-old
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Grand County Search and Rescue responded to two missions on Friday, Sept. 20, with a 49 year-old hunter injuring a knee on Caribou Trail near Tabernash and a 75 year-old woman becoming lost near Monarch Lake. The hunter was located about eight miles from the trailhead. After splinting the man’s leg, the response team was able to walk him to ATVs, then transported him out.

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Emergency personnel enlist volunteers for mass casualty exercise
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Grand County EMS personnel, along with East Grand Fire and Fraser/Winter Park Police, assist the "victims" during a mass casualty exercise on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, at the John Work Arena in Fraser. The scenario involved 26 victims of a campfire that got out of control when gasoline was poured on it.

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Woman hospitalized from Grand Lake-area moose attack
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, September 7, 2013


GRAND LAKE — A Grand Lake woman is recovering in a Denver hospital from a bull-moose attack near Grand Lake.

Diana Duelly, 30, was at Pine Beach on the shore of Shadow Mountain Reservoir with her dog when a bull moose came from the trees and bushes and charged her, rendering her temporarily unconscious, according to her employer Bob King of Pancho and Lefty’s restaurant in Grand Lake.

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Rescuers aid park rangers, locate lost hunter
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Grand County Search and Rescue completed two missions over the Labor Day weekend, aiding Rocky Mountain National Park in the extradition of a hiker suffering from severe respiratory distress on Friday, and locating a lost bow hunter on Sunday.

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Separate Rollover accidents close highways near Kremmling
Sky-Hi Daily News
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


KREMMLING — A semitrailer hauling construction lumber from Parshall rolled on Highway 40 around 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, about 14 miles west of Kremmling, spilling lumber and closing the highway for about 2 hours and trapping the two occupants of the truck for 2.5 hours.

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Big Meadows fire crews help save firefighter’s life
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Early Sunday, June 16, Luther E. Larkin, Sr., 51, a firefighter working the Big Meadows Fire, collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest while hiking to the fire line with his fire crew. Crew members acted swiftly by administering CPR and requesting aid from fire-line paramedics from Grand County Emergency Medical Services assigned to the fire, who utilized an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to successfully resuscitate the man after approximately 10 minutes of him having no pulse.

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Moose euthanized after charging Grand Lake woman
Sky-Hi News
Friday, July 15, 2013


GRAND LAKE- A moose charged and knocked down Sue Rogers, 60, of Grand Lake, in a neighborhood southwest of Grand Lake on Tuesday, June 4, after her dog barked at the cow moose and its calf.
The woman received abrasions on her head, though was not trampled by the moose, and was taken to Granby Medical Center by Grand County EMS and was later transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood.

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SUV crashes through fence of Rocky Hi Speedway
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, June 4, 2013


GRAND LAKE — An SUV driver suffering a seizure crashed through the fence of the Rocky Hi Speedway go-cart track on Sunday.

Jonathan Krape, 36, of Parker, was traveling with two grade-school-aged boys when he passed out due to a seizure while driving the car. His foot still on the accelerator, Krape veered off the road on his way to downtown Grand Lake and sped across a field about 200 yards until crashing through a large privacy fence of the Rocky Hi Speedway.

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Charter bus rolls near Fraser
Sky-Hi News
Monday, April 29, 2013


At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 8, a charter bus belonging to Grace Coach Lines was traveling westbound on Grand County Road 50, just west of Fraser, Colorado.

While the driver, Mr. Harold Coiner, was negotiating a right hand curve on a snow packed mountain road, the bus partially drove off the right side of the roadway and rolled one-quarter time onto its right side. The bus came to rest in a deep embankment of snow.

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EMS Profile: Ziegler
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Grand County is unique not only in its location and recreational opportunities but is also rich with unique families and individuals. I recently had the chance to chat with Cory Ziegler, who is a unique individual who is also part of a unique family.

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Driver survives Berthoud Pass crash
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, April 9, 2013


WINTER PARK - The driver of a sedan careened off the roadway on Berthoud Pass, sustaining only minor injuries.

A 52-year-old woman from Dumont drove off the east side of Berthoud Pass near milepost 241 at Current Creek around 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5. The only one who was in the vehicle, she apparently crawled or walked 200 feet downhill from where her vehicle had landed as it was not apparent that she had been ejected from her vehicle, according to Search and Rescue sources.

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Man rescued after icy plunge into Shadow Mountain Reservoir
Sky-Hi News
Friday, November 23, 2012


A canoe on Shadow Mountain reservoir capsized early Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, sending a duck hunter into the freezing water.

Hunter Andy Chasin, 44, of Winter Park, was able to hold onto his canoe until he was rescued. A resident in a shoreline home heard the man and called 911, according to Grand County Undersheriff Jim Campbell.

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Grand County EMS vehicle rolls on Red Dirt Hill
Sky-Hi News
Friday, September 21, 2012


A Grand County paramedic suffered injuries when the response vehicle he was driving rolled two-and-a-half times.

Grand County Emergency Medical Services Capt. Brian Schimpf underwent surgery for his injuries sustained during the one-car accident, which occurred at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, and is expected to make a full recovery over time, according to statements Grand County EMS released last Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Fire levels storage structure at Beaver Village in Winter Park
Sky-Hi News
Friday, September 7, 2012


WINTER PARK — A structure fire located at Beaver Village in Winter Park was reported to Grand County Dispatch at around 10:45 p.m., Sept. 6, according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.

One of the older cabins on the Beaver Village property that was being used for storage was burning when multiple agencies responded.

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Grand County Search and Rescue plucks woman from snowfield
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, July 19, 2012


Grand County Search and Rescue responded to two rescue calls on Wednesday, July 18, including extricating a woman who was injured after sliding down a snowfield near Rollins Pass .

At 10:51 a.m. the team was notified that a 60-year-old woman had fallen on a snowfield near King Lake, which is in Boulder County north of Rollins Pass. Janeen Ledford of Denver was hiking with three friends along the Continental Divide north of Rollins Pass.

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Men rescued from ice on Lake Granby
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, April 11, 2012


A woman who lives near Lake Granby called 9-1-1 Saturday afternoon after she saw a man fall through the ice into the lake.

By the time Granby Fire Department arrived to conduct an ice rescue seven minutes later, another man had fallen through and both men had managed to climb back onto the thin ice. A third man in the group did not fall in.

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3 kids rescued from icy river
9 News
Monday, March 26, 2012


GRAND COUNTY - Several agencies and a Good Samaritan helped rescue three kids stuck on a piece of ice in the Colorado River on Saturday.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Department says two boys and a girl were found on the ice just before noon in the river just west of Pioneer Park in Hot Sulphur Springs.

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First Responder: Mark Buss, Grand County EMS paramedic
Sky-Hi News
Sunday, March 4, 2012


Mark Buss, a paramedic with Grand County EMS, also holds a leadership position on Mountain Medical Response Team.

As the unit leader for the team his job duties entail planning, preparation, handling discipline within the organization, and acting as a liaison to other agencies.

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Oh baby, baby: twins arrive on their own time table in Grand County
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, January 26, 2012


In a county where babies are not routinely born, a set of premature twins were delivered at the new Middle Park Medical Center in Granby on Sunday.

Doug Dawson of Granby and Becky Clark of Longmont are the new parents of identical twins William (Liam) and Connor, who were born at 4:27 p.m. and 4:32 p.m. respectively.

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Grand County Search & Rescue plucks injured climber from Indian Peaks glacier
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) was called out late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, to assist an injured climber in the Indian Peaks Wilderness above Crater Lake.

Ben Hargen ,29, of Fort Collins had fallen and broken his arm and ankle on the Peck Glacier, one of several high alpine hanging glaciers in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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Grand County rescuers save woman hit by falling tree
Sky-Hi News
Friday, July 1, 2011


A hiker on the Knight Ridge Trail along the north side of Arapaho Bay on Lake Granby was injured when a falling tree hit her, just before Thursday’s intense storm in the Granby area.

Someone called into dispatch at 2:30 p.m. that Martha Hut, 64, of Granby, had an ankle injury from having been hit by a falling tree.

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Grand Lake firefighters endure long night as fire on Highway 34 rekindles
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, June 14, 2011


GRAND LAKE — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into the cause of a June 13 fire at JJ’s Isolation Peaks Motel on U.S. Highway 34 near Grand Lake that destroyed nearly half the building.

Grand Lake Fire responded to a call around 4:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a dryer on fire, according to Grand Lake Fire Chief Michael Long.

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Rafters get in trouble on fast-flowing Colorado River
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, May 31, 2011


With the Colorado River flowing at about four times its normal level, several groups of private boaters ran into trouble near Radium last weekend.

On Saturday, May 28, a private group of inflatable kayaks flipped, putting at least three occupants into the river around 1:30 p.m., according the Eagle County Sheriff’s call log.

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Middle Park seniors demonstrate dangers of distracted driving
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Grand County EMS, along with Granby Police and Fire Departments respond to a mock accident in front of Middle Park High School on Tuesday afternoon in Granby. The exercise was organized by Middle Park seniors Elsa Krieg and Michael Sobon for a Civics class project to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.

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Mother’s Day hike leads to afternoon rescue mission on Berthoud
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Drew Lancaster, 24, of Denver went for a blue sky afternoon hike, May 8, from the top of Berthoud Pass not knowing that he would require a toboggan rescue within a few hours.

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Grand County Teams Rescue Accident Victims on Berthoud Pass
Sky-Hi News
Monday, February 28, 2011


A vehicle is visible in the trees as Grand County response teams attended the scene of an accident on Berthoud Pass Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27. A vehicle eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 appeared to have over-corrected after passing another car past the second switchback and rolled off roughly 150 feet down a steep embankment near Zero Creek.

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Breaking News: Fire destroys Granby home
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, December 30, 2010


A fire at 505 East Pine Drive in Granby started in the garage of a home on Thursday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m.

The fire quickly spread from the garage to the house.

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Linda Underbrink named RETAC Coordinator of the year
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, November 18, 2010


DENVER – Linda Underbrink, the coordinator of the Foothills Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC), has received the RETAC Coordinator of the year award from the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado.

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Major storm yields area’s first avalanche rescue
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Grand County Search and Rescue performed its first avalanche rescue of the season during mid-morning of the region’s Nov. 16 blizzard that brought several inches of snow and gusty winds, causing the closure of major roads throughout the northern and central mountains.

A 24-year-old male was caught in a self-triggered avalanche that carried him over a cliff band, according to Greg Foley of Grand County Search and Rescue. Another skier aided the injured snowboarder and called 911, Foley said.

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Heavy snow strands unprepared hunters
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, October 28, 2010


The winter storm that whipped into Colorado early this week stranded many hunters in their camps.

Grand County Search and Rescue was involved with several hunter-related search and rescue missions this week, while others stumbled out of the backcountry on their own.

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Police Chase Ends In Shootout With Woman
7News - Denver
Friday, October 22, 2010


KREMMLING, Colo. -- Deputies are trying to figure out why a reckless driver refused to stop for police Thursday night, then shot at officers.

A Kremmling police officer said he tried to stop a driver for careless and reckless driving about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

When the driver refused to stop, a chase started. The chase went about 17 miles from the outskirts of Kremmling, east on Highway 40 to Hot Sulphur Springs.

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Church Park Fire bill exceeds $1.5 million
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Fighting fires isn’t free. The massive initial attack that helped firefighters bring the Church Park Fire under control earlier this month cost the U.S. Forest Service an estimated $1.43 million in the first week alone, according to public affairs specialist Tammy J. Williams. By the time the incident is completely wrapped up that figure is projected to reach $1.5 million.

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Grand County EMS gets critical
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, October 19, 2010


When the local 911 system is activated and the patient turns out to need a high level of critical care, that patient often flies to Denver in a helicopter. This process works great during the short Grand County summers, but most of the year Grand County experiences tumultuous weather patterns making it impossible for Critical Care helicopters to fly.

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’Luck helps a lot’
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Luck. That’s what helped firefighters control one of the biggest fires to erupt in the Fraser Valley in recent history on Sunday, Oct. 3.

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300-acre wildfire near Fraser staying in place
Denver Post - Denver
Sunday, October 4, 2010


GRAND COUNTY — A 300-acre wildfire burning west of Fraser prompted officials to send emergency notification calls to nearby residents Sunday, but by nightfall the blaze was staying in place and firefighters were withdrawing until morning.

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Moose Tramples Toddler In Grand County
Denver Post
Friday, September 3, 2010


As a moose charged from the forest, a toddler playing with his older brother was trampled beneath the cow’s hooves at Shadow Mountain Reservoir in Grand County.

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Grand County first responders did an excellent job
Sky-Hi News
Saturday, August 28, 2010


To the Editor:

We feel we must bring to the community’s attention the outstanding service our family received from our police and medical personnel in Granby.

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New son can’t wait: Granby mom gives birth en route to hospital
Sky-Hi News
Wednesday, August 25, 2010


A Granby mother gave birth to her third child in an ambulance at mile marker 128 on Highway 9.

“It was a really fast labor,” said Adala Sanders, of Granby, mother of healthy 6-pound, 8-ounce, 20-inches long Ethan Aaron Michael Sanders, born the night of Aug. 21 on the way to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

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Paint fumes explode, burning two men in Kremmling house
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, August 24, 2010


KREMMLING — Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to an explosion at a home on Eighth Street in Kremmling, suspected to have been caused by flammable fumes from Kilz paint primer.

Two young men suffered burns from the explosion and were transported by ambulance to Kremmling Memorial Hospital. They were expected to be flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, according to Grand County EMS spokesperson Nowell Curran.

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Numerous Incidents at Rocky Mountain National Park
Sky-Hi News
Friday, August 13, 2010


A single vehicle rollover accident occurred near the Colorado River Trailhead on Trail Ridge Road at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The single occupant, a 45-year-old man from Denver, had numerous injuries and was flown by Flight for Life to St. Anthony Central.

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Car crashes into Fraser’s Lake PP
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, August 5, 2010


FRASER — At approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, a vehicle containing one occupant left U.S. Highway 40 while traveling westbound through Fraser, traveled across an access road and grassy area, and missing a metering building, entered one of the augmentation lakes. A witness stopped, entered the water, removed the driver and helped her to shore. On arrival of fire, police and rescue, the driver and citizen rescuer were up on the highway.

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Code Red fills communication gap for exclusive cell phone users
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, July 22, 2010


An emergency communication system catering to cell phones, similar to how Reverse 911 functions for land lines, has been proven to work in actual Grand County emergencies, according to Grand County Office of Emergency Management personnel.

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Backcountry accidents keep Grand County Search and Rescue busy
Sky-Hi News
Thursday, July 15, 2010


Grand County Search and Rescue had a busy few days recently.

On Friday, July 9, they responded to a call in Rocky Mountain National Park for a plane crash. On Sunday, July 11, they were in the Grand Lake area rescuing a local man with a broken leg, and on Monday, July 12, they were up by Corona Pass helping a woman who had been injured while hiking, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.

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Head-on collision blocks US 40 Monday, but no one killed
Sky-Hi News
Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Two cars collided at high speeds on Highway 40 near Granby on Monday, causing injuries but no fatalities.

The crash occurred with cars traveling at estimated speeds of around 60-65 miles-per-hour, according to personnel with Grand County Emergency Medical Services.

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Allen Pulliam: Guiding force on Grand County EMS
Sky-Hi News
Sunday, October 4, 2009


Emergency medical technicians in Grand County look up to Allen Pulliam of Kremmling as a guiding force on the team.

Both a pastor and an EMT for 20 years this year, Pulliam serves as a father figure around the Grand County Emergency Services campus and is a trusted counselor to family members who experience loss, according to Grand County EMS Chief Ray Jennings.

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