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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
DENVER - More than 100 police, fire and EMS agencies from across Colorado participated in a line-of-duty funeral procession on Thursday to honor Grand County EMS and Denver Health Paramedic Brian Schimpf.
Schimpf, 33, died Nov. 23 from complications of an injury he received while on duty as a captain with Grand County EMS. He underwent surgery on Nov. 20 after the accident, but was placed on life support due to complications with the surgery. He never regained consciousness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.