All the best from Coal Seam fire team |

All the best from Coal Seam fire team

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain Incident Team, I would like to thank you, the citizens of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County, for the outpouring of community support for our entire fire operation while we were in your community. Specifically, let me offer our thanks to Sheriff Tom Dalessandri, John Martin and the entire Garfield County Board of Commissioners, City Manager Mike Copp, the city of Glenwood Springs Fire Department Chief Mike Piper, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, all the support staff in each of these organizations, all staff at the courthouse and at City Hall and all the local businesses in Glenwood Springs. I’d also like to thank the people who donated their time giving massages and people who cut the firefighters’ hair, the Girl Scouts and the families who baked cookies, the kids who came out to cheer the firefighters on and put balloons on their tents. And thank you to all whose names are too numerous to mention.

Our team has worked together on many incidents through the years. It would be very difficult for us to work on any incident where there was little community support for our firefighting efforts. Throughout these difficult days following the Coal Seam Fire of June 8, you have made us feel very welcome in your community even though many of you have suffered personal loss. Your community spirit and support will see you through this disaster. We know this because we have already seen many examples of your compassion for one another and your spirit of volunteerism to help wherever needed.

Our team has transitioned out of your city and an Interagency Fire Use Management Team is assuming our duties. We take this opportunity to wish all of you the very best in your fire endeavors, and we thank you again for all of the gestures of kindness shown to our fire management team during our stay here.


Steve Hart

Incident Commander

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

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