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Mark Igel Announces Candidacy For Fire Board

Mark Igel has announced his candidacy for Director in the upcoming Estes Valley Fire Protection District Election.

The District was formed two years ago by local voters, which removed the Volunteer Fire Department from the auspices of the Town of Estes Park, and created an independent tax-funded district to provide for emergency fire services in the Estes Valley. The EVFPD encompasses approximately 66 square miles including the Town of Estes Park, and adjacent county properties. Property owners in the district are eligible to vote, and do not need to be Town residents.

Mark has lived in Estes Park since 1988, for 24 years. He and his wife Kelly have 7 children, and are active in the local Scouting program. Mark worked for 19 years as a Paramedic with the EPMC ambulance service, before purchasing the Stanley Village Cinemas and creating Reel Mountain Theater which their family operated for seven years. Following the theater experience, the family departed Estes Park for a year, living on a bus as they home-schooled and visited 30 states across the country.

Mark has served the communities he has lived in since turning 15 years old, and is in his 22nd year of service with the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department. During that time, Mark served as a Lieutenant, in Fire Prevention, as a fire fighter and is currently an Engineer. He was named Officer of the Year, and Firefighter of the Year during all those years of service; he is truly a community focused volunteer that has a passion for the fire department.

Mark brings experience operating businesses from his involvement in Reel Mountain Theater, and the company he founded 20 years ago and operates today: Signs of Life- a commercial sign shop. Mark realizes the importance of sound planning and supervision of finances and operations which will translate well to the Fire District- being a young, developing entity.

Mark is a strong volunteer advocate, and recognizes the importance of attracting new volunteers, while retaining current volunteers to provide the community with a well trained response for emergencies. With the membership of the Department at a surprising low number, Mark is committed to providing the tools to the Department to rebuild the volunteer force. A concerning consequence of this drop in volunteers may have a significant impact on the community with a tax increase to fund a fire fighting staff.

Mark also recognizes that it’s time to evaluate the positive and negative impact of the fire code and regulation as the reach of this new authority spreads out in the community to homeowners, commercial property owners and contractors. After hearing from many community members about these impacts, it seems obvious that this component of the district must be evaluated to insure a positive, long term community effect.

Mark is motivated to improve the communication between the Fire District & the community, and fire fighters. He is actively seeking community input through his campaign website, and promises to create and maintain a line of communication with the Board if elected.

Fellow fire fighter and candidate Doug Klink has joined with Mark to provide voters with an easy choice for two of the three seats up for election, as volunteer fire fighters desiring to continue serving the community through the Fire District Board.

The election will be held May 8th at the Dannels Fire Station, at 901 N St Vrain (East of the 7/36 intersection). A ballot will not be mailed to all voters automatically! Voters must make their way to the election booth between 7am and 7pm to make their voice heard. Special district elections generally do not gather much interest, and every vote will have an important impact. Please, Estes Park, VOTE! This election will affect every resident in the next 1-2 years, so now is the time to select what direction you want to take.

Visit Mark’s website with more information about him, a question and answer page as well as election dates and important Fire District info:

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