Community Risk Reduction (CRR)

About the CRR Unit
Fire analyzing flame path

The primary purpose of the CRR Unit is to:

  1. Advise and assist local jurisdictions and agencies in the effective use of Community Risk Reduction through education, technical assistance, and cooperative work;
  2. Assist Local Jurisdictions in completing their Community Risk Assessments, and advising agencies and stakeholders as they complete their Community Risk Reduction Plans, create and implement specific CRR programs, and plan and conduct an evaluation of their CRR process;
  3. Coordinate and assist local agencies in delivering Fire and Life Safety Education to Colorado residents, workers, and visitors of all ages, including delivering educational programs such as Sound Off!, Fire Extinguisher Training, and others;
  4. Working with others, plan, develop, and implement CRR training, fire and Life safety programs;
  5. Advocate for the effective use of Community Risk Reduction to local officials, stakeholders, and potential partners in communities throughout the geographic area of responsibility;
  6. Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as EDI is integral to including all communities in Community Risk Reduction. 
Campaigns and Education

Campaigns & Public Education 


In addition to mentoring Fire and Life Safety Educators and Community Risk Reduction Specialists, the DFPC CRR Unit provides the following resources to our fire department partners at no charge:

Community Risk Assessment Support 
(We can help guide and support you through the risk assessment process.)

Augmented Reality (AR) Fire Extinguisher Prop

Safety Trailer
 (Estimated arrival Fall 2024)


Please contact our CRR Team to set up a meeting to discuss your CRR needs. 

Contact the Team

Chuck Altvater
CRRE Branch Chief
Email: Chuck.Altvater@state.co.us
Phone: 303.912.9469

Kimberly Spuhler
Community Risk Reduction Unit Chief
and NE Region Specialist
Email: kim.spuhler@state.co.us
Phone: 720.916.0367

Christina Vander Berg
NW Community Risk Reduction Specialist
Email: christina.vanderberg@state.co.us
Phone: 720.916.0454

Melissa Neff
SE Community Risk Reduction Specialist
Email: melissa.neff@state.co.us
Phone: 720.916.0491

Coming Soon
SW Community Risk Reduction Specialist

Paris Orona
CRRE Branch Administrative Assistant
Phone: 303.239.4100


Wildfire Resilient Homes Grant Information
smoke burning on a mountain side

The application period has now closed. Award recipients will be notified via mail early May 2024. 


Email:  cdps_dfpc_homehardeninggrant@state.co.us

Click Here for the Grant Rules 


Facebook Logo :Instagram Icon

Updated: 05/29/2024

DFPC is committed to the full inclusion of all individuals, and we are continually making changes to improve accessibility and usability of our services. As part of this commitment, DFPC is prepared to offer reasonable accommodations for those who have difficulty engaging with our content. As an example, documents can be produced in an alternative file format upon request. To request this and other accommodations, or to discuss your needs further, please contact DFPC at cdps_dfpc_admin@state.co.us(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)