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Answerland: What’s the Safety Council?

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

What is the Eagle County Public Safety Council?

The council consists of representatives from police departments, fire and ambulance districts, Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Dispatch, Eagle County Health and Human Services, Vail Resorts, Colorado Mountain College, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation and others.

Members of the council include Jeff Layman, Eagle County undersheriff; Capt. Richard Duran of the Colorado State Patrol; and Fred Morrison, general manager for the Eagle County Ambulance District.

In 1986, the Colorado Legislature mandated that each county create a council with members from emergency services, said Barry Smith, Eagle County’s emergency manager and a council member. Those members were supposed to guide funding for traumatic injury response and prevention activities, Smith said.

In 1999, the legislation was repealed, which allowed the council to expand the scope of its activities, he said. Now, it wants to lower the speed limit on Interstate 70 and create an emergency services training facility in Eagle County, he said.

The public may attend its meetings, but cannot join the group, he said. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at either an ambulance building in Edwards or Eagle. For more information, call Smith at 328-3545.

The reporters at the Vail Daily will do their best to find answers to questions you might have about life in our fair valley.

Is a pothole on your street swallowing large dogs and small cars? We’ll try to find out when the repair crew is coming. Are people speeding in the local school zone? We’ll ask the local police what they can do. Is that building going up down the street really going to be another Starbucks? We’ll see what we can find out.

E-mail your questions to, and we’ll get right on it.

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