Emergency Management

Hugh Carson

For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke to retired firefighter Hugh Carson about his experience helping to coordinate emergency response in the wake of the historic flooding that hit the Front Range in September.

Carson has a long history with disaster management, and has spoken to KVNF before about his experiences with wildfire. He joins us this time for an insider's look at how emergency personnel deal with a much different element: water, and lots of it.

JGColorado via Flickr (CC BY-NC)

In the wake of the historic Front Range Floods, many climate experts and researchers admit that while they’ve known of the potential for dangerous flooding in the Boulder area for some time now, hardly anybody could’ve predicted such a large-scale disaster.

We decided to look into what the floods might tell us about the future of massive storms, and whether the events of last week might change our definitions of "rare" weather events.

Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/The National Guard

A number of firefighters from the Western Slope have been traveling to the Front Range to assist with search and rescue and emergency operations there. On Monday (September 16), KVNF spoke to one of them - retired firefighter Hugh Carson. Carson told us about what he's seen so far in Fort Collins. 

Headlines

  • Death Toll in Floods Rises to 8, Search and Rescue Continues
  • Western Slope Firefighter Speaks to KVNF from Fort Collins
  • KVNF to Participate in Live Telethon Fundraiser for Flood Victims
  • Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order from Hen House
  • Ouray County Rodeo Association Hopes to Rebuild Fairgrounds
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun & Solar Storms
Beth Bartel

As flood waters continued to wreak havoc along the Front Range on Friday (September 13), KVNF spoke to Hugh Carson, a firefighter of over 40 years who was called to Fort Collins to assist with emergency operations.