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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Jefferson County, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Assisting Victims of Marshall Fire

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The devastating fires that destroyed large parts of Louisville and Superior may have occurred in Boulder County, but their impact was felt by many Jefferson County residents and employees as well. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) is located just a few miles from neighborhoods that burned in Superior, and even before the fires were extinguished the leadership and staff of RMMA and Jefferson County began planning for how to help their neighbors.

“As soon as the scale of the wildfire became apparent, we jumped in to figure out how we could help,” said RMMA Director Paul Anslow. “We have an incredibly close and strong relationship with the communities that surround us, including Louisville and Superior. Many of those residents and others from surrounding areas work at the airport, take flight lessons at the airport, eat at restaurants at the airport or run businesses directly or indirectly impacted by the airport. We feel a responsibility to offer whatever assistance we can to our neighbors.”

Thousands of community residents have lost essentially everything they own, which makes donations of money, food, water, clothing, and other essentials critical. Unfortunately, the loss of buildings in the area has created a shortage of locations to warehouse those goods, which is why RMMA has asked our tenants and businesses to donate hangar space to store and distribute these donations. Currently we have over 15,000 square feet of space and are hearing from our businesses and tenants that more may be donated. Having a safe and secure storage facility close to the community helps ease the burden of displaced residents, volunteers and first responders.

Volunteers are also needed to manage the process of accepting, sorting and distributing essential goods, and RMMA Deputy Director Brian Bishop has stepped in as a volunteer coordinator to help federal and state organizations. If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please contact him at [email protected]

Anslow noted that an RMMA employee, a senior planner named Ben, lost his home in the wildfire. While Ben, his wife and three young kids are safe, they are struggling as they try to find a new place to live and navigate the insurance process to understand what options are available to them.

“Sadly, the experience Ben is going through is just one of thousands that Louisville and Superior residents are experiencing,” Anslow said. “Jefferson County and the RMMA have always strived to be good neighbors, and this experience has reminded us of that importance. The difference between families succeeding and failing right now very well may be the support of neighbors.”

If you would like to and are able help Ben and his family, please consider contributing to the GoFundMe page that has been established to help them. And if you would like to help the broader community, please consider donating to the Colorado Gives Wildfire Fund, the Community Foundation Boulder County Wildfire Fund, the American Red Cross, or use the online donations form on the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website.

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