Fueled by sustained late-season, record breaking temperatures, numerous fires continue to blaze throughout Colorado’s mountain communities.
To help support fire relief efforts, Comcast Colorado worked fast and installed 1 Gig fiber internet service to the Grand County Emergency Operations command center this week, vastly enhancing the critical communications infrastructure and systems. What normally takes six months to build and activate, Comcast crews activated in less than 10 days.
Our hearts are heavy as we see and learn about the damage and long-term impacts of these tragic wildfires. We live and work in these communities, and we are proud to join our neighbors in doing everything we can to help. We want our first responders to have everything they need to connect, coordinate and communicate as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether that’s Internet connectivity, mobile phones or other services they need, we can often set up right alongside their teams, and we stay until the work is done,” said Lawrence Stephens, Comcast Director of Field Operations.
The Grand County Emergency Operations Center serves as a hub for emergency personnel and other public utility providers to meet with officials, conduct planning, and provide public information updates before, during and after community impacting disasters. Comcast services provide reliable, robust and high-capacity Internet connectivity for everyone on-site.
During one of the most tragic moments in Grand County’s recent history it is amazing to see organizations like Comcast show solidarity and provide a substantial investment for both short-term and long-term recovery. I am proud of the partnership formed between Grand County and Comcast to help ensure our first responders and emergency management personnel have the capabilities they need to connect, coordinate, and communicate as quickly and efficiently as possible. I am continually awestruck by countless examples of public and private support during these tragic times and thank Comcast for being another shining example of Grand County’s magnificent community.” said Thomas Johnson, Grand County Information Systems Director/CISO.
We are so thankful to the heroes fighting all of the Colorado fires for their incredible efforts and tireless work striving to keep our communities safe.
In addition to support for the Grand County Emergency Operations Center, Comcast is providing a total of $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources to support the following local organizations who are leading community support efforts related to all of the Colorado fires:
- The Grand Foundation’s Wildfire Emergency Fund
- United Way of Larimer County’s Fire Recovery Fund
- Community Foundation Boulder County’s 2020 Fires Relief Fund
- American Red Cross of Western Colorado