Palisade Fire and Emergency Medical Services



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The following contact information is for NON-EMERGENCY issues only:

Non-Emergency Dispatch: (970) 242-6707

Palisade Fire/EMS Non-Emergency: (970) 464-4745

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The mission of the Palisade Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of the Town of Palisade and the Rural Fire Protection District in the safest manner possible. Working as a team we will accomplish our mission by: Providing aggressive fire protection and emergency medical services to the community. Providing quality prevention and education programs to the citizens we serve. Working with other public safety agencies to enhance our abilities and better serve our community.

Fire Chief - Charles Balke -
Deputy Chief - Joe White -
Fire Captain - Jason Lee -

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Fire Chief Charles Balke

Charles K. Balke currently serves as the Fire Chief for both the Palisade Fire Department and the Clifton Fire Protection District.  He has over 33 years of experience in the Fire/EMS Service having spent 22 years in Southern Arizona.  He began his career in the Fire Service in 1988 with the Whetstone Fire District and later joined the Sierra Vista Fire Department.  He relocated to Colorado in 2011 and served for five years as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Cortez Fire Protection District before making Mesa County his home in 2016.  He serves on several local, regional, and state committees focused on improving services to firefighters and the communities they protect.  He holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership & Emergency Management.

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