Last week, Bob Harvey was quite possibly the busiest Fire Chief in the nation. During the Black Forest Fire, Harvey, the Fire Chief of Black Forest Fire Rescue, worked long days and nights and led a team of men and women to fight the fire dubbed the “Battle of Black Forest.” Fire mitigation and fire fighting have been his life’s work; before coming to Black Forest this January, Harvey spent 26 and a half years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and 4 years as Chief of Leadville Fire. His career has spanned 42 years and several states.
“The wildland fire business is in the Harvey blood,” said Chief Harvey’s wife, Nancy.
During the fire, Nancy and daughter Mikaela, 17, helped run the department’s headquarters, which was understandably chaotic. Mikaela answered phones, ran social media and coordinated relief and recovery efforts between those who needed help and those who offered it.
The Harveys have four children: Garrett, 26, is an experienced fire crewmember and police officer in Frisco. He came to assist his dad when the fire struck their hometown. Kelsey, 24, helped serve meals to the firefighters and organize donations, and Alexa, 12, helped organize donations. Nancy said that within one hour of the headquarters opening its doors, over 100 families had brought donations.
The Harvey family’s commitment shows that when disaster strikes a community, everyone pitches in to help.