Fire department mergers to improve emergency response in south metro Denver

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- As with any 911 call center, every second matters.

Soon, for Highlands Ranch residents, there could be more resources to turn those seconds into even greater life savers when there is an emergency.

If all goes as planned, in 2018, the Cunningham Fire Protection District and South Metro Fire Rescue will unify to better serve the fast-growing Douglas County suburb.

Then in 2019, Littleton Fire Protection District and Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District will consolidate with South Metro.

The potential power of such a partnership played out in front Wednesday when a call went out about a fire in eastern Aurora.

South Metro quickly responded, showing the strength in numbers.