PCSO Detention Facility Reacts Swiftly to False Alarm
Pueblo, CO: At approximately 2:30 pm today, Pueblo County Detention Officers received a fire alarm notification inside the Pueblo County Jail (909 Court Street, Pueblo). The notification indicated the alarm was coming from the kitchen area of the facility. No immediate signs of fire were identified. In accordance with Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency procedures, employees and visitors were evacuated from the building immediately. Inmates were placed into lockdown status while the alarm was investigated. The alarm triggers automatic notification of the Pueblo Fire Department, who did respond and check the building.
A malfunctioning smoke detector was located and determined to be the source of the alarm. Normal Sheriff’s Office operations were restored at just after 3pm.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor believes the smooth handling of the situation demonstrates how important plans and practice are in a facility of this type. “We have a very pro-active fire safety program. We plan and prepare for this or any type incident. The safety of the citizen’s and inmates are a primary concern for us, so to see the plans executed properly, and to know they are in step with that primary concern means the team is doing it right.”