The beginning of 2019 brings new changes for Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD). Starting Jan. 5, PFPD now has a paid crew of three, one officer and two firefighters, on duty 24 hours a day. The full-time coverage was made possible when voters approved a mill levy increase in May 2018. Three more firefighters will be hired in July to bring crews up to four personnel each. Responses from the PFPD will be answered by the on-duty crew along with volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighters and volunteer officers comprise 74 percent of the PFPD. Volunteers will remain the primary response force for PFPD, while the on-shift crews will act as a preliminary response crew.