Colorado State Fire Chiefs

Fire Leadership Challenge 2014 - Oct. 20-24

Note: New dates this year!

FIRE Talk Presenters Wanted for
2014 Fire Leadership Challenge

Do you have something to say to the Colorado Fire Service? Do you have a FIRE Talk in you? If you do, send us your ideas!

Everyone is invited to submit your proposal for a FIRE Talk — firefighters & chief fire officers, volunteers & career, including non-fire service contributors.

If you'd like to submit a FIRE Talk proposal please complete the submission form.

The Fire Leadership Challenge is the Colorado State Fire Chiefs' premier conference. The annual event brings together more than 400 fire and emergency services leaders and dynamic instructors from around the State of Colorado and the nation.

It is unquestionable that fire and emergency services providers are leaders within their communities. The Fire Leadership Challenge provides unique training and education designed to prepare chief officers, command officers, and firefighters to successfully lead their departments in providing quality emergency services to their communities and the State, and to successfully lead their communities in advancing public education about and prevention of fire and medical emergencies.

2014 Legislative Update

Click here for the List of Bills of Interest to CSFC Members.

Over the past two weeks, in addition to several other pieces of proposed legislation, the CSFC focused on two proposed bills….

  • SB 45, The Responsibility of Local Officials in Connection With the Management of Wildland Fires (opposed)
  • SB 46, Establishing a Grant Program to Increase Local Firefighter Safety (supported)

The quality and thoughtfulness of the comments and recommendations we received from the CSFC members on both of these proposed bills reflected the commitment of our members to firefighter safety and to their responsibilities as chief fire officers. More than 40 individual members engaged comment/responses that was used in the development of the CSFC one-page briefing paper on SB-45 and then was used by our government affairs consultants, Lombard & Clayton, when they talked one-on-one with the key legislators on the committee.

Those same comments were then used in development of the testimony that Div Chief Bruce Dikken, Chair of the CSFC Wildland Section and Garry Briese, CSFC Executive Director presented to the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee yesterday. The CSFC opposed SB 45. The committee voted to indefinitely postpone the bill on a 3-2 vote.

The testimony for SB 46 was also crafted through a iterative process with member review and comment. Garry presented the CSFC position on Tuesday to the Senate Local Government Committee. The CSFC supported SB 46. The bill was amended to establish the Advisory Board as the group that advises the Director on the grant application process, funding priorities, and the criteria for awarding grants. The amendment also ensures there is a peer review process involving the CSFC, CPFFA, and CSFFA. The motion to refer SB 46, as amended, to the Committee on Finance passed on a vote of 7-0.

The CSFC worked in cooperation with the CPFF on both of these important bills and that collaboration directly contributed to the defeat of SB 45 in committee and to the amendment of SB 46 with the peer review process (CSFC, CPFF, CSFFA) and then its passage out of committee on a 7-0 vote.

Chief Dan Qualman and Chief Jerry Rhodes met with Senator Balmer about SB-39 “Dogs & Cats” and with the assistance of Dino Ross, CSFC Counsel — Ireland Stapleton, language was proposed and accepted to provide protections to fire departments that allowed CSFC to change our position from “oppose” to “support”

There are about 20 proposed bills that the CSFC is tracking. CSFC legislative coordination calls are each Monday at 1:15pm 1-877-234-4791 Passcode: 5320

In the last two weeks, many CSFC members have been at the Capitol for various testimonies, events or meetings including:

  • Chief Mike Morgan, CSFC President
  • Chief Chris Riley, CSFC Past President
  • Chief Jamie Bumgarner
  • Chief TJ Steck
  • Chief Dan Noonan
  • Chief Jerry Rhodes
  • BC Rich Martin
  • Fire Marshal Jerry Strickler
  • Chief Dan Qualman

Colorado State Fire Chiefs President Mike Morgan and Executive Director Garry Briese presenting the Colorado State Fire Chiefs recommendations to the Legislative Interim Committee on Wildfire Matters this morning at the State Capitol.

Overview of the Colorado Fire Service

Presentation by Garry Briese

For a larger PDF version of the slides, please click here. (Caution: large file size — 7.8MB)

Annual Membership Renewal

It's that time of year! We've added a convenient online membership application and renewal form.

Membership Application/Renewal 2014

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Workshops

In April 2013 the Colorado State Fire Chiefs (CSFC) learned that they were awarded an $880,600 federal grant to help retain and recruit volunteer emergency responders within the state. This direct federal assistance, provided through the competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will help local fire departments throughout the state increase staffing of frontline firefighters by providing retention and recruitment training to fire service leaders and implementing a statewide marketing campaign. This grant was awarded to help increase the number of total volunteers in local fire departments and will be successful if all Colorado fire service leaders work together to take full advantage of the opportunities included in the grant.
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Sawaya Values Awards

Now Accepting Nominations

The “Sawaya Values Awards” recognize Coloradans who are committed to helping themselves and members of their community reach their full potential.

[Nomination Form]

Restoration Logistics Fire Service Scholorship

Pre-Applications Due Friday, March 28th

Are you a child or grandchild of an active fire service member in the State of Colorado? Apply for the Restoration Logistics Fire Service College Scholarship.

The scholarship is available to any child or grandchild of an active fire service member in the State of Colorado. Applicants must be a senior in high school or a first year college student to be considered for the scholarship.

Pre-applications must be submitted by Friday, March 28th through email, fax, or mail.

Chief Jerry Rhodes Named Fire Chief of the Year

At the Annual Meeting of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs, Chief Ira “Jerry” Rhodes of the Cunningham Fire Protection District (Arapahoe County) was presented with Colorado's Fire Chief of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to recognize truly outstanding fire chiefs whose extraordinary contributions serve as an example and challenge for all other chief fire executives throughout Colorado.

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2013 Benefit and Wage Surveys are Available

For details, please contact us at the address or telephone number above.

Current Events

General Membership Meeting
Friday, April 18th 10:00am to 2:00pm
Budweiser Event Center — Executive Club Restaurant
5290 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 11
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Volunteer Retention & Recruitment Workshop
Durango, CO
Saturday, May 31st 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, June 1st 8:00am to 3:00pm
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2014 CSFC Schedule of Events

View the updated Schedule of Events.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Colorado State Fire Chiefs or Sponsored Events Should be Directed to:

Colorado State Fire Chiefs

c/o Community Resource Services (CRS)
7995 E. Prentice Avenue, Suite 103E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Community Action

Colorado State Fire Chiefs is committed to helping all of Colorado's fire and emergency services providers support and serve their communities. Some of CSFC's past and present projects include:

  • Supporting public safety education events such as the Annual West Metro Fire Rescue Family Fire Muster to help families learn about fire and life safety, and how to prepare for all types of emergencies.
  • Offering "classified" listings on the CSFC webpage to assist Colorado's local fire and emergency services agencies to raise revenue and preserve taxpayer funds through the sale and purchase of used equipment and apparatus.
  • Supporting the Colorado Special Districts Association by providing a "fire track" for its annual conference to educate all of Colorado's special district elected officials and administrators regarding successful fire and emergency services management, and to facilitate coordination and communication between various branches of local government.


CSFC's members form a vast network of peers, providing a sounding board for chief officers to share ideas and concerns, and find solutions to challenges facing their organizations.

CSFC also is able to interact directly with its members to provide and receive important and timely information affecting their departments and communities, including e-mail notifications of important issues facing the provision of fire and emergency services; monthly updates; and member surveys. As a thank-you for their support, CSFC's members receive discounted rates at many CSFC-sponsored events, including the Fire Leadership Challenge. If you are interested in becoming a member of CSFC, please notify the executive director by email or telephone. Contact the director via email or by telephone at: 303-381-4960.

Membership Applications

CSFC Represents Fire and Emergency Services

Colorado State Fire Chiefs represents the fire and emergency services needs of Colorado's public and providers to the following organizations, committees, and initiatives, and provides the mechanism for information sharing and two-way communications:

  • State Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (SEMTAC)
  • Colorado Municipal League (CML)
  • Special Districts Association of Colorado (SDA)
  • Joint Public Safety Committee
  • Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee
  • Colorado State Emergency Resource Mobilization Program (CSERMP) Working Group
  • Colorado IMT Committee and IMT Certification Committee
  • Fire Service Training and Certification Board
  • Hazardous Materials Responder Certification Board
  • Trauma Care Preservation Coalition (TCPC)
  • State All Hazards Advisory Committee (SAHAC)
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC)
  • Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) Advisory Committee
  • Colorado First Responder Authentication Credential (COFRAC) Committee

The CSFC also is the sponsoring organization for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Local Assistance State Team (LAST), which provides support and assistance to local fire departments, upon request, in the event of line-of-duty deaths.

General Membership Meetings

CSFC General Membership Meetings are held quarterly in March, June, September, and December in various locations around the State. These meetings are intended to be educational and each includes a featured topic and speaker. General Membership Meetings also allow CSFC members to network with peers and to provide input into the CSFC's direction and position on public policy issues.

CSFC Sections

The CSFC has established ten sections to permit members in specialized fire service-related fields to collaborate and communicate with one another regarding their unique role in providing fire and emergency services to the public.

The CSFC sections are:

The chairperson of each section sits on the CSFC Board of Directors.

The CSFC is a Colorado nonprofit corporation providing charitable and educational services within the State of Colorado. The CSFC currently is in the process of applying for federal 501(c)(3) recognition.

Quick Links

Ready, Set, Go!  Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan  (3MB PDF)


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