The Colorado State Fire Chiefs provides leadership, education, and support to the Chief Officers of Colorado fire departments in order to promote the protection of life and property from fire, natural, and man-made disasters, and other sudden emergencies. Colorado State Fire Chiefs seeks primarily to further cooperation among Colorado's fire and emergency services agencies; to provide fire and emergency services training and education to fire chiefs, officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel; and to promote life safety and public education in the areas of fire suppression, fire prevention, EMS, hazardous materials, emergency rescue, and all-hazards emergency management.
The CSFC is a Colorado nonprofit corporation and a registered federal 501(c)(3) organization.
The vision of the CSFC is to assist chief fire officers across the State of Colorado in their efforts to protect all of Colorado's life and property from fire and other disasters. It is a dynamic organization, characterized by integrity, innovation, community focus, and proactive leadership. CSFC strives to build strategic alliances, mentor aspiring leaders, and advance the safety of all Colorado communities by supporting the professional development of the fire and emergency services industry through training and continuing education.
Presentation by Garry Briese
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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.
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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The “Sawaya Values Awards” recognize Coloradans who are committed to helping themselves and members of their community reach their full potential.
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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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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.If you are a member looking for the section pages, please login.
The CSFC sections are:
The chairperson of each section sits on the CSFC Board of Directors.
CSFC Legislative Update
The Status Sheet for bills of interest to the CSFC for May 10, 2012 has been posted to the website here.
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