Colorado State Fire Chiefs

Save the Date!

As you set your professional development goals for 2019, let us be part of your plan for success.

Fire Leadership Challenge is designed to help firefighters, company officers and chief officers get the training needed to excel and grow.

We’re currently finalizing the program sessions and speakers so check back soon. For now, mark your calendar for Oct. 22-25, 2019 in Keystone, CO.


Legislative Updates

Monday, October 15, the Legislative Council Committee of the General Assembly took action on the three bills that the Alternatives to Gallagher Interim Study Committee recommended for approval.  They did not take testimony.

The result is thus:

Bill A – Not approved – Repeal of Gallagher (Concurrent Resolution to the voters to amend the Constitution)

Bill B – Approved – Regionalization to determine RAR (Bill B needs Bill A to pass through the legislature and get adopted by the voters)

Bill C – Not approved – Backfill from the state general fund for lost revenue from the anticipated reduction in 2019 of the RAR for certain special districts

The “approval” allows the bill to be introduced as Interim Committee bills. We have been told by a number of legislators that the two bills that were not approved will be introduced by legislators from the Gallagher Interim Committee.

For questions, please contact:

Ann Terry
Executive Director – SDA

New Resources:

The Gallagher Amendment, and the Colorado Legislature’s application of TABOR to Gallagher, continues to negatively impact the entire Colorado fire service, municipal fire departments and especially our volunteer, combination and career fire protection districts.  This is not a drill….this is a very real fiscal crisis!

How to Take Action Today!

CDPHE Assisted Living Regulations
New Regulations took effect June 14 – Details You Need to Know

FMAC Legislative Session Update
Host Home Provider Legislation Ends in Senate

New Resources Available

It’s a New Day in the Firehouse

Leader’s Intent About Employee / Member Relations – NEW

Colorado Highlighted in National Significant Wildland Fire Outlook

New Regional NFPA Regional Rep From Colorado

The Governor’s Task Force on Responder Safety

Survey Results of Gallagher Impact on Fire Departments

Colorado Ready Set Go Wildfire Action Plan


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.

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 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 service agencies to raise revenue and preserve taxpayer funds through the sale and purchase of used equipment and apparatus.
  • Supporting the 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.

Executive Board

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Fire Chiefs’ manages the routine affairs of the Association and acts on behalf of the Association when the general membership is unable to meet. The Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Representatives, and Section Representatives (one representative for each of the sections created by the Constitution and Bylaws).

David DelVecchio
Canon City Area Fire Protection District


CSFC Secretary
Ken Watkins
Grand Junction Fire Department


CSFC Past President
Don Lombardi
West Metro Fire Rescue


CSFC President
Doug Hall
Westminster Fire Department

Doug Hall

CSFC Treasurer
Tom DeMint
Poudre Fire Authority

Tom DeMint

CSFC Vice President
Garry Briese
Colorado State Fire Chiefs

Garry Briese


Executive Director


The CSFC is a Colorado nonprofit corporation and a registered federal 501(c)(3) organization.