The Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District and Copper Mountain Fire Rescue last week announced the hiring of Gary Curmode as fire chief.
Curmode was selected after a lengthy nationwide search, according to a Copper Mountain Fire Rescue news release. His first day was March 24.
After just two weeks in his new job, Curmode said Copper Mountain looks like it’s going to be a perfect fit and that he’s impressed by his new crew of firefighters.
“I’ve already rolled on six calls in the last two weeks and I’m really impressed with their skill level,” Curmode said. “This is a very professional crew of firefighters and they do a superior job.”
Before moving to Summit County, Curmode was fire chief of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 in Park City, Kan., a suburb of Wichita, which encompasses 621 square miles and more than 85,000 people. His background includes more than 30 years in operations and leadership in the fire service industry.
Curmode received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and holds double master’s degrees in administration of justice and public administration from Wichita State University. He later returned to the classroom and earned an associate degree in fire science from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.
In addition to his formal education, Curmode is a graduate of the executive fire officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., and of the senior executives in local and state government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Earlier this year, he graduated from the executive leaders program at the Center for Homeland Security and Terrorism’s Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif.
Curmode is touted for his ability to lead, collaborate and establish relationships with other agencies to deliver high-quality fire services, the release stated.
Curmode’s nickname is “Service” because he believes in constant quality improvement in the fire department he serves.
Always one to raise the bar and improve his abilities, Curmode is one of only two chief fire officers in the nation designated as a chief fire officer, chief emergency services officer, chief training officer and fire marshal.
Curmode said he is striving in the next couple of years to turn Copper Mountain into the leader of fire services in Summit County by providing the best all-hazard response to residents and visitors in the fire district.
“I’ve already rolled on six calls in the last two weeks and I’m really impressed with their skill level. This is a very professional crew of firefighters and they do a superior job.”
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