Deputy chief Jeff Berino to take helm at Lake Dillon Fire |

Deputy chief Jeff Berino to take helm at Lake Dillon Fire

Lake Dillon Fire Rescue deputy chief Jeff Berino was recently tapped to take over as fire chief. He takes the reins from Dave Parmley.
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Lake Dillon deputy fire chief Jeff Berino has some large boots to fill. As chief Dave Parmley looks to retire in July, Berino will take his place later this summer.

Berino, 57, has worked for Lake Dillon Fire and its predecessor, the Frisco Fire Department, for 35 years. He started as a volunteer firefighter for the department in 1980, and was promoted to deputy chief of Lake Dillon Fire in 2005.

“I am delighted with this promotion, and I am gratified by the confidence of the board of directors in naming me,” Berino said in a statement. “Chief Parmley has been an outstanding leader of the department and will be leaving us in great shape. It is my hope to build on all that he and the people of this organization already have done.”

Parmley announced his pending retirement last July, after working at the helm of Lake Dillon Fire for 10 years and the former Snake River Fire Protection District for 25 years.

“Chief Berino is exceptionally qualified, as reflected by the depth of experience, commitment to the community and vision to serve our citizens and the firefighters going forward,” Parmley said. “Having worked closely with Jeff during the past 10 years, I am confident he has the capabilities and capacity to successfully lead and provide the highest level of service that our citizens have come to expect from Lake Dillon Fire.”

Berino is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy. He has served as a college instructor in fire sciences, and worked part-time in Arvada as a senior fire investigator with Pie Forensic Engineering and Consulting. Both the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Ambulance Service have given Berino life-saving awards. He was also awarded the Lake Dillon Fire Medal of Valor for his response to the Ophir Mountain Wildfire in 2005.

Berino’s involvement in Summit County stretches back to when he moved to Frisco with his wife, Janis, in 1979. Their two children graduated from Summit High School before moving on to college. In his spare time, Berino enjoys skiing, mountain biking and trail running, with a background in running ultramarathons.

Jim Cox, the president of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, said that Berino’s familiarity with the department and local residents will be strengths going into this position. He added that the board did not have to search far for candidates, given the talent and skills of current department employees.

A retirement reception for Parmley will be held on June 25. Berino will be sworn in as the new chief during the formal “change of command” ceremony, effective July 1.

Berino will take over a department of 57 employees and an annual budget of $8 million, supported primarily through property taxes. The Lake Dillon Fire Protection District encompasses 110 square miles, including the towns of Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma and Silverthorne, and the unincorporated areas of Dillon Valley, Summit Cove and Wildernest.

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