Lake Dillon fire chief Dave Parmley announces retirement in 2015 |

Lake Dillon fire chief Dave Parmley announces retirement in 2015

Longtime Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley has announced that he will retire in the middle of next year after 37 years in the Summit County fire service. Credit: Lake Dillon Fire.
Courtesy / Lake Dillon Fire |

Lake Dillon fire chief Dave Parmley has announced his plans to retire by mid-year in 2015 after 36 years in the Summit County fire service.

Parmley made his announcement early to provide the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District board with adequate lead time for seeking his replacement and to establish a timetable that will allow for transition to the new chief.

“It has been an honor — as well as personally and professionally gratifying — to serve as the fire chief for both entities during a time period of significant changes, growth in the county and transition from a volunteer staff to a full career department,” Parmley said in a written statement.

Parmley’s career in the fire service began in 1979 as a volunteer firefighter with Keystone Resort’s own private fire department. Having been asked to be involved with the initial formation of the Snake River Fire Protection District in 1981, he served as the district’s only fire chief for 24 years before continuing in that position with the inclusion into the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District in 2005.

He hopes his legacy is in the culture of safety and fire prevention he has emphasized throughout the community and among the ranks of the fire department, as well as the collaborative relationships that Lake Dillon Fire has advanced with other emergency-response organizations throughout Summit County and the region.

“Dave has been a wonderful public servant, and he leaves Lake Dillon Fire in great shape in terms of finances, in the top-notch staff he has assembled and in fulfilling its mission of serving as a respected leader in public safety,” said Lake Dillon board president Jim Cox.

The board has begun outlining its process for selecting a replacement and defining qualifications.

Parmley, 62, said his decision to retire was not easy, but the timing was right to hand over the reins and begin enjoying other activities such as family, some travel and service opportunities.

“I have truly enjoyed working with the many fine fire department members — both career and volunteer — elected board members who have been very supportive and forward-thinking, the multitude of public entities and most importantly, the citizens I have had the privilege to serve during the course of my career,” he said.

He noted that his wife, Kathy, has frequently volunteered in support of the department, and his adult children Andrew and Emy have grown up with the fire department as an extended family.

“There is no question that I will miss the daily interaction with the Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue family, who are the best of the best, and being part of the achievements and successes that characterize the services we provide today,” he said.

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