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    Phone: 970-349-5333

    Fire Fax: 970-349-3420

    EMS Fax: 970-349-0438

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller

District Manager
Ric Ems

Ric Ems

Fire Chief

Ric Ems has been the Fire Chief at the Crested Butte Fire Protection since 1999.
He has spent his entire fire career with the Crested Butte Fire Protection District as a volunteer since 1992. During his volunteer career he was instrumental in evaluating District apparatus and facilities in an effort to improve the entire infrastructure for our Fire District’s future expansion that occurred 1995.
In 1999, he became the first career firefighter employee for the Crested Butte Fire Protection District.
Chief Ems is currently a member of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association, the Fire Marshal’s Association of Colorado and the Gunnison Basin Wildfire Counsel.
Chief Ems has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western State Colorado University and maintains several certificates issued by the State of Colorado.

Rob Weisbaum

Rob Weisbaum

EMS Chief Paramedic / Firefighter

I began my career in emergency services in 2000. I first worked as an EMT in Detroit, MI. While working as an EMT, I was furthering my career by attending Paramedic school. I began working as a Paramedic in 2001. I always wanted to pursue a career in EMS and Fire. In 2004, I attended Fire academy and achieved my Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications. I transitioned into a combination fire dept then went on to become a fulltime career paramedic firefighter. A major event in my life helped me decide my next move to advance my career as a paramedic. Skydiving was my passion which came to an end following a skydiving accident. I was flown as a patient in a helicopter. This was my inspiration to become that role – the flight medic. In 2008, I began my career as a full time Flight Paramedic. I am now pleased to say I’m part of CBFPD and look forward to a long career here. I’m an outdoor enthusiast. Skiing, biking and climbing are some of my passions.

Dr. Shay Krier

Dr. Shay Krier

Medical Director
Veronica Jarolimek

Veronica Jarolimek

Lieutenant / EMT-B/IV / Administrative Assistant

Veronica moved to the Gunnison valley in 1994 to attend Western State College and graduated in 1999 with a major in Ski Resort management with an emphasis in Outdoor education. After graduating and leaving to explore other options, she decided to make the Gunnison County her permanent residence. Veronica joined the Crested Butte Fire Protection District as a volunteer in 2003 and in 2008 she changed her career from a white water and bike guide to a position with CBFPD as one of thier Lieutenant/EMT Basic along with many other job responsibilities. Living in Gunnison County now for 23 years and raising two boys along with her husband in Crested Butte.

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Fire Inspector/Plans examiner
Nicholas Kempin

Nicholas Kempin

Paramedic / Firefighter

Nicholas joined the CBFPD as a volunteer EMT / Firefighter in 2007 and became a staff paramedic / Firefighter in 2014.

Matt DePan

Matt DePan

EMT Intermediate / Firefighter

I began my interest in emergency services by taking a Wilderness First Responder course, then later attaining my Wilderness EMT through NOLS/WMI. I moved to Crested Butte in 2013 and began volunteering for CBFPD as an EMT as well as with Crested Butte Search and Rescue. I became a Firefighter in 2014 and gained certification as an EMT-Intermediate in 2015. In November of 2015 I was hired on as a full time EMT-Intermediate/Firefighter for CBFPD. I enjoy fishing and skiing.

Frank Rice

Frank Rice

Paramedic / Firefighter

At age 12, I began my involvement in Emergency Services as a SAR cadet with the U.S Civil Air Patrol. I followed my passion to K-9 SAR. On my 15th birthday, I joined the National Ski Patrol as a young adult patroller. During high school, I joined my local volunteer fire department and obtained my EMT certification. I started my college career going directly to Paramedic school. Before coming to CBFPD, I served as a paramedic in and around the NY metro area.

Leslie Miemietz

Leslie Miemietz

Paramedic / Firefighter

Leslie began as a volunteer for CBFPD. Leslie has gained great experience as a paramedic by working in the Colorado Springs area for several years. She also is Ski Patrol and an Avid Biker.

Leslie is our newest full time Paramedic/Firefighter hire. We are excited to have her. Please welcome her to Crested Butte.

Jeff Duke

Jeff Duke

Asst. Chief / Maintenance Director

Jeff has been a volunteer firefighter for years and he recently joined the CBFPD in a paid Maintenance position.

Taylor Reeves

Taylor Reeves

Lieutenant/Asst. Maintenance Technician

Board of Directors

Paul Hird – Chairman

Jack Deitrich – Vice Chairman

Eric Tunkey – Secretary

Ken Lodovico – Treasurer

Chris McCann – Board member