Grand Lake Fire selects new chief |

Grand Lake Fire selects new chief

Grand Lake's new Fire Chief Kevin Ratzmann during a recent training session.
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Grand Lake has a new fire chief.

On Monday, Florida native and military veteran Kevin Ratzmann was selected by the Grand Lake Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors to be the next chief. Ratzmann was selected from a group of four finalist candidates after a months-long search for a new chief was initiated in October 2018 following the resignation of Chief Mike Long.

“I am super excited and looking forward to it,” Ratzmann told Sky-Hi News on Tuesday afternoon. “My family and I are looking forward to being a part of this community.”

Samantha Bruegger, Grand Lake Fire District Board director and spokesperson, noted that Ratzmann’s official start date is still being worked out.

“We think he is pretty awesome,” Bruegger said. “He is a man of integrity. He has a ton of wildland experience and medical experience; two things that are very important in our community.”

Bruegger said the district is working to set up a future community meet and greet to give district residents the opportunity to meet Ratzmann. Bruegger added that Ratzmann was a combat medic in Afghanistan and also holds a master’s degree. His most recent position prior to coming to Grand Lake was serving as deputy chief of the Los Pinos Fire Protection District near Durango.

Born and raised in Florida, Ratzmann and his family lived in Orlando before moving to Colorado a little over two years ago. He and his wife have been married for 22 years and have three children, including two teenagers and a 20-year old son who is also a firefighter. Ratzmann has been working as a firefighter for the past two decades.

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