White selected as Grand Fire chief
Brad White, currently the interim fire chief at Grand Fire Protection District No. 1, has accepted the permanent position of fire chief and district administrator for the department.
White accepted the position April 8.
He previously served as the assistant chief of operations and training for 4 1/2 years, and then as the interim chief since December.
White continues to bring new ideas, challenging trainings and a wealth of experience to Grand Fire, according to the Grand Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
White came to Grand County in the summer of 1989 as a seasonal resident and moved to Grand Lake full time in 1997. He began his fire career as a volunteer with Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Protection District after moving to Hot Sulphur Springs in 2001. He served four years as the assistant chief and seven years as chief.
He was instrumental in several ballot initiatives, station constructions and a district expansion.
A founding member of the Grand County Training Officers Committee, which he continues to chair, White has held various positions with the Grand County Fire Chiefs Association and was the Vice Chair of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Volunteer Section. He holds certifications for IFSAC Firefighter II, Hazmat Ops, Fire Instructor, Fire & Life Safety Educator, Colorado State Proctor, NWCG Strike Team Leader and Type 4 Incident Commander, and is working on his Type 3 Incident Commander. Included in his lengthy list of achievements is also being a founding member of the Grand County Wildfire Council and sitting on several state and regional committees including the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control Wildland Advisory Committee, Craig Interagency Dispatch Advisory Group, Colorado State Fire Chiefs Statewide Mutual Aid Committee, and is on his second term chairing the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Wildland Section.
White and his wife have a son who attends Middle Park High School and a daughter at East Grand Middle School. They enjoy many outdoor activities together including whitewater rafting, hunting and fishing.
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