The Golden Gate Fire Protection District will have two director seats up for election on the May 3rd ballot. The term for each seat is 4 years.
Candidates for this year’s election, listed in ballot order, are:
In our Golden Gate Canyon area, wildland and structural fires pose a major threat to our families, homes and land. Medical emergencies of illness and injury are an even more common threat to our health and wellness. A skilled and timely response by our firefighters and medical first responders is critical to protecting our lives and property, and a key to safety for our families, livestock and visitors in our special foothills environment.
As a member of the GGFPD Board of Directors, I will work to support:
- The best equipped and trained volunteer Dept. we can provide
- Responsible financial stewardship and accountability to the community we serve
- Recognition by the County and State for the increasing service and financial demands that the growing recreational use in our District places on our volunteers and resources
I am a 25 year resident of Golden, married father of four; Lori and I moved to Douglas Mountain three years ago. As a physician trained in cardiology, I have over 30 years’ experience leading teams of highly skilled professionals serving patients and families challenged by cardiovascular disease, our nation’s leading cause of death. I recognize our GGFPD Board must support a high level of technical knowledge and skill in the Dept., implemented by dedicated and generous volunteers, with innovative, transparent, cost-effective use of scarce resources to successfully protect our District from the threats of fire, illness and injury. I pledge to focus sharply on these goals; if you share these priorities I would appreciate your support.
In 2007 I volunteered with the GGFPD to revise and update the water source database. Ever since I had been planning to join the fire department and up until the Black Hawk Ridge fire last fall (directly across from our house), I hadn’t taken the leap. I was the first person at the fire with boots and shovel. I experienced firsthand how vulnerable we are especially with increasing recreational use of the canyon.
I joke with my wife that I didn’t realize I wanted to be a fire fighter until I was 50! I’ve recently passed my Colorado FF1 written and JPR’s. Wildland training is around the corner. In the short time I’ve been directly involved it’s been intense physical and mental work, yet fun and incredibly rewarding.
My entire professional career has been involved in engineering of industrial and consumer safety products. Bringing a product to market is no different than managing any organization. Understand root issues, develop goals and creating a plan of action to accomplish those goals using the available resources.
Being a small fire district, Golden Gate must be creative, nimble, and resourceful to accomplish our goals. There is no space, time nor energy for politics or being politically correct nonsense. The needs and goals are clear. Let’s boil it down to the basics and get on with things.
A mentor of mine said to me in a recent discussion about running for a board position that a fire department has the highest moral duty to act with uncompromised standards to perform beyond that which is expected.
I believe the focus of any first response organization should be the highest level of safety for the citizens as well as the first responders while assuring highest value for tax payers’ dollars. We owe the community of Golden Gate Canyon management that provides the highest level and quality of training and equipment for the fire fighters, a balanced budget, excellent value for funds spent, elimination of waste and seamless coordination with mutual aid partners synergizing services, training and equipment.
I look forward to working with the Auxiliary and the Grange, representing you, the residents of Golden Gate Canyon.