The Golden Fire Department is divided into five different divisions, each overseeing a different aspect of fire safety and fire prevention in the City of Golden.
Kasey Beal, Fire Chief
Debbie Testroet, Administrative Coordinator
The Fire Chief, Administrative Coordinator and administrative staff are responsible for establishing policy, planning operations, controlling budget, managing expenditures, supplies, facilities, equipment and personnel, evaluating operational effectiveness, and implementing improvements. The Administrative Division coordinates emergency management functions for the planning, mitigation, response and recovery from disasters or other large-scale incidents within Golden.
Fire & Life Safety
Jonathan Priestly Fire Investigator/Inspector
The Fire and Life Safety Division of the Golden Fire Department is led by the Fire Marshal. Within this division are Fire Prevention and Public Safety Education.
The proactive goal of this division is to prevent fires from occurring, which is accomplished through enforcing fire codes and other ordinances pertaining to fire and life safety. In addition, the Golden Fire Department takes a unique approach to educating the citizens of Golden about preventing fires and injuries. The citizens, business owners and visitors of Golden are educated about fire and life safety with our Fire Safety Programs.
Captain Jeanette Kehoe, Training Officer
The Training Division prepares Fire Fighters, from probation through retirement, to serve as safe, effective and efficient team members that save lives and protect property. For more information on Fire Fighter Training, see our Fire Fighter Volunteer & Member Training page.
Gary Wilmes, Interim Operations Deputy Chief
The largest Division within the Golden Fire Department is the Operations Division. Fire suppression, rescue, hazardous conditions, and all other calls for service are duties of the Operations Division. The Operations Division of the Golden Fire Department is organized into three separate areas – two response districts and a special operations division.
District 1 geographically covers the north area of the city, and District 2 covers the south, although both districts may respond to major incidents.
The Special Operations Division includes rescue and wildland firefighting. The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) members are trained specifically for high and low angle rescue, swift water rescue, ice rescue, and auto extrication. Other incidents may include industrial rescue and hazardous materials response. The Golden Fire Department stresses the importance of firefighters being cross trained in wildland firefighting, due to our proximity to the urban/wildland interface. Each recruit completes training and certification to become a nationally accredited ‘Red Card’ wildland firefighter in addition to their structural firefighting training and certification.
To learn more about the City of Golden’s Fire Stations and see a map of their locations, please visit our Fire Stations and Equipment page.