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March 16, 2016
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Chief Mike Morgan named the next Director of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)
DENVER – The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Stan Hilkey, today announced the selection of Chief Mike Morgan of Colorado River Fire Rescue to become the next Director of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC). On February 1, 2016, current DFPC Director, Paul Cooke, announced his plan to retire from the Colorado fire service, culminating a 41 year career in fire and emergency services.
“It is no easy task following someone with the reputation that Paul has, but I am confident that the selection process identified the best and most qualified applicant,” said Executive Director Hilkey. He added that “Chief Morgan’s well-rounded experience will serve the Division well and I am confident he will continue the great progress and legacy that Paul leaves.”
Mike is a Colorado native, born in Grand Junction and growing up on their family ranch he has spent most of his life in Garfield County. He began his fire service career in 1986 and has spent 30 years serving his community and the Colorado fire service. Mike now oversees Colorado River Fire Rescue, a full service fire department with over 100 career and volunteer members.
Mike served for over 10 years on the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Board of Directors (including two terms as President), has participated in several projects with the International Association of Fire Chief’s, and has a long history of championing fire service-related issues. His work includes the ongoing collaborative efforts to unify Colorado’s fire service and to promote local community interests directed towards the mission of “saving lives and property”. Mike is a recipient of the coveted John M. Buckman III Leadership Award, presented by the International Association of Fire Chief’s.
Mike has worked with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, which in his opinion is the “focal point” for Colorado’s fire prevention and suppression efforts, to find new and innovative ways to serve its customers. When asked what his desire is for his new position, Mike stated “to represent all of Colorado’s fire service, large and small, and to unify our voice to protect the residents, visitors, and responders of our great state”.
Mike and his wife Sabrina have been together for over 30 years and have three children; David (31), Cole (17), and Caitlin (16) and three grandchildren; Darrien, Reed, and Avery.
It is anticipated that Mike will assume his new responsibilities following a formal Transfer of Command Ceremony scheduled for.
About the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)
Our Mission is to provide leadership and support to Colorado communities in reducing threats to lives, property and the environment from fire through fire prevention and code enforcement; wildfire preparedness, response, and management; and the training and certification of firefighters.
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