Fire/rescue

Bill Johnston

Rank/position: Deputy Chief

Years of Service: 19

Special certifications: EMT-I, Haz-Mat Technician, Haz-Mat Specialist, Haz-Mat incident commander, certified arson investigator, Colorado State Certified Firefighter II, State Certified Haz-Mat Instructor and State Certified Proctor.

Why do you do what you do? It's part of my life. It is who I am.

What's something the community does not know about you? How dedicated we really are and what a deal the taxpayer really gets.

Shane Krause

Rank/position: Firefighter

Years of Service: 5

Special certifications: EMT-Basic, State Certified Haz-Mat Operations, State Certified Firefighter I.

Why do you do what you do? I think that this is a great organization to be associated with to help the community. I also really enjoy the family aspect the fire service has within it. I also really enjoy the many challenges the fire service presents to me daily.

What's something the community does not know about you? I am from Canada.

Donald Griffin

Rank/position: Firefighter

Years of Service: 2

Special certifications: State Certified Firefighter II, State Certified Haz-Mat Operations.


Shayne Sperry

Rank/position: Firefighter Shayne Sperry

Years of Service: 20

Special certifications: State Certified Firefighter I, Haz-Mat Operations.

Why do you do what you do? I like being a firefighter and I can help the community by being involved in the fire department.

Sue Garrett

Rank/position: Firefighter

Years of Service: 5

Special certifications: State Certified Firefighter I, State Certified Haz-Mat Awareness, First Aid/CPR/First Responder.

Why do you do what you do? It's a challenge and someone, somewhere always needs help.

What's something the community does not know about you?

My dedication to my family -- immediate, then extended.

Dennis R. Jones

Rank/position: Captain

Years of Service: 16

Special certifications: FFII, Pumper operator, Driver Operator Squad, EMT-B, Haz-Mat Operations (State certified), Haz-Mat Technician, Haz-Mat Incident Commander.

Why do you do what you do? The knowledge, the challenge, the risks involved, the adrenaline rush and being able to make a difference.

What's something the community does not know about you? Being a native of Craig allows me to know a large portion of the community, which in turn makes it difficult to emotionally deal with some of the tragedies we (firefighters) see. Fat Tire is the beer of choice.

Kevin Kernen

Rank/position: Lieutenant

Years of Service: 5

Special certifications: FFII, EMT-B, Haz-Mat Operations (state certified).

Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because it is a fun way to help my community. I like working with a great bunch of people in all of the local emergency services. This job provides a high level of satisfaction.

What's something the community does not know about you? I think the community knows enough about me already!

Chris Nichols

Rank/position: Chief

Years of Service: 20 of service to Craig Rural Fire Protection District

Special certifications: FFII, EMT-B/IV, State Haz-Mat Operations Level, State FFI/FFII, operations level Haz-Mat proctor, Haz-Mat Incident Commander, National Fire Academy Unified Command, Arson Investigator, Driver/Operator Squad.

Why do you do what you do? I joined the fire department as a fun way to be a part of the community. Once you experience how we, the fire department, make a difference in people's lives, it's next to impossible to quit. It just gets in your blood.

What's something the community does not know about you? My grandparents on my father's side migrated to this country from Greece.

Randy Decker

Rank/position: Firefighter

Years of Service: 19 years of service

Special certifications: FFII, EMT-B, Haz-Mat Technician

Why do you do what you do? Enjoy helping people, especially those in need.


K.C. Hume

Rank/position: Captain

Years of Service: 6 years

Special certifications: Firefighter II, EMT-B, Haz-Mat Operations, Arson Investigator, State of Colorado Fire Service Proctor, American Red Cross Instructor, Rope Rescue Technician II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Water Rescue Technician.

Why do you do what you do? The fire service provides for the opportunity to apply a wide variety of problem solving skills in stressful and potentially dangerous environments.

What's something the community does not know about you? I am the Captain of the #1 "A Battalion" at Craig Fire/Rescue.

Brian Slaight

Byron Willems

Chris Mercer

John Felten

Steve Lingo
Troy Hampton

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