“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this fire district filled with dedicated and caring individuals and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional services to the public”, she said.
With the departure of former Fire Chief Gary Green and the appointment of Interim Fire Chief Lori Miller, Red, White & Blue (CO) Fire Protection District has reached an historic “first” in the state of Colorado.
Chief Miller is the first woman fire chief of an all-career fire department in Colorado, joining just a handful of other women across the country to achieve this elite status. Some of the female chiefs include: Chief Joanne Hayes-White of San Francisco (CA) Fire Department, Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr of Austin (TX) Fire Department and Chief Debra Pryor of Berkeley (CA) Fire Department, just to name a few.
Chief Miller’s 26-year fire service career started at Boulder Fire Rescue in 1985. She worked her way up through the ranks from firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, assistant fire marshal and “acting” battalion chief. She came to Summit County in 2004 as the Division Chief of Training for the Summit Fire Authority, which is managed by Red, White & Blue. Chief Miller then progressed to operational battalion chief and since 2006, has been the Deputy Chief of Operations for the District.