THOMAS W. AURNHAMMER is a 43-year fire service veteran, a fifth-generation firefighter, and the chief (ret.) of the Los Pinos Fire District in Ignacio, Colorado. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has a bachelor of science degree in fire administration. Aurnhammer also has the Chief Fire Office designation and is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, U.S. Branch.