Sunday, June 22 2014 @ 11:27 AM PMDT
Contributed by: Admin
The POA recently announced they had hired a new Fire Chief, Todd Ryker. "Chief Ryker comes to the Baca Fire Department with a great deal of experience and training including over 18 years of experience in fire operations and EMS work," a BGPOA press release said. "He is a combat medic, firefighter-EMT, and was the fire chief of Rio Rancho Fire/ Rescue Inc. in Arizona."
Ryker also is a certified Incident Command System member up to the 400 level, a IFSAC Firefighter I and a National Registered EMT who is certified in wildfires and Urban/Interface protection. He has over five years of incident commander experience in addition to training, recruitment, grant writing and mutual/auto aid contracts.
Additional qualifications in Ryker's portfolio include:
· FireFighter I
· Fire Instructor NFPA 1041 Level 1
· IFSAC Fire Fighter II
· Incident Command System Training including MAIS100, MAIS200, MAG300 and MAG400 • Wildland Fire Fighting Training including Basic and Advanced S-131
· Fire Hydraulics
· Urban Interface S-205
· S-190 Intro to Fire Behavior and I-100 Orientation to ICS
· EVOC - Emergency Vehicle Operator
· Army National Guard Combat Medic
· FireLearn Coursework in Fire Prevention, Public Education and Customer Service
· Hazardous Material Operations – First Responder Operations
· Passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Chief Ryker is also finishing his Fire Science Degree AA. According to the press release, he comes to the Crestone community "with high accolades as a person who served his former positions with honor, integrity and a high degree of professional ethics. Please welcome our new Chief and feel free to stop by the POA offices or the Fire House to say "Hello" in person."
Ryker began his duties on Monday. There will also be an open house June 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BGPOA firehouse with speakers and demonstrations.
The POA offered a very heartfelt "thank you" and wishes for good health and safety goes to their outgoing Interim Fire Chief Jack Johnson who is currently fulfilling part of his bucket list fighting wildfires in Alaska.