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Chief Rich Brown Announces Retirement
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown announced his retirement today after 32 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.  Chief Brown worked his way up through the ranks as firefighter, paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief, to Deputy Chief of Operations.  Throughout his career he was assigned to the Operations Division, Medical Division and Training Division.  Whether it was manning a fire hose or guiding the department - from the Red Tag Explosion in 1986, to the Blizzard of ’97, to Castle West in 2007, to the Waldo Canyon Fire - Chief Rich Brown has served during some of the community’s worst disasters. 

 “Fire Chief Rich Brown is truly a legend in our region for his bravery, courage and leadership as a firefighter for the City.  During my term he has also served as an instrumental member of our City Executive Team.  Chief Brown set a very high standard for himself and his department, earning a prestigious national honor.  He was an innovator, creating numerous community service programs, including neighborhood free health clinics in our fire stations.  Chief Brown has my deepest respect and appreciation for his long, distinguished service to the citizens of Colorado Springs.  He will continue to provide us with important consulting help for several months.  We will be naming an Interim Fire Chief by the Chief’s April 30 retirement date and will subsequently conduct a national search for his successor, “ said Mayor Steve Bach.

 “I am honored to have served in every capacity that I have and did my best every day.  I’m very pleased that the CSFD is now Internationally Accredited. I believe we are on the right track exploring the options that are out there with respect to ambulance contracts and that will only serve the community better.  We have a great department that looks to serve our citizens in the best possible way,” said Chief Brown 

Rich Brown holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University.   Brown will remain with the City as a consultant until the end of the year - receiving his full salary and benefits.