Division Chief Ryan Roberts from Red, White and Blue Fire Protection in Breckenridge, Colorado received the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation at the Fire Rescue International Conference in Denver, Colorado August 2, 2012. This hard-earned professional designation developed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence recognizes senior fire officers for their dedication to excellence in their jobs and their commitment to the community where they work. To achieve this designation requires a strong educational background, diverse participation in emergency service at the local, state, and national level, demonstrated involvement in the broader community and validation by their emergency service industry. Currently there are only 854 individuals world wide with the CFO designation; 11 in Iowa. This is considered one of the highest achievements possible for a fire chief.
Earlier this year, Red, White and Blue Fire Protection became an accredited fire department through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. This credential elevates and sustains the professional standards for those persons responsible for managing and delivering essential fire and emergency services. Ryan was an integral part of this accreditation process. Only 145 from more than 30,000 professional fire departments nationally have this accreditation; 8 are in Colorado. Iowa has only 3 departments with this credential.
Ryan was honored and humbled to receive one of two "Ambassador of the Year" awards. This award recognizes an elite group of outstanding individuals whose dedication and advocacy for the Center for Public Safety Excellence and its programs contribute directly to the success of the organization and the advocacy of its mission throughout the international fire and emergency service industry. The other "Ambassador of the Year" award went to Ronny Coleman, a retired fire chief from California who is highly admired and respected as THE leader in making the firefighting profession better through firefighter leadership, safety, fire prevention, code enforcement, training and technical innovation.
Division Chief Ryan Roberts receives congratulations from Red, White and Blue Chief Lori Miller.
Ryan, Kelsey and daughters, Cora and Hadley live in Breckenridge, Colo. He is currently division Chief at Red, White and Blue Fire Protection in charge of the Summit Fire Authority Training Center and its personnel. They are responsible for the development and training of Firefighters, Haz-Mat and EMS personnel for all Summit County Fire Departments.
Ryan, a 2001 graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, is the son of Dave and Vicki Roberts; grandparents are Harold and Margaret Storjohann and Sheridan and Betty Roberts, all from Reinbeck.