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Statement from the Board – Aug 4, 2020

Statement from the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors

Aug 4, 2020

Toshen Golias, President of the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors, has submitted his resignation from the Board effective immediately.  The Board of Directors wishes to thank Toshen for his service to this community through thorough commitment to fire protection excellence over the last several years.  The Board is actively searching for a replacement.
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Statement from the Board – June 16, 2020

Statement from the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors

June 16, 2020

In a special meeting on June 16, 2020, the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors appointed Steven Pischke as Interim Chief, effective immediately and continuing until the District completes its search for a new Fire Chief.

Interim Chief Pischke has been serving part time as the Lyons Fire Protection District Fire Marshal since 2016, and previously served as:
• Interim Chief of Vail Fire Department in 2014/2015
• The Deputy Fire Chief of Mountain View Fire District from 2001 – 2013
• Division Chief at North Metro Fire Rescue District and West Adams County Fire Protection District between 1992 – 2000
• Fire Chief of Silverthorne Fire Protection District from 1987 – 1992
• And prior to that, between 1973 – 1987, he served with the Littleton Fire Department and the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District

Interim Chief Pischke has professional affiliations with, among others:
• The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
• The Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association (CSFCA)
• and the Denver Metro Fire Chiefs Group

“I would like to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to help continue to move Lyons Fire forward during this transitional time! We have a strong and very dedicated corps of Firefighters who have the Department and the people we serve in their best interest. I want to assure the Town Trustees and the people we serve in Lyons, Boulder and Larimer Counties that we will continue to provide the best possible fire, medical and rescue services to the citizens of and visitors to the Fire District. My door is always open and I am available to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding our Department and the services we provide!” – Interim Chief Steven Pischke
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Statement from the Board – June 8, 2020

Statement from the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors

June 8, 2020

This evening, Chief J.J. Hoffman resigned his position with the Lyons Fire Protection District in response to remarks he made on social media. Chief Hoffman expressed to us that he felt it was in the best interests of the Lyons Fire Protection District for him to resign.

The board would like to thank Chief Hoffman for his service to the Lyons Fire Protection District and the Lyons community. We will begin a search for a new chief immediately, and we will provide additional updates to our community throughout that process.

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Statement from the Board – June 1, 2020

Statement from the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors

June 1, 2020

This morning the Board held a special meeting to discuss the insensitive remark made by the Fire Chief on his personal Facebook page last week and to discuss this issue further with Chief Hoffman. Chief Hoffman made a mistake, but we believe he is sincere in his apology and that his comment was meant to display an intense frustration over the destruction of property, not the otherwise peaceful protests. We all must be more aware of our words and comments and their impact on others. The Board will issue a formal reprimand to Chief Hoffman and feels confident that no such similar conduct will arise in the future. We also will review our policies and make improvements to our processes and training. We remain confident in the Fire Chief and his abilities and believe he is an asset to the community that we all so dearly love.