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Eagle River Fire names new chief

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Vail, CO Colorado
Karl Bauer

AVON, Colorado – The Eagle River Fire District’s Board of Directors formally appointed Karl Bauer to the position of general manager and fire chief Thursday. Bauer will officially take the position Jan. 1, succeeding Charlie Moore, who resigned last month.

“We are completely confident in our decision to promote Chief Bauer. His experience speaks for itself,” said Ed O’Brien, chairman of the Eagle River Fire Protection District Board. “We look forward to the leadership and management skills he will provide to the fire district as we work to restructure in this difficult economy.”

“I am genuinely appreciative of the confidence placed in me by the board and I will work daily to maintain that level of trust,” Bauer said.

Bauer has been working as a public servant for 32 years. He started his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a police officer in El Cajon, Calif., and later as a sheriff’s deputy in San Diego County. In the late 1980s, he joined the fire service as a firefighter in rural San Diego County. In 1997, he was named fire chief of the Palomar Mountain Fire Department.

Karl moved to Colorado in 2004 where he served as Leadville’s fire chief. He joined the Eagle River District in 2007 as deputy chief of administration and training before being promoted to assistant chief in April 2010.

The Eagle River Fire Protection District includes the area from Tennessee Pass to Wolcott and serves an area of 186 square miles which include the communities of Avon, Arrowhead, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Minturn, Red Cliff, Singletree and Wolcott.

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