Vail picks new fire chief
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL ” Mark A. Miller, a native of Colorado with more than 28 years of fire service experience, has been named chief of the Vail Fire Department.
Miller, 52, is chief of the Hartford Fire Department in White River Junction, Vt. 52. He will start work in Vail in January. In Vermont, Miller lead a 32-member department that served a community of 11,000.
Before moving east, Miller spent 25 years with the Loveland Fire and Rescue Department on the Front Range. In Loveland, Miller supervised six stations and 120 employees, and also developed the department’s fitness program.
Miller will replace John Gulick, who had been fire chief since 1999 and worked for the department for 30 years.
“Mark is passionate about his profession and he’ll be a champion for the Vail Fire Department,” said Town Manager Stan Zemler, who created the vacancy in the chief’s post when he restructured the department.
“His knowledge about Colorado, his familiarity with wildland/urban interface issues and his reputation for progressive leadership are strong attributes that will serve the community well,” Zemler said.
Miller will be instrumental in designed the new fire station planned for West Vail on the north side of I-70, Zemler said.
The Vail Fire Department has a budget of $2.2 million and consists of 20 full-time staff, 12 student-resident fighters and a new six -person wildland fire crew that also works to reduce the risk of major fires in Vail.