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South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant Chief of Operations. In his new role, Chief Adams is responsible for the oversight and supervision of operations for the fire department; including areas such as emergency medical services, firefighters and several specialized SMFR Special Teams (i.e. tech rescue, hazmat, water rescue, aircraft rescue firefighting, wildland, etc.).
With the growth of SMFR’s district in recent years, the department now provides service to 540,000 residents covering 287 square miles. South Metro’s coverage area spans across 12 municipalities, Centennial Airport, The Denver Tech Center, Inverness, Meridian Office Park and unincorporated portions of Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas Counties. South Metro currently has 716 total employees. Chief Adams is responsible for overseeing 558 of that total being line personnel.
“It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to lead the men and women in the Operations Division here at South Metro,” said Chief Adams. “Continuing South Metro’s mission and vision to take care of citizens in our District like they are family is something that carries tremendous value – especially during a time of growth and expansion of our district. I very much look forward to taking on this role and the responsibilities that come with it.”
Chief Adams was hired in 1995 as a Dispatcher for the City of Littleton. He then started with the Castlewood Fire Protection District in 1996 as a Supply Runner. Throughout his career, Chief Adams has served in the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Bureau Chief. He was a member of Colorado Task Force 1 and responded to the World Trade Center in 2001 and to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Most recently Chief Adams held the position of South Metro’s District Chief of Training, where he oversaw all trainings for the SMFR Training Bureau. During his time at South Metro, Chief Adams has received multiple awards including a Medal of Honor.
Chief Adams has an Associate’s Degree from Arapahoe Community College in General Sciences, a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Fire Sciences and a Master’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Organizational Leadership.
“There’s no doubt that the strategic and progressive vision, knowledge and experience Chief Adams has shown at South Metro has set him up to be successful as the new Operations Chief,” said SMFR Fire Chief Bob Baker. “This is a critical role in our organization, and his level of leadership will no doubt take us well into the future to continue to be a successful organization.”
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