Fire Chief Pat Laurienti

Pat Laurienti

Fire Chief

Fire Chief Pat Laurienti has served the citizens of Adams County Fire Rescue for over 32 years; he was appointed Fire Chief June 1, 2011. His family is from the Welby area, which ACFR serves. He contributes his loyalty and work ethic to his late father, whom he worked alongside for 36 years building custom homes. Chief Laurienti worked up through the ranks, also serving as the Training Chief for 11 years. Chief Laurienti currently serves as the president of the Denver Metro Fire Chiefs Association, is a member of the Colorado State Chiefs executive board and past president of the North Area Adams County Fire Chiefs. He is also the president of the Adams County Communications Center and serves on the Adams County 911 Authority Board.

Stuart Sunderland

Deputy Chief of Planning and Prevention

Stuart Sunderland was appointed Deputy Chief in 2012. He’s been with the ACFR since April 1990. He has served in various capacities, and previously held the ranks of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Chief Sunderland currently oversees Fleet Services, Fire Prevention, IT, Human Resources and is the District’s Accreditation Manager.

Troy Patterson

Deputy Chief of Operations

Troy D. Patterson was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations in 2019. He has been with ACFR since Sept. 12, 1994 and has served the community in many roles. He earned an A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology and Fire Service Management and is IFSAC accredited as a Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician.

Dave Baldwin

​Division Chief of EMS

Dave Baldwin was appointed EMS Chief April 1, 2004. He’s been with ACFR since 1998. His interest in Emergency Services began at the young age of five, following a serious family auto accident. He’s a graduate of St. Anthony’s Paramedic School and holds a B.S. in Health Sciences/Emergency Management from George Washington University and a Masters of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He has also been designated as a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Fire Academy, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard.

Mark Schuman

Division Chief of Emergency Management

Mark Schuman was appointed Emergency Management Chief on Aug. 20, 2019. He’s been with ACFR since 1990. He is a member, and past Chairperson, of the Adams County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and is the current co-chair of the UASI/NCR Training and Exercise Committee,, as well as a member of the Colorado Emergency Managers Association. Marks holds an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science from Red Rocks community College. He was ACFR’s Training Chief for nine years, and was awarded the Colorado Fire Instructor of the Year in 2010.

Brett Williamson

Training Chief

Bret Williamson was appointed Training Chief on February 1, 2020. Bret was the Training Captain from May 2015 to his most recent promotion. Bret has been in the Fire Service since 1990 and attended Colorado Mesa University, studying Criminal Justice. He currently holds the IFSAC certifications of Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor III, Incident Safety Officer, and NFPA 1403 Live Fire Instructor.

Rick Busch

Battalion Chief A-Shift

Rick Busch was appointed Battalion Chief June 1, 2019. He is a second generation firefighter. Chief Busch started his emergency service career at age 18 working with Reed Ambulance paramedic service in the Denver Metro Area. In 1993, he was hired by North Washington Fire Department and was the first EMS Coordinator that assisted in implementing their advance life support engine and fire medic ambulances. Chief Busch has an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Waldorf University.

Clinton Garner

Battalion Chief B-Shift

Clinton Garner currently assigned as a Battalion Chief. Growing up in the area in which he currently serves, provides an opportunity to give back to the community. Clinton has spent over 25 years in the fire service, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, currently working towards a Master’s Degree in leadership studies. Is IFSAC accredited for Fire Officer1, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Instructor 1 and holds his State of Colorado EMT-Basic. Also serves as the head of Special Operations for Adams County Fire.

Clifford A. Martin

Battalion Chief C-Shift

Clifford A. Martin was appointed Battalion Chief Jan. 1, 2018. He was one of the 13 people hired to start the med units for North Washington Fire Department on March 23, 1998. He is a graduate of Ranum High School and has an associate degree in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College. He is state certified as an EMT basic and International Codes Council Fire Inspector. He is also IFSAC Certified as Fire Officer, Haz-mat Tech and Fire Instructor.

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