Chief Jerry Means in front of fire truck

Jerry Means

Chief Investigator

Jerry Means was appointed Chief of Investigations in July of 2019. He grew up in Canon City and became a certified fire investigator in 1992. Along the way, Jerry was a Captain at Rocky Flats Fire Department, was employed at the Colorado  Bureau of Investigations for 20 years, and then moved on to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Jerry has been a certified K-9 handler for 20 years and is the President and Curator of the National Fire Dog Monument in Washington D.C. He has been honored as the Colorado Fire Investigator of the year twice, honored as the Colorado Police Officer of the Year, and is also a National Ambassador to the American Humane Association.

Fire Marshal Whitney Even in front of truck

Whitney Even

Fire Marshal

Whitney Even was appointed Fire Inspector on September 23, 2019. She started her fire career as a volunteer in 2011. Soon after, Whitney was hired by North Metro Fire Rescue as a Public Educator. She then started her Fire Inspection career with Aurora Fire Department, and then went to become Fire Marshal at Brighton Fire Department. Whitney was born and raised in Westminster and received her associates degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.

Dawn Tollis of ACFR

Dawn Tollis

Fire and Life Safety Inspector

Dawn began her career in the fire service in 2012 as a Fire and Life Safety Inspector with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, where she was later promoted to Unit Chief. In 2020 she was appointed Lead Investigator and became a certified Accelerant Detection Canine Handler to Jojo, our accelerant detection canine. Dawn was originally born in Okinawa Japan to an Army family, and is currently pursuing her degree in fire science with Columbia Southern University.

Black lab named JoJo
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Carla Gutierrez

Deputy Fire Marshal

Carla Gutierrez was hired as a Fire Inspector in October 2020. Her fire service career started in September 2016 with Brighton Fire Rescue. Prior to that she worked for the City of Brighton’s Building Department for three years. Her certifications include ICC Fire Inspector III and Fire Plans Examiner. Carla is a Colorado native and looks forward to serving the citizens of Adams County.

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Felicia Dixon

Fire & Life Safety Educator

Felicia Dixon was hired at Adams County Fire Rescue in April of 2022 as a Fire & Life Safety Educator. She previously held the same role for four years with Orange County Fire Rescue in Orlando, FL. Felicia is a native of Florida, and attended Florida State University where she earned her Bachelors in Human Sciences. Prior to her career in the Fire Service, she worked as a high school science teacher for seven years. Felicia is new to the state of Colorado, and excited to be a part of the Adams County Fire Rescue family.

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Ryder Robison

Fire Inspector

Ryder Robison was appointed as Fire Inspector in November 2021. He began his career in the fire service in 2015 as a volunteer firefighter for the South Fremont Fire District located in St. Anthony, Idaho. Since 2018, he worked as a dispatcher/station technician for that same department. He is certified as an ICC Fire Inspector II and IAAI Fire Investigation Technician. Born in Oslo, Norway to a United States Navy family, Ryder obtained a BFA in Illustration and Photography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and after eighteen years away is proud to call Denver home once again.

Whitney Holtan of ACFR

Whitney Holtan

Fire Inspector

Whitney Holtan was hired with Adams County Fire Rescue as a Fire Medic in 2020 and was appointed Fire Inspector in 2024. Whitney has her Bachelor’s in Geology and Associates in Outdoor Leadership. She was born in Wyoming and has called Colorado her home since 2005. Whitney is excited to continue serving the citizens of Adam’s County in her new role as a Fire Inspector for ACFR!

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Tiffiny Raya

Fire Inspector

Tiffiny’s career started as a Permit Technician for the City of Brighton in March of 2015. She became certified as a permit technician in May of 2015 and in 2019, she became a Building Permit/ Planning Technician for the Town of Firestone. Tiffiny was born in Brighton and was raised in Fort Lupton.

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