First Vice President

Gary Curmode, CFO, CEMSO, CTO, FM, EFO, MlFire
Copper Mountain Fire Department (Colo.)

Chief Gary CurmodeGary Curmode is fire chief of Copper Mountain Fire Department, Colorado. He has been active in the Missouri Valley Division of Fire Chiefs (Past President 2014 in the MVD), and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs since 1993. A native Kansan, he comes to Colorado with extensive experience with the Wichita, Ks. and Sedgwick County Fire District 1, Ks. fire departments.

Chief Curmode is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD. Additionally, he is a Harvard Fellow from the Senior Executive in Local and State Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2006). He is a graduate of Wichita State University, Wichita, Ks., with a double masters in Administration of Justice and Public Administration. He graduated from the Center for Homeland Security & Terrorism, CDHS/PDS at Monterey, CA, Cohort 1301, February, 2014.

An advocate of certification, he has Firefighter 1,2,3; Fire Instructor 1,2; Fire Officer 1, 2; Wildland Certification in Red Card; and is one of only two in the Nation to have the designations—Chief Fire Officer, Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer, Chief Training Officer and Fire Marshal (CPSE). He is an instructor in all of the NIMs courses and an adjunct at the National Fire Academy.

Chief Curmode is active in the Commission on Public Safety Excellence in accreditation (team leader, peer reviewer, mentor). He has been a peer assessor for 40 site visits and a team leader for 30 of these. He feels this is a way for fire departments to seek excellence through the Self-Assessment Process. Gary attended Leadership in Crisis: Preparation and Performance at Harvard in April, 2016 and Leadership Decision-Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance.n

Gary has a son Rory, twin daughters Mogie and Kasey, and grandson Greyson.