I. Jerry Rhodes
Assistant Fire Chief, South Metro Fire Rescue (Colorado)
Chief Jerry Rhodes was appointed fire chief for the Cunningham Fire Protection District in 1995. In 2018, Cunningham Fire Protection merged and is now South Metro Fire Rescue where he currently serves as assistant fire chief. Before joining Cunningham Fire Protection District, Chief Rhodes served the City of Glendale since 1974 as one of their first career firefighters, departing in 1990 as the assistant chief. Cunningham Fire Protection District comprised of 80 outstanding career personnel, operating from three fire stations covering a geographic area of approximately 36.7 square kilometers, serving 62,000 citizens. The Cunningham Fire Protection District serves portions of the City of Centennial and unincorporated Arapahoe County in Southeast Metro Denver.
Chief Rhodes joined the IAFC in 1996 and currently serves as Missouri Valley Division International Director on the IAFC Board of Directors after serving as division president; Constitution, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee member; Mutual Aid System Task Force member; and Emergency Management Committee chair. Rhodes served on the IAFC Division Task Force and took part in multiple strategic planning sessions, and as a member of the committee that wrote the Terrorism Response: A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs. He is a member of the EMS Section and the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association, and chairman of the All-Hazard Homeland Security North Central Region Board (ten counties of Metro Denver).
In 1985 Chief Rhodes was awarded the Colorado Paramedic of the Year, 1992 Peg Hamilton Award, the Special District Association Distinguished Managers Award in 2003, and other local awards and acknowledgements of appreciation. His greatest honor is to be asked to teach or speak to fellow emergency responders.
Family and education are his passions; his wife Roylene is great at everything she tackles and the couple has two beautiful daughters and three wonderful granddaughters. Chief Rhodes is a community college and university adjunct instructor—primary subject areas are fire service, emergency medical services and incident command.
Chief Rhodes is proud to be part of a family tradition that claims members in eight generations in the fire and emergency service.