Colorado State Fire Chiefs increases volunteer representation with new appointment

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The Colorado State Fire Chiefs have appointed Brita Horn of McCoy, Colorado as Treasurer. Having served as Routt County’s Treasurer and Public Trustee since 2012, and Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief for the last eleven years, many felt her appointment to be particularly effective in advancing the mission of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs and increasing representation of the state’s volunteer fire agencies. It is believed her expertise in software and knowledge of governmental finances will enhance the role of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs in all aspects of their operations.

Beginning as a full-time Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) while finishing her Fire Science Degree at Colorado Mountain College, Chief Horn worked throughout Routt and Eagle Counties including shifts at Eagle County Paramedic Services, Gypsum Fire Protection District and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District as EMT, firefighter and engineer. Horn has also worked for Rocky Mountain Type II IMT (Incident Management Team) in the Plans Section and is currently on the roster for many IMT’s throughout the region as a Safety Officer and Plans Section Team member.

Highly regarded for her continuing education and work experience, Chief Horn continues to supervise her volunteer fire department with its garage, office and shed, four sturdy trucks and some well-trained firefighters. Members of the Rock Creek Fire Department respond 24/7 to medical calls, fires, and various hazards on and off the county roads, highways and railroad throughout the region.

As the full-time Fire Chief for the Rock Creek Fire Department, Chief Horn has been a member of the Chief’s organization since 2009. In her capacity as the Volunteer Section Chief, Chief Horn has been one of the leading advocates of Colorado’s Firefighting Task Book. Working alongside fellow committee chiefs and with the support of Governors past and present, Brita continues to champion the publication of a state-wide program geared toward Colorado’s small communities and rural volunteers.

“I am proud of the work we do and humbled by my appointment. I am committed to supporting legislation to improve rural fire departments and first responder families while serving the citizens of Colorado,” said Chief Horn about her new role as treasurer of CSFC. “Also, watching the money” she says with the smile.

Brita is married to Gary Horn, a lifelong rancher who operates Raymond Horn Ranch on the Conger Mesa with his twin brother Dale and his family. Gary and Brita have two daughters. Abigail graduated from Kansas State and is now a second year law student at Washburn in Topeka. Izabel graduated from University of Wyoming with a BA in Agriculture Business while continuing her work at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

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