Mayor John Hickenlooper announced today Eric Tade will be the new fire chief in Denver
effective Oct. 1. He will begin working Aug. 16 with current fire Chief Jim Sestrich, who is retiring on Sept. 30.
“Eric Tade has a distinguished career in the fire service that will serve our community well,” Hickenlooper said. “The Denver Fire Department has a long history of talented leaders that believe not just in the fire department, but in the future of this City.”
Tade joined the Denver Fire Department in 1992 and worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to, Lieutenant, Captain, and most recently as Assistant Chief. He led negotiations to craft regional fire service agreements with Denver Mountain Parks, Glendale, Skyline and Sheridan that increased safety in these communities and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. He was also instrumental in bringing the 2005 and 2008 Fire Rescue International Conference to Denver.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with the fine men and women of the Denver Fire Department as their Chief,” Tade said. “We will continue our tradition of excellent service to our community, and work to become an increasingly-efficient Department that serves as a model for other fire departments.”
He has worked in the fire service for 18 years and has 10 years of intergovernmental relations experience. He has an A.A.S. in Fire Science, extensive fire service certifications and is an experienced fire leadership instructor. He serves as a member of the National League of Cities’ Public Safety steering committee.
Sestrich joined the Denver Fire Department in July 1976 and held numerous positions. He previously served at interim Chief after Larry Trujillo retired in August 2007 and before Nick Nuanes was hired as Chief. Sestrich has been fire Chief since September 2009.