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Eric Tade to step down as Chief of Fire

Denver - After a decade leading the Denver Fire Department, and after deep reflection on the potential benefits to the department of a change in leadership, Eric Tade is stepping down as Chief of the Denver Fire Department.  Chief Tade tendered his resignation in a meeting with Mayor Hancock late Monday afternoon. Per section § 9.5.1 of the Denver charter, Tade will be retained in the department at the rank of Assistant Chief.

“Chief Tade is dedicated to this department, and his decision that new leadership was needed reflects his devotion to the men and women who serve our residents in the Denver Fire Department,” Mayor Hancock said. “When the Chief told me it was time for a new set of eyes, as difficult of a decision as that was, I knew he meant it, and I let him know that I appreciated his courage and wisdom in recognizing that it was time for a change.”

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Denver as their Fire Chief, and I want to thank them, the department and the mayor for this opportunity to lead one of the premier fire departments in the country,” Chief Tade said. “It's the right time to step back and bring in new leadership to implement new strategies and a fresh perspective to foster continued improvement. That’s what the men and women of this department deserve, and I remain committed to this department and the people we serve every day.”

During Chief Tade’s tenure, the Denver Fire Department has continued to uphold public safety and the commitment to nurture social equity across a diverse workforce by engaging in recruitment efforts to ensure a Department reflective of the community they serve. Under his leadership, the Denver Fire Department implemented several programs to enhance the departments innovations and leadership within the fire service industry, including:

  • Obtaining Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating 1 in 2018 for the department’s municipal fire protection efforts, resulting in significant cost saving for business and property owners in Denver;
  • Receiving Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Accreditation, making the Denver Fire Department one of just more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.;
  • Adopting the International Fire Code and Denver Fire amendments;
  • Launching several comprehensive wellness programs to support fire fighter physical and mental health and wellbeing; and
  • Increasing regional cooperation through expanded fire protection services to neighboring Denver metro cities.

Chief Tade will leave his position on March 16.