Fire District Staff
David Wolf, PhD
Chief Wolf joined the fire service in 2001, starting as a volunteer in Pennsylvania while completing his B.S. at Allegheny College. He then earned his M.S. from Washington State University and Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in Geology. While a full time student he served as a firefighter, officer, technical rescue specialist, rescue swiftwater swimmer/SCUBA diver, and fire instructor. In 2010, he moved to Houston, Texas to work for an international oil & gas company as a research scientist and exploration geologist. In Texas he served the 600 member Cy-Fair Fire Department as a station officer, board member, and ultimately managed the department’s fire training program for 350 volunteers.
Chief Wolf serves as the Chair for the Volunteer & Combination Section of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs. Chief Wolf presents on topics such as leadership and instruction, especially as they apply to volunteer organizations. He also serves on the technical panel for the UL FSRI Study of Fire Service Residential Home Size-Up and Search & Rescue Operations.
Chief Wolf joined Estes Valley in June 2016. He lives in Estes Park with his wife, Danielle, and two sons.
Erika Goetz, PHR, SHRM-CP
Erika has worked in the Human Resource field for 13 years. She has an Associate Degree in Human Resources and holds both a PHR and SHRM-CP certification. Prior to working at the fire district, she worked in the Office of Human Resources with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Erika joined the Fire District as an Administrative Assistant, and has since been promoted to Officer Manager due to the high level of competence and value she brings to the organization. Erika also serves as the District's Public Information Officer (PIO), managing social media and communications.
Erika joined Estes Valley in February 2015. She lives in Estes Park.
Operations & Training
Chief Capo has been a firefighter since 1996. He achieved his B.A.S. in Public Safety Administration and instructs on all levels and topics of firefighting. Paul Capo holds his National Registry Paramedic Certification and is the Founder of When Things Go Bad, Incorporated where he develops a vast compliment of firefighter curriculum and training. His diverse teaching includes, but not limited to: FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference), Fire House Expo, Orlando Fire Conference, Fire Rescue East, Wichita HOT, etc. where he trains on multiple subjects in fire service academia. In addition, he frequently instructs and consults in areas of firefighter self-preservation – the physiological changes during firefighter survival.
Chief Capo joined Estes Valley in October 2017. He lives in Estes Park with his wife, Kristie, and two children.
Training Lieutenant & Volunteer Coordinator
Lieutenant Thomas joined the Estes Valley Fire District as a volunteer in 2018. He became a volunteer lieutenant in 2020, and was hired to the full time staff in 2021. In this role he supports Operations through the development and delivery of fire training, recruitment and training of new members, and support for all volunteer functions.
Lieutenant Thomas joined Estes Valley as a volunteer in 2018 and full time in 2021. He lives in Estes Park with his wife, Aracely, and two children.
Volunteer firefighters have protected the Estes Valley since 1907. Check out this page to see our current members.
Hyperlinked names are our #EstesValleyFirefighter
series, which will introduce you to the unique individuals who keep that tradition alive, celebrating their contributions to our fire department and the role they play in our Estes community.
Division Chief Prevention
Chief Sullivan started his career in the fire service in 2007 as a volunteer firefighter in Oregon. He worked as the Fire Inspector/Fire Investigator for the Sedona Fire District in Arizona which served 4-6 million tourist annually, and as a Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal with a jurisdiction of five counties. Prior to his time in the fire service, he worked in the architecture profession for ten years. Chief Sullivan has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Fire Science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, with concentrations in both public safety management and fire/arson investigation. Chief Sullivan has been a certified fire marshal and fire investigator in both Oregon and Connecticut, and is a graduate of the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).
Chief Sullivan joined Estes Valley in April 2020. He lives outside the District with his wife, Nikai, and three children.
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