Fire District Staff

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David Wolf, PhD, CFO
Fire Chief


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. 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. 

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Erika Goetz, PHR, SHRM-CP
Office Manager/PIO

 

Erika has worked in the Human Resource field for 14 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.

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Paul Capo
Division Chief
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. 

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Chris Thomas
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. 

Our Volunteers

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.

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Vacant
Division Chief Prevention
Fire Marshal


Position posting coming soon

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Sandy Garber
Fire Inspector

Inspector Garber started as a volunteer firefighter with Plantation Fire Department in Florida. He spent 8 years as a volunteer before going on to Pembroke Park to serve as a Fire Inspector. In 1987 he went to work with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. He spent 25 years there as a firefighter/paramedic. During that time, he functioned as the Special Events Coordinator for the Local 2928, in addition to participating in community education as a CPR and First Aid Instructor. 

After a short retirement, his passion for the fire service drew him back. He served as a fire safety inspector in Alabama for 3 years before moving to Colorado in the Spring of 2021. 

Inspector Garber joined Estes Valley in August 2021. He lives outside the District with his wife. 

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Raina Eshleman
Fire Inspector

Inspector Eshleman joined the fire service in 1999 as a volunteer in Washington State, eventually becoming a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in Oregon. She has a B.A. from Washington State University, and holds dozens of national certifications in structural and wildland firefighting, fire engineering, emergency services instructorship, fire & life safety education, emergency medicine, and is currently certified by the International Code Council as a Fire Inspector II.

Inspector Eshleman has designed and presented training on a wide variety of topics, including the psychological elements of firefighter safety & survival, and she worked to develop an award-winning High Fidelity Simulation Program for Paramedics at the largest community college in Oregon. She has focused on wildland urban interface risk assessments in Oregon and Colorado, and most recently served Mountain View Fire Rescue in Longmont as a Community Outreach Educator. 

Inspector Eshleman joined Estes Valley in August 2021. She lives outside the District.