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Prescott Announces New Fire Chief

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The City of Prescott has named Holger Durre as the next Fire Chief. Holger Durre comes to Prescott from Colorado where he most recently served as the Deputy Fire Chief for Support Services at Boulder Fire-Rescue, which included oversight of the department’s budget, strategic planning, and fleet and facilities. Chief Durre has 26 years of diverse public safety experience including emergency medical services, fire suppression, community risk reduction, administration, and labor relations.

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Prescott Fire Chief Holger Durre.

He spent the majority of his career at Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado where he held the rank of Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Assistant Fire Marshal, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Chief Durre holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana State University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and the University of Virginia’s LEAD program sponsored by ICMA.

He is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as an accreditation peer team lead for the same organization. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University where he teaches in the fire service management program. He also works with the All Clear Foundation which is a non-profit dedicated to promoting emergency responder mental health and resiliency.

“Chief Durre stood out among a strong group of candidates,” said City Manager Michael Lamar. “We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Prescott.”

“Congratulations to Chief Durre,” said Mayor Phil Goode. “He joins the City of Prescott at an important time, as we strive to continue the fine service of our first responders, as the City continues to grow.”

There were 50 applicants for the position, and 3 finalists. The search followed the retirement of Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light earlier this year. Chief Durre will start on March 14, 2022.

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