Fire Chief Justin Kirkland

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 Justin Kirkland joined Gypsum Fire in 2001 as a volunteer. Justin is a Colorado native and grew up in Eagle County. Justin has a BA in Technical Theatre Design from the University of Northern Colorado. He worked for several years as a sound engineer for C&S Productions, a local sound and lighting production company. Justin has been in the fire service for 23 years and received most of his emergency service training while volunteering with Minturn Fire and Gypsum Fire. He was the Supervisor for Beaver Creek Public Safety until becoming a full-time Lieutenant with Gypsum Fire in April of 2006. He became the Fire Marshal and Captain January 1st 2009. In 2011 he became the Deputy Chief and was hired as the District Fire Chief in 2014. In addition to his Fire Chief and Fire Marshal responsibilities he also runs the information technologies and is the Chairman for the Eagle County 800 mhz Technical Operations Committee. 

Contact: Justin email

970-524-7101 ext.15




Captain Ray VanNatta

Captain Ray VanNatta was an 11 year volunteer with the Gypsum Fire Protection District before joining the Department fulltime in 2001. Ray and his wife Julie have been residents of Gypsum since 1990. They are proud to say they have raised two children here and currently have four grandchildren. To relax Ray enjoys hunting, four wheeling, recreational vehicling, visiting with family, and scuba diving.

Ray enjoys the small town atmosphere of Gypsum.


970-524-7101 ext.12

Captain Daniel Valdez

Training officer


Captain Daniel Valdez joined Gypsum Fire as a volunteer in May 2002 before earning a full time paid position in April of 2007.  He previously worked as a Lieutenant with Eagle County ARFF.



970-524-7101 ext. 16


Lt. Pat McGann

B-Shift Full-Time

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Lt. Mike Canadapat pic

A-Shift Full-Time



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Lt. Eric Anson

C-Shift Full-Time








Engineer Damian Trow

B-Shift Full-Time

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Engineer Aaron Lenz

A-Shift Full-Time

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Lt. Mike Friel



Lt. Eric Hill


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Eric Hill is a Driver Operator & EMT-B. He joined Gypsum in June 2000 and is also a paid Lieutenant with Eagle Fire.





Engineer Ryan Cullen


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Firefighter Bill Black


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Firefighter Chelsey Johnson




Firefighter Roy Emerick








Elected Fire Board

William Baxter




I was born and raised up the Colorado River Road where we still enjoy dirt bike riding and being outdoors with the family.  We live in Gypsum now as it is closer to school and work.  My wife Tammy is a Nurse for Valley View and we have two teenage boys, Shawn and Brian.  American Gypsum has been my employer for the past 20 years where I have held positions in power generation, maintenance, and currently,  automation engineering.  I enjoy being a member of the Gypsum Fire Board and putting forth my best to support our Fire District and our community.  It is an honor to work with such selfless people who are always there to protect and help our community. 
Please feel free  to contact me with any questions or comments regarding the District.  My address is


George Wilson

Vice President


John Boyd



Jennifer Widhalm



 Raymond Conway


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