Don Lombardi, Fire Chief
Fire Chief Don Lombardi has served the West Metro Fire Protection District since 1991. Leading up to his current role, Chief Lombardi has had the distinct honor to serve in the fire service in the promotional ranks of lieutenant, captain, assistant fire chief, and deputy fire chief. Prior to joining West Metro, Chief Lombardi was a K-2 physical education instructor and varsity coach with Denver Public Schools. He has a Master's degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Colorado, his K-12 teaching degree with an emphasis in coaching, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program with the National Fire Academy.
As fire chief, Chief Lombardi leads one of the largest fire districts and EMS providers in the state of Colorado, serving West Metro's population of approximately 300,000 citizens, covering 108 square miles. West Metro is one of only 117 agencies in the world to be an internationally accredited fire agency that also holds an ISO Class 1 rating. Chief Lombardi is responsible for the service delivery of all facets of life safety, fire suppression, all hazards response and the District's emergency medical response.
Chief Lombardi is also the sponsoring agency chief for Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1), FEMA Urban Search and Rescue. He has served on the Strategic Group for FEMA's USAR system since 2011. Chief Lombardi co-authored the Colorado Firefighters Heart and Cancer Benefit legislation and is immediate past chairperson of the Colorado Firefighters Heart and Cancer Benefit Trust. He has served as president for the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, is a past president of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs' executive board, is on the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation board of directors, and is a past president of the Metro Denver Fire Chiefs' Association.
The Colorado Special District Association chose West Metro as the 2021 Special District of the Year, and Chief Lombardi was recently awarded the 2022 Fire Chief of the Year from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. In 2023, The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association honored Chief Lombardi with the Russell Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was awarded the Cross of Merit from the Fire EUropean (FEU).
Chief Lombardi is on the Federal Bureau of Prisons' community relations board, Foothills Credit Union board, and is a graduate of Leadership Jefferson County.
Dan Pfannenstiel, Deputy Chief of Operations
Dan Pfannenstiel is a 38-year member of the fire service and has served in a variety of positions including: operations, fire investigation, fire prevention, emergency medical services, safety, and most recently- as the Chief of the Training Division. He is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the district, including uniformed personnel and equipment. He oversees the Training and EMS Divisions, directly supervises the nine District Chiefs and oversees WMFR Special Operations, handling the day to day operations of the fire district.
He holds two Associates Degrees in Applied Science, a Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State University and an Executive Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He is also a Colorado State Certified Peace Officer and a Colorado State certified Paramedic, instructs for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and is on the Colorado Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board for the Governor, representing the Colorado Professional Firefighters.
Jeremy Metz, Deputy Chief of Administration
Jeremy Metz began his career in the fire service in 1992 when he served in the Colorado Air National Guard as a firefighter and EMT. He graduated from St. Anthony's paramedic program in 1996 and began his career with West Metro Fire Rescue in 1998. At West Metro, he has held several positions, including firefighter/paramedic technician, special teams captain, district chief, and Division Chief for Emergency Medical Services prior to being appointed to Deputy Chief of Administration in 2021.
Chief Metz has been the chair of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Technical Committee on Special Protective Clothing and Equipment since 2013. He is the co-chair of the Benefits Strategic Planning Team (SPT) and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Uniform SPT for the District. He is also a committee member of the Colorado Firefighter's Behavioral Health Trust.
Chief Metz is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and has earned the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) credential from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).
In 2005, he received an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College. In 2008, he earned a Bachelor of Science degrees in Fire and Emergency Services Administration from Colorado State University. And, in 2012, he received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Mike Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief of Life Safety
Mike Kirkpatrick is a 33-year veteran of the fire service, he's been with West Metro for 28 years. He has served in a variety of operational roles throughout his career, including firefighter/paramedic, engineer, company officer, safety captain, and district chief before being appointed to the Deputy Chief of Life Safety. In this position, he oversees code compliance, the plan review process, community outreach, and fire investigations.
Chief Kirkpatrick has a degree in fire service management and is a graduate of the Public Safety Leadership Program at Denver University. He is a member of the Fire Marshal's Association of Colorado, National Fire Protection Association, National Association of Fire Investigators, and the DHS Fire Service Intelligence Enterprise. He is certified as a Colorado Paramedic, P.O.S.T. Reserve Officer, Fire and Explosive Investigator, and International Code Council Inspector.