South Metro Fire names assistant chief of operations

Jon Adams to oversee, supervise operations for department


Jon Adams has been name assistant chief of operations for South Metro Fire Rescue. He will oversee and supervise operations in areas including emergency medical services, firefighters and several specialized special teams.

South Metro Fire Rescue provides service to 540,000 residents covering 287 square miles, according to a news release. The department has 716 employees, 558 of whom are line personnel now supervised by Adams.

“It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to lead the men and women in the operations division here at South Metro,” Adams said in the release. “Continuing South Metro's mission and vision to take care of citizens in our district like they are family is something that carries tremendous value — especially during a time of growth and expansion of our district. I very much look forward to taking on this role and the responsibilities that come with it.”

Adams was hired in 1995 as a dispatcher for the City of Littleton. He then started with the Castlewood Fire Protection District in 1996 as a supply runner. Adams has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain and bureau chief. He was a member of Colorado Task Force 1 and responded to the World Trade Center in 2001 and to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Most recently, Adams held the position of South Metro's chief of training. During his time at South Metro, Adams has received multiple awards, including a medal of honor.

Adams has an associate's degree from Arapahoe Community College in general sciences, a bachelor's degree in fire sciences from Columbia Southern and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern.

“There's no doubt that the strategic and progressive vision, knowledge and experience Chief Adams has shown at South Metro has set him up to be successful as the new Operations Chief,” South Metro Fire Rescue Chief Bob Baker said in the release.


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