Fire Chief Bob Baker oversees the South Metro Fire Rescue.
The Chief reports directly to the Board of Directors, who are elected by
citizens within the boundaries of the district.
Chief Baker began his career in the Fire Services at the Parker Fire Protection District as a firefighter in 1984 and served in several capacities since then including; engineer, lieutenant, shift commander and battalion chief. Chief Baker has been a Chief Officer since 1990 and also served as Parker Fire District's Training Chief from 1994 to 1997 and the Administration Chief from 2002 until 2004. He was instrumental in ensuring the successful consolidation of the Parker Fire District and South Metro Fire Rescue into an Authority in 2008.
His educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Bellevue University, an academic certification in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Master's Degree in Executive Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD., Leadership Douglas County, the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program and was awarded the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He was re-designated on March 10, 2014, as CFO. He has his Fire Officer III certification and he recently attained "Member" status with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
Chief Baker strongly believes in "service before self", treating citizens like family members, and providing strong financial stewardship.