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Local fire inspector resigns to take job on Front Range

Wimmer’s knowledge will be missed

by Mark Reaman

The Crested Butte Fire Protection District is losing its longtime deputy fire marshal and fire inspector at the end of the month. CBFPD deputy fire marshal Scott Wimmer will resign at the end of July after 16 years on the job to take a similar position on the Front Range.

The district will host a farewell gathering for Wimmer on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Eldo.

Wimmer will work for the Westminster fire department, where he will be a first lieutenant, plans examiner and inspector. He will review new construction plans for compliance with adopted fire codes. He plans to work four days a week and be back in Crested Butte most weekends.

“I am very excited and am looking forward to fresh opportunities and to strengthening my ties with our friends and family on the Front Range,” Wimmer said. “The job hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., so I can commute most weekends.”

Wimmer first joined the CBFPD as an EMT Basic when he moved here in the fall of 1986. He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to lieutenant in 1996 and then captain in 1999.

He is certified by the International Code Council as a Certified Building Official, Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector I & II, Residential Mechanical Inspector and Residential Fire Sprinkler System Plans Examiner-Inspector. In addition, Wimmer is a nationally certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He retired from the volunteer Fire and Ambulance service in March 2008 after 22 years of service and has been employed by the CBFPD as deputy fire marshal since June 2001.

CBFPD fire chief Ric Ems said filling Wimmer’s position will be very difficult. “He has put in 30 years of service with the district. He was essential in getting the codes and regulations up to par,” Ems said. “Scotto knows the history of pretty much every building up here. His knowledge is huge. He also does all the plan reviews and he will be greatly missed. Those will be hard shoes to fill.”

Ems said a job description is being formulated and the position will be advertised soon.

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