Leadership

Fire Chief Eric C. Tade is a second generation fire fighter who is currently in his 20th year of service with the Denver Fire Department. Fire Chief Tade was first appointed to position of Fire Chief by Mayor Hickenlooper in 2010 and was most recently reappointed by Mayor Michael Hancock in 2011.

Fire Chief Tade has risen through the ranks of the Denver Fire Department, serving in a variety of assignments which include the Operations Division, Dispatch, DIA/ARFF, and the Administration Division. Fire Chief Tade has previously served for ten years as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Local 858, helping to improve communications between the Union, the Department Administration, and elected officials. Fire Chief Tade also serves as a member of the National League of Cities’ Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Fire Chief Tade has a degree in Fire Science and has served as an instructor at various fire leadership conferences. Fire Chief Tade is a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Officers Leadership Program. Fire Chief Tade has become a recognized leader in regionalism and intergovernmental agreements relating to fire protection services.

Fire Chief Tade and his wife Tammi are the proud parents of three boys, Blake (8), Grant (6) and Garret (6).