David Cain
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  • Golden, CO
  • United States
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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Paid Fire Department
Job Function
Assistant Chief/Deputy Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
City of Boulder Fire Department
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I was Deputy Chief of Operations with the City of Boulder Fire Department for 34 years, until my retirement in 2013. Since then, I've worked as a consultant for PSTrax, a software company that automates apparatus & equipment checks for fire departments.
My Training:
I received EMT/ALS training in Denver in 1976 and joined the City of Boulder Fire Department two years later as an EMT/firefighter. In my 34 years there, I obtained certifications in numerous areas, including fire training, EMS instruction, HAZMAT tech, wildland firefighting, type III incident command, and multiple other state certs. My last six years with Boulder FD was spent as the Deputy Chief of Operations.
About Me:
I began my career with the City of Boulder Fire Department in 1978 as an EMT/firefighter. During my 34 years there, I moved up the ranks to the Division Chief of Training and eventually the Deputy Chief of Operations. I retired in 2013 and live outside of Boulder, CO with my wife and horses.
Day Job:
Consultant for PSTrax (Public Safety Tracking Systems)
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Like many others in the fire service, I joined for the excitement of the job. I knew I didn't want to work behind a desk and firefighting offered a career doing something that fit with my lifestyle, goals, and personality.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I love fire/EMS because of the excitement, challenges, camaraderie, lifestyle, and the knowledge that I'm making a difference.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Aside from the perpetual issues of staffing and money, I think the top issue facing responders today have to do with the changing mission of the fire service. Because there are less fires today, firefighters are asked to do much more than they were a few years ago. They need to be trained in multiple specialties, whether it be wildland fires, EMS, HAZMAT, water rescue, or one of the other countless areas.

David Cain's Blog

The future of the fire service

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:30am 2 Comments

Where is the fire service heading? What is our mission? Who will lead the industry? These questions - and many more - are at the forefront of the fire service as we move forward. I can only guess what the future holds based on past trends, and the one thing that is truly certain is that there will be immense change in our profession. 9/11 changed the fire service. So has the rise of natural disasters, mass shootings, chemical weapons attacks, and other threats. But our…


Taking care of ourselves

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:23am 1 Comment

I have always felt that if I take care of myself first, I am better able to help others.  If I am successful at my career or my life in general, I can share this with other young people who are trying to find their way in life.  It is not easy but success is possible when you have a plan and have self discipline.  In the fire service, mentoring programs can really benefit the new, the old and the department.  As always, take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The job…


How to Prolong Fire Department Equipment Life

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:31pm 0 Comments

As firefighters, we have a lot riding on our equipment. We demand more out of our gear than practically any other profession, because if it fails, it can cost a whole lot more than just money. How, then, can we ensure that our equipment doesn’t break down when we need it the most?

The answer is simple: check your equipment regularly. This seems like a no-brainer, but when you consider the realities of the…


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At 11:45am on May 16, 2014, Derek J Sinesi said…

Chief, "Welcome Aboard. Hope you find this site helpful. Hope you gain some knowledge from what you read on here. Also share your thought and ideas.  """""""""""

At 1:07am on May 9, 2014, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…

Welcome to Firefighter Nation David. I'm glad you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.
Chief William Sharp- Retired
Brookings Fire / Rescue
Living in Alaska


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