Department Staff

Our team is dedicated to protecting the life and property of our community, our region, and our nation.

Members of BFFR not only serve the Black Forest and El Paso County communities but we have members that are affiliated with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Colorado Task Force 1 (FEMA CO-TF1) deploying nationally and internationally to support complex incidents from hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, and other disasters. We are affiliated with Incident Management Teams that deploy to support large and complex incidents across the nation. Furthermore, our wildland team deploys nationally to support the national effort to minimize impacts of wildland fires.

Black Forest Firefighters are expected to be proficient in structural firefighting, auto extrication, wildland firefighting, emergency medical services, initial hazardous material responses, and other technical rescue disciplines such as rope rescue, collapse, and surface ice rescue.

Executive Staff

PJ Langmaid

Position: Fire Chief
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: firechief@bffire.org

Chris Piepenburg

Position: Deputy Chief of Operations
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: operations@bffire.org

Rachel Dunn

Position: Administrative Officer
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: admin@bffire.org

Michael Torres

Position: Training Captain
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: training@bffire.org

Brooke Reid

Position: Director of Public Relations
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: admin@bffire.org

Gavin Smith

Position: Mechanic
Phone: 719-495-4300
Email: fleet@bffire.org