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375 Printers Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-5950
Hours: Headquarters 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Division of the Fire Marshal 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

City of Colorado Springs / Fire / Office of the Chief

CSFD Chief Christopher P. Riley

Fire Chief - Christopher P. Riley, MS, CFO, MIFireE

Internationally Accredited Agency, CFAI

Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley was appointed in 2013. Chief Riley’s fire service career began in 1981 and includes experience as a Chief Officer since 1996; he was Fire Chief of the City of Pueblo for seven years (2006-2013). He holds Master and Bachelor Degrees from California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated with Phi Kappa Phi academic honors and has an Associate Science Degree in Fire Science from Mt. San Antonio College, California. 

In 2004, attained Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation status through the Center of Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineering (IFE). Chief Riley has served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Missouri Valley Division (2012-2013) and is Past President of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs (CSFC) Association (2009-2010). He is Chairman of the IAFC Professional Development Committee; Secretary of the IFE, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Technical Committee.

Chief Riley co-authored the Center for Public Safety Excellence Mentor Program, created a Professional Standards Model for the Fire Service, and lead the IAFC revision process of NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer Professional Qualifications) and the IAFC Officer Development Handbook. United States Fire Service Delegation Representative to Russia in 2004. Extensive experience in all-hazards emergency management and fire/rescue operations that includes wildland/urban interface, emergency operations center, structural firefighting and command, and emergency medical services (EMS).

Chief Riley is committed to collaborating at all governmental and community levels. He has lectured in areas that include leadership, professional development and standards, strategic planning, organizational development, and labor-management relations.  Fire service athletic achievements include Gold Medalist, California Firefighter Summer Olympics and participation in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships. 

Local community involvement as a civic leader and board member include: Colorado Municipal League, United Way, Catholic  Charities, Historic Arkansas River Project, Action 22, Phi Kappa Phi at CSU-Pueblo, and the 100 Club of Pueblo.

Chief Riley enjoys outdoor activities and physical fitness along with spending time with his son and daughter.  

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375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

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