Wildland Fire Administrator (retired)
City Of Boulder Fire Department Wildland Division
Dave Zader is a retired Wildland Fire Administrator for the City of Boulder Fire Department. Dave started his fire career in 1987 in Prince William County, Virginia, and has worked for the USFS, the Yosemite National Park as a Heli rappeler, and at multiple municipal fire departments. He spent 14 years with the Boulder Fire Department and works in Operations and Air Operations on local and national incident management teams. He is qualified as a Division Supervisor, Helibase Manager, Incident Commander, and Burn Boss. Dave was also the creator and author of the Boulder Structural Protection Plan. Dave teaches at numerous local, state and national courses.
Dave works very closely with national guard and active duty aviation units to help prepare them for firefighting and domestic operations. He has been awarded 2 medals of valor and numerous commendations throughout his career, and has served in many roles on large incidents from Hurricane Sandy to Colorado Floods, and the Boulder County Fourmile Fire. Dave has been involved in structural and wildland firefighting, search and rescue, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and incident management throughout his career. Dave has a passion for firefighting, aviation, technology, communications and graphical information sharing systems. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech.
Dave currently works as a consultant in wildland fire technology and as a SME for the Team Awareness Kit.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020