Name Cole Lathrop
Secretary Mountain View Fire Rescue
Residency: Rural Longmont near Firestone.
Occupation: Owner of Coles Unlimited (landscaping company 2002-current) Retired career ﬁreﬁghter 1993-2016 Mountain View Fire District
I am a Colorado Native, raised in Boulder County and moved to Firestone area in 2000 where I started my Family and now have two grown girls who live in Denver.
The Fire Department has always been in my blood after growing up in and around the ﬁre station with my dad being a volunteer. I started in the ﬁre service at age 16 and in total have 32 years of ﬁre service experience.
I started in the 1983 with the former Cherryvale/Rocky Mountain Fire District which is now Mountain View. As a volunteer ﬁreﬁghter I served the positions of Fireﬁghter, Lieutenant and Captain. I started with Mountain View in 1990 as a reserve ﬁreﬁghter then switched to full-time hourly as a ﬁreﬁghter in 1993. I was oﬃcially hired as a career ﬁreﬁghter in 1995 When hired there were a total of 12 career ﬁreﬁghters, today there are nearly 150 career ﬁre-ﬁghters at Mountain View.
As a career ﬁreﬁghter with Mountain View I served as an Engineer and also helped cre-ate the Wildland Team which still exists today.
I feel honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors to serve the area that I spent 32 years of ﬁghting ﬁres and saving lives. As a Director: Most important goal is to ensure the District employees are provided the tools, gear and equipment needed to make a dangerous job as safe as possible.
As a Board member I will ensure MVFPD stays competitive in wages and beneﬁts to attract new ﬁreﬁghters and retain our current staﬀ. Ensure that tax payer dollars are spent with a well thought out plan. Ensure the District remains ﬁscally sound and ac-countable to our citizens and be open to seeking alternative ways to support the bud-get. Ensure that the Board and all staﬀ are accountable to their positions. I want to see the Fire District grow with our communities that we protect. Be proactive in building new ﬁre stations and staﬃng them to ensure coverage and response times are appropriate
I have had the opportunity in my ﬁre career to watch and serve all of the communities grow to what they are today. Superior only had 300 homes, Erie had one paved road, Mead was primarily only old town surrounded by farms, Dacono known for trailer homes and Niwot was known for antiques. So much has changed and I will serve all these communities once again as a Board member to the best of my abilities.