Clifton Fire Chief Named 2018 Fire Instructor of the Year




Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

Public Information Officer, Caley Fisher | | 720-391-1565

Chief Charles Balke of the Clifton Fire Protection District will accept the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s (DFPC) 2018 Larry Ketelhut Fire Instructor of the Year Award on October 24, 2018, during the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Leadership Challenge Conference in Keystone.

"This award is made annually to a local fire training officer that has made an impact on state fire training initiatives," said DFPC State Fire Training Director Mark Quick. "It is a peer-nominated award that is given to someone who exemplifies professionalism and enthusiasm for training fire service personnel in Colorado."

Chief Balke’s major impact has been the effort he has put forth making state-level certifications more meaningful by increasing their legitimacy and attainability for local firefighters.

Chief Balke has a love for, a passion for and has dedicated a good portion of his career to fire service training. This is not only for the Clifton Fire Protection District but throughout the state of Colorado.

Through his efforts, Clifton Fire is recognized as having a significant impact at the state for creating program and curriculum development as well as teaching, and training.