Vinnola became interested in firefighting by joining the Coal Creek Fire Department, were he carries the rank of Lieutenant and continues to remain active. He has attended the Boulder County Structure Fire academy for both Firefighter I & II. Dan is wildland squad boss and is curreently working on his MEDL task book. He completed St. Anthony's Paramedic School in 2018 and is currently working on a BS in Paramedicine. Prior to his interest in firefighting, he had a career in IT, which also turns out to be pretty handy at Nederland Fire.