Chief Dirr has been the Chief of the Nederland Fire Protection District since late 1999. He was the last volunteer Chief, elected by popular vote, and became the first compensated Fire Chief hired by the District Board of Directors. Dirr joined the department in 1990 and served as a volunteer for 10 years prior to being hired. He refined his craft during his 3 ½ years as a triage paramedic at Longmont United Hospital and 2 years as a firefighter at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Site. Dirr’s interest in management dates to 1995 when he attended the National Fire Academy's Leadership and Administration course offering. Prior to his formal involvement in the fire service, Dirr had an extensive background in rock climbing, caving and whitewater activities. He actively taught or was involved in safety oversight positions related to these activities. His original interest in emergency services was spurred by attendance to a Level I National Cave Rescue Commission training in the mid 1980’s in Carlsbad, NM. He subsequently completed EMT and fire science training in the Chicago suburbs, while working as a computer specialist for Time magazine.
Chief Dirr is past Co-Chair of the Boulder County Firefighters Association EMS sub-committee, actively addressing various EMS issues that affect Boulder County. He currently sits on the Board of Boulder County Regional Fire Training Centers, representing the mountain fire departments fire service training needs. He has been an EMS Instructor/adjunct faculty with LUH/FRCC and is currently chair of the Front Range Community College EMS advisory board. Dirr attended Red Rocks Community College Peace Officer training in 2003, and is an active member on the Boulder County Multi-Agency Fire Investigation Team. He is a graduate of Swedish Hospital’s Paramedic Education Program.