Roberts started as a volunteer with Nederland Fire in 1996 and served for 3 years before moving out of state. He served in several different volunteer fire organizations before moving back to the Front Range of Colorado in 2001. He volunteered for Colorado Sierra Fire Protection District and served in every position from Firefighter to Chief. He helped orchestrate the merger of Colorado Sierra Fire with High Country Fire to form the new Timberline Fire Protection District and then served as its’ first Chief before stepping down. Captain Roberts is an EMT-Intermediate, Fire Instructor, and is working on his Wildland Strike Team Leader Taskbook. During 2016 Ryan completed St. Anthony's paramedic program.