Volunteer Officers

Volunteer Officers

Are typically Lieutenant and Captain ranked personnel who provide front line supervision of fire department members. They are responsible for the enforcement of District policy and work with Chief Officers in the delivery of training and identification of Departmental needs.

Captain Eric Abramson

Abramson’s interest in emergency services began with his involvement in New Hampshire's Appalachian Mountain Club's Search and Rescue program. He has served with Nederland Fire since 1997. Abramson attended Avista Hospital's EMT program in 2002, and attended the Boulder County Structure Fire Academy in 2003. He has worked as a wildland fire engine crew member with the United States Forest Service and is a former Ski Patrol Dispatcher and Patroller with the Eldora Ski Area. Abramson received a Bachelor’s of Art in Journalism with a focus on Broadcast Television  from The University of Colorado and currently earns his living as Director/Cameraman. Capt. Abramson has a broad background in structure and wildland fire, rescue and EMS. He is dedicated to protecting the environment and serving the community of Nederland.

Captain Mike Smith

Smith joined the Nederland Fire Protection District as a volunteer in July of 2001. He has distinguished  himself as a rapid learner and by his ability to participate in nearly all forms of emergency services at a very high level. While volunteering at Nederland Fire he has worked as a professional firefighter within Boulder County, as the Emergency Manager in a southwest Colorado county, as the Ski Patrol Director at our local Ski area and developed extensive wildland firefighting skills while working for the USFS. Most recently Mike was hired to work in the wildland division with a large municipal department in the area. Faithfully he has brought all the skills and knowledge he has attained in these positions and given these to the benefit to the member of our department and community. Capt.Smith is an active outdoor enthusiast, his skills as a level 3 Avalanche instructor, technical rescue specialist and strong athlete bring great benefit to the many variety of rescue calls that NFPD responds to.   

Training Specialist Patrick Richardson

Richardson has over 16 years of fire service experience starting his career with California Dept. of Forestry. He currently is a career Lieutenant/ Paramedic with Castle Rock Fire. Specialist Richardson maintains Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, Firefighter II and Haz-Mat Ops. Specialist Richardson also brings a number of wildland qualifications including ICT-4, Dozer Boss and Engine Boss. Along with attending the National Fire Academy Specialist Richardson has completed I-200, 300, 400 (Advanced Incident Command System) and NIMS IS-700 and IS-800. Specialist Richardson has brought a great amount of depth to our structure and wildland fire training.