Fire Chief

Gerry Lamansky, Chief

Gerry Lamansky, Chief

Chief Lamansky, began his Fire Service career over 30 years ago. A Denver paramedic from 1983-1990 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado in 1985. From 1990-2010, he was with the Federal Heights Fire Department, north of Denver, where he served as its Captain from 2000-2010. In addition he coordinated the Firefighter Academy at Red Rocks Community College from 1998-2007.

After a brief stint with the Department of Homeland Security, he returned to the fire service as a Firefighter/Paramedic with The Kiowa Fire Protection District in November, 2010. An Elizabeth, CO resident since 2004, Chief Lamansky and his family moved to Kiowa in 2011.

His varied experience, ranging from a fully paid fire department to a half-paid, half-volunteer staff has served him well as he takes on the Chief’s position of a mostly volunteer department. His current Colorado State certifications are Fire Officer II, Paramedic, Fire Instructor I, Hazardous Materials Operations, Public School Inspector and Pumper /Aerial Driver. Other certifications include International Code Council Fire Inspector and American Heart CPR / First Aid Instructor.

Chief Lamansky, who “always wanted to be in Emergency Services ever since I can remember,” knows the passion and dedication needed of firefighters and medical personnel, and carries it to the job every day. His commitment has always been and will continue to be service to the community.


Jason Goldman, Captain

Jason Goldman, Captain

Jason Goldman started his career in the Fire Service immediately after high school by obtaining his EMT. He then continued his education by obtaining his Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Certifications through Red Rocks Community College. In 2012, he started volunteering with Rattlesnake Fire Protection District. He obtained his Paramedic through Health One in 2014 and went to work shortly there after for an ambulance company in Denver. In October, 2015, he was hired by Kiowa Fire Protection District. Captain Goldman is an amazing asset to the Department and his community.

He continues to work everyday to make himself, and the people around him better.






Austin Garza, Volunteer Coordinator

Austin Garza, Lt. 222


Austin Garza joined Kiowa Fire District in 2014 as a Volunteer Firefighter. Since joining the department he has obtained his Fire 1, and Hazmat Operations Certifications. In 2015 he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through the South Metro Fire Department training program. At the beginning of 2016 Austin was brought on as a full time Firefighter/EMT and also serves as the Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator





Connor Burke, Lt. 221

Connor Burke, Lt. 221

Connor Burke joined the Kiowa Fire District in 2011 serving as an EMT/Firefighter and  Shift lead.  He was promoted to  Lieutenant in 2013. Connor, a life long Elbert County resident, has a family tradition of working in the fire service.  Connor began his service immediately following high school when he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Connor then proceeded to obtain his Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Certifications through Red Rocks Community College.

It is Connor’s ambition to eventually become a career firefighter.  He is currently completing entry requirements for the HealthONE Paramedic Program.