Board of Directors
Thomas Kerby – Board President
Director Kerby was elected for a 4-year term in May of 2014. He was sworn in for a second 4-year term on May 16, 2018, having been one of only two candidates nominated to fill board positions up for election. He currently serves as the Board's Vice President. He stated as a board member he would like to give back to the community and bring that sense of community back to the fire department. He said his civil engineering degree and knowledge about infrastructure, roads, water mains and water delivery systems, among other things, will help him serve on the board.
“I’m a manager,” he said. “The board needs to operate as a managerial-type position. We want to enable Chief Harwig to run the department because he’s the professional. The board needs to look at the bigger picture and help him achieve the desired needs of the community.”
Director Kerby works as the chief main engineer for Meridian Ranch but has lived in Falcon Hills since 2000 with his wife of 20+ years and their four children.
He said he has been driving through the northern portions of the FFPD’s coverage area for years and still sees many places where fire mitigation hasn’t been done. “Educating people on those different methods and means of getting that (mitigation) done is really important,” Director Kerby said.
“One person isn’t going to make a difference. Everybody has to operate as a team, from the community to the first responders to the fire chief to the board.”
Dan Kupferer – Board Vice President
Director Kupferer was appointed and sworn in to fill a vacant seat on the Board on September, 9, 2020. He is no stranger to the District. He has served a few terms on the Board and is a retired volunteer firefighter with the Falcon Fire Protection District. He currently serves as the Board's Vice President.
Kupferer joined the department in February 1980 as a volunteer firefighter. He retired as the Assistant Chief, January 1, 2000. He ran for the board of directors after he retired and was elected as a director in May 2000. He has been on the board on and off over the past 20 years. You can only serve 2 consecutive 4-year terms without sitting out a term, but different circumstances caused him not to run for consecutive terms until 8 years ago. He had been appointed to fill other director positions in the past where a director had to resign from for one reason or another.
He is a professional land surveyor and has seen enormous growth and with his background in land development, he feels it has been a great help in recognizing the development process and how it impacts the department. Specifically in the construction of the last 5 fire stations which includes the new station 3; creating the plat for approval with El Paso County and preparing the site plans for them.
He said that the most memorable accomplishment has been the ongoing privilege of helping guide the district from an all-volunteer department with one station to having three 24/7 manned stations and our own advanced life support ambulance service.
He enjoys being around the dedicated professional personnel that make up the department and the selfless board members that give of their time to make the district better for everyone. Some of these people have been around for a long time.
Ray Hawkins – Board Treasurer
Director Hawkins was sworn in for a full term on May 13, 2020 and serves as the Board's Treasurer.
Hawkins has lived in the Falcon area since 2000 with his wife and two children. I remember taking the kids to station 3 for Easter egg hunts and pancake breakfasts. There were maybe 200 kids that attended 20 years ago. The demographics of the Falcon area have changed with growth and the Falcon Fire Department continues to provide excellent protection and service.
Director Hawkins works as Director of Underwriting for Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
Hawkins is looking forward to serving the community and the Fire Department in support of the motto, Prepare, Prevent, and Protect.
Mike Collins – Board Secretary
Director Collins was sworn in for a full 4-year term on May 18, 2016. He was sworn in for a second on May 6th, 2020 and currently serves as the Board's Secretary. Previously, Collins was elected to the board in 2004 and served for eight years. He served as Board President during the last two years of his term. Collins served as the Senior Department Chaplain, for Falcon for 10 years and is currently advisor to the Chaplain Division. He currently serves as Vice President with the Colorado Fire Chaplains Association.
Collins has been involved in the fire service for more than 45 years and served as a Falcon Fire Department volunteer for 15 years. He and his late wife, Carol, have seven children, 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Collins and his wife owned Clean Scene Crime Clean-Up, a bio-hazard remediation company for over 20 years and retired in 2019. Collins is still licensed as a Nurse and Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Director Collins said, “I believe in this department and its leadership, friendship, sense of family, and look forward to helping it continue its path as one of the premier fire departments in southern Colorado. We have some of the finest Fire Officers, Firefighters, and Paramedics available and they are truly dedicated to serving the residents of Falcon and surrounding areas".
Cory A. Galicia – Board Assistant Secretary
Director Galicia was elected for a 4-year term in May of 2014. He was sworn in for a second 4-year term on May 16, 2018, having been one of only two candidates nominated to fill board positions up for election. He resigned for a short period of time in 2020, due to a conflict in his work schedule. He was then promoted to a higher position within his company and was able to serve on the Board again. He was appointed in January 2021 to fill another director's vacant seat. He spent 16 years working for the FFPD as a firefighter, first as a volunteer and then climbing the ladder to career battalion chief. He is in the construction business today but said he feels it’s important to help the fire department get back on track with the community and to get the community back on track with the department.
“My main goal is to bring the community back into the firehouse,” Director Galicia said. “It’s been kind of separate over the last few years. “
During his time with the FFPD, Director Galicia helped develop the Explorer program for youth interested in firefighting and the emergency medical services program. He has lived in the Falcon community for 30+ years and attended Falcon High School, where he met his wife.
Director Galicia said his involvement with the FFPD has given him insight into the department that would be beneficial to the board. “I know the department inside and out, and I’ve been involved in positive changes and growth within the department,” he said. “I would be a positive influence on the other board members and my knowledge of the direction the fire chief is trying to take the department would be a big help.”