On December 31, 2020, North Metro Fire lost one of its retired firefighters, Lt. Burt Brewer, at the age of 91. Lt. Brewer started out as a volunteer firefighter, and in 1967, he became one of the first paid firefighters for North Metro Fire (formerly known as West Adams County Fire Department). He was promoted to lieutenant in 1971 and served six years as head of the District's Fire Prevention and Arson Bureau before retiring in 1987.
Prior to being hired as a firefighter, the longtime Broomfield resident was a carpenter and veteran of the U.S. Army. Lt. Brewer was a vital member in the history of North Metro Fire and in the early days of one-man stations. One of Lt. Brewer’s important contributions includes the development of the District’s first rescue unit, Rescue One. Rescue One was funded through community fundraisers after West Adams County Firefighter Reed Sherman died of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1965. Using money Sherman’s family and fellow firefighters helped raise, Lt. Brewer designed and built Rescue One, which was equipped with specialized rescue equipment as well as EMS equipment to render aid on scene when needed. You can read more about Rescue One in the following article published in 1978.
Lt. Brewer will be honored in a private service on January 9. Those wishing to view the service may do so via a livestream hosted by Olinger Crown Hill, beginning at 2 p.m. Anyone can also share a message with the family through Olinger’s website.