Paul has been involved with the Brush Volunteer Fire Department since 1994 and also made the rank of Chief.

He is a full time middle school teacher at Brush Middle School as a Career and Technology Educator. This program helps guide students down a path of fire, EMS and LE or other careers.

Paul has been with the Brush School District for the past 13 years and holds certifications in Firefighter I, Swift Water Operations, Ice Rescue Operations, HazMat Ops, Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service, EMT, Extrication Specialist and is currently an instructor for the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control in the Driver’s Simulator.

Paul and his wife Teresa are dedicated parents of three amazing boys and three grandchildren.

If you have questions regarding the Association, Paul can be reached at



Paul Acosta
CSFFA President

CSFFF Treasurer

Byron's first influence to become a Fire Fighter was from his father, and soon followed by a friend who helped move him in to what would become a lifelong career in Firefighting up to the rank of Captain.


Byron went on to become a Fire Rescue Equipment Dealer, starting Craig Fire and Safety in 1991 and is currently the only Holmatro dealer in the state of Colorado with a stellar reputation of dedication and service in in his field.


Byron joined the CSFFA in 1984 and was present at the first Fire College (same year) and served on the Competition Committees from 1991-1998, and returned to the Association in 2019 as the Vice President. 

One of the most important things to Byron is being there to help people on what he says can be "the worst day of their lives."

For questions about the Foundation, Byron can be reached at 970-756-3473.


Byron Willems 
CSFFF President
Training Committee Chair

Stephen John Trujillo is a 34 year veteran of the Del Norte Fire Department. He was inspired to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a volunteer fire fighter at the age of twenty-one. He was one of four brothers to join the Del Norte Fire Department making them the third generation of Trujillos’ with a combined total of over 150 years of service.

He also served as an EMT for the Del Norte Ambulance for ten years. Stephen worked for the Rio Grande Sheriff’s Office for ten years as the Dispatch Detention Sargent and for six of those years as the Emergency Manager of Rio Grande County. Over the last 15 years he was a Food Compliance Safety Specialist for Schoenmann Produce out of Houston Texas, but retired from there in August 2020 and opened his own company, Colorado Safety and Auditing. He has been a referee for High School and College Basketball for 34 years.

Stephen has been married for 26 years to Sherri Trujillo and has two beautiful adult daughters; he is also the proud father of three rescue dogs and a rescue cat. Stephen was the first Hispanic president of the San Luis Valley Fire Fighter Association. Stephen has been attending the Colorado State Firefighters Association for 30 consecutive years. He served 8 of those years on the board of the Colorado State Firefighters Association. He was the Historian Custodian for 2 years and the Vice President for 3 years. Stephen became the President of the Association in 2013 and was the first president to serve two consecutive terms as president and was instrumental in bringing the association out of a dire situation and reestablishing a thriving association. He became the active past president in 2015. In 2018 he rejoined the board as a board member and as of June 2021, was voted back in as the Colorado State Firefighters Vice President of the board under the new President, Paul Acosta.

Stephen’s goals are to remain in the fire service helping others and continuing his efforts in Colorado.


Stephen Trujillo
CSFFA Vice President
CSFFF Vice President

Kenneth Wettstein started in the Fire Service in 1982 with the Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department.

After serving on the pension board for 8 years, he then started through all the chairs starting with 2nd Assisted Chief to 1st Assisted Chief, Chief, Vice President and, then President.


During his 17 years with the Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department he served on many Committees and was heavily involved in many training sessions on Haz/Mat and Chemicals.


During that time he served as the President of the Northeast Colorado Fire Fighters for two years and was also elected to the Colorado State Fire Fighters Association

To serve on the Board for District 1.


He served on this board for 9 years and in 2002 when he was President of the CSFFA, the state of Colorado held the Spring Meeting for the NVFC for the first and only time it has been held in Colorado.

He transferred to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 till 2006, then thought about retiring but of course, that didn’t last.


He later joined the Merino Volunteer Fire Department and went back to hold the position of Treasurer for the CSFFA.


He also became an EMT in 1983 with the Holyoke EMS Service and was a member of the Core- Zero Team at the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke Colorado.


While he was an EMT, he became the Region 1 Representive on the EMSAC Board of Colorado and served for 18 years.


He has also been an Elks and a Lions Club Member for many years and went through all the Chairs in both clubs as well.


He has served on many Boards and Committee’s through his career. He has a passion for Fire Fighter and EMS Safety, and we can't thank him enough for his service to so many!


Ken Wettstein 
CSFFA Treasurer

As a second generation Fire Figher and volunteer with Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department since 2017, and a volunteer with Merino Volunteer Fire Department since 2008, (Lieutenant since 2016) Chad proves to thrive wherever he goes.


He has been voted Firefighter of the Year in Merino twice, and brings a lot to the table!

Married to his wife Peg for over 20 years, they have created a beautiful family including three adult daughters as well as two grandsons and one granddaughter. 

In his spare time, he enjoys wood working, motorcycle riding, hunting, and target shooting and sewing blankets for his family and friends.

Treasurer of the Colorado State Fire Fig

Chad Wettstein

Secretary to Board

 Josh has been a Volunteer and Career Firefighter since 2002.

He served 13 years with Wheat Ridge Fire Department and is currently in his 8th year as a Reserve Volunteer at South Adams County Fire Department.

A Colorado native who loves spending time with his two boys Caleb and Connor, Josh enjoys being able to coach them and their teammates in basketball, baseball, and football.

Together in their free time, they enjoy doing all of the other awesome outdoor activities our beautiful state has to offer. Josh is passionate about his Firefighting Family and the people they are able to help every day.


Josh Bobb 
Board Member
Training Committee

Matt is a Fire Science Instructor and runs a school-based Fire Acadey for Jefferson County at Warren Tech High School in Lakewood, CO.


Matt says, "Firefighting found me like it does many of us. I had a friend who was a volunteer and suggested I check it out. Once I did I fell in love with the Fire Service and have been working in Fire and EMS for the past 15 years."


Throughout his career, Matthew has excelled with Craig Fire Rescue, The Memorial Hospital (EMT), Moffat County Hazmat, JeffCo Public Schools, and Craig Fire Safety -Team Holmatro- as an Extrication Instructor.

Matthew's awards include:

Craig Fire - Rookie of the Year

Craig Fire - Firefighter of the Year

JeffCo Talented Teacher  - 2020



Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Instructor I, Hazmat Ops, Hazmat Technician, Hazmat Instructor, Rope Technician, Swift Water Rescue Technician, EMT w/IV


Matthew's family is his priority and he and his wife Stephanie enjoy spending time with their two sons Hunter and Holden.

Most of their free time to is devoted to supporting their sons through the travel and dedication of competitive hockey.


And every once in a while, he gets to play some golf, camp, or fish.


"The family is what has drawn me to the Colorado State Fire Fighters Association.


The bonds Firefighters hold is unlike any other and are what keeps the fire service an amazing organization. I am honored to be able to train, educate, and support Colorado Firefighters.

Running the program for high school students takes as many donations of old gear and equipment as we can get.

I have worked with many departments over the years to keep the students in equipment. If your department has old equipment that you would like to donate please contact me at 303-982-8589 or email at"



Matthew Beckett 
Board Member
Training Committee

Tia has been the Director of Marketing for the Colorado State Firefighters Association since September of 2020.

She handles marketing and membership inquiries as well as event planning and (non-telemarketing) fundraising.


She is happy to answer any questions or hear any suggestions you may have!

Tia can be reached at 970-420-4772 or at


Tia Thompson 

Director of Marketing