Denver Fire Department Promotes Kathleen Vredenburgh To Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Kathleen Vredenburgh highest-ranking woman in DFD’s 156-year history


DENVER – Denver Fire Department (DFD) Fire Chief Desmond Fulton has announced the promotion of Assistant Chief Kathleen Vredenburgh to Deputy Chief of Department, effective February 23, 2022. Deputy Chief Vredenburgh will direct all six Divisions’ day-to-day operations within the DFD.


Having joined the Department in April 2004, Deputy Chief Vredenburgh has made her way through the ranks working at numerous fire stations. In addition, she was an instructor at the DFD Fire Academy, worked with the Youth Fire Stop Program, was a Fire Investigator, and most recently, she was assigned to Internal Affairs in the Administration Division.


A Colorado native, Deputy Chief Vredenburgh started her career as a Lakewood Police Agent after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Deputy Chief Vredenburgh has been married for over 15 years and has three children.


“Deputy Chief Vredenburgh is a proven leader with a solid background,” stated Fire Chief Desmond Fulton. “Deputy Chief Vredenburgh possesses the experience, leadership, and vision to bring a positive culture of professionalism and accountability to the Denver Fire Department.”