Mines professor heads mountain community fire rescue team

He may have co-authored a textbook titled "The Art of Being a Scientist," but for Mines Geophysics Professor Roel Snieder, there is art in community service as well.

Snieder, who is the W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Basic Exploration Science at Mines and co-director of the Ethics Across Campus program, has been named the chief of Genesee Fire Rescue.

“It is an honor to serve my community by being a leader in providing professional emergency services. This is a completely different activity than my day job at Mines; this diversity of my roles personally enriches me,” Snieder said.

Effective July 1, Snieder will assume the two-year term overseeing the fire rescue staff of the residential mountain community west of Golden. Forty volunteer firefighters and two paid full-time firefighters serve a 10-square-mile area that includes 1,500 homes, 28 commercial structures and 3,000 acres of urban-interface and wildland open space.