Four vie for two seats on Indian Hills fire board

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By Stephen Knapp

On May 6, the good citizens of Indian Hills will cast their votes to fill a pair of impending vacancies on the Indian Hills Fire Protection District board of directors.

The Indian Hills fire board oversees a district of about 12 square miles encompassing some 1,200 residents and protected by the 24-member, all-volunteer Indian Hills Fire and Rescue.

Term limits will send board member Randy Evans to the showers, while Paul Scott has elected to relinquish his chair at the end of his current hitch. Four of their neighbors have applied to fill those four-year seats and, herewith, are their lightly abridged particulars.

Pody Hunnicutt

A 20-year San Isabel Road resident, Pody Hunnicutt spent 17 of them as an active member of Indian Hills Fire and Rescue.

“I was rescue captain for five years, and was the district board treasurer about four years ago,” says Hunnicutt, 50. “I had to step down from the board when I was nominated for chief. That’s a good thing, in my opinion.”

After a brief hiatus, Hunnicutt aims to renew his association with the department as both a board member and firefighter.

“I think I bring a wealth of knowledge from 17 years as a firefighter and an EMT,” he says. “I’m planning to join the department, again, and I want to get back into the board aspect of it to make sure the department gets all the equipment and training it needs.

“One of my main goals is upgrading communications. They’ve been trying to get a new radio system for years, but it seems like they’ve just been spinning their wheels. That’s going to be a priority for me.”

Bret Roller

“I think the district has good leadership now,” says Bret Roller, 33. “I want to be part of continuing that tradition.”

A Picutis Road resident since 2001, Roller spent a year with Indian Hill Fire and Rescue and several more staying current with district affairs.

“I’ve been attending board meetings for the last two years, and I know the department pretty well,” he says. “I know how it functions, I know what it needs, and I know what it doesn’t need. And I have a pretty good feeling for what’s going on in the board.

“My biggest issue is that we have an amazing group of firefighters right now. Maybe the best we’ve had in 20 years. It’s really exciting to see it. They could take this department into the modern era and make it a real professional fire department.

“The board needs to really take care of them and make sure they stay involved in the department. The board should do everything it can to keep that energy and commitment going.”

Cara Self

An Indian Hills resident for 32 years, Cara Self fought her first fire at the tender age of 17.

“That was the Deer Creek Fire,” recalls Self. “I also fought the Dick’s Saddle Fire, and I fought the Mount Falcon Fire in 2004. And I’ve volunteered for the Fourth of July parade every year. I’m not a responding member of the department, but whenever they call, I come.”

Truth be told, says Self, a 45-year-old businesswoman, running for the fire board wasn’t really her idea.

“My neighbors are the ones who asked me to run. I figured if they believed in me that much, I should do it. I really care about my community, and I think it’s important to have somebody on the board who is a third party.

“What they want to do is re-evaluate and/or rewrite the bylaws that were established in the ‘50s. I’d like to be a part of that. The fire department is the most important part of this community, and I want to make sure Indian Hills is looked upon as a safe place to live.”

Paul Amundson

Paul Amundson could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.

All registered voters living within the Indian Hills Fire Protection District are encouraged to cast their ballots on May 6 at the Indian Hills Fire Station, 4476 Parmalee Gulch Road.