Eric Morgenthaler currently serves as a Battalion Chief with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department in Castle Rock, CO. Chief Morgenthaler holds a B.S. degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
Eric holds the grade of Member (MIFireE) in the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and holds the designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Commission on Professional Credentialing/Center for Public Safety Excellence. Morgenthaler is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association and is a certified Fire Inspector I through the International Code Council (ICC). He is a Colorado Certified Fire Officer III, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Service Instructor II and EMT-Basic. He has completed training in wildland firefighting (holds qualifications as an ENGB, FALA, ICT4, and STEN), rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and structural collapse rescue. Eric also holds the Blue Card Command certification. He is a certified Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association/Pro Board Safety Incident Safety Officer, US&R Task Force Safety Officer, and Hazardous Materials Safety Officer and previously served as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and Safety Officer with Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1), FEMA US&R Team.
Eric served as an Adjunct Professor for Kaplan University, Columbia Southern University, and Colorado State University teaching Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree courses in strategy and tactics, advanced firefighter safety and survival, fire protection systems, fire protection hydraulics and water supply, building construction for fire protection, fire protection structures and systems, fire behavior and combustion, and political, ethical, and legal foundations of EMS. He has developed courses for both Kaplan University and Columbia Southern University.