New chief to lead Fort Lewis Mesa fire district

KG Lockwood to come from N.H.

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District has hired a new chief.

KG Lockwood will take the helm Dec. 19.

Lockwood currently serves as deputy fire chief for two rural fire departments in New Hampshire.

He has more than 30 years’ experience working in fire and emergency services, with a background in wildland fires, emergency medical services and structure protection, according to a news release issued Friday by the Fort Lewis Mesa board of directors.

Lockwood replaces Steve Ebner, who stepped down Aug. 1 after almost 42 years in the fire-fighting industry.

“I’m excited to become the second full-time chief for Fort Lewis Mesa and look forward to helping shape the future direction of the district,” Lockwood said in the release.

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire district encompasses 330 acres in western La Plata County. It consists of 35 volunteers and a full-time salaried chief.

Lockwood said he is familiar with the challenges of running a department with limited resources and looks forward to finding creative solutions to keep the department moving forward.

He plans to move here with his wife, Melanie, and two dogs.