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Chief Todd Miller

Todd Miller

Fire Chief

Fire Chief Todd Miller is a native of Flagstaff and was hired by Highlands Fire District (HFD) in 2001. Over the years he was able to progressively develop knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities while working through the ranks from Firefighter to Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Prior to his promotion to fire chief, he started and ran the organization's Health and Wellness program, served as the Battalion Chief over Operations and Training, was heavily involved in hiring and promotional processes, served as the VP of the Highlands Chapter of Local 1505, was a 3 time recipient of Firefighter of the Year, and has proudly served on the Honor Guard since starting as a founding member in 2006. Including jobs prior to HFD, and owning his own business, Chief Miller has over 30 years of experience in formal leadership/managerial roles. He has obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree in Fire Science through Coconino Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership through Columbia Southern University. "As an organization we have changed, developed, and advanced in many positive ways and I am honored to have been a part of these changes over the last 23 years. I am very proud of HFD's commitment to exceptional customer service and community-oriented focus, this will continue to be a priority for us." - Chief Miller »
Chief Josh Pond

Josh Pond

Battalion Chief - A Shift

Josh is the Battalion Chief assigned to A Shift and also functions as the Logistics Battalion Chief for Highlands Fire District. Josh started with the District in 2004, beginning as a volunteer / firefighter and he recently promoted to Battalion Chief in November 2023. Josh has earned AAS degrees in Paramedicine and Fire Science from Coconino Community College and a BS in Biology from Northern Arizona University. He grew up within the District boundaries and feels blessed to serve the communities that helped raise him. He enjoys the unique challenges and opportunities that working for Highlands Fire District provides. During his days off he enjoys teaching for the local EMT & Paramedic programs, mountain biking, reading, and enjoying time with his family. »
Chief Chris Pond

Chris Pond

Battalion Chief - C Shift

Battalion Chief C. Pond started with Highlands Fire District in 2002 as a volunteer firefighter. He was hired full time in 2005 and during that time held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, & Captain until his promotion to Battalion Chief in June 2023. Chris was assigned to C Shift upon promotion and serves as the Plans Battalion Chief for the organizational structure. Chris grew up in within the boundaries of the Highlands Fire District and his service to the organization extends a service period of over 40 continous years of service to Highlands Fire District starting with his dad and continuing with Chris and his brother. »