Idaho Fire Chief's Association, Inc.

Our VISION is to improve career and volunteer emergency services in the state of Idaho through leadership, collaboration, education, safety, information and representation.

Our MISSION is to provide and enhance leadership to career and volunteer emergency services in Idaho.

IFCA President: David Gates

EMS Resources Available for Ebola Preparedness
(Posted 10-1-14)
Fairfax, Va.

With the announcement yesterday of a patient in Dallas who has been diagnosed as having Ebola, the IAFC EMS Section wants to share information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that all IAFC members should review and implement as appropriate.

According to HHS, “every EMS agency and system, including those that provide non-emergency and/or inter-facility transport, should ensure that their personnel can detect a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, protect themselves so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. The Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparing to care for patients possibly infected with the Ebola virus.”

Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (pdf) is a quick resource list that includes additional guidance for responders and links to receive alerts and updates. This document also includes a reference sheet outlining signs, symptoms, and criteria for suspected Ebola patients and when to report this information.

The EMS Section has set-up an
Ebola Virus resource page to provide the fire and emergency service with quick access to a range of related information and tools. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

The IFCA is Accepting RFP's for Association Management
(Posted: 9-15-14)

The IFCA Board has voted to solicit Request for Proposals for Association Management Service. The RFP information is as follows: 
IFCA Information: 2014-2015 IFCA Brochure
2014 Budget: 2014 RFP Budgetpdf Document

$54,750 Awarded in 2014 FFLP Grants
(Posted: 9-15-14)

The Idaho Fire Fighter License Plate Grant Committee completed the award process last week. There were a total of 57 grant applications received this year requesting $87,508. The details of the grants awarded can be found under "News & Events" - License Plate Fund.

Dave Hanneman named as new Idaho Falls Fire Chief
(Posted: 9-4-14)

Dave Hanneman will be the new chief of the Idaho Falls Fire Department. Hanneman will begin work Oct. 20 and is currently the chief of the Chula Vista (CA) Fire Department, a post he has held since 2008. He has more than 30 years of experience in firefighting and emergency medical services. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the Idaho Falls Fire Department, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work, both with the staff and the community,” Hanneman said.  Hanneman has a master’s degree in professional technical education from the University of Idaho, along with a bachelor’s in fire service technology from Boise State University. He served at departments in the Boise area, including the Boise Fire Department as Deputy Chief, before moving to California. 

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said, “Chief Hanneman has a breadth of experience, all of which I think will benefit this department.”  “Most particularly, (he has) a strength in strategic planning.”  Chief Hanneman is a past member of the IFCA and the IFCA welcomes him back to Idaho.  He replaces former IFFD Chief Dean Ellis who retired in May and who now manages Idaho Fire Service Training program while still serving on the IFCA Board of Directors.

Travis Myklebust Appointed Lewiston Fire Chief
(Posted: 8-21-14)

Travis Myklebust has been appointed as the new Fire Chief for the City of Lewiston. Travis has been serving as the Interim Fire Chief since April due to the departure of Chief Garry DeJong.

Chief Myklebust became a member of the Lewiston Fire Department in December of 1991 as a Reserve Firefighter and was hired full time in October of 1993. Chief Myklebust has held the ranks of Reserve Firefighter, Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Division Chief. Travis is the first Fire Chief in the department's history who started as a Reserve Firefighter.

Chief Myklebust has served many roles in the department, including being the department's first fire clown "Spanner", Travis is active in the community and currently serves as the president for the Lewiston Rotary Club. He holds degrees in both Fire Science and Para Medicine.

Source: Lewiston Fire Department Press Release, August 19, 2014, for additional information
please call 208-743-3554.

New Soda Springs Fire Station Named for Norm Bjorkman
(Posted: 8-11-14)

Photo: The Officers of the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association.  Thanks to Shelly Seamons.

Fire Chief Eric King, Guest of Honor Norm Bjorkman and Fire Chief David Gates (front) & Fire Chief Dan Squires (back)

August, 9, 2014. Retiring Fire Chief Bjorkman was given Emeritus status and retired after 61-1/2 years with the Soda Springs Fire Department.  IFCA President, David Gates, Pocatello Fire Department, and IFCA District Director, Eric King, Chubbuck Fire Department, were in attendance to present Chief Bjorkman with an IFCA Life Membership Award and a personalized brick at the Idaho Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Boise on behalf of the IFCA.  Chief Bjorkman has been one of the longest standing members of the IFCA.  We wish him well  in his well deserved retirement.


Retired Chief Mike Hoyle Passes
(Posted: 9-29-14)

It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we inform you of the passing of retired Chief Mike Hoyle on 9-25-14.  Chief Hoyle was a Life Member of the IFCA and had served as Fire Marshal and Fire Chief for the Teton County Fire District for many years.  Chief Hoyle was a decorated Vietnam veteran and had been a rancher. Please contact IFCA District 7 Director Dean Ellis for further information.  The IFCA will be making a memorial donation.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Chief Hoyle's family and friends. 
Rest in Peace Chief Hoyle.

SFM Mark Larson to Retire
(Posted: 9-19-14)

Chief Mark Larson, Idaho's State Fire Marshal, has announced his decision to retire effective October 15th.  In a letter to IFCA President David Gates, Mark states that he is seeking a new adventure in life but is not retiring from the workforce.  Mark has been an IFCA member for many years and SFM since circa 2002.  Mark's knowledge of legislative and governmental affairs at the State Capitol on matters affecting the fire service have been useful to IFCA members.  His "to the point delivery" of news was often peppered with subtle humor and wit. We wish Mark and his wife the best in his new adventure.  Thank you for your service Mark.

Crude Oil by Rail Course Offered
(Posted: 9-12-14)

Due to several Bakken Oil train accidents around the country in the past year, several rail companies and national organizations have started training programs for emergency responders. The Association of American Railroad’s Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) is now offering Crude By Rail Emergency Response at their facility in Colorado. The 3-day training covers types of crude transported by rail, types of tank cars, spill control, and tactical considerations. The training concludes with a derailment and fire exercise. So far, 1,500 first responders from at least nine states have taken the training. Please see the course page for more information on prerequisites, travel information, items students should bring, and other details. This course is filled through the rest of 2014; there are instructions on the course page for those interested in 2015 offerings. For departments or personnel interested in SERTC’s courses, there is a grant program available to help with the course fees. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) offers Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grants to states, territories, and tribal responders to use for hazardous materials incident training. For details and to apply, visit PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Grant Program page

(Source: SERTC)

 Farewell Cheryl Karnowski at SFMO
(Posted: 9-1-14)

The IFCA has learned that Idaho Fire Incident Reporting System (IFIRS) Manager, Cheryl Karnowski, at the State Fire Marshal's Office in Boise is leaving after many years of service. The IFCA membership wishes Cheryl all the best and extends our sincere thatnks for your outstanding efforts documenting fire activity and the work of Idaho's fire departments. Thank you!

Johnson Bar Fire burning along the Selway River - August 2014

Fire Prevention Week: Focus on Smoke Alarm

Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11 this year, and the campaign focus is

"Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month."

According to the U.S. Fire Admin­istration (USFA), more than 37 percent of home fire deaths happen in residences with no smoke alarms.

One key point that can help with any community outreach program is the low cost of smoke alarms. Depending on the type, they can be as inexpensive as $6. Com­pared to the high cost of a home fire, not to mention the possibility of needless loss of life, it is a small price to pay and a huge investment in safety.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III produced a Stakeholder Toolkit  (PDF, 110 Kb) this year for Fire Prevention Week. It includes talking points on home fires; a template press release; links to online resources, social media sites, and a FEMA App; and links to video, audio, and print public service announcements.

Job Opportunities

Details on most fire service jobs in Idaho may be found at this link:

and you may then directly contact the agency offering the position.

Success! FRF Contribution Rate Cut

(Posted:  9-19-14) 

Cities and fire districts had a huge weight lifted from their shoulders on September 16th after the state’s pension oversight board voted to reduce the amount those entities pay for some firefighters’ retirements. The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) board voted to cut the contribution rate cities including Boise, Idaho Falls and Nampa pay for retirees still in the Firefighters Retirement Fund (FRF), a closed pension account with 550 retirees. The move, which will reduce contributions to the fund from 17.24 percent to 5 percent, frees up $7.7 million for 22 different government entities. Some of Idaho’s biggest cities reap the most from the board’s decision. Boise’s contributions drop by nearly $3 million annually; Nampa’s drop about $827,000; Idaho Falls’ contributions fall by $894,000. The Whitney Fire Protection District, which serves 18 square miles in south Boise, will save the least, with the board’s vote cutting the department’s contributions by $8,000 annually. The fund relies on two main sources of income: The contributions and taxes sliced from fire insurance premiums. Analysts from Milliman believe the fund holds $317 million in liabilities, compared with about $352 million in assets.  Moving forward, PERSI Executive Director Don Drum told board members there’s between a 60 and 80 percent chance the panel never has to increase the contribution rate from the 5 percent. Only a steep drop in investment earnings would force members to reconsider the fire fund’s funding mechanisms.  Across the state, officials differ on how to use the freed-up funds.  City officials in Boise are looking at using their slice to fund high-dollar bonds for fire and other public safety improvements.

"Everyone Goes Home"

The United States Fire Administration has released an outstanding video called "Everyone Goes Home." This is a film produced by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in cooperation with the Chicago Fire Department. See or download it at this link:

This video should be required viewing by all firefighters.

Support WFCA's Fire-Rescue GPO
Saving money should be at the top of every chief's list of things-to-do. The power of group purchasing and pre-qualified contracts saves departments time and money when purchasing a wide range of fire equipment and items of everyday use. We encourage all of our members to take advantage of the WFCA's Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) program. A percentage of your purchase benefits the IFCA so please consider using this program for your department purchases.

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Boise Foothills to Get Weather Station for Firefighting

The Boise Front Foothills are absent an advanced weather station that could help mitigate wildfires from ripping through the area. There are 200 Remote Automatic Weather Stations around Idaho, but the



USDOT Announced HazMat Emergency Preparedness Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $20.2 Million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants to Help Communities Stay SafeWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox



Bakkan Crude Oil Rail Shipping Hazards

Crude Oil Shipments by Rail -The Issues and ResponseSource:  IAFC Website   9-11-14Current capacity of existing pipelines has been unable to keep up with the growing crude oil supply fo

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