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

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.


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 thanks for your outstanding efforts documenting fire activity and the work of Idaho's fire departments. 
Thank You!

SAFER Grant Wait Continues
(Updated: 8-10-14)
SAFER grant awards are still being announced by the USFA but hopes that the IFCA SAFER grant will get funded this year are diminishing.  The IFCA Board approved action to apply for a SAFER grant for an insurance program that could boost volunteer retention and recruitment in Idaho.  The grant would be use to provide accidental death and dismemberment coverage as well as disability insurance to ALL volunteer firefighters in Idaho that meet some basic minimum standards.  The grant application was officially accepted by FEMA and the grant application is being coordinated through Greg Redden of Adapt, LLC (formerly Redden & Associates).  The IFCA Office has refreshed its Federal grant registrations to enable re-application, when and if necessary. The Board continues to hope that the grant for this year may yet get funded.

Johnson Bar Fire burning along the Selway River - August 2014

Details on most fire service jobs in Idaho may be found at this link:  and then
directly contact the agency that is 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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