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

2014 IFCA Annual Conference -
 Pre-conference starts on April 30!

The 45th Annual IFCA Annual Conference and Business Meeting will run from May 1 - 3 at the Best Western Plus University Inn in quaint Moscow, IDPre-conference activities will take place on April 30 and include the Chief's Roundtable Session, IFSRRP Training and the 8th Annual Mike Sheets Memorial Golf Tournament. 
The conference committee has lined-up some information packed training that you won't want to miss.  Sessions include: "Medical Responses to Rapid Mass Shootings", "It Pays to be Firewise", "Idaho's Rural Fire Protection Act", "WUI Structure Fire Resource Mobilization" and "State Fire Training - Going Forward."  There is also an entertaining Partner Program - so bring the wife or significant other along.  Raffles and prizes!  We still have a couple spaces available for Vendors - hurry, they won't last!

Conference information letter: 
2014 member invite final 3-9-14.doc doc Document
Conference registration form: 
2014 member registration final 3-9-14.docdoc Document
Vendor information letter:
2014 vendor info final 3-1-14.pdf pdf Document
Vendor registration form:
2014 vendor registration final 3-1-14.pdf pdf Document
pdf Document
Golf Tournament registration form: 
2014 golf registration form rev. 4-1-14.pdf pdf Document

Dues Increase Vote Slated
at IFCA Business Meeting

(Posted 3-30-14)
There will be a vote taken at the Annual Business Meeting on May 1st to increase the annual dues of the Association.  It has been five years since the last dues increase.  The increase will be roughly 20% and would be effective for the 2015 membership year. This increase has been endorsed by the IFCA Board of Directors and the IFCA Finance Committee.  IFCA members must be in attendance at the meeting to vote on the proposal.  Please download and read the following information regarding that proposal. 

DUES INCREASE PROPOSAL: 2014 ltr dues increase notice 3-24-14.doc doc Document

2014 FFLP Grant Application Period
(Posted: 3-30-14)

The 2014 Idaho Fire Fighter License Plate grant award application period is now OPEN and will close on June 27, 2014. Last year $47,411 in grant funds were awarded to a total of 44 recipients.   The IFCA thanks all those firefighters and civilian supporters who purchase Idaho Fire Fighter License Plates which fund this worthy grant program.  They're the people who make this program possible. For 14 years the FFLP program has benefited the Idaho fire service and over $500,000 in grants have been awarded statewide for "fire safety education of fire chiefs, firefighters and the public."  Applicants MUST read and follow the instructions in the Information letter carefully before completing the Application form.  Each year some applications get rejected because they did not follow the instructions.  Here are links to the Information and Application forms:

FFLP INFORMATION LETTER: 2014 grant information ltr.pdf pdf Document

FFLP APPLICATION FORM: 2014 grant application form.pdf pdf Document

Boise F.D. "Close Call" - the Hill Rd. Fire
(Posted: 3-4-14)
The Boise Fire Department has shared with us with the following link to a "close call" at a vacant, single-family home structure fire with a partial collapse.  The written report contains a description of the incident in detail including photos and a video link.  There is also a valuable After Action Review section with useful lessons learned.  Look this over and learn from it so that . . . everyone goes home.
Link to report: 5120 hill rd. 8.1.2013 - close call - boise fire department.pdf pdf Document
Fire Service EMS Tool Kit Available
There is a brand new edition of the Fire Service-Based EMS Tool Kit that the fire service been working on. It is a "must download" for any department that runs any aspect of emergency medical services. Click on the links below for the Tool Kit document as well as an Introduction article by Chief Dennis Compton. This excellent document represents a successful joint effort on the part of representatives from the Metro Chiefs, the IAFF, IAFC, IFSTA and the it out!...and please forward, share etc.

Introduction: fire service-based ems...there_'s a new tool kit for your use.pdf pdf Documentpdf Document
Fire-EMS Tool Kit:  fs-based ems tool kit final january 14, 2014.pdf pdf Document

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

Source:  BillyG  -  The Secret List 1/15/2014 0100 Hours


Wrong Carbon Monoxide Detectors
(Posted: 3-22-14)
FPO Division President Ken Anderson informs us of an incident in Pocatello, ID  where a family recently died from carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.  As a result, he says, local stores have been inundated with requests for CO detectors. Ken advises that if Fire Departments are getting calls asking about CO detectors, please recommend ones that are UL 2034 listed. Apparently some fire departments are inadvertently suggesting the type of CO detectors designed to be used in an addressable fire alarm system with some other UL listing.  These other detectors are a special order item.  Home improvement stores are special ordering these alarms for their customers only to discover they won’t work unless they are connected to monitored alarm systems, such as those installed in schools and buildings with fire suppression systems.  Because they are special orders, the stores won’t allow the customer to return them.  Good intentions - but with an undesired result.  So please make the correct reference for CO detectors for residential use.  Regarding mounting of CO detectors, they should be per the manufacturer’s instructions as there are some that are mounted low and some that are mounted on the ceiling.  The FPO Division is working with IDABO to get this message out to Idahoans.

Idaho Fire Sprinkler Coalition Meeting
April 22 in Nampa or Teleconference
(Posted: 3-30-14)
The Idaho Fire Sprinkler Coalition will hold its next Coalition meeting on Tuesday, April 22 from 10:00am to Noon (MDT).  This meeting will be hosted by the Nampa Fire Department at the Hugh Nichols Safety Building located at 820 2nd Street S. in Nampa.  Mr. Jeff Hudson of NFPA is compiling an agenda for the meeting and asks that anyone with agenda items forward those to him by email to, or, call him at 913-238-2568.   If you are not able to attend the meeting in person you may join it by teleconference.  To teleconference call in at 1-855-747-8824 (Toll Free) and enter Participant PIN 446676#.

IFCA Waits on SAFER Grant Possibility
(Updated: 3-4-14)
SAFER grant awards are being announced weekly by the USFA and hopes are high that the IFCA SAFER grant will get funded.  Last July 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 assisted in the lengthy application process of getting the IFCA fully registered with the federal government.  The Board appointed Chief Stacy Hyde (Ammon FD) as interim Division President of a resurrected Volunteer Division.  Chief Hyde feels this grant, if obtained, will be a major help in bringing chiefs of volunteer departments into the IFCA and providing volunteers some well deserved benefits.  It will also help volunteer chiefs in their recruitment and retention efforts of volunteer firefighters by being able to offer some tangible benefits for the volunteers. 

2013 Firefighter LODD Deaths Up Significantly

After several years on a downswing, on-duty firefighter deaths were up in 2013. There were 101 on-duty firefighter fatalities last year, including eight classified as Hometown Heroes, according to statistics compiled by the USFA. During 2012, records show 83 firefighters died while serving their communities. There were 83 firefighter fatalities in 2011 as well, and 87 in 2010. The number is preliminary as state fire marshals throughout the country will be contacted to make sure all on-duty deaths are counted. Firefighters who suffer a heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of responding to an emergency are considered Hometown Heroes. There were four incidents in which multiple firefighters were killed – and three of those were in Texas. Two firefighters were killed in Bryan; 10 in West and four in Houston. A wildfire in Arizona left 19 hotshots dead. Of those who died, 42 were volunteers; 29 career; 22 wildland full-time; five wildland contract; one wildland part-time and one paid on call. Trauma was the top killer of firefighters last year with heart attacks dropping to third. However, 26 causes are still pending so those numbers are likely to change. The records also showed 45.5 percent of those who died were under 40. Also, 29 personnel died battling wildland fires, while 21 perished at structure fires. Fourteen died in collisions which includes aircraft crashes. The deadliest time for firefighters was 1700 to 1859 – when 30 firefighters perished; and 11 died between 1900 and 2059. June and April were the deadliest months, while the fewest occurred in January and September. Arizona had the most firefighter deaths – 20 – followed by Texas – 14, and Pennsylvania, six. A full report on the 2013 on-duty firefighter deaths will be published later this year by several sources.



Is your department in great need of new turnout gear? Eligible fire departments can apply for four sets of Globe gear through the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway. A total of 52 sets will be awarded to 13 departments this year. The deadline to apply is June 1.

This is the third year that Globe has partnered with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to help resource-constrained fire departments obtain needed turnout gear. A total of 195 sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear have already been distributed through the program, helping to enhance the safety and protection of volunteer firefighters across the nation.

To be eligible to apply for four sets of Globe gear, departments must meet the following criteria:

Be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%)

Serve a population of 25,000 or less

Be located in the U.S. or Canada and legally organized under state/province law

Be a member of the NVFC

New in 2014, Globe helped struggling departments meet this last eligibility requirement by providing a complimentary NVFC Department Membership to the first 200 applicants that were not currently NVFC members. These 200 membership slots have now been filled. Applicants that are not NVFC members can join at to become eligible for this program.

View program criteria and apply for Globe gear today at Winners will be announced monthly between July and December.

About Globe
Globe Manufacturing Company is the largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world. Over its 127 years, Globe has been responsible for introducing many of the materials, designs, and construction methods now taken for granted in personal protective equipment. Learn more at

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Idaho is known for its open rangeland and forest covered mountains and valleys.  Each year wildfires cause extensive damage to natural resources and sometimes structures.  The IFCA is a strong advocate for community wildfire safety.  To help fulfill that advocacy several new Resource Links have been added to the IFCA website.  Among those new links are Forest and Rangelands; Fire-Adapted Communities; Ready, Set, Go; Firewise (updated) and Disaster Safety.  All of these sites contain free access to enhance your knowledge on ways to better protect your community from wildfires.







Cardioviva™ Awards $30K in Cash and Prizes to Heart Health Champions

What do a former motorcycle dealership owner and MBA candidate, a marine scientist, and an emergency management consultant have in common? While their day jobs might be vastly different, they are all volunteer firefighters who have just been named the winners of the first Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest.

Heart attacks account for more than half of on-duty firefighter deaths. To encourage exercise, a nutritious diet, and other healthy behaviors among firefighters, Cardioviva™, the first natural probiotic clinically proven to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults, teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to conduct a nationwide search for three heart health champions.

The search puts the spotlight on firefighters who are not only taking care of their own health, but who are also motivating their brethren and communities to live healthier lifestyles. The winners will receive a combined total of $30,000 in cash and prizes so that they can continue their efforts and educate emergency responders ? and the communities they serve ? on how they can proactively protect themselves against heart disease. After a nationwide search and public voting to narrow the field down to the top 10 finalists, a panel of judges consisting of heart health, fire, and nutrition/fitness experts selected three winners, the Grand Prize winner being Chief Smith. 

Grand Prize Winner:  Chief Peggy Smith, Coolin-Cavanaugh Bay Fire Company, Coolin, Idaho

Peggy (pictured front left during grand prize check presentation) is the chief of her firehouse in the rural Idaho resort town of Coolin, about 25 miles from the Canadian border. Also known as the Priest Lake area, Coolin has a year-round population of 350, but can soar as high as 25,000 during peak tourist times. Peggy started volunteering after a harrowing experience spending a long, cold winter night out on a mountain with her husband after he broke his leg. After this incident, Peggy made it her mission to volunteer and give back to the community. She created a back country snowmobile rescue team, and was then recruited to be part of the volunteer fire department. Under her leadership as Chief for the last three years, the department has grown from three members to 35.

As Peggy began to take on more of the administrative side of her duties while studying for her MBA and taking the exclusive National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program, she became more sedentary. Her weight and cholesterol numbers skyrocketed. She wanted to improve her own health and also motivate the other volunteers to maintain their health so they would be less prone to injury. Peggy and her team began a wellness program, which includes group exercise classes with an instructor four times a week, with nutrition counseling available on request.

“As part of winning the Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest, I want our fire department to be a healthy example for other emergency responders as well as consumers,” said Peggy. “By showing how I am tackling my own weight and cholesterol issues by eating healthfully and exercising regularly, I hope to be a positive role model and inspire others to reduce their risk of heart disease.”

As the grand prize winner, Peggy’s firehouse will receive $10,000 in cash, plus donated TRX FORCE kits and additional exercise equipment (valued at $5,000), as well as a nutrition and fitness makeover with Chris Mohr, RD, PhD, a nationally-known sports nutritionist. Peggy plans to use the prize money as the foundation to sustain the firehouse’s wellness program for many years to come, and to attract other members in the community to volunteer.

The IFCA extends its sincere congratulations to Idaho's own Chief Peggy Smith!

Details on most fire service jobs in Idaho may be found at this link: , and then by
directly contacting the agency that is offering the position.

A MUST SEE!  "Everyone Goes Home" Video
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.

FREE subscription to the Idaho Daily Dispatch 
Receive email news briefs on state and national fire/EMS news, job openings, used fire equipment, courses and more delivered to your desktop every weekday. This is an excellent way to stay "in the know" and to improve your situational awareness. To subscribe just use this link:, or to place an ad go to:

NOTE: Credit for the accident photo in the IFCA home page banner goes to Sylvia's Photography of Middleton (ID). Thanks David & Sylvia!

Other IFCA News . . .  
(For daily news reports from Idaho and around the Nation please subscribe to the Idaho Daily Dispatch - see link above and also in the top right of this home page under Quick Links).




FEMA Preparathon Planned - April 30

FEMA invites you to register your participation in America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide campaign to improve the Nation’s resilience. This National Day of Action takes place on April



Lewiston Chief DeJong Resigning - Health Reasons

Lewiston Fire Department Chief Garry DeJong will resign Friday from the job he has held since 2011.City Manager Jim Bennett said the resignation is for health reasons. DeJong will return to the home h



Moscow's Chief Ed Button to Retire

City of Moscow Fire Chief Announces Retirement City of Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button has announced his retirement after fifteen years with the City, eight of those years as Assistant Fire Chief and Fire

please join today!

Membership classes include Active, Corporate, Division or Master.
Divisions include: EMS, Fire Prevention, Training and Volunteer
Help us to help you - knowledge is power


2014 Membership Application and Renewal form:

Download Now

(Download, printout, complete and mail with dues payment.)

Member of the Western Division of the IAFC