David G. Gates, MBA, EFO
Fire Chief, Pocatello Fire Department
Current President, Idaho Fire Chief's Association
Chief Gates has served as President of IFCA since 2013.
Gates serves on numerous statewide public safety committees and commissions representing the Association, Fire Chiefs and the Fire Service in Idaho.
VICE-PRESIDENT, WESTERN FIRE CHIEF'S ASSOCIATION
Fire Chief, Boise Fire Department
Chief Doan started his career with the Boise Fire Department in 1991 as an entry level Firefighter and was an original member of the Hazardous Materials Team. Dennis continued his service in the Operations Division as he advanced to the rank of Senior Firefighter in 1995 and then promoted to Captain in 2002. He was awarded Boise City Firefighter of the Year in 2003 for his work as a lobbyist for Idaho firefighters and received the American Red Cross 2004 Real Hero Award. He was President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho (PFFI) from 1999 to 2004 and lobbyist from 1997.
Dennis founded the Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial. He was appointed Boise's fourteenth Fire Chief in the history of the Department on February 12, 2008 by Mayor Bieter and City Council. Chief Doan is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and is the current president of the Southwest Idaho Fire and EMS Chiefs Association. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Boise State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business Administration degree from Northwest Nazarene University. While attending NNU, Dennis was invited and received into membership by both Delta Mu Delta and Phi Delta Lambda International Honor Societies and currently serves on the NNU Alumni Board.
Fire Chief, Meridian Fire Department
I have accepted the nomination for Vice President to the Western Fire Chief’s Association (WFCA), and would like the opportunity to explain why.
Since 2008, I have been engaged in the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association with a continued desire to seek positive change in the Idaho Fire Service. This began with my involvement in the EMS Division, serving as the Division President for a three year period.
For the past 12 months, I have served as the District 4 Director. I believe the sharing of ideas and collaboration are keys to the Idaho Fire Service continuing its pursuit of excellence. This can be achieved within our State borders, in addition to working with those facing similar challenges outside of our borders. This is the benefit of having a representative from the IFCA to the WFCA. My goal would be to engage those partners, work collectively to the benefit of all States in the Western, and bring valuable feedback and ideas from the WFCA to all Idaho fire departments- big or small. Thank you for your consideration.
DISTRICT 1 DIRECTOR
Fire Chief, Northern Lakes Fire District
DISTRICT 3 DIRECTOR
Fire Chief, Nampa Fire Department
DISTRICT 5 DIRECTOR
Fire Chief, West End Fire Protection District
DISTRICT 7 DIRECTOR
Fire Chief, Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department