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The Last Alarm

Dedicated to the children of Fire Fighters who have died in the line of Duty

 My father was a fireman, he drove a big red truck,
And when he'd go to work each night, he'd say "Mother, wish me luck".
Then Dad would not come home again, 'till sometime the next day,
But the thing that bothered me the most was
the things some folks would say.
"A fireman's life is easy, he eats and sleeps and plays,
and sometimes he don't fight a fire for days and days and days".
When I first heard these comments, I was too young to understand
cause I knew, when people had trouble Dad was there to lend a hand.
Then my father went to work one day and he kissed us all good-bye,
but little did I realize, that night, we all would cry.
My father gave his life that night, when the floor gave way below,
and I wondered why he'd risk his life, for someone he didn't know.
But now I realize, the greatest gift a man can give,
is to lay his life upon the line, so that someone else might live.
So as we go from day to day, and we pray to God above,
say a prayer for your local fireman, he may save the ones you love.
By: Jim Martinez

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Idaho Falls Fire Department
GENERAL INFORMATION

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Idaho Falls Fire Department
MISSION

The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to
protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors
of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County by providing the
highest possible levels of service through fire prevention,
public education, fire suppression, emergency medical
services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and
man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided
as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials
of the City of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County.
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Idaho Falls Fire Department
HISTORY

FIRE CHIEFS
2002- Dean Ellis
1998-2002 Bob Drake
1997-1998 Don Gosswiller
1996-1996 Dennis Johnson
1989-1996 Dick Hahn
1977-1989 Doug Call
1965-1977 Les Corcoran
1964-1965 Carl Poulter
1961-1964 Parley Gillan
1949-1961 Bert Brown
1938-1949 L. G. Jackson
1910-1938 Julius Marker
1909-1910 Walley Sheriff
1905-1909 J. W. Galey
1902-1905 A. D. Wright
1885-1902 Ed Winn

MAJOR EVENTS
1885 The first fire department was organized in the Brewery Saloon after a fire wiped out nearly all the frame shacks along Eagle Rock Street.

 The fire department consisted of 20 volunteers.

 A New Year's Eve dance was held and raised $140.00 to purchase a hand hose cart with 300' of hose.

 The railroad company installed 3 hose plugs to supply water for fire protection (the City of Idaho Falls currently has over 1400 hydrants.)

1889 Village of Eagle Rock was incorporated.
1902 The fire station moved from Eagle Rock Street to Broadway and Park Avenue.
1907 Purchased a horse-drawn wagon at a cost of $1950.00. Julius Marker was the first driver of the horse-drawn equipment.

 The fire station moved to a frame building on Park Avenue where Harris Publishing is located.

 Julius Marker and Lew Tolley were the first firemen to receive pay, they were both drivers of the horse-drawn equipment.

1909 Volunteers were notified of calls by the ringing of a large bell. The bell is now on display at the Bonneville County Museum.
1910 The fire station moved to larger quarters in a single story building in the 500 block of Park Avenue (Kress/Bonanza building).
1916 Purchased the first motorized fire equipment, it was a 1916 American La France pumper.

 At this time the chief and two fire fighters were paid by the city.

1920 Purchased the second motorized fire truck, it was a 1919 Brockway.

 The department was increased to 6 paid fire fighters plus the chief.

1930 A new city hall building was constructed on Shoup Avenue with room for a fire station (currently Station 1).

 The fire bell was replaced by a siren on top of the building.

 

1930 A large combination ladder and hose engine (1928 American La France) was purchased at a cost of $13,850. This truck was on display at the 1929 Worlds Fair as state of the art fire apparatus, it is still used today for parades and other public relations events.

 Increased payroll to include eight fire fighters and a chief. The department operated 2 shifts of 4 fire fighters each. Call personnel were available by phone and siren.

1932 Fire loss per capita for the year was $5.99 primarily due to the Lambrecht Building fire which was the worst of the year.
1933 Fire loss per capita for the year was $.79.
1937 A Seagrave pumper was purchased.
1945 12 paid fire fighters were added to the department which was operating 3 engines.
1947 American La France (403) open cab pumper was purchased.
1950 Department increased to 18 paid personnel.
1953 A second fire station was built on the 500 block of 8th Street. The lot cost $5,000 and the building cost $76,500. It was a single engine company station as well as the department maintenance shop.

 A 1953 Seagrave pumper (404) was purchased.

1959 A new American La France pumper (405) was purchased.
1960 Department increased to 40 paid personnel.
1963 Department increased to 44 paid personnel.
1964 A $587,000 General Obligation Improvement Bond was approved.
1965 A third fire station was built at Skyline and Grandview. The cost of the land was $10,450 and the building was $102,979.

 21 additional personnel were hired.

1966 A bond election to purchase 2 new Seagrave pumpers at a cost of $34,814 each and to install an alarm box system throughout the city.

 A Fire District was formed to provide fire protection to an area outside the city limits that covered approximately 390 square miles.

1970 The fire department began providing ambulance service.

 Intensive training for emergency care began for fire and police department personnel.

1971 17 fire fighters received an 81 hour Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.
1972 Pilot paramedic program given for 4 fire fighters. (Program was not implemented.)
1973 10 fire fighters trained and certified as trauma paramedics.

 9 of 10 fire fighters trained as trauma paramedics completed cardiac intensive care paramedic training.

1974 All paramedics received certification through the State of Idaho.

 911 service became operational at City Hall.

1975 The city purchased a new Walters Crash Truck for airport coverage.
1977 The current Station 2 was constructed at Lincoln and Woodruff which replaced the old Station 2 on 8th Street. The new station cost $209,348 and was split between the city (67%) and the Fire District (33%).
1978 A new 911 dispatch center was operational at the Law Enforcement Building on Capital Avenue with civilian dispatchers.
1982 A new FMC pumper was purchased for $155,000.
1983 A new Pierce Minuteman Crash Truck was purchased for the airport.
1986 A new Pirsch pumper was purchased.
1988 A new Pierce pumper was purchased for $174,049.
1989 Land was purchased for Station 4 on Woodruff near Sunnyside for $60,882.
1990 6 personnel were added for airport fire protection.

 Property at Bellin and Mill Roads was purchased by the city for a future fire station.

 The old 8th Street fire station became the office of the Fire Prevention Bureau.

1991 The Bonneville County Fire District merged with the city under a contractual agreement. 14 fire district personnel became city employees.

 2 new fire stations were constructed and occupied. A new Station 3 was built at the airport (total cost was $789,648 of which 90% was federally funded) to replace the old Station 3 at Skyline and Grandview. Station 4 was built at Woodruff and Sunnyside at a cost of $586,963.

1992 The Hazardous Material Unit was formed for response to HAZMAT incidents. Several fire fighters were trained to HAZMAT Tech Level.
1993 The old Station 3 at Grandview and Skyline was converted into the Bonneville County E911 Communications Center. The new Enhanced 911 (E911) computerized dispatch center became operational.

 Contracted supplementary fire department services to EG&G/DOE for in-town facilities (code enforcement, training, etc.).

1995 A new station (Station 5) was built and occupied at Bellin and Mill Roads in the southwest section of the city. Cost was approximately $500,000.

 A new Pierce pumper was purchased and placed into operation at Station 1, the price was $210,000.

1996 The fire department reorganized from having 3 battalion chiefs (working 24 hour shifts), an EMS chief, and fire marshall to having 4 division chiefs working 40 hour weeks. The 4 areas of responsibility are Fire Prevention/Public Relations, Administration, EMS, and Special Operations.

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The Idaho Falls Fire Department

invites you to participate in the sixth annual

Citizen's Fire Academy

The program will begin May 14th, 2002 and meet every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. for six weeks.

If you have any questions or would like more information or an application, please contact:

Division Chief Kelvin Johnson
Idaho Falls Fire Department
Fire Prevention Bureau
(208)529-1497

6-Week Course Outline
Week 1
(Station #1 - 647 Shoup Ave) May 14th, 2002 19:00
Welcome new members and introduction by the Fire Chief. Overview of budget and department organization. Terms and jargon of the fire service are discussed, along with a historical perspective of the Fire Deparment. Academy participants will tour Station One and City Hall, and view various department apparatus, equipment, and firefighter safety gear.
Week 2
(Fire Prevention Bureau - 525 8th St.) May 21st, 2002 19:00
Overview of the Fire Prevention Bureau, including plan reviews, inspections, and fire safety education. The history and importance of the Uniform Fire Code will be discussed. Academy members will participate in an actual fire inspection of a local business.
Week 3
(Station 3 - 2125 Federal Way at the Airport) May 28th, 2002 19:00
Academy members will review and participate in a demonstration of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF). Also our Departments Hazardous Materials experts will give an overview and demonstration of a Hazardous Materials Incident.
Week 4
(Station #5 - 1775 S. Bellin) June 4th, 2002 19:00
Emergency Medical Services Lab: Academy students will be introduced to an overview of Department Ambulance Operations. Members will be given an opportunity to participate in hands on ambulance operations, patient treatment and handling, ambulance driving etc.) Also students who are interested will be given the opportunity to sign up for future CPR classes.
Week 5
(Station #4 - 3180 S. Woodruff) June 11th, 2002 19:00
Engine Company Operations: Basic firefighting operations will be discussed and demonstrated, with members offered a chance to participate in engine company “evolutions” (practice drills done regularly by engine crews). Also a snorkel demonstration - and a chance to see the city from 85 feet in the air!
Week 6
(Drill Field - Foote Drive) June 18th, 2002 18:00
Members will rotate through 2 separate and simultaneous demonstrations. In one, a vehicle extrication demonstration will be performed. The other operation will involve a rope rescue demonstration. Again, students who are willing will be allowed to participate (use of extrication tools, rope rappelling, etc.)

For more information contact: Division Chief Kelvin Johnson at 529-1497

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FIRE INVESTIGATION TEAM

Specially trained fire investigators make up one of the Fire Department's most unique specialty teams. Fire investigators are trained to be part scientist, part detective, and even part psychologist. This training includes attendance at the National Fire Academy, where they receive intensive instruction in fire cause determination and arson detection.

Fire investigations are conducted on fires involving a significant loss, a suspicious ignition factor, undetermined origin, or other unusual factors. The investigators trace the fire damage back to the fire's origin, then sift and sort through the often charred remains to determine the cause of the fire. Fire investigations are important not only to arson detection, but also to fire prevention activities.

The Fire Investigation Team includes nine shift fire fighters, two Fire Prevention Bureau inspectors, the Idaho Falls Building Department's electrical inspector, a member of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, and a member of the Idaho Falls Police Department. The team has converted an old fire department ambulance into an investigation van, which houses and transports the equipment necessary to conduct an efficient fire cause and origin investigation.

Fire Investigation Team Members
  • Scott Criddle 
  • Mike Sheets 
  • Nolan Getsinger 
  • Ralph Risenmay 
  • Terry Kofoed 
  • Gene Rockwood 
  • Cory Dennert 
  • Rick Taylor 
  • Pete Stevens 
  • Dave Hunter 
  • Chris Farnsworth 
  • Steve Barnes (IFPD) 
  • Glen Fuhriman (BCSO) 
  • Bob Baird (City Electrical)
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Idaho Falls Fire Department HAZMAT Badge

Mission Statement of the Idaho Falls Fire Department
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM

Idaho Falls Fire Department HAZMAT Badge
Hazardous materials pose a real, rapidly expanding and potentially disastrous threat to Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. Hazmat incidents may include but are not limited to responses that may involve fires, spills, transportation accidents, chemical reactions and explosions. Associated hazards involved may include toxicity, flammability, radiological hazards, corrosives, health hazards, explosions or any combination of these factors.

 The mission of the Idaho Falls Hazmat Response Team, in keeping with the mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department, is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls and of Bonneville County. As well as protecting, to the best of our ability, the environment of this beautiful area in which we live. Our goal will always be to control and confine the problem but not to provide the clean-up of the material. This mission will be carried out as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County.

 The Idaho Falls Hazmat Response Team currently consists of 21 members of the Fire Department plus some members of the business community who have volunteered their assistance as experts in their respective fields. These members were chosen from a wide cross section of the department to make use of the individual skills of the members. All personnel have been trained to a minimum of the EPA hazmat technician level. All personnel are required to continue to train and attempt to raise their skill levels and keep current with this rapidly expanding field.

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Hazardous Materials Team Members

  • Rick Ackerson 
  • Captain Roger Anderson 
  • Curtis Clark 
  • William Cutler 
  • Eric Day 
  • Barry Dennert 
  • Division Chief Jim Deuel 
  • Scott Grimmett 
  • Division Chief Scott Long 
  • Captain John Lund
  • Joe Nichols 
  • Jeff Parsons 
  • Paul Radford 
  • Brian Robison 
  • Drew Shaltry 
  • Dan Stowell 
  • John Tenerowicz 
  • Dave Thueson 
  • Sam Villabisencio 
  • Division Chief Jon Walker 
  • Bob Zaladonis
Non IFFD Team Members
Jay Astle

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Idaho Falls Fire Department
BICYCLE RESPONSE TEAM

Due to the rising concerns for the safety and well being of our community during some of our festive events, the Idaho Falls Fire Department has developed a Bicycle Emergency Response Team.

 The team consists of 21 members who are primarily volunteer. Their purpose is to work some of the more congested events in our city. The bicycles provide rapid access through congested areas that may take an ambulance 10 minutes or more to get through. The team members are trained to EMT and Paramedic levels and provide emergency care until an ambulance arrives. They are equipped with emergency medical supplies for patient care and radios for communication with the ambulance crews.

 The team has participated in vigorous training with the Idaho Falls Police Department, learning to maneuver their bicycles through congestion and unusual obstacles - places ambulances may not be able to go. Members also undergo specialized training for preventive maintenance of their equipment.

 Our team has participated in events such as:

  • 4th of July Parade
  • 4th of July Fireworks
  • Bridge to Braves 5K - 10K Run
  • Kelly Canyon Mountain Bike Challenge
  • To Bone and Back Fun Run
  • The Downtown Festival
  • Walktoberfest
  • Habitat for Humanity Walk-a-thon
  • The Idaho Falls Duck Race
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Idaho Falls Fire Department
FACILITIES

Bonneville County Telecommunications (E911) Center
911 N. Skyline Dr.

Idaho Falls Fire Prevention Bureau
525 8th St.

Station 1
647 Shoup Ave.

Station 2
1695 E. Lincoln Rd.

Station 3
2125 Federal Way

Station 4
3180 S. Woodruff Ave.

Station 5
1755 S. Bellin Rd.

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PERSONNEL LIST BY RANK

FIRE CHIEF
Dean Ellis

SECRETARIAL STAFF
Marne Dickinson
Julie Lacey
Jana Hamberlin

MECHANIC
Dave Mayes

DIVISION CHIEFS
  • Dorin Howard
  • Jon Walker 
  • Scott Long 
  • Rick Taylor
FIRE PREVENTION Bureau
  • Mike Sheets 
  • Ken Anderson *
  • Joe Nichols
CAPTAINS
  • Roger Anderson * 
  • Todd Beattie *
  • Dave Coffey * 
  • Gary Day 
  • Steve Eldredge * 
  • Chris Farnsworth * 
  • Jim Freeman 
  • Kim Getsinger * 
  • Monte Jacobson 
  • Brett Johnson 
  • Mike Kinghorn 
  • John Lund * 
  • Brian Moncur 
  • Brad Pettingill 
  • Gene Rockwood 
  • Kim Sibbett * 
  • Pete Stevens  
* Also a paramedic
DRIVERS
  • Rick Ackerman 
  • Scot Anderson 
  • Ervin Blumhorst 
  • Bill Cox 
  • Alyn Criddle 
  • William Cutler 
  • Terry Drollinger 
  • Ron Gebs 
  • Dave Hamberlin 
  • Lance Johnson 
  • Jeff Jones 
  • Terry Kofoed 
  • Todd Longhurst 
  • Rick Lords 
  • Duane Nelson 
  • Adam Pearson 
  • Glade Prestwich 
  • Ralph Risenmay 
  • Brian Robison 
  • John Tenerowicz
  • Dave Thueson 
FIREFIGHTERS
  • Richard Bates 
  • Aldo Bevilacqua 
  • Cory Dennert 
  • Kirby Dennert
  • Isaac Eaton 
  • Harold Foster 
  • Rob Hall 
  • Nick Hirshi 
  • Josh Jacobsen 
  • Dave Lamont 
  • Paul Martignacco 
  • Jess Morgan  
  • Keith Morse
  • Michael Niles 
  • Lance Quick 
  • Brandon Rich 
  • Parker Ruby
  • Rick Saunders 
  • John Simpson 
  • Nick Stallings 
  • Tory Stewart 
  • Ray Vianello
  • Steve Walker
  • Wynn Whitmeyer 
  • Kerry Williamson 
PARAMEDICS
  • Mike Abbott 
  • Cody Anderson 
  • Rich Brown 
  • Curtis Clark * 
  • Dave Coffey 
  • Eric Day 
  • Barry Dennert 
  • Mike Evans 
  • Vicki Evans 
  • Steve Farnsworth 
  • Scott Grimmett 
  • Bill Hicks 
  • Dave Hunter 
  • Glenn Marks 
  • Tony Martin 
  • Pete Parrish 
  • Jeff Parsons * 
  • Neil Pfunder 
  • Drew Shaltry 
  • Dan Stowell 
  • Paul Radford 
  • Adrian Russell 
  • Sam Villabisencio *
  • Brain Wood 
  • Bob Zaladonis 
* Also a driver

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