About Boise Fire

Founded in 1876 as a volunteer Fire Department, Boise Fire has been serving the residents of Boise for over 125 years. Boise Fire Department serves a population of nearly 225,000 residents in Idaho's largest city of the state. Emergency response services are delivered from 17 fire stations located throughout the city in a 130+ square mile response area. The department employs over 300 union and city employees within the four sections: Emergency Services, Support Services, Planning and Administration and Emergency Management. The department has an annual operating budget of $57 million and a capital budget in excess of $2.7 million.

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Meet the Chief

Mark Niemeyer currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Boise Fire Department. As the largest fire department in Idaho, and one of the fastest growing City’s in the Country, Chief Niemeyer leads a progressive group of 300 men and women who serve the City and surrounding community.

After moving to the Treasure Valley in 1997 and spending 10 years working for Ada County Paramedics, Chief Niemeyer was hired by the Meridian Fire Department as a Deputy Chief in 2007, and in 2010 was appointed as the fire chief where he spent the next 10 years. In 2020 Chief Niemeyer was appointed fire chief for the Boise Fire Department by Mayor Lauren McLean.

In addition to leading the Boise Fire Department, he is currently the Vice President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association. He is also active in the Treasure Valley, serving on the board of the Southwest Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the current chairman of the Ada County/City Emergency Services System.

Chief Niemeyer’s strength is his willingness to work with others, finding creative solutions to challenging issues, and creating partnerships to improve outcomes. He has remained a strong advocate for the continued improvement in firefighter safety and health, as well as a continued focus on meeting the ever-changing needs of the community he serves.

Chief Mark Niemeyer
Chief Mark Niemeyer

History of the Department

Founded in 1876 as a volunteer Fire Department, learn more about the 140+ year history of the Boise Fire Department.

Department History

Fire Chief History

In 1901, Boise's Mayor and City Council proposed eliminating the all volunteer fire program and created a new professionally paid Fire Department. Learn about the chiefs who have led the department over the years.

Chief History
Boise Fire Honor Guard marching down the Greenbelt

Boise Firefighters Pipes & Drums | Boise Fire Honor Guard

Made up of a select group of dedicated individuals who demonstrate their commitment to fire service, Boise Firefighters Pipes & Drum and Boise Fire Honor Guard both serve as ambassadors to Boise's Fire Department and the surrounding community.

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