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 divisions: Administration, Operations, Fire Prevention 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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Fire Chief Dennis Doan

Fire Chief Dennis Doan started his career with 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, received the American Red Cross 2004 Real Hero Award and 2014 Spirit of the Red Cross Award.

He was President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho (PFFI) from 1999 to 2004 and lobbyist from 1997. He was named Department Director of the year in 2011. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and a member of the Boise Downtown Rotary.

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. Chief Doan serves on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Greater Idaho.

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Seven fire fighters in dress uniforms march in with flags folded in their hands

Boise Fire Honor Guard

The Boise Fire Department Honor Guard appeared at their first ceremony in February 1999. The team proudly displays colors at Department-sponsored events such as the Recruit Academy Graduation ceremony, annual awards banquet and promotional ceremonies.

Boise Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Through the support of the Fire Chief, Fire Department and IAFF Local 149, the Boise Firefighters Pipes and Drums was established in March of 2008.

With eight founding members, Boise Firefighters Pipes and Drums began to spread talent and good-will throughout Boise, and as far away as both the east and west coasts. Members dedicate a substantial amount of personal time to improving musical performance. They continue to honor fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service while upholding the values of the Boise Fire Department: Trust and Selfless Service.

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's 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 chief's who have led the department over the years.

Chief History

Boise Area Fire Districts

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