Chief History

In December 1901, Boise’s mayor and city council proposed eliminating the all-volunteer fire program to be replaced with a new, professionally-paid fire department. Six months later an ordinance was passed to establish the Boise City Fire Department. Major Liddell assumed command as part-time fire chief on June 6, 1902, a position he held until Sept. 8, 1903 when the mayor and city council upgraded the rank of fire chief to a full-time position.

Between 1903 and the present the department has benefited from the leadership of 14 fire chiefs; their names, photographs, and dates of service are below. Boise Fire has had interim acting chiefs on five occasions: Charlie Tucker in 1939, Walt DeBlieck in 1984, RV Rose in 1987 and 1989, Renn Ross in 1992 and Jeff Ramey in 2007.

Please click the image below to learn more about each Boise Fire Chief.

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