Meet the Chief
Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer has 30 years of public safety experience and currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Boise Fire Department. As the largest fire department in Idaho, and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Chief Niemeyer leads a mission-centered team of nearly 300 men and women who serve the City of Boise and surrounding communities. Chief Niemeyer was appointed by Mayor Lauren McLean in 2020 after serving the previous 10 years as the Fire Chief for the City of Meridian.
In addition to leading the Boise Fire Department, Chief Niemeyer has served multiple terms as the chairman of the Ada County/City Emergency Services Systems along with his work at the state level to improve firefighter health and safety, as well as, overall community response capabilities. He is also the host of the BFD Mission Strong podcast, and you will often hear him say “remember who we serve."
Chief Niemeyer is also active in the broader fire service, currently serving as the President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association after serving 4 years as a board member representing the State of Idaho. The Western Fire Chiefs Association is widely recognized for their progressive work specifically in the areas of wildfire, technology, firefighter health and safety, and Chief Officer education.
Chief Niemeyer has lived in Idaho with his wife Cheryl since 1997 and they have two grown children who are also serving the community as a firefighter and emergency room nurse.