Report to the Community 2023

Message from the Chief

I am pleased to present to you the 2023 Annual Report for the Boise Fire Department. As your Fire Chief, it is my privilege to welcome you to this comprehensive overview of our department's achievements, outcomes, and the remarkable strides we have made throughout the past year.

This report encapsulates the dedication, commitment, and unwavering effort put forth by our entire staff of firefighters, inspectors, training and logistics staff, planning and admin staff, as well as our community partners. Together, we have relentlessly pursued our mission to protect lives, property, and the environment within the vibrant City of Boise.

Our success would not have been possible without the continuous support and collaboration of the Boise community. We remain deeply grateful for your trust, cooperation, and engagement in our efforts to create a safer environment for all.

I invite you to delve into the 2023 Annual Report, a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the men and women who serve the mission every day. Together, let us continue to work hand in hand to build a resilient and safer future for Boise.

With gratitude and a commitment to serve,

–Chief Niemeyer

Chief Niemeyer, man with short gray hair and fire chief uniform
Boise Fire Chief, Mark Niemeyer


New in 2023

  • Started Station 5 rebuild
  • Launched Float the Boise website with Boise Parks and Recreation & Ada County Parks
  • Hosted adult women's and youth Ignite Bootcamps

Coming in 2024

  • Groundbreaking on new Fire Station 13
  • Host 1st Annual Regional first responders health and wellness symposium
  • Complete Station 5 rebuild

Boise Response Area + Fire Stations

With 18 fire stations and 300+ employees, the Boise Fire Department responds to Ada County fire and rescue calls for service in Boise, NACFR, Sunset and Whitney fire districts.

By the Numbers

The Boise Fire Department works with other nearby Fire Departments and Fire Districts to respond to fire and rescue calls for service in Ada County. Use the small grey buttons below to filter between Boise, NACFR and Whitney fire districts as well as by year.

Station Information

Call Volume

Investigations, Inspections and Resident Impact:

Comparing station information data across several years helps to identify the effectiveness of interventions and areas that may need improvement going forward.

Firefighter putting yard waste into a large chipper machine.


Slope Mowing

City of Boise Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Boise Fire Wildfire Division, annually mow fuel-breaks directly behind homes in Chief Eagle Eye, Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, and along roadways and trails. In 2023, approximately 40 acres were mowed multiple times throughout the year, with several hundred homes better protected from the threat of wildfire.

Neighborhood Chipping

City of Boise Parks and Recreation and Boise Fire conducted free neighborhood chipping on 24 dates in 2023, chipping and removing approximately 108 cubic yards of hazardous woody biomass. We had approximately 184 homes that participated in chipping.


Wildfire Home Safety Evaluations

We have completed approximately 433 Wildfire Home Safety Evaluations to date, with 59 of those completed in 2023.


Notable Incidents

Two firefighters at night wearing full gear.

February 4, 2023

On February 4, 2023, Boise Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Res was off-duty heading home from coaching football practice when he received a text notification about a structure fire close to where he was at on Hard Rock Dr. Without hesitation, BC Res responded to the scene, established a water supply with the homeowners garden hose, and was first in on fire attack. He quickly knocked down the fire prior to Engine 15’s arrival. BC Res also provided immediate lifesaving care to the family’s dog before she was transported to a local animal hospital. No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was accidental. Thanks to the quick actions of the BC Res, the fire didn't spread to the rest of the home, and the family's dog has made a full recovery!

Firefighters at night wearing full gear with a giant flame in the sky.

February 11, 2023

On February 11, 2023, Boise Fire's HazMat team assisted Region 3 in flaring off propane. The team safely flared off 12,008 gallons of propane from an overturned propane trailer on Hwy 95 just north of New Meadows. The Region 4 team was requested to respond to a propane trailer that was involved in a wreck. When crews arrived, liquid propane was leaking from the rear of the trailer. Initially, a five-mile evacuation radius was established.

Boise Fire HazMat was able to flare off the propane from the trailer. They were on location for two and a half days and flared for 24 hours.

Firefighters outside working near a cliff.

May 11, 2023

On May 11, 2023, firefighters responded to a female who got her leg stuck in between two rocks at Eagle Rock. The tech rescue team first extricated the female from the rocks and then performed a high-angle rescue to safely move her down the slope into an ambulance. The patient was transported to a local hospital with injuries. There were no other reported injuries.

Firefighters at standing on a boat on the Boise River.

May 13, 2023

On May 13, 2023, Dive 1 rescued a male holding on to a tree in the middle of the river. The male subject was floating the river without a life jacket when he fell out of his tube. Due to the swift flows and cold water temperatures he was unable to swim to shore. Thankfully, he was able to grab ahold of a tree and hang on until Dive members could rescue him and bring him to shore. The patient had early signs of hypothermia, but was expected to make a full recovery.

Firefighters in the foothills battling a wildfire.

July 4, 2023

On July 4, 2023, Boise Fire crews battled an acre brush fire between two subdivisions off of Columbia Rd. The fire, started by fireworks, was quickly spreading through the sagebrush threatening nearby homes. Great job to the crews on an aggressive fire attack preventing the fire from reaching any of the homes. There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters helping at a vehicle crash.

July 10, 2023

On July 10, 2023, Boise Fire units were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of W Spectrum St and S Cole Rd. Upon arrival, crews found a mid-sized SUV lodged on top of the irrigation valve and pinned against a traffic light pole, with one male victim inside the car. Boise Fire crews worked quickly to provide patient care while stabilizing the car. Once it was stabilized, Truck 7 cut the roof off of the car and successfully extricated the patient. He was transported by Ada County Paramedics to a local hospital in stable condition. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. One lane on southbound Cole Rd and the eastbound I-84 ramp had to be shut down during the incident. In total, Engine 6, Engine 17, and Boise Police responded to the crash.

Fire truck in downtown Boise at night.

November 8, 2023

On November 8, 2023, at 1:30 am firefighters extinguished a fire inside of a restaurant in the Union Block Building on W. Idaho St. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building, as well as fire inside of the kitchen on the first floor extending up the wall and into the exhaust duct. Fortunately, working sprinklers inside the kitchen prevented the fire from expanding further until fire crews arrived. Engine 5 quickly coordinated fire attack while Ladder 5 opened the ceiling for ventilation. A second alarm was called because of the proximity of the building to others. Crews were able to get the fire knocked down before it could spread and damage surrounding businesses. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Thank you to the neighboring residents who saw smoke coming from the roof and called 911. Their actions saved significant damage to the historical Union Block Building.

Firefighters trying to put a fire out on a large white house.

November 28, 2023

On November 28, 2023, at 11:30 am firefighters extinguished a house fire on the 2300 block of S. Broadway Ave. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported. Engine 3 arrived on scene first to find a two-story historical building on fire with heavy smoke coming from the roof. Crews quickly coordinated fire attack, while also confirming no victims were inside. The fire was quickly extinguished, but there was extensive overhaul due to fire spread from the basement into the attic on the second floor. In total, six engines, two trucks, two BCs, two ambulances, a safety officer, an investigator, and Rehab 6 responded.

Firefighters rescuing a person that had driven off of a cliff.

December 2, 2023

On December 2, 2023, at around 4 p.m., Boise Fire crews responded to a mutual aid request from ISP and Boise County for a rescue on Bogus Basin Road. Upon arrival, crews found a car that went down an embankment near milepost 10.5. Snow and steep terrain made rescue conditions challenging. Tech team members were lowered approximately 100 yards down the steep, snow-covered hillside to the patient inside of the wrecked vehicle below. Crews immobilized and packed the patient into a basket, brought him safely up the hill to an ambulance where medics transported him to a local hospital.

We want to send out thanks to the tow members from Bogus Basin Ski Patrol for being instrumental in assessing the patient before crews arrived while also coordinating information to ISP and Fire crews allowing for a quick and efficient response.

In the Community

Engaging with the community is an integral part of the Boise Fire Department. Boise Firefighters attend several events city-wide each year, including National Night Out, the Boise Veterans Day Parade, Fire Safe House, Shine a Light at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and numerous school and event visits. Boise Fire also partners with the West Ada School District to provide fire prevention education. Each October, firefighters visit around 60 schools, meet over 10,000 elementary students, and provide information on the importance of smoke alarms and having a fire escape plan.

Firefighter sitting at an information table at the Boise Senior Center.

Public Education

  • 320 smoke alarms installed in 80+ homes

  • 4,047 students reached through Fire Safety Week

  • 4,014 estimated attendees at National Night Out

  • 3,639 students reached through the Safe House

We Want Your Feedback

The Boise Fire Department takes great pride in serving the people of Boise and we are always looking for ways to improve our service to the community. We launched a new ongoing community survey to gather feedback on our service after an incident. Whether we responded to a call at your house, your neighborhood, or we provided an inspection or other public service, we want to hear from you.


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