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David G. Gates, MBA, EFO
Fire Chief, Pocatello Fire Department

Current President, Idaho Fire Chief's Association
Chief Gates has served as President of IFCA since 2013. 
Gates serves on numerous statewide public safety committees and commissions representing the Association, Fire Chiefs and the Fire Service in Idaho including the Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission, Idaho School Safety and Security Advisory Council, and Idaho Fire Chief's Association Liaison to the PFFI.

My Vision for the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association:  

      • Expand the influence of the IFCA through increased coordination and cooperation with other state associations
      • Continue to address statewide issues that impact the emergency services, such as statewide deployment, legislative policy issues
      • Continue to offer world-class training and networking opportunities for members
      • Continue to provide for member involvement opportunities within the association to further enhance our members' career fulfillment

  Read Chief Gates' Campaign Letter>>

Travis Myklebust
Fire Chief, Lewiston  Fire Department

Travis Myklebust currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Lewiston Fire Department. He began his career with the department in 1991 and has been a chief officer since 2003. Travis is a paramedic and has over 30 years in the fire service dating back to his explorer days with the Craigmont Volunteer Fire Department.

Travis started his career with Lewiston at the age of 18, right out of high school and rising through the ranks to Fire Chief. He was the youngest Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Fire Chief in the department’s 127 year history. He is a second generation firefighter and chief. His dad is currently serving as a volunteer assistant chief and has been with the department since 1971. Travis has never forgotten where his career in the fire service began and is pleased to represent the volunteer firefighters in Idaho.

Travis has considerable experience when it comes to being a part of organizations. Currently he serves as the IFCA Vice-President of Operations and has been on the board for the past 4 years. He is the current Vice President for the Twin County United Way, current President of the Quad County Fire Chiefs Association, Past President of the Lewiston Rotary Club, Past President for the Lewiston Foundation for Education, Past Vice-Chair of the East Region Trauma Council, a past member of the Idaho EMS Advisory Committee and is a current member on the Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission.

He is known for his willingness to work with others, thinking out of the box, creating partnerships and collaboration. In 2018 he was selected as the State of Idaho American Legion Firefighter of the Year for his ability to bring others together for a greater good. If elected, his focus is to continue brining value to the members of the association, work hard to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters in the state, enhance communications and boost participation of the members in the association.

   View Chief Myklebust's Campaign Video>>


Dennis Doan
Fire Chief, Boise Fire Department

Dennis has been the Boise Fire Chief since 2008 when he was appointed by Mayor Bieter and City Council. He has been with the Boise Fire Department since 1991. He was awarded Boise City Firefighter of the Year in 2003 for his work as a lobbyist for Idaho firefighters and received the American Red Cross 2004 Real Hero Award, the Red Cross Hometown Heroes award in 2014, as well as the Boise Young Professionals Sage award in 2018. Dennis was past President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho (PFFI) from 1999 to 2004 and lobbyist from 1997. In early 2000, Dennis founded the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Foundation which created the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial in 2008. Dennis currently serves as President for the Southwest Idaho Fire Chiefs Association. He is a member of the Boise Downtown Rotary. He was appointed to the Boise School District Board of Trustees in October 2018. He is a board member of American Red Cross of Idaho since January 2019.

Dennis Doan 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. While attending NNU, Dennis was invited and received into membership by both Delta Mu Delta and Phi Delta Lambda International Honor Societies. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Dennis has been married to Shawn since 2016. They have 3 children.

Mark Niemeyer
Fire Chief, Meridian Fire Department

Over the past two years I have been honored to serve as your representative to the board of the Western Fire Chiefs Association. It was my belief then, and is today, that a strong relationship with the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) is a benefit to the IFCA. This benefit is reflected in real-time engagement regarding issues affecting Western states fire departments, an expansion of our ability to secure fire service speakers for conferences and presentations, and the expansion of our members’ ability to attend WFCA special events through strong representation on the WFCA board. This position is also vital to ensure concerns we face in Idaho are represented to the board of the WFCA. Most recently, as your representative, I was afforded the opportunity to represent Idaho on a 4 member committee that is focused on a multitude of issues facing Fire Departments with regards to wildfire. This resulted in a large, multi-discipline task force that toured the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. Through that tour there were several lessons learned, takeaways, and action items that the board of the WFCA will be engaging in along with the IAFC. These lessons learned will be presented at our upcoming conference in May. In closing, it would be my honor to continue to serve you in this position. I respect the vote and process of our Association, and in that spirit will respect the outcome regardless.

Pat Riley
Fire Chief, Northern Lakes Fire District

Kirk Carpenter
Deputy Chief of Operations and Training, Nampa Fire Department

DISTRICT 6 DIRECTOR (One Year Appointment)
Travis Smith
Assistant Chief of Operations, Pocatello Fire Department


Dave Coffey
Deputy Chief of Operations, Idaho Falls Fire Department

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