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Idaho fire Chiefs Board of DirectorS Nominees

Vice-President Nominees

Brian Nickerson, Fire Chief
Moscow Fire Department
IFCA District 2 Director 2018-2024

Idaho Fire Chief’s Association Members,

Hello to all, and thank you for being valued members of the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association. My name is Brian Nickerson, and I proudly serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Moscow Fire Department, Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, and Moscow Rural Fire District in Moscow, Idaho. I've had the privilege of leading our department for the past 10 years, which  has been a highlight of my journey in the fire service which spans over 35 years.

During my tenure, I've actively contributed to the Association's growth and initiatives. For the past six years, I've served as the District 2 director, and I've had the honor of participating in various committees, including the Licenses Plant grant, Scholarship, and Legislative committees. Additionally, as a member of the Quad County Chief’s, I hold the position of vice chair within the association.

My career began as a volunteer firefighter and I dedicated 10 years to serving in that capacity. Over the years, I've held diverse roles ranging from firefighter to Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Deputy Chief, and ultimately Fire Chief of two departments.

If elected to the position of Vice-President, I am committed to advancing several key goals:

- Continuing to support and nurture the growth of our invaluable volunteers in the State of Idaho.

- Fostering the expansion and inclusivity of our association's membership.

- Advocating for crucial legislation aimed at securing funding for EMS and Fire organizations.

- Engaging in constructive dialogues with legislators to explore the possibility of a local-option sales tax to support emergency services.

Outside of my professional endeavors, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife, children, and grandchildren, accompanied by our four beloved dogs.  As a family we love spending time outdoors- especially side by side trips in the mountains and camping excursions.  We are also our kids’ and grandkids’ biggest fans and you can always find us at their sporting events, cheering them on.

In closing, I ask for your consideration to serve as your next Vice-President of the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association. I am deeply committed to our collective mission and eager to contribute to the continued success and prosperity of our association.

Thank you for your attention and support.


Brian R. Nickerson, Fire Chief

Christopher Way, Fire Chief
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue
IFCA EMS Division President 2022-2023, Interim Vice-President June 2023-Present

Christopher Way has been an emergency service professional for 32 years and serves as the Fire Chief for Kootenai County Fire and Rescue in northern Idaho.  He began his current position in May of 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer for the Kootenai County EMS System for the seven previous years.

Chief Way came to Idaho in 2013 from Kansas where he served in Fire and EMS roles in urban, suburban and rural settings.  He started his career as a junior volunteer firefighter when he was 16 years old in high school.  He also took his EMT and EMT-I classes while attending high school.  He began his full-time career and started paramedic school upon graduation from high school.  Throughout his career he held different licenses and ranks culminating most recently in his promotion to Fire Chief.

Chief Way has always held an interest in disaster management and incident command and has been deployed on a local, state and nation level to incidents.  Recently Governor Little appointed him to serve on the Idaho Wildfire Taskforce aiming to streamline wildfire efforts in our state.  He is also serving his second term as Governor Little’s appointed Chairman of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council, where the focus remains getting Heart Attack, Stroke and Trauma patients to the right level of care in the right amount of time.

In addition to his official role as Fire Chief, Chris serves our profession with representation on several professional boards.  Last year he was appointed to the Vice-President of the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association, the position he is now running for, by the IFCA Board of Directors.  Chief Way is also the President-Elect of the National EMT Association.  Advocacy for the profession is one of his passions as he does so on a state and federal level regularly.

Chris maintains his emergency service licenses, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Relations, regularly speaks at conferences on leadership, disasters, developing our profession and is engaged in the community he serves.  He and his wife Jennifer, an ER Nurse, live in Hayden and are the proud parents of Kolby and Kennedy!

My Goals for the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association –

·         Remain a leader in advocacy at the state legislative level

·         Maintain a leadership role in the IAFC Western Chiefs Section

·         Provide inclusion to all fire service leadership in Idaho

·         Build and maintain relationships with other Fire and EMS organization to promote our profession

·         Be innovative in how we create and share information in our industry

·         Have tools at the ready to help fire departments in Idaho during a time of need

Vice-President of Operations Nominee

Garrett de Jong, Fire Chief
McCall Fire Protection District
IFCA District 4 Director 2018-December 2023, Interim Vice-President Operations December 2023-Present

District Director Nominees


Brad Bolen, Emergency Services Assistant Chief
Boise Fire Department
IFCA Distict 4 Alternate Director December 2023-Present


Ryan O'Hearn, Fire Chief
Pocatello Fire Department

Idaho Fire Chiefs Association
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