Fire Department

Contact Information:
625 Shoup Ave
P.O. Box 50220
Idaho Falls, ID 83405
Phone: (208)612-8495
Fax: (208)612-8513
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To request emergency assistance dial 911


Fire Department Application


Idaho Falls Fire Chief Duane Nelson (Interim)


Interim Fire Chief Duane A. Nelson


Duane A. Nelson has 23 years of fire service work. He began his fire service career with the Idaho Army National Guard in 1991 and joined the IFFD in 1997. Working through the ranks of the IFFD, he was promoted to driver/operator in 2003. In 2007, Nelson was promoted to inspector I in the Fire Prevention Bureau and in 2008 to inspector II. He received his

A.A.S. Fire Service Technology Degree from EITC in 2009 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from Idaho State University in 2012. He was appointed as Interim Fire Chief on May 22, 2014 by the Mayor and City Council.


Going forward, the Mayor’s office will conduct a search for the most qualified individual to fill the full-time position of Fire Chief which is anticipated to take 60-90 days. The position will be posted and applications accepted soon via the city’s website at


Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dic tated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls.


Emergency Fire Service:
The Idaho Falls Fire Department Fire Services division serves population of approximately 85,000 residents occupying approximately 250 square miles. The area includes the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District.


Emergency Medical Services:
The Idaho Falls Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division serves a population of approximately 118,000 residents occupying approximately 1900 square miles. The area includes Bonneville County and portions of Bingham and Jefferson counties. The IFFD EMS responses for 2008 numbered just over 8,200.


Emergency Response Vehicles:
The Idaho Falls Fire Department currently has 29 Emergency Response Vehicles including:

  • 8 pumpers
  • 9 ambulances
  • 2 rescue trucks
  • 3 water tenders
  • 1 Regional hazmat response vehicle with mass-decontamination trailer  
  • 1 100' Ladder Truck (Quint)
  • 4 "brush" trucks- urban/wildland interface
  • 3 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles
  • 5 staff cars.


Emergency Response Personnel:
All IFFD personnel are well trained and very versatile in their abilities to perform many different functions. All emergency response personnel are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and there are currently 31 personnel trained as Intensive Care Paramedics. The Idaho Falls Fire Department currently employs:

  • 1 Chief Officer
  • 2 Staff Officers
  • 1 Fire Marshal
  • 3 Fire Prevention Inspectors
  • 3 Secretarial/Clerical Staff 
  • 90 Fire fighters