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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Fire Department Application


Idaho Falls Fire Chief Dean Ellis


Chief Dean Ellis started with the Idaho Falls Fire Department in February of 1984. He became certified as an Intensive Care Paramedic in June of 1987. He was promoted to Captain in December of 1993. He flew as a Paramedic for Air Idaho Rescue from 1991 to 2001. This was a part time position with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. In May of 2001 I was appointed to the position of Division Chief over EMS. In August of 2002, I was appointed by Mayor Linda Milam to be the Fire Chief of the Idaho Falls Fire Department and still currently serve in that position.




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
  • 4 Staff Officers
  • 1 Fire Marshal
  • 3 Fire Prevention Inspectors
  • 3 Secretarial/Clerical Staff 
  • 90 Fire fighters