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Deputy Chief Jon Perry
Chief Perry received his Associates in Emergency Medicine from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas and went on to earn his Bachelor of General Education degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas and his Masters in Public Affairs degree from Park University in Kansas City, MO.
Perry served as a paramedic for Johnson County Med-Act in Kansas from 1996 to 1999 where he provided advanced life support response for over 535,000 citizens across 476 square miles with approximately 35,000 calls for service per year out of 17 fixed ambulance stations.
In 1999, he began working for the Overland Park Fire Department as a fire-medic and hazmat technician were he provided advanced life support, fire protection and responded to hazmat incidents as a member of the Northeast Regional HazMat Team. The Overland Park Fire Department served more than 180,000 citizens with approximately 23,000 calls for service annually. In 2013, the Commission of Fire Accreditation International recognized the department as one of the 199 departments in the nation to receive full accreditation.
Perry was promoted to the ALS Training Office for the department in 2012 where he was responsible for the planning, management, operating, delivery, instruction and evaluation of the department’s advanced medical education and training program. During that time he was also a lab instructor for the Johnson County Community College Fire Academy where he taught firefighting tactics and strategy education.
He was hired as the Training Division Chief for the Idaho Falls Fire Department in 2018 where he oversaw all-hazards, firefighting and EMS training for 130 full time personnel. Chief Perry was then promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations on January 3, 2020. His responsibilities include providing oversight for the day-to-day operations, supervising staff, assisting the Fire Chief in the preparation and administration of the department budget, and strengthening relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the fire service.
The Idaho Falls Fire Department serves a population of 108,000 residents occupying 350 square miles with an average of 13,000 calls for service annually.