Chief Dennis Doan

Dennis Doan started his career with the Boise Fire Department in 1991 as an entry level firefighter.  He continued his service in the Operations Division, advancing to the rank of Senior Firefighter in 1995 and to Captain in 2002. He was awarded Boise City Firefighter of the Year in 2003 for his work as a lobbyist for Idaho firefighters. He served as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho (PFFI) from 1999 to 2004 and was a lobbyist for the organization from 1997 until 2004. Dennis spearheaded the Fallen Firefighter Memorial for Idaho as the founder and also served as Chairman.  Chief Doan has an extensive background in the political arena, representing Idaho firefighters as a lobbyist for eight years during Idaho's legislative sessions. During his career in the International Association of Firefighters, he assisted many fire agencies with Union issues, serving as a negotiator, arbitrator, and fact finder. Dennis was appointed Fire Chief in February 2008, becoming the 14th Chief since the department was created in 1876. In his first year as Fire Chief, he led the Boise Fire Department through the Oregon Trails fire, the most devastating fire in Boise’s history.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Boise State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted into the Delta Mu Delta and the Phi Delta Lambda Honor Societies.  He is also currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.  In 2011, Mayor Bieter awarded Chief Doan the Boise City Department Head of the Year award. Chief Doan’s son, Dustin, is a freshman at Cole Valley Christian High School where he plays football.

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