Chief Bret Campbell

Name: Bret Campbell
Title:
Fire Chief
Years of Service: Entered first service in 1992, Teton County since 2005
Hometown and Years in Teton Valley: Driggs, Idaho Returned to Teton Valley in 2005

Personal Details (family and hobbies): Happily married since 1993; we have three children and live in the North part of our beautiful valley. My family is the most important part of my life. I enjoy horses, cattle, our dogs, hunting, fishing and my kids giving my wife and I snowboard lessons.

Why did you want to become a firefighter?: That’s easy, the women!! In my case, it was a woman. While dating my wife she suggested I might “score points” with her father, a Battalion Chief with a local fire department, if I became a volunteer firefighter. I began my career in the summer of 1992 and fell in love with my wife and the American fire service with its 200 years of tradition, and I have never looked back. The opportunity to intervene at a time of crisis, to make a difference for the better, to help others is the most personally rewarding experience I can imagine. The profession is all about honor, courage and service. I love being a firefighter; it is a privilege I cherish.

Training Highlights:
Education:
Bachelors of Science: Adult Education, Emphasis-Fire Science
Associates of Applied Science: Fire Science
State of Idaho Professional-Technical Education – 3,424 hours of emergency service technical training
National Fire Academy – Emmitsburg, MD
Command and Control of Incident Company Operations – 2000
Hazardous Materials Incident Management – 2001
Challenges for Local Training officers – 2002
Leadership and Administration – 2003
Command and Control of Incident Ops/Target Hazards – 2005
Fire/Arson Origin and Cause Investigation – 2011
Emergency Management Institute – Emmitsburg, MD
Integrated Emergency Management – 2008
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Incident Command System (ICS) 100 – 400
Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security – ICS Instructor
Professional Qualifications – State of Idaho
Fire Officer
Firefighter II
Fire Instructor
EST Proctor / Evaluator
Fire Inspector
Emergency Medical Technician
Hazardous Materials Technician
Vehicle Extrication Operations
Professional Affiliations
Idaho Fire Chiefs Association
International Association of Arson Investigators
National Fire Academy Alumni Association

Awards/Honors:
Exceptional Duty Award – 2011
Firefighter Commendation Award – 2009
Unit Commendation Award – 2011
Unit Commendation Award – 2010
Unit Commendation Award – 2010
Unit Commendation Award – 2009

Special Projects/Community Service:
Coach, Teton Valley Youth Football – 2008-2011
Advisory Board Member, Idaho Emergency Services Training, Boise, ID – 2005-2006
Advisory Board Member, Institute of Emergency Management, Boise, ID – 2005-2006
Committee Member, Spent Fuels Shipping Regional Emergency Response Training Exercise, Naval Reactor Facility, Idaho National Laboratory – 2000