Chief Bret Campbell

Name: Bret Campbell
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:
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

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