Battalion Chief Jared Colson

Name: Jared Colson
Title:
Battalion Chief, EMS
Years of Service: Since 2008
Hometown and Years in Teton Valley: Stanley, Idaho; Moved to Teton Valley in 2006

Personal Details (family and hobbies): Married with 2 kids. When not at work, I enjoy traveling with my family. I’m a sports nut and have a diverse collection of favorite teams I follow.

Why did you want to become a firefighter?: This sounds cliché, but I became a firefighter to help people. I moved to Teton County for a job in a completely different line of work. After being in the valley for a couple of years, the opportunity came up to take the Fire I class and become a paid-call firefighter. I’ve been hooked ever since. That Fire I class turned into Fire II, then EMT, then Driver/Operator, all the way up to Paramedic. I love this job because we never stop learning. There is always room to grow and improve. This job will push you to your limits, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. And when you hit those limits, you can always count on one of your brothers or sisters to get you through.

Training Highlights:
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
Firefighter I
Firefighter II
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator-Pumper
IFSAC Evaluator
National Fire Academy
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations – 2011
Preparation for Initial Company Operations – 2011
FEMA – Emergency Management Institute
National Incident Management System (NIMS) – 2007
Incident Command System (ICS) 100 – 2007
Incident Command System (ICS) 200 – 2007
Idaho Emergency Services Training Programs
Idaho EST Proctor / Evaluator – 2011
Level I State Fire Instructor – since 2011
Extrication Awareness and Operations – 2008
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations – 2008
Rapid Intervention Team Training – 2010
Fire Behavior/Flashover Survival – 2011
Building Construction – 2010
Miscellaneous
S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Fire Training
American Heart Association – ACLS, PALS
NAEMT – EPC Provider

Awards/Honors:
Unit Commendation Award – 2011
Unit Commendation Award – 2010
Unit Commendation Award – 2010

Special Projects/Community Service:
Local 4667 Secretary/Treasurer: 2011 to 2012