Joe Hurlburt

Name: Joe Hurlburt
Driver / EMT-Basic
Years of Service: Since 2010.
Hometown and Years in Teton Valley: Mahtomedi, MN is my home town. I have lived in Teton Valley since October 1995.

Personal Details (family and hobbies): I have been married to my wife, Deb, since 1999. We currently have four dogs, three goats and 11 chickens. I enjoy archery hunting, fly fishing and skiing. Two of my dogs are certified search and rescue dogs. We have been on countless searches all over the Intermountain West.

Why did you want to become a firefighter?: Firefighting encompasses my love for rescue work, my passion for community service and my knowledge of buildings and construction. I was a professional carpenter when I moved to the valley in 1995. In 1999, I joined the Grand Targhee Ski Patrol and Teton County Search and Rescue. In 2006, I started my first search and recovery dog. In 2009, when I learned a class for new firefighters was being offered, I knew I needed to join. I am always up for an opportunity to learn and challenge myself. Firefighting offers me a way to make use of my existing knowledge and allows me to build on that foundation.

Training Highlights:
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMTB) – 2010
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator – 2012
Firefighter II – 2011
Firefighter I – 2011
Hazardous Materials Operations – 2011
National Fire Academy
Preparation for Initial Company Operations – 2012
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations – 2012
FEMA – Emergency Management Institute
Incident Command System (ICS) 200 – 2010
Incident Command System (ICS) 100 – 2010
National Incident Command System (NIMS) 700 – 2010
Idaho State Emergency Services Training
Flashover Survival Training – 2011
Extrication Operations – 2011
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) – 2011
Interior Structural Live Fire Attack – 2011
S-190, S-130 Basic Wildland Training – 2011
Air Idaho Rescue Safety & Landing Zone Class – 2010
Swiftwater Rescue Technician – 2001

Special Projects/Community Service:
Northwest K9 Search and Recovery-Certifications: Wilderness, Avalanche, Water-Shore, Water-Open Boat, Cadaver Level 1and 2, Building. In July of 2011, my canine, Volkl, and I located a drowning victim in the Medicine Bow River outside of Rawlins, WY.
Primary Evaluator for Tri-State Search and Rescue K9-Wilderness, Avalanche, Cadaver Level 1 and 2, Water-Shore, Water-Open Boat and Building
Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association since 2008
Nation Ski Patrol since 1999