WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are recruiting Idaho Chapter members to serve on a Standing Committee (description can be found in the Bylaws).
Spots available in Training and Education, Membership, CFI, Newsletter, and Nominations.
If interested, please contact Chapter President Ivan Hibbert.
Idaho Chapter Letter from the President 2016:
I would like to introduce myself. I, Ivan Hibbert, have been in the fire service for 37 years starting out in 1978 as a volunteer fireman in Alta, Wyoming. I was Volunteer Fire Chief for eight years before going to the Teton County Idaha Fire Department as a volunteer captain. I was then hired as the first full-time Fire Marshall in 2000. In May 2004, I was hired by the State of Idaho as a Deputy State Fire Marshal-Investigator for Area III and currently serve in that position.
I have been a member the of the Idaho Chapter of IAAI since February 2005. I became an IAAI-CFI in 2010. I am also a qualified NAFI-CFEI, CFVI, CFII. My time with the Idaho Chapter IAAI has been very educational and a definate positive experience in the training and with the freindships that have developed over the years.
I have had the privilege of attending two IAAI International Training Conferences in Denver 2008 and Chicago 2015. Both will be remembered as highlights of the many training conferences of my career and will be very instumental in having contacts and peers to assist me with being your Chapter President this year.
I would like to thank all past Presidents, board members and general membership for their hard work and dedication to the IAAI Idaho Chapter. A special thanks to Tyler Dreschel for all of his hard work as our past President and the great training he brought to the 2015 conference last fall in Moscow.
At that conference, the general membership voted on and passed a motion to have the Annual Training Conference in the same area and same location each year instead of moving around the state. The 2016 conference will be held in the Treasure Valley area (location to be announced) on November 8-10, 2016. The training (to be announced) will be great, so save the dates now!
A quick thank you in advance to the current board members for the work they have already done and the work that will be asked of them in the following months.
In doing some research of the Presidency for the Idaho Chapter, I believe this is the first time since Idaho became a chapter of IAAI that the 2nd Vice President Craig Etherton, 1st Vice President Ron Johnson and President Ivan Hibbert are all IAAI-Certified Fire Investigators (CFI). Also on the Chapter Board we have two IAAI CFI's, Shane Hartgrove and Bret Campbell, and three IAAI CFI Technicians, Marty Aarestad, Scott Seigworth, and Scott Grimmett. That is a lot of knowlegde, training, experience, and dedication for our membership to draw upon from the leadership.
As the leader of any organization, goals are always something we try to accomplish. Two, among many, as President that with everyone's help I would like: 1. An increase in overall membership and 2. Increase members who are IAAI certified as CFI, FIT, ECT or CI.
I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunity to be of service to the membership as President of the Idaho Chapter of the IAAI for 2016.