Our Quick Response Unit (QRU), staffed with EMTs and firefighters, assists East Boise County Ambulance (our local ambulance service) in medical and rescue calls.
We provide rescue services to incidents such as vehicle accidents, back country extraction, and swift water rescue.
We have two structural fire apparatus and two water tenders to respond to structure fires and other incidents.
We have three wildland engines. Our district resides in an area known as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), making wildfire a high priority during our dry season.
Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District runs from approximately mile marker 23 to mile marker 29.5 on on Highway 21. It encompasses the Wilderness Ranch, Daggett Creek, Rimview, Osprey, and High Corral subdivisions. We may also respond to areas outside our district for mutual aid to other agencies, as they do for us.
MISSION: It is the mission of the Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District to deliver a professional level of service while providing for personnel safety and protecting the lives and property of those we serve.
VISION: Our mission shall be accomplished through the effective application of our resources, cooperative efforts with our neighboring emergency service providers, and through continual improvement of personnel training, recruitment and retention, emergency apparatus and equipment, and community outreach and education.
Safety and Education: For our staff, firefighters, EMTs, and community.
Community: We exist for and because of you.
Volunteerism and Family: We honor the volunteers that serve and have served this department. Our volunteers spend countless hours training and responding to emergencies. This is time away from their families, lives, work, and home. While we are all one large family, we appreciate our first responder's immediate families for sharing their loved ones who serve the district.
Responsibility, Trust, and Transparency: It is our responsibility to maintain trust by providing transparency in what we do fiscally and in the services we provide.
Duty: We strive for proficiency, respond quickly and safely, and build our volunteers and staff up for the future.
Respect: For those we serve and the volunteers who respond to emergencies day and night. We continually look out for the well being of our members and the community.
Integrity: We will always seek improvement, we will listen, and we will set the example to the best of our ability.
Any plan, standard operating guideline, policy, or undertaking by the district should be done in conjunction with our Mission, Vision ,and Values.
Commissioner Sub-district 1
Commissioner Sub-district 2
Commissioner Sub-district 3
Chief: Colton McCarthy (EMT)
Asst. Chief: Carrie Wiss (AEMT)
Captain: Jake Heckathorn
Captain: Curtis Dill (EMT)
Captain: Bob Miller (EMT)
Officer: James Pimley
Safety Officer: Tony Bongiovano
Public Information: Cindy Horner
Our "Quick Response Unit" or QRU is staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians and firefighters. It is designed to assist the ambulance service with rapid response to medical emergencies. This EMS program requires medical direction from a physician for program oversight.
Murry Sturkie, DO
The auxiliary is a team of volunteers who run a lot of the department's logistics, such as event setup, training meals, food and supplies for long-running responses, and so much more. They provide tremendous amount of care and support for the fire department.
Bryan & Karole Beddoes
The Wilderness Ranch Firefighters Association is a separate entity. This 501c3 organization serves to provide needed equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) to firefighters and to improve firefighter retention and morale, all of which help reduce the tax burden on the community. Fundraising is set up with the help of firefighters and the department auxiliary.
1989 Type 1 engine with 500 gallons. This is our primary structure engine for the district.
1988 Type 2 structure engine with 1000 gallons. We also use it for wildland fires and occasionally for vehicle accidents and fires.
This is a 2011 tactical water tender, meaning it can be used for fire suppression water support, as a pumper for a structure fire, etc. It is used on structure and wildland fires. Carries 3000 gallons.
This is a 2007 support water tender that follows our structure engines to any house fire. It is used on wildland fires and for mutual aid as well. Carries 2500 gallons.
1989 wildland engine used for wildland fire, traffic control, vehicle fires, command, etc. Carries 150 gallons.
2000 wildland engine used for wildland fire, traffic control, vehicle fires, command, etc. Carries 300 gallons.
2004 wildland engine used for wildland fire, traffic control, vehicle fires, command, etc. Carries 500 gallons.
2009 F-450. This is our primary rescue vehicle that carries gear for most rescue situations including water rescue, rope rescue, extrication, etc. This truck has a compressed air foam system for extinguishing small car fires or to keep a fire from starting.
2017 Ford F-250. This is the command vehicle for the department. It carries gear for emergency medical services (EMS) and basic rescue.
We use the rescue boat in Mores Creek, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir and the Boise River above Arrowrock Reservoir.
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