FIRE CHIEF - Christopher Way
Christopher Way has been an emergency service professional for 28 years. Chief Way transitioned to Kootenai County Fire and Rescue as the Fire Chief in May of 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer for the Kootenai Count EMS System for the previous seven years.
Chief Way came to Idaho from Kansas where he served in Fire and EMS roles in urban, sub-urban and rural settings. He was an EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and now has been a licensed paramedic since 1994 as well as a certified Firefighter. Throughout his career he has held different ranks culminating most recently in his promotion to Fire Chief. He also has significant experience in disaster management at the local, state and national level.
In addition to his full-time role as Fire Chief he is involved at the local, regional, state and national level in advocacy and leadership for emergency services. He is a regular speaker at national conferences and in his spare time Chief Way and two partners own an Emergency Medicine education and consulting company.
Passionate about emergency medical care, Governor Brad Little selected Chief Way to be the Chairman of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council in May of 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations and maintains all of his Fire and EMS licenses/certifications. He regularly donates time to his community, serves local non-profit organizations and is involved in his children’s many activities.
Chris and his wife Jennifer live in Hayden, Idaho with their two daughters and four Labradors.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF SUPPORT SERVICES - Dan Ryan
Chief Dan Ryan started his Fire Service career in 1984 as a volunteer with Post Falls Fire District, promoted through the ranks to Captain and was hired as the Fire Marshal in 1991. He has been in the position of Division Chief of Prevention, Division Chief of Support Services to include the Fire Marshal’s office, Fleet Maintenance and Logistics, Division Chief of Emergency Services (Operations) and was selected as the Deputy Chief in 2017.
Chief Ryan is a member of the County, North Idaho and Idaho Fire Chief Associations. In 2011, he was appointed by the County Commissioners as a Deputy Emergency Operations Center Manager. He was a member of Western Fire Chiefs and participated in the Code Hearings while Western was responsible for the Fire Code. He has been a District Representative and Vice President of the Idaho Chapter of the I.A.A.I. and a District Rep for the Idaho Fire Prevention Officers Group. He also was an Operations Section Chief for the County Type III Incident Management Team and the State’s All Hazard Type III Team. In 2000, he became a National Wildfire Coordinating Group qualified Division Supervisor and was assigned to a Region 1 Type II Team for that fire season.
In March 2017, He retired as a First Sergeant from the Idaho Army National Guard First. He resides in Post Falls with his wife Liz, five adult children and six grandchildren.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF OPERATION'S - Rick Clutter
Chief Rick Clutter started volunteering at Post Falls Fire District in 1991 and was hired on full time in January of 1994. He worked in construction trades prior to starting his career with the fire service. After working every position on the line from firefighter to Battalion Chief he was selected as the new Deputy Chief of Operations in July 2020.
Chief Clutter has made studying the fire service his career. He attended the National Fire Academy five times to include both the instructional and management curriculum. He also holds an Intermediate EMT certification. and is involved with the Peer Support Team, a member of the Honor Guard, and assist on several other committees. Chief Clutter has been teaching for the State of Idaho in various fields since 1997 and also the owner of a fire service training company.
Married to his beautiful wife for 37 years; they have two adult children and five grandchildren.
DIVISION CHIEF OF TRAINING - Heath Sheppard
Sheppard started as a volunteer Firefighter in 2000 with Post Falls Fire which
soon after consolidated with Kootenai Fire and became Kootenai County Fire
& Rescue. In mid-2004 he was hired as a full-time firefighter with Kootenai
County Fire & Rescue. Over the last 16 years he promoted from Firefighter
to Engineer and then in 2011 to his current rank of Division Chief of Training.
Sheppard has served as the chairman of the North Idaho Fire Chiefs training
officers committee for the last 5 years. Before coming to KCFR he worked 18
years in the water/construction business. Starting in the trenches and
working his way up he took every advantage he was offered for training and
testing opportunities. During that time he worked with the public and
learned how to deal with people. His training started out focused on
operations but as he progressed it soon turned into Supervisor and Business
Management Skills. Ultimately, he obtained the highest level of
certification in the water business and became a level IV Water Master.
He has a very
strong belief that our training culture is at the core of what makes KCFR a
successful organization. He is happily married to his wife Kamie, they have 7
children and 2 grandchildren.
DIVISION CHIEF OF EMS - Steve Isaacson
Steve Isaacson has been with KCFR for 5 years as the Division Chief of EMS. He
comes to KCFR with 40+ years as a Paramedic; he started his EMS career in Minneapolis,
Minnesota after attending the PM Program at Hennepin County Medical
Center. He was hired midway through the
class to be a field Paramedic with Hennepin County EMS in August 1979. He also
served as a volunteer firefighter with Bloomington, MN from 1975-1984 until he
relocated to California.
Kansas City, he attended Johnson County Community College and earned an AAS in
Emergency Medicine and then went on to work for Johnson County Med-Act in
1987. Shortly thereafter he was hired by
Overland Park Fire as an FF/PM in a BLS only department. In 1998 he was selected to be the first EMS
Coordinator for OPFD with the goal to increase the response of OPFD from BLS to
ALS which was accomplished in 1999.
is currently the President of EMS Division for the Idaho Fire Chiefs, Chairman
of Grants Sub-Committee for EMSAC, serves on the Board of National Association
of Infection Control as a Designated Officer.
He enjoys working on State projects and building relationships
throughout Idaho. Chief Isaacson’s
diverse experience provides a unique fabric of understanding fire-based EMS and
EMS operations from which to draw ideas and leadership. He is an Idaho
Certified Paramedic and holds a BA from Mid-American Nazarene University, AA
from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, AAS from JCCC, and an EFO graduate of
the National Fire Academy.
is married to his wife Janalee and they have a daughter.
FIRE MARSHAL - Jeryl Archer
Jeryl started as a volunteer with Post Falls Fire Protective District #1 in 1994. In 1996 he was employed by Kootenai County Fire Protection District #1. At KCFPD#1 he moved up through the ranks and developed additional skills becoming a member of the Region 1 Hazmat Team, a Fire Boat Captain and an Idaho state instructor in the fields of Extrication and Building Construction. He has been with the district for 26 year was a founding member of the honor guard. After the consolidation he served a term as president of IAFF L2856 and spent over 20 years on the grievance committee.
In 2011 he was appointed to the position of Fire Marshal. In this position he has developed strong working relationships with the business community. The multiple governmental agencies he works with as a code enforcer and an entirely different set of agencies as a Fire Investigator. Jeryl has developed an Engine company inspection program that focuses on firefighter safety first and addresses the safety concerns of our community.
Jeryl is married to his amazing wife Sheri and has two adult children.