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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 County 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.


    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. 


      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.




    Chief Steve Isaacson has been with KCFR for 5 years as the Division Chief of EMS and has now taken over his new role as Division Chief of Logistics. 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.

     In 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.

     He 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.

     He is married to his wife Janalee and they have a daughter.


     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.

     Jeryl was recently promoted to Division Chief of Prevention.  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.


Pete began his Fire Service career as a volunteer in 2009 in Eagle Idaho. In the same year he began the process to become a Paramedic by attending school at the College of Southern Idaho. He earned his associate degree in Paramedicine and became a Paramedic in 2011. Pete came to North Idaho after being offered a Firefighter Paramedic position at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue in August of 2011. He has spent much of his career as a Firefighter Paramedic and has also served as a Captain. Pete has also continued his educational pursuits by obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine from Central Washington University. Pete was selected to be the Division Chief of EMS in May of 2021.

            Pete is married to his wonderful wife of 23 years, and they have 5 boys that keep them very busy. They enjoy camping, outdoor activities and all things sports related


     Casey Hamilton joined Kootenai County Fire & Rescue as the Director of Administration in early 2021 after most recently serving as Compliance Officer for our local Community Health Center.  She comes with 18 years of experience in process improvement, data analytics, healthcare finance, and corporate compliance. She completed her bachelor's degree in healthcare administration in 2010 and most recently her master's degree in legal studies in 2021.   

     Although she is new to the public safety sector, she is enthusiastic about efficiency and already making positive changes to the administrative side of the district and excited to continue the forward motion. 

     Casey resides in Hayden, Idaho with her wonderful husband of 20 years and their two busy boys.    

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