I.F. Fire Chief Dean Ellis steps down


After 30 years, Idaho Falls Fire Department Chief Dean Ellis is leaving the department.

“I have my time in,” Ellis said. “I feel like it’s time for someone new to have this seat and lead the department into the future.”

Ellis will step down

May 16 after serving as the city’s fire chief since 2002. He begins a new job May 19 at Eastern Idaho Technical College, where he will serve as Fire Service Training program planner.

In his new position, Ellis will be responsible for scheduling training sessions at fire departments around the state and ensuring he has qualified instructors to teach the classes.

“I’m excited about making fire service technology a better tool for all the fire departments around the state,” he said. “There have been some hiccups with people leaving that job, so I want to give it some stability.”

Ellis had been planning to leave the city Fire Department in October. But when he heard about the EITC opening, he contacted Ken Erickson, the college’s workforce manager.

“President (Steve) Albiston and I are thrilled with having Dean Ellis lead the new FST program,” Erickson said in a news release. “The college has had a close relationship with the city and fire department for over a decade.”

According to the release, Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper will appoint an interim chief while her office searches for a permanent replacement for Ellis. The Idaho Falls fire chief position pays an annual salary of $100,609.