Fire Department

Fire Department

We are dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment. It is our goal to be trained to the highest level of current technology and provide service to our community. We are committed to the principles of respect, accountability, teamwork, and service. We appreciate and recognize the value of each member. We stand united.

Chubbuck Fire is a combination fire department. This means that there are fulltime and part-time personnel that staff the station and respond to emergency and non-emergency situations.

Chubbuck Fire has 13 full time personnel and up to 45 part-time or Pay-Call staff. Shift staffing is made up of 2 to 3 full time people and 1 to 2 pay-call people per 24 hour shift.

Chubbuck Fire runs out of 1 station and is responsible for the City of Chubbuck as well as 2 fire districts which is approximately 200 square miles and a population of approximately 25,000 people.

Tours & Safety Presentations

To schedule a fire station tour or any other type of fire and life safety presentation please contact:

Merlin Miller
Fire Chief
(208) 237-3212


  • Fire suppression
  • EMS (BLS) non-transport
  • Hazardous materials (operations level) response
  • Rescue (auto extrication)
  • Casualty response for Idaho Health District Region 6
  • Prevention / inspection / investigation

Merlin Miller
Fire Chief
4727 Yellowstone
Chubbuck ID 83202
(208) 237-3212

Born and raised in Chubbuck, Cheif Miller started working for City of Chubbuck Fire Department in 1981 has held every rank in the department: Firefighter, Captain, Training Officer, Battalion Chief, and honored to currently serve as the Fire Chief. Awarded a Bronze Smokey Bear award for Fire Prevention in 2004. I can cook minute rice in 49 seconds.




The City of Chubbuck has adopted an alcohol and drug free workplace program. Therefore, all prospective new hire employees, upon an offer of employment, will be required to take a pre-employment drug test. (Resolution #9-95).
In addition to a drug screening, the City of Chubbuck requires a background check on all prospective new employees. If you do not wish to work under these policies, please do not apply for employment with the City of Chubbuck Fire Department.

Job Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol screening.
  • Must be able to pass the initial seven minute physical agility test.
  • Must live or work in the City limits and be able to leave your job (when possible) to respond to fire calls or live within 10 minutes of the Fire Station driving at posted speed limits and legal driving requirements.
  • Must be able to meet our training and certification requirements and be able to maintain a minimum of 21 training hours per quarter thereafter.
  • Must be able to work two overnight EMT shifts per month.


Where can I get a burn permit?
Open burning permits to burn garden waste or tree branches can be purchased for the City of Chubbuck, North Bannock County Fire District and the Eastern Power County Fire District at the Chubbuck Fire Station. Permits are not needed for campfires. The campfire shall not to exceed 3 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, and 25 feet from a building or property line.
Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?
Yes. Chubbuck Fire offers this free service at all fire stations. Please know that crews might be absent from the station due to emergency calls or training activities.
What type of fire extinguisher is best for my home?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for and extinguisher with a rating of at least 2A:10B:C on the label. These types of extinguishers can be used on any type of fire commonly occurring in the home. They will often be labeled “ABC” or “All Purpose” and can be purchased in most large home-improvement or hardware stores.
Can I have a Chimenea or fire pit in my back yard?
Chimeneas and covered fire pits are allowed and not to exceed 3 feet in diameter, 2 feet high with a screen cover, and located 25 feet from a building or property line are allowed on single family property.
Why is a fire engine sent when I call for an ambulance?
All Chubbuck Fire Department personnel are dual-trained in fire suppression and emergency medical services. This means that Chubbuck firefighters are capable of working on fire engines and trucks as well as on ambulances. The fire engine or truck which usually arrives first on the emergency scene carries all necessary equipment to provide emergency medical treatment until the arrival of an ambulance. This means it is no longer necessary to operate an ambulance from every fire station.
Can I grill on my apartment’s balcony or patio?
Open flame cooking devices, charcoal, and other similar devices used for cooking shall not be located (stored) or used on combustible balconies, decks, or within 10 feet of combustible construction. These devices may be used if the balcony or deck is fire sprinkled and allowed by the apartment management.


Before the incorporation of the city of Chubbuck in 1949, fire suppression was dealt with through local citizens and the Snake River Mutual Insurance Company.  Eventually, the Roy Getty family donated the land where the Chubbuck Fire Department would be built.  The building was masonry with two bay doors for apparatus and an apartment on the second level.  Carl Hensley was established as both the Fire Chief and Police Chief for the village of Chubbuck and lived in the apartment above the fire station.   Chief Hensley retired in 1969. In 1990, under Chief Cary Campbell the fire department received a bond for a remodel of the fire station, and an 8-bay addition for the required apparatus.

Chubbuck Fire Department’s first engine, a 1950 Ford Truck that carried 500 gallons of water was donated by The Snake River Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  The city purchased its first fire engine in 1966. A panel van used for carrying breathing equipment, fans, and other firefighting gear and equipment.  Another engine was purchased in 1974 that could pump 1,000 gallons-per-minute.  Under Denny Jones, an agreement was reached in 1975 between Chubbuck and Bannock County for Chubbuck Fire Department to provide fire protection to North Bannock County.  Bannock County donated two fire engines to Chubbuck Fire Department to assist with the fire suppression for North Bannock County.  While some county district boundaries have changed over the years, Chubbuck Fire Department still carries the contract with North Bannock County for fire protection.  Currently, the city has a rescue, a first due engine, a city engine, a county engine, a water tender, an aerial engine, three brush trucks, and some pickups that are used to carry extra equipment.

The fire department was dispatched through a “red line” which was a phone that would ring at some fire department members’ homes.  Whoever answered the phone would then sound the alarm to the other members.  There was a chalk Board outside the station that was used to write the address of the call.  Responding firefighters would drive up to the station, see the address and go to the call with an apparatus if one was there.  Each member had a flashing strobe in their personal vehicle to let others know they were responding.  Eventually, this system was replaced with a pager system, and personnel would respond to the station and leave on an apparatus.  Getting on an engine was a first come first serve basis.  There are tales of many shenanigans that would give one firefighter the advantage over the other to get on the engine.

Today, there is a full engine company at the station 24/7 dispatched by the dispatchers at the city offices.  The department has 11 fulltime personnel, and up to 40 paid-call personnel.  Paid-call firefighters supplement the needed manpower and are notified through pagers and cell phones.  Getting on an engine is still first come first serve.    Merlin Miller is the 10th fire chief in Chubbuck’s history.  The fire department has been led by Carl Hensley, Louis Hogg, Rex Christensen, Denny Jones, Eldon Muir, Bart Parrish, Cary Campbell, Charlie Dickman, and Eric King.  We appreciate the time, service, and dedication of all our fire chiefs and personnel that have made Chubbuck Fire Department what it is today.

Safety Resources

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Hours of Operation

Monday: 7:30-5:30
Tuesday: 7:30-5:30
Wednesday: 7:30-5:30
Thursday: 7:30-5:30
Friday: 7:30-11:30

Public Works / Mayor's Office

(208) 237-2430
5160 Yellowstone Avenue
Chubbuck, ID 83202


City Clerk / Utility Billing

(208) 237-2400
5160 Yellowstone Avenue
Chubbuck, ID 83202