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Chief Tracy Raynor takes the reigns at Valdez Fire Department

Idaho man will oversee emergency services as it looks to a new location


Photo courtesy City of Valdez

Tracy Raynor

Valdez has a new fire chief.

Tracy Raynor, who began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Idaho and moved up the ranks, was set to report for duty last Thursday.

Raynor comes to Valdez after what has been described as "an exhaustive recruiting effort."

City Manager Dennis Ragsdale appointed Raynor chief, replacing George Keeney, who retired in late August. Captain Mike Weber served as interim chief.

Raynor's biography is impressive.

The City of Valdez said Raynor began his public service career in 1979 as a volunteer firefighter for the Star Fire Protection District in Idaho, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. In 1983, he moved into full-time fire service with the Boise City Fire Department, serving first as a firefighter and emergency medical technician before his promotion to Captain in 1993 and Deputy Chief in 1999.

During his tenure with the Boise City Fire Department, Raynor gained extensive leadership and technical expertise as a member of the state of Idaho Regional Hazardous Response Team, Southwest Idaho Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and Boise City Incident Management Team. He spearheaded significant efforts to improve and modernize operational programs for his department, assisting in the development and management of the department's paramedic program and implementing a research and development division to test and review fire service products prior to city investment.

Working to develop the knowledge of his subordinates, Raynor created the Boise City Chief Officer Development Program, instituted the city's current firefighter safety and survival training program, and oversaw the Fire Officer I Academy. He is a founding member of the department's firefighter safety symposium and coordinated the event for 19 years.

In addition to his service to the Boise City Fire Department, Raynor concurrently served as Star Fire Protection District's Fire Chief and Fire Inspector from 1989 to 1999 and President of the Ada County Fire Chiefs Association.

A graduate of the College of Southern Idaho, Raynor received his Applied Science degree in Fire Service Training in 1984.

Working with Idaho State University Chief Raynor developed the first academic Associates Degree in Fire Administration in the state and then became a member of the university advisory committee for fire service degrees. He currently holds an Idaho Instructors Certification and teaches across the state on a number of fire service topics. Additionally, he has presented at the Chief Officer Development Program for the Ontario Fire Academy Canada, the Firehouse Fire World conference in San Diego, and the Fire Department Instructor Conference, the nation's largest of its kind. He is a published fire service author with works in major industry journals.

Raynor received multiple honors and awards throughout his extensive career, including State of Idaho Firefighter of the Year, the National Training Achievement Award, and several Fire Department Life Saving Awards. He holds professional memberships in the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, as well as the National Fire Department Safety Officer's Association and National Fire Protection Association.

Raynor is a founding member and board representative of the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Foundation, which honors and provides for families and fire departments of firefighters involved in a line of duty death. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Boise, Idaho.


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