The Moscow, Idaho Volunteer Fire Department and Mayor Bill Lambert have announced that Brian Nickerson of Los Alamos will be their new fire chief.
Nickerson has been serving as fire marshal of the Los Alamos County Fire Department and has more than 25 years experience. He was chosen from a pool of 40 candidates, and it was his experience with and understanding of volunteer firefighters that set him apart from the rest.
“His experience with volunteers is such that he has a good repore with them,” Moscow City Supervisor Gary Riedner said in a statement. “He knows that volunteers are in it because they really love the work. They wanna give back to their communities and he has some ideas on how to capitalize on that.”
“We’re very happy for Brian,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning. “He was a chief before and has been looking for an appointment like this. We appreciate all he has done for our department and wish him the very best.”
Hughes added that two firefighters have tested for the fire marshal position and he expects that an offer will be made Monday to fill that vacancy.
Nickerson’s certifications include Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer, Adjunct Instructor at University of Missouri-Columbia, Lead Evaluator, and Incident Management Team for the State of Missouri. He has also received fire services awards to include Firefighter of the Year, Letter of Commendation for Meritorious Action, Medal of Bravery and two CPR Saves.
Nickerson has two children, daughter Hayley and son Aaron.