Los Alamos Fire Marshal Tapped For Moscow, Idaho Chief

Brian Nickerson
Los Alamos Daily Post
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.”

Nickerson will begin his new position as chief of the Moscow, Idaho Volunteer Fire Department Aug. 25.
“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 was born and raised in Washington, Mo. and began his career in the fire service in 1989, joining his father who had 38 years in the fire service, including being the first fire marshal of Washington, Mo. Nickerson began as a volunteer firefighter and promoted to lieutenant of a ladder company in the Washington, Mo., Fire Department. After 10 years as a volunteer, he was hired as a fire inspector in Osage Beach, Mo., and was promoted three times in a 2.5 year period, which took him to the fire marshal position. He has served as an assistant chief and deputy chief in the areas of fire investigations and training as well as five years as a fire chief in Wright City, Mo. 
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.


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