Justin Capaul

Justin is an Captain and EMT-I with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue and an Idaho State Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home campaign through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Justin has been in the Fire Service for 18 years and was the technical rescue team training coordinator for KCFR and teaches RIT, ROAM, FFI, FFII, and PICO for the State of Idaho.

Jim Oxenrider

Jim is Captain/Paramedic at Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and is currently assigned to Engine 12. Jim started his Fire Service career as a volunteer at Hayden lake Fire District in 1996 before accepting a job with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue in 2002. He attended North Idaho College and Whitworth University and holds an Associate’s degree in Communications and has achieved a Fire Officer I certification. Jim currently assists with the instruction of subjects such as RIT, Forcible Entry, Advanced Search techniques, Hoseline management and Fire ground Readiness. Jim believes in a very realistic and innovative “Street Smart” approach both on the job and in the classroom. Jim tries to teach “Tricks of the Trade” or “ beyond the book” and provide knowledge and skills that will enhance your safety, efficiency, and knowledge as a firefighter.

Rick Clutter

Rick is a 23 year veteran of the fire service and is currently a Battalion Chief with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. He has been teaching for the state of Idaho the past 20 years. He currently teaches RIT, Building Construction, Instructional Methodology, PICO, Driver/Operator, FF I, FF II, Officer I and Officer II for the State. He also serves on the board of directors for the North Idaho Critical Incident Management Team. 

Brett Lynch

Brett Lynch is a 13 year Engineer with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. Brett has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho. Brett is a Driver/Operator, EMT-I, and Peer Fitness Trainer at KCFR. He is qualified to teach RIT and ROAM for the State of Idaho.

Mike Bass

Mike is currently a Driver/Operator & EMT-I with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. Throughout his 17 year career he has taught Building Construction, Ropes I, RIT, FFI, FFII, and, Driver/ Operator for the State of Idaho. 

Jeff Welch

Jeff is retired from the fire service after 28 years and holding positions up to and including chief. He served as a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute and continues to instruct in many disciplines. He has been instructing FDIC H.O.T. programs since 2000 and has a bachelor’s degree in fire service from Southern Illinois University. He currently  is a fire sprinkler inspector with SimplexGrinnell in Spokane, Washington along with continuing to teach and spread the passion of becoming a great firefighter.  Jeff has great love for the fire service and has a world of knowledge to spread to the next generation of firefighters.

Steve Jones

Steve is a Captain/Paramedic with the Coeur d’ Alene fire department and works on Engine 4.  Steve started in the fire service as a resident Firefighter EMT with Spokane County Fire District 8 and has been with the Coeur d’ Alene fire department for 16 years.  He is an Idaho State Instructor specializing in Engine Company Operations, ROAM, RIT, Calling the Mayday, SLICERS and Forcible entry.  Steve is a current member of the Kootenai County Joint SWAT team, the Idaho Technical Rescue Task Force Team 1 and a member of the North Idaho Training Officers division.  Steve believes in leadership, training hard and knowing your job.

Jim Lyon

Jim attended the University of Idaho where he earned degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. He earned his Master’s degree in Applied Technologies from the University of Alaska – Southeast.  He retired from teaching after 21 years before joining the fire service as the Fire Prevention Specialist and Information Officer with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (KCFR), located in Post Falls, Idaho.  He soon earned his Firefighter I certification and after working for almost eight years with KCFR, accepted a job as Fire Inspector and Information Officer with Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in Hayden, Idaho.  He recently was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Marshal.

Along with his work in the prevention bureau, Jim is active in fire and injury prevention and participates in programs that reach over 6,000 children and adults each year. Jim has worked several years as a counselor at a week-long camp for burn survivors, working with children from five states (Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana).  Classes which Jim has taught for the State of Idaho include: Mastery Teaching: Teaching in the Fire Service; G290 Beginning Public Information Officer and G291 JIS/JIC Planning for Tribal, State and Local PIOs

Bob Capaul

Bob is a lieutenant/first responder (ret.) for the Kootenai County (ID) Fire & Rescue. He is also a Idaho State Fire Instructor. A third generation fire officer in a four-generation fire service family, Capaul was a 20-year volunteer firefighter for the state of Idaho and has been employed in the construction business for the past 40 years. He teaches for the National Fire Academy and Brannigan Building Construction class to firefighters throughout the northwest. You can contact Capaul at firebob@roadrunner.com

Kevin Lawler

Kevin is a Captain with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue. He has 10 year of experience in Emergency Services including teaching many EMS courses and precepting multiple paramedic students.  He has taken many fire services and technical rescue courses and is passionate about the fire service and eager to share his knowledge.  Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife and 3 kids.

Frank Harwood

Frank has been in the fire service since 2006, starting his career as a volunteer in Wisconsin, and is currently a Captain for Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (ID) working on Engine 13. He has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science. Frank is a member of the KCFR Technical Rescue Group and the Idaho Region 1 Hazmat Team. Frank is also a qualified instructor for the State of Idaho. 

Kaipo Kuehu

Kaipo Kuehu is Captain/EMT-I for Kootenai County Fire and Rescue and has served in the fire service since 2002. He has been an IFSAC Instructor since 2003, North Idaho College Firefighter I academy instructor since 2009 and is an Idaho state certified instructor in FFI, FFII, Ice Rescue and Extrication. Kuehu is heavily involved in tech rescue and holds the title of swift water rescue discipline leader. He is a member of the Idaho state Region I Hazardous materials response team and is a certified fire boat operator. His list of education and certifications include Spokane Community College Fire Science, Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, IFSAC Driver Operator, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Rope rescue technician, Confined space rescue technician and multiple national leadership courses. He is passionate about the fire service and has devoted much of his career to preserving what the fire service is truly about. He accomplishes this through education, a combination of tradition and progression and his love for service to the community.  

Eric McAuliff

Eric McAuliff is a Firefighter/EMT with the City of Coeur d Alene Fire Department, primarily working out of station 2. He has spent countless hours teaching auto extrication throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California. Throughout the past 16 years, Eric has taught at many of the regional extrication venues and has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. He currently holds his Fire Instructor I and is state certified in Idaho. Eric teaching philosophy is based on dissecting the basics in an effort to give the students the tools necessary to adapt to situations that will require ingenuity and critical thinking.

Adam Godwin

Adam has been a Firefighter with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue since 2009. He is an Engineer, EMT-A, HAZMAT Technician, and PEER Fitness Trainer at KCFR. Adam is also a state certified Instructor who teaches Extrication Operations. He believes that fitness and the ability to perform a strong, aggressive, and coordinated search will tell you all you need to know about a Fire Dept.

Adam Knight

Adam Knight currently serves as a Captain with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (Idaho). Through his 18 year career he has specialized in all hazard mitigation and in training other members of the fire service in multiple disciplines. Adam is currently co-owner of fire-fighter-exam.com and EMT & Fire Training Inc. He also is an adjunct instructor for North Idaho College's Fire Academy. Adam has authored Firefighter I, II and Hazmat Practice Questions and contributed to Pennwell Publishing and Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II test bank.

Pete Holley

Pete Holley is currently a Firefighter and Paramedic with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue. Pete has been in the fire service since 2009 and with KCFR since 2011. 

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