A new chief in town: Dickinson Fire Department under new leadership.
Jeremy Presnell, 37, is a native of Southern Idaho and has been involved in the fire service for approximately 17 years. Holding multiple leadership positions throughout his career, he was most recently the Fire Chief in Jerome, Idaho — a position he held for two years prior to moving to Dickinson.
“I’ve done six years in the Air Force as a firefighter and then I held positions of fire chief, deputy chief, captain and firefighter in Jerome, Idaho,” Presnell said. “I have a bachelor’s in fire science, and a master’s in public administration and I’m currently working on my doctorate of public administration.”
While new to the town, Presnell stated he loves what he has experienced thus far in the city of Dickinson, commenting how beautiful it is and how excited he and his family are about being a part of the community and working with the DFD team.
When asked why he chose Dickinson, Presnell stated,
“Really just the complexity of the department, it’s size and the makeup of the department. When I was able to come down and visit I just really felt that (Dickinson) has an amazing fire department and I heard great things from the community about the department and just through all my research, I got that feeling of wanting to be a part of it.”
While Presnell has held many positions throughout his career, being named the Fire Chief has always been a goal and one that holds a special place within his heart.
“Being the Fire Chief is a great honor,” he said. “Being able to lead a team and just your success comes out of their success, watching them succeed. I think that that’s really been the highlight of my career.”
With the experiences as a chief in Idaho, Presnell said his experiences in previous positions will certainly give him a leg up in achieving some of the goals that he would like to complete for the department during his tenure.
“Really just getting to know my team, right now, I haven’t really had a chance to get out and talk to each of the firefighters and that’s what I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “But I just hope to continue on the high standards that Dickinson Fire Department has already established and continue on that relationship they have with the community.”
While looking forward to meeting his entire firefighter team, Presnell mentioned he is really looking forward to meeting the locals of the Dickinson community. When asked if there is anything he would like the public to know, Presnell stated,
“My door is always open and I'm always willing to talk and listen to the community.”
Presnell is married and together they have two sons. They are looking forward to calling Dickinson home for many years to come.