Kenny Bowers - Chief from 1983-2005

Chief Kenny Bowers

Chief Bowers joined the Meridian Fire Department in 1972 as a volunteer firefighter. He worked through the ranks and was appointed acting Chief in 1984. He served in this capacity part-time until 1992 when he then moved into the position full-time. Chief Bowers hired the first full-time firefighter, Steve Gempler, in 1992. In October 1999, Assistant Chief Joe Silva, in charge of Operations and Training, came on board. The Department had grown enough by 2000 that Chief Bowers hired the first administrative assistant, Greta Seals.

Under Chief Bowers' direction, Meridian Fire built 3 new fire stations, and equipped them with the necessary apparatus. He was instrumental in starting the Thermal Imaging Program, the Defibrillator Program and establishing Meridian Fire's Safety Center which opened in 2005. Also, in 2005, Chief Bowers agreed to have Ada County Paramedics move into Fire Station 2 to aid Ada County in their response times to the area of the city. In April of 2005 he became the Department's Assistant Fire Chief and then in 2006 he joined the Fire Prevention Division as our Fire Inspector. He is passionate about Life Safety in the Meridian community for citizens. He continues to be the face of the Department as he inspects businesses and serves our community.