Meridian Fire’s Operations Division provides core emergency services including fire suppression, emergency medical response, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation to the citizens of Meridian, Idaho. Under the direction of Deputy Chief Charlie Butterfield, the Operation’s Division employs a Division Chief of Training, a Division Chief of Logistics, a Division Chief of EMS, three shift Battalion Chiefs and 75 suppression personnel of which over 30 are certified to the EMT Paramedic level (EMT-P) and provide Advance Life Support (ALS) to our citizens. The Division responds to over 7,800 annual calls for service and staffs 6 engine companies and 1 truck company.
Deputy Chief of Operations, Charlie Butterfield
Deputy Chief Charlie Butterfield started his firefighting career with the City of Sun Valley Fire Department in 1996. After completing paramedic school, he was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic by Wood River Fire and Rescue and rose through the ranks to the position of Lieutenant/Paramedic in 2006. In 2013, Charlie was appointed as the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Sun Valley Fire Department until accepting the Division Chief of Planning position for the Meridian Fire Department in 2016. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2018.
Chief Butterfield holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Service Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration, and a Master’s degree in Education from Colorado State University. He is Pro-Board certified as a Fire Officer II and in 2015 obtained the designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Butterfield is currently enrolled in the four year long Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
In his spare time, Charlie enjoys traveling, snow skiing, boating and spending time with his son Bryson and his wife Amy.
Training Division, Division Chief Jordan Reese
The training section falls under the direct supervision of the Operations Division. Division Chief of Training, Jordan Reese, conducts and coordinates all department training activities including fire suppression, emergency medical technical rescue, officer development and recruit training. The division is responsible for ensuring that all department members meet the standards as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association, the City of Meridian Human Resources Department along with the internal requirements set by Meridian Fire. Div. Chief Reese is responsible for organizing, designing, implementing and managing training and employee development programs for the Meridian Fire Department. Meridian Fire ensures that our personnel remain competent in their assigned certified positions.
Logistics Division, Division Chief Justin Winkler
Division Chief Justin Winkler started his firefighting career with the Eagle Fire Department in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter. In 1997, Justin earned his first career firefighting position with the Whitney Fire District, graduating from the Boise Fire Academy. In 1999, he accepted a full time position back with the Eagle Fire District and rose to the rank of Captain where he was heavily involved with training in the department and throughout the state for EST. In 2003, Justin accepted the position of firefighter with the City of Meridian. He has risen through the ranks, holding the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and currently Chief of Logistics.
Chief Winkler holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Service Technology and He is IFSAC certified to the Fire Officer I level.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, working on his property, camping and fishing.
EMS Division, Division Chief JD Hendrick
Division Chief JD Hendrick began his career with a small rural EMS agency in southwest Washington called North Country EMS. JD also worked EMS in both Los Angeles County and Charlotte, North Carolina before landing his dream job at Meridian Fire. JD was hired in 2005 with a group of Firefighter/Paramedics to start staffing the fire engines as Advanced Life Support. Since then, he has promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain. In October 2019, JD promoted to Division Chief of EMS.
Chief Hendrick has an Associate’s degree in Fire Service Technology.
In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family, golfing, fishing, and spending time in the mountains.