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 Operations division employs a Division Chief of Training, three shift Battalion Chiefs and 71 suppression personnel of which over 20 are certified to the EMT Paramedic level (EMT-P) and provide Advance Life Support (ALS) to our citizens. The Division responds to over 5,000 annual calls for service and staffs 5 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, Charlie 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.
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. He is Pro-Board certified to the Fire Officer II level and in 2015 obtained the designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Butterfield is also a certified Fire Investigation Technician with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).
In his spare time, Charlie enjoys traveling, snow skiing, boating and spending time with his son.
Training Division, Division Chief Kevin Fedrizzi
The training section falls under the direct supervision of the Operations Division. Division Chief of Training, Kevin Fedrizzi, 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 Fedrizzi 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.
Division Chief Fedrizzi
Division Chief of Training, Kevin Fedrizzi, first became interested in the fire service through a school district occupational program in fire science when he was 16 years old. This program prepared him to join the Riverside County volunteer fire department in Hemet, California in 1980 where he served at Little Lake Fire Station. After High School, Kevin went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1983-1987 as a Firefighter completing tours of duty at Upper Heyford AFB, England and Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kevin continued his career with the Henderson Fire Department, in Henderson Nevada. Joining HFD in 1987, he served as a Firefighter/ EMT, Engineer, Captain and finally Training Captain.
Some of his accomplishments there included assignments as charter member of the Technical Rescue Team, charter member of the Truck Company, charter member of the Water Rescue Team at the Lake Las Vegas station and also completing the Battalion Chief Internship Program. Div. Chief Fedrizzi was instrumental in developing the Engineer Candidate Program, Technical Rescue Team program, Water Rescue Team program and the Henderson Executive Airport training program.
In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors including fly-fishing, hunting, golfing, biking and Harley riding. Kevin is married to his soul mate and best friend Katie, and stays busy with 5 children, their spouses, and grandkids.
Logistics Division, Division Chief Justin Winkler
The Logistics Division is responsible for the management of all fire facilities and properties. These responsibilities include developing and maintaining site plans, preventative maintenance and sustainability programs for facilities, design and construction oversight for new facilities, and renovations and repairs.
Logistics completes and/or directs all apparatus and equipment testing, repairs, preventive maintenance and records management (including self-contained breathing apparatus, technical rescue tools, chain saws, ladders, air compressors, ventilation fans, nozzles, fire hose testing, pump testing, etc.). This division also develops equipment and apparatus specifications for purchasing.
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.