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Edward Schauster

Position: Deputy Fire Chief of Operations
A smiling person in a uniform with a paramedic badge, leaning on a yellow fire truck.

Years of Service: Since 2007
Hometown and Years in Teton Valley:
Lebanon, Connecticut. Lived in Teton Valley since 2001

Personal Details (family and hobbies):
Married with two horses, a mule and one cat!  I live on the west side of the Valley; and every day I wake up, I’m greeted with the reasons we chose to make this our home – the mountains, the rural character of the west side’s farms and ranches, the wildlife and the open spaces.

Why did you want to become a firefighter?:
After working as a patroller and an EMT for Teton Valley Hospital and volunteering with Search and Rescue, I was looking for a new challenge and opportunity to help my community.  I had been on numerous emergency scenes with the fire department and someone mentioned they were beginning a new recruit class.  I decided to join and see what firefighting was all about.  It was not long before I was completely sold on becoming a career firefighter.  I found it was the combination of everything I loved about the other places I was working.  It combined community service, intellectual challenge and the physical requirements of staying in shape to be ready to deal with whatever emergency occurred in our Valley.  And after four years of working for the department, I can honestly say there is nothing that is as emotionally or spiritually rewarding as knowing you had an opportunity to help someone on one of their worst days, and that it made a difference.

Training Highlights: 

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
Firefighter I
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator-Pumper
IFSAC Evaluator
National Fire Academy
Command and Control of Incident Company Operations – 2012
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations – 2011
Preparation for Initial Company Operations – 2011
FEMA – Emergency Management Institute
National Incident Management System (NIMS) – 2007                                                                                                                    Incident Command System (ICS) 100 – 2007
Incident Command System (ICS) 200 – 2007
Incident Command System (ICS) 300 – 2008
Incident Command System (ICS) 400 – 2008
Idaho Emergency Services Training Programs
Idaho EST Proctor / Evaluator – 2012
Level I State Fire Instructor – since 2011
Idaho State Certified Fire Inspector – since 2009
Extrication Awareness and Operations – 2007
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations – 2006
Rapid Intervention Team Training – 2008
Fire Behavior/Flashover Survival – 2008
Building Construction -2010
TEEX Rescue V Confined Space Rescue NFPA 1006 – 2012
River Rescue Technician – 2011
S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Fire Training
Idaho State EMS Bureau – EMS Instructor
Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine – 2012
American Heart Association – ACLS, PALS and NRP Provider
NAEMT – PHTLS, AMLS and EPC Provider


Firefighter Commendation Award -2010
Unit Commendation Award – 2010
Unit Commendation Award – 2009
Unit Commendation Award – 2009

Special Projects/Community Service: 

EMS Training Officer
CPR Instructor
Local 4667 President: 2010 to 2014