About the Chief

Juan Bonilla was appointed the Fire Chief for the Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District (DRFPD) in June, 2007. Chief Bonilla is a Persian Gulf Veteran (Desert Storm) who served four years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner Petty Officer 3rd Class. As a submariner, Chief Bonilla trained in fire suppression, flooding, damage control, communications, and CBRNE (Chemical Biological Radiological, Nuclear high yield Explosives) including explosive ordinance detail teams both conventional and nuclear. Chief Bonilla has served the DRFPD since 1996, both as a volunteer and full time employee. During his career, he managed the implementation of the current fire training program and 24 hour station coverage. He is a state Firefighter Essentials instructor and has been Fire Captain/Training Officer and the Assistant Chief.

Since being appointed, Chief Bonilla has been active in local, state, and national government. He serves on the National Volunteer Fire Council as a committe member of the EMS/R Section and Recruitment and Retention, Idaho Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Association as a board member and NVFC Director, Idaho Fire Chiefs Association as the District 4 alternate, and the Valley County Wildland Fire Working Group as the Chairman. Chief Bonilla has had an active role in the implementation of the County EMS District. In 2007, Chief Bonilla played a large role in the Gray's Creek Fire  and Hurd as a Unified Incident Commander with the National Incident Management type 1  and type 2 team from the Great Basin. He has since then continued his education of the Incident Command System on all Command and general staff positions. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 60 Cascade, Idaho. 

Letter from the Chief
Dear Residents and Visitors,

Thank you for visiting the web site of the Donnelly Fire Department. The members of this department recognize our responsibility to help ensure the safety of all the people within our district. We look at public service as a privilege and value the trust we are given by the people we serve.

For more than 34 years, our department has worked hard to adapt and change as the challenges to the Fire and Emergency Medical Services have changed. We have adapted to the county's growing needs and provide a full-service Fire Department to a very special community. I believe our greatest asset is our team of members who consistently go above and beyond in delivering vital services.

As your Fire Chief, I take it as my personal responsibility to make this district as safe as possible through prevention, Emergency Medical Service, Suppression, and Public Education. I encourage you to browse pages to see the work of our highly respected department. Through a partnership with the people of the Donnelly Fire District, we intend to make this unique district an even more attractive place to live, work, and visit.

Juan Bonilla, Fire Chief        

Chief Bonilla
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