Longtime Ketchum Rural Fire District Commissioner Chris Stephens announced his resignation on Oct. 24, creating a vacancy in his district.

According to the district, Stephens’ successor will need to reside in District 1, which spans from Lower Board Ranch, near Ketchum, north to Galena, and includes the Boulder and Smoky Mountain ranges.

As a volunteer paramedic, Stephens participated in more than a hundred backcountry rescues and responded to at least a thousand other calls.

“Chris Stephens has been a critical leader on so many accomplishments … he will be sorely missed,” Ketchum Rural Chairman Jed Gray stated.

Throughout his 25-year career at Ketchum Rural, Stephens worked closely with local law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies and multiple dispatch centers on advancing consolidation efforts. His projects also included establishing two county fire stations (Griffin Butte and Greenhorn Gulch) to serve northern Blaine County and implementing housing units at the sites to improve response times.

Stephens’ career shift from volunteer firefighter to paramedic came after responding to a serious snowmobile accident at Baker Creek, prompting him to not only seek more advanced training for himself but also provide four full-time firefighters with paramedic training in 2000.

For more information on the open District 1 application process, call the Sun Valley Fire Department at 622-8234.

Email the writer: ejones@mtexpress.com

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