BRIAN ASHTON is a 20-year veteran of the fire service, serving as a captain with the Boise, ID, Fire Department. Previously, he served with the North Ada County Fire & Rescue District in Garden City, ID. He holds a master’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s degree in business/human resource management and an associate’s degree in wildfire management. Ashton is an Idaho-certified instructor in wildland firefighting and an adjunct instructor for the College of Idaho’s fire service degree program. He has taught the Incident Command System (ICS) for the Department of Homeland Security since 2007 and is a third-year student in the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Fire Academy.