Fire Inspectors


Fire Inspector
Craig Etherton

Fire Inspector
Bobby Gonder
Inspector Craig Etherton 
began his fire service career as a volunteer with Post Falls Fire Department in 1997. He has been with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department since January of 2003 where he held the rank of Firefighter/EMT-A. He was promoted from the line in December of 2012 to the rank of Fire Inspector and has been an Idaho State Fire Inspector since 2000. Craig is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Which there are only 12 CFI's in Idaho and 2,104 world wide.  This is a great accomplishment.


He is also a member of our Technical Rescue Team where he is an instructor for Rope Rescue. Craig is a CPR and first aid instructor and is the current President of the Kootenai County Fire Prevention Cooperative, Treasurer of North Idaho Code Enforcers, Secretary of Kootenai County Fire Chiefs Association, a former President of the Idaho Chapter International Association of Arson Investigator and the 2013 Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Employee of the Year.

 His current duties include: Safety inspections of commercial buildings including daycares, building inspections and plan reviews, fire investigation and public education. 

Inspector Bobby Gonder 

began his fire service career enrolled in the Fire Science Program at Spokane Community College in 1987 and became a volunteer Firefighter/EMT-B with Millwood Fire Department in 1988. He has been with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department since June of 1996 and was promoted from the line in September of 2008 to the rank of Fire Inspector/Fire Investigator. Bobby is a Certified Fire Investigator (MIAAI-CFI) and member of the International Association of Arson Investigators. This is a great accomplishment as there are only 12 CFI's in Idaho and 2,104 worldwide. 

Bobby has been an Idaho State EMS Instructor for over 27 years. In 2008, he assisted with the development and instruction of the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Course at North Idaho College, and was the coordinator and lead instructor from 2009 to 2013. Additionally, he is a CPR/First Aid instructor Certified through the American Heart Association and is the current President of the North Idaho Code Enforcers (N.I.C.E.) Association. In 2010, Bobby was awarded North Idaho Firefighter of the Year by the American Legion Post #14 and in 2015 he was awarded Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Employee of the Year. For his work with delivering the NFPA ‘Learn Not to Burn’ program to the kids and staff of Head Start, he was awarded the Western Region Ed Zigler Innovation Award in 2015. 

For the past 10 years, Bobby has worked with two communities within Coeur d’Alene that are located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. In 2017, with assistance from the residents, he was instrumental in obtaining national recognition through the NFPA FireWise Community program.   

 His current duties include: Fire/Life Safety inspections of commercial buildings, daycares and multi-family residential buildings; reviewing building plans to meet the current Fire/Life Safety Code; conducting fire/explosion investigations; and delivering a multitude of public education classes.