'I feel lucky': Tom Greif doesn't let MS stop him from being a fire chief in Idaho

  • Source: Coeur d'Alene Press
  • Published: 11/01/2022 12:00 AM

When Tom Greif has a day off, one would expect him to unwind from the pressures of being Coeur d'Alene's fire chief. Perhaps spend a day golfing or fishing, two of his passions. Which he might. But disconnect? Even for a few hours? He can't. "Even if I go away for the week or go on vacation, I don't truly unplug. I don't feel like I can. I'm in a position now where I need to know what's going on," Greif said. It's been more than six months since he stepped in to take the place of the well-liked Kenny Gabriel, who retired after 30 years with the department. Greif oversees a department of about 70 people with an annual budget of nearly $13 million. Its four stations respond to about 10,000 calls, mostly medical, a year. That kind of responsibility might make one tense and serious. Greif, though, is relaxed and friendly. The former deputy fire chief was chosen from among four internal candidates.


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