So…you’d like to know a little more about who we are. We’re excited to share our vision with you and get to know you more as we serve together! In the meantime, here’s a brief introduction to Fireline Medics and the seasoned team members whose strive to fulfill our vision to build an extraordinary, sustainable network of support among wildland EMS providers and the wildland heroes we serve.

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We're Fireline Medics

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Completed Assignments in 2021

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Forests Deployed to in 2021

Founder & Owner (Team Fireline); Director of Business Development (Fireline Medics)

Kelly Zakariasen

Social Media Coordinator
(Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Anne Dahl

Logistics Manager
(Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Samuel Zakariasen

Operations Manager
(Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Braden Harris

General Manager
(Fireline Medics, Fireline Rescue, Team Fireline)

Jeff Checketts

Founder + Owner (Fireline Medics)

Troy Zakariasen

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The crew behind Fireline Medics

REMS Operations Manager (Fireline Medics, Fireline Rescue)

Steve McDowell

Troy Zakariasen

Troy’s sense of adventure was cultivated as he grew up on the shores of a cold, Northern Minnesota lake. His interest in EMS began after witnessing a tragic accident on a ropes course. Not many years after he achieved his certification as a paramedic and eventually continued his education to critical care paramedic certification. Family life brought him to Idaho in 2011 and after seeing the devastation of wildland fires throughout the Pacific Northwest, he founded Fireline Medics in 2016.

Troy’s mission was to establish a principled company that could provide excellent emergency medicine in challenging settings, but his heart has always been for his staff. As the owner, Troy has only ever been a phone call away and always welcomes conversations—tough or celebratory—from any member of the Fireline Medics family. Now retired from deploying to the line himself, Troy enjoys spending time catching mountain snowfalls, warm July evenings on the porch, and boisterous board games with his wife, Kelly, and their growing family.

Founder & Owner (Fireline Medics)

Jeff Checketts

Jeff was born and raised in Idaho where he has been very active in his community. In his youth he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout which fostered a deep passion for being outdoors, helping others, and leading his peers to success. Jeff joined the Fireline Medics family in April 2018. His steady service and determination to find solutions that benefit his everyone on his team earned him the role of General Manager in November 2021. His dedication as a lifelong student of relational leadership and his natural compassion for others makes Jeff an essential contributor to the vision of Fireline Medics and Team Fireline. When he gets time away from answering phone calls and emails or making sense out of the chaos that can be wildland fire season, Jeff shares his time with the special furry friends in his life and delights in taking random trips into the mountains or fishing cold, remote streams. 

General Manager (Fireline Medics, Fireline Rescue, Team Fireline)

Braden Harris

Braden was born and raised in Alabama and worked as an EMT in a busy university town and Birmingham. This experience provided him with a great foundation when he joined the Fireline Medics in 2018. Through his work on wildland fires and his easy conversational style, Braden Braden has been able to meet new people and share the Team Fireline vision in his many travels. He looks forward to practicing relational leadership with other Team Fireline members, gaining new knowledge and helping advance the traits, skills, and careers of the talented Wildland EMS community. Braden is elated to work in a career where he can enjoy his love of people and the outdoors. He enjoys duck and deer hunting deer in his free time.

Operations Manager (Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Steve McDowell

Born in the mountains of northern Arizona, Steve spent his youth outdoors hunting, backpacking and enjoying the beauty of mother nature. Throughout his life he consistently chose careers that allowed him to continue these passions. Eventually he found the world of rock climbing and mountaineering, which stoked the fire of self reliance and teamwork. After obtaining his NREMT certification he jumped into the world of wilderness medicine which allowed him to combine his passions of medicine and nature. After obtaining his paramedic certification and spending a decade in EMS he decided to make the jump into becoming a full time wilderness medic. Steve is thrilled to utilize his background in ropes to oversee Fireline Rescue and its REMS teams. He spends his free time in the woods and mountains of Idaho climbing remote peaks and hunting big game.

REMS Operation Manager (Fireline Medics, Fireline Rescue)

Samuel Zakariasen

The oldest son of company Founder, Troy Zakariasen, Samuel was ushered of his own free will into the family business at a young age and became an EMT in 2018. He gained experience working with an interfacility transport ambulance service until early 2022 when he became the Logistics Manager at Fireline Medics. Samuel is a natural systems builder and has enjoyed the ongoing challenges of ordering, maintaining, organizing and distributing supplies for the ambulances, Paramedics, and EMTs in the Fireline Medics family. He is honored to play this crucial supportive role which allows him to remain at home base with his wife and enjoy the beautiful sunsets of the Palouse.

Logistics Manager (Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Anne Dahl

Anne was born and raised in southeast Michigan. She became an EMT in metro Detroit and gained all of her experience working in a fast pace environment. Anne has worked for Fireline Medics since 2021 and is happy to be able to work in a career that allows her to be outside and doing what she loves. She loves learning and continuing her education everyday and looks forward to meeting new Fireline Medics team members. Anne is a huge outdoorsy person and love the rustic lifestyle.

Social Media Coordinator (Fireline Medics, Team Fireline)

Kelly Zakariasen

As the wife of Fireline Medics owner and founder, Troy Zakariasen, Kelly has been acting as double agent both at home and in the office as the Director of Business Development for Fireline Medics since 2016. Utilizing her experience as an EMT, creative business professional, and communications specialist, Kelly established a vision to transform “corporate culture” and create a company that values its relationships with EMS providers and where each team member has the ability to not only develop professionally, but to thrive personally. She founded Team Fireline in 2022 to support the evolution of EMS leaders and heroes and amplify their vision of providing highly skilled medical care with integrity and compassion in challenging environments. When she isn’t generating ideas and visiting with our teams, she can be found relishing in an unusually quiet moment knitting amid the chaos of her joyful family life.

 Founder & Owner (Team Fireline); Director of Business Development (Fireline Medics)

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