Paul E. Fortin

Paul Fortin, born in Boise Idaho 1951, is a fourth generation Idahoan, second generation Boise firefighter, Vietnam veteran, and 1970 graduate of Bishop Kelly. He is the 4th of 5 children. He comes from humble beginnings having grown up in a 500 sq ft triplex, making trips to his grandparents to take baths.

In 1978 Paul bought a small house in Boise's North end. After passing the entrance test for the Boise Fire Department at the top of his class he served two years with the department. In 1978 Prop 1 passed and in 1979 Paul and 28 other firefighters were laid off. During the 21 months that Paul was laid off he worked 3 part time jobs and finished his accounting degree from BSU. Then was rehired to the fire department in 1981.

During his 25-year tenure on the Boise Fire Department, Paul serviced as a line firefighter, emergency medical technician, fire prevention educator and arson investigator. Paul retired in 2005 after years of dedicated service that included his getting Fire Fighter of the Year, for going above and beyond his duties and was an Internationally Certified
Arson Investigator.

Paul is running for city council because like you, he love Boise, and he believe we need strong leaders with integrity, and innovative ideas, to propel our city forward. We need thoughtful leadership as we work to solve the issues facing our city and to promote a positive and inclusive climate that attracts business and families. Paul’s experience
along with a true passion for our community is what's needed to promote this vision. To support growth we need a safe and sustainable infrastructure; to include roads, parks, trails, and open spaces.

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