Fire Chiefs


Chief Perry Palmer

Chief Palmer joined the Fire Service in 1975 as a Volunteer Firefighter in Lebanon, Oregon. He was hired full time in 1977 and obtained his A.S. in Fire Science at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon and his Paramedic license from Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.

Palmer served as Fire Chief of Lebanon Fire District for the final 9 years of his 32-year career. In 2011 Meridian Fire Department appointed Palmer Deputy Chief of Prevention where he served until May of 2017, at which point he accepted the position of Fire Chief of the Kuna Rural Fire District.

During the span of his career, Palmer has served in virtually every rank of the Fire Service. Palmer continues to stay active in fire training and has taught at the college level. Chief Palmer has operated many times as a Strike Team/Task Force Leader as well as Division Supervisor on some of Oregon’s largest wildfires of the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Palmer is married to his wife Lori Jo and has 2 boys, the oldest is attending Boise State and the youngest is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Chief Palmer is proud to be a part of the Kuna Rural Fire District and looks forward to helping the department and the community adapt to Kuna’s tremendous growth.


Deputy Chief Terry Gammel

  Deputy Chief Terry Gammel was born in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Gammel grew up in a military family and at age 17 joined the U.S. Army were he spent 10 years serving the nation.

Shortly after leaving the military he began volunteering with Middleton Fire Department where he focused on training and later became an instructor with the Treasure Valley Training Officers Association. Gammel was later hired by Caldwell Fire Department and continued to serve the Treasure Valley community.

Kuna Fire Department hired Gammel in 2015 as Deputy Chief where he continues to serve. Gammel is trained in all aspects of emergency response and holds certifications in Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Command, various Technical Rescue disciplines, Fire Investigator as well as Junior Fire Setter Intervention Specialist level 2 and many others.