Ken Poole was raised in the Ontario area, attending Ontario schools and Oregon State University. He is a second generation family business owner, a fuel distribution business selling fuel and lubricants to customers in Southwestern Idaho and Southeastern Oregon.
Ken and his family built a cabin on the Owyhee reservoir in 1972 that is used to enjoy water sports, hunting, fishing and just relaxing in the high desert region.
Ken spent 10 years as a wild land firefighter for the United States Forest Service, seven of those as a smokejumper based in Redmond, Oregon. Those years of firefighting have given Ken an understanding of fire management and issues relating to fire control.