Established 1952 · Hauser, Idaho
Welcome to the Website of the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District and Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department (HLFD) in Hauser, Idaho.
Hauser Lake is located in the Northern panhandle of Idaho. Click here to view in Google Maps.
Hauser Lake Fire Department and Auxiliary would like to thank the Stateline Walmart for their generous donation of $1,000 which will be used to purchase smoke detectors for distribution to those in need within our district.
Preference will be given to those considered “at risky” to fires, especially senior citizens and those who cannot purchase needed detectors due to financial issues. With over 360,000 home structure fires each year according the National Fire Protection Association, it is imperative that residents are provided enough time to safely exit the home in the event of a fire—especially in the early morning hours. Research strongly supports working smoke detectors greatly increase the probability that residents will survive a house fire.
Many smoke detectors that are currently installed in homes are over the recommended life of 10 years and need to be replaced. Contact Fire Chief Simms at the fire station or by phone (208-773-1174) for an application.
Tom and Kunya, Reinland Equipment Auction owners, presented the Hauser Lake Fire Department with all of the proceeds of a recent fundraising auction, to benefit Breakfast with Santa. The owners expressed their deep gratitude to all of their valued customers for giving so generously. They happened to mention Customers Den Bar Transport Ltd. and Gordon Beck specifically but noted that everyone who participated gave very generously to the cause. Long time volunteers Myron Richardson and John Neils, pictured at right, accepted the donations on behalf of the Hauser Lake VFD on December 23.
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The following letter appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press on December 21, 2014.
On Sunday, Dec. 14, The Hauser Lake Fire Department held our 29th annual Shalena’s Breakfast With Santa Benefit to help a family with a child battling cancer. This year’s event was a huge success with over 1,800 people attending. I would like to express my appreciation for the entire community’s support for the event. More than 60 fire department and 4-H club volunteers came together to make this event happen; along with our community’s generous support in turning out for the event and the individuals, businesses and community members who donated to make the event a huge success. I am honored to be a part of this community and fire department whose generosity is overwhelming. Many businesses and organizations, including Kootenai County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Kootenai Good Sam, Champion Concrete, Hauser Lions, Astro Electric, Coeur d’Alene Honda, and many others too numerous to name, donated to this year’s event. It is a testimony to the caring nature of the people of our area.
It is humbling to feel that I can be, in some small way, a part of this community whose generosity in coming forward to help those in need is truly phenomenal. It is even more so when you consider that ours was not the only charitable event and that many of those who supported our event also gave their support at other events and fundraisers.
Once again, on behalf of all of us at Hauser Lake Fire, our heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the benefit such an overwhelming success. You are all the true “Heroes” of our community.
Larry L Simms
Chief, Hauser Lake Fire
In 2013 we responded to 159 calls for service. Of the non-transport Emergency Medical providers in Kootenai County, Hauser Fire responded to 45% of the calls for Quick response units in the rural areas of the county. Our personnel spent a total of 391 man-hours on those responses and the average response time was 7.32 minutes. Our personnel spent a total of 1,429 man-hours in training. This does not count the time spent doing maintenance, administrative functions or meetings.
If you use the national average hourly wage value for a volunteer, this equals nearly $50,000 saving to our taxpayers just in base wages; it does not show what it would truly cost if we had to have a paid staff. That cost would be closer to $500,000 per year in order to provide 24 hour response capability. In the final analysis, the volunteers who take care of our community give back a tremendous real dollar value to their neighbors.
During an emergency time is critical. When you call 911 and we respond, be sure that we can find your home by having easily readable address numbers. This is especially important when visibility is poor, such as at night or during bad weather. Highly visible blue address signs can be ordered from us at the fire station. They are two-sided and reflective and are sold at cost. Otherwise, be certain that your address is visible by having good contrast and large enough numbers which are easily seen when driving in a vehicle.
Have you changed your smoke detector batteries? If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to change the battery in your smoke detector!
We would like to welcome new members Alex Odom, Josh Bradbury, Denea Sherlock and Ashley Reinland. Also Betty Mobbs has joined the Auxiliary. We will miss Steve Anderson, who retired in September. To see all of our members, click here.
Help us find the hydrant! Keeping weeds cut during the spring and summer and shoveling the snow around hydrants during the winter season helps us find and use the fire hydrants when they are needed. Remember to keep chimneys clean and your smoke detectors working. In the event of a power outage do not run open flame or catalytic heaters without making sure that there is plenty of ventilation. Electric heaters are a safer alternative indoors. If you need assistance changing smoke detector batteries, we will be more than happy to help out. Remember that smoke detectors should be replaced after ten years.
The Hauser Lake Fire Department would like to express our thanks to the Hauser Lake Water Association for the improvements made this last year. Their work has improved water supply for firefighting. Well Done!
Each year at an annual banquet, individuals are honored with awards. An individual can receive what is called the D&D, or Dedication & Devotion Award. The D&D can be awarded to anyone associated with the Department, including Auxiliary members, Commissioners and so on. Only firefighters are eligible to receive Firefighter of the Year.
The following individuals have been recognized as Firefighter of the Year (or Volunteer of the Year):
The Dedication and Devotion Award (D&D) was started in 2009 and has been awarded to the following members:
Two valued fire fighters retired in 2013. At the banquet, Ken Birge and Scott Weston were honored for their many years of service.
Permits are required for burning until October 20, after which no permit is needed. For more information on burning in Hauser Lake, click here.
We always encourage volunteers from our community. Volunteers can help in whatever capacity they are comfortable. If you are in good physical condition, can dedicate the time, and like to work with cool tools, you can volunteer as a firefighter/EMT. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, have a bit less time, or are not physically able to be a full firefighter, we can still use your help and support. We have an Auxiliary that supports us on incidents and takes on other various projects. We can also utilize someone who may have a particular expertise or would simply want to help out with maintenance, administrative, fire prevention or other functions. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please contact us at the fire station for more information (773-1174) or just stop by for a chat. We will be starting a basic firefighting class in January for new members.
If you’re not interested in being a firefighter or EMT, the Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary might be a great way for you to still help out and support the fire department. The fire auxiliary hosts our open house, helps with various projects around the station, and supports the firefighters during a fire by providing food and drinks to the firefighters. For more information, contact Lisa at 773-3067.
The Hauser Lake FPD is a dedicated volunteer organization serving our community through fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical response, and excellent community service.
We are committed to providing a superior level of emergency service that continually improves the quality of life, health and safety of the people who live and work in our community.