A Word from the Chief
Welcome to the web site for your Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. Please explore the various pages of the site and meet our dedicated personnel. Also you can learn about our equipment, our programs as well as discovering fire safety tips for your home and business.
The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is a class three rated City by the Idaho Survey and Rating Bureau. That is as high a fire defense rating as there is in our State. We are a full service Fire Department providing fire, emergency medical first response and transport, and technical rescue services to our valued residents and visitors. Last year we responded to nearly 9,000 calls for service which makes us one of the busiest Departments in our State. We do this out of four fire stations and a minimum on shift staffing level of seventeen personnel. Fire Station one houses our Ladder Company, an ambulance and our on duty Battalion Chief. Station Two houses an engine company and an ambulance, Station #3 houses an engine company as does Station #4.
As members of the Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services System (KCEMSS) we provide Paramedic coverage as well as transport responsibilities to the southern part of Kootenai County. We offer continuing education as well as a quality assurance program to volunteer ambulance services in our response area. All members are certified to at least the EMT-D level with a majority being certified to the EMT-Intermediate level. We have paramedic’s at all three stations.
We are proud to be one of three State of Idaho Technical Response Teams. Along with the Boise Fire Department and Pocatello/Twin Falls Fire Departments we will provide technical response to our State. We are also very proud to partner with the Idaho Disaster Dogs, a K-9 search and rescue team made of members of our Department. This team works closely with the Washington Federal Task Force and has been deployed to numerous National incidents this last year including the hurricanes in Hawaii.
Our special events section is continually working to plan and organize the many events held in our City. The biggest is Ironman Coeur d’Alene where over 2,000 athletes from through the world compete in this grueling event.
In 2018-19 we saw many of our personnel recognized for their exceptional work. Executive Assistant Katie Hirst was named employee of the year. Firefighters Greg Thaxton was named County Firefighter of the year and Firefighter Scott Dietrich was named Paramedic of the Year while Firefighter Cody Moore was County Critical Care medic of the year. Great honors and well deserved.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of our staff. We are here for one and only one reason, to serve you.