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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“Protecting Our Community With The Highest Level of Professionalism”.

We accomplish our mission through highly trained fire fighters, a focus on community education and nationally recognized emergency medical skills.

KALISPELL FIRE DEPARTMENT VALUES

•           Personal Responsibility

•           Honesty

•           Positive Attitude

KALISPELL FIRE DEPARTMENT GOALS

•           Improve the performance of Fire Department personnel

•           Develop comprehensive operational and administrative

            guidelines and policies 

•           Become visible and active in the Community

SERVICES PROVIDED

The Kalispell Firefighters do much more than just fight fires. They provide a wide variety of services within the community such as:

  • Fire and Emergency Medical Response
  • Technical rescue
  • Northwest  Hazardous Materials response team
  • Mutual Aid to neighboring jurisdictions
  • Public Education
  • Fire Company Fire Inspections / Pre Fire Planning
  • Hydrant Inspections
  • Ice Rescue
  • Kalispell Police Special Response Team
  • Advanced Life Support Transport 

In 2012 the Kalispell Fire Department responded to a total of 2486 incidents.  These numbers reflect fire, Hazardous Materials, technical rescue and EMS type of calls.  With these numbers we average a call volume of 7 calls per day.  In addition the typical Kalispell fire fighter averages a yearly total of 300 documented training hours. 

FIRE SUPPRESSION OPERATIONS

The Time—Temperature Curve standard is based on data from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Insurance Services Organization (ISO), which have established that a typical point source of ignition in a residential house will “flash over” at some time between 5 and 10 minutes after ignition, turning a typical room and contents fire into a structural fire of some magnitude. The utility of the time—temperature curve for fire station placement is limited to a number of factors, including but not limited to the following:

It does not account for the time required for the existence of a fire to be “discovered” and reported to the Fire Department via the 911 system.

The time from ignition to flashover varies widely (5-30 minutes depending on building characteristics); thus it cannot provide a valid basis for the allocation of resources.

The curve is constantly shifting, given the numerous changes in building construction, built in suppression systems, the increase use of fire resistive materials for furniture, and other times typically found in the interior of occupied buildings.

In 2006, the Kalispell Fire Department was classified by the Insurance Services Offices (ISO), as a Class 3, joining the top 5 % of fire departments in the nation. This not only means that the department provides excellent service, but it also means that insurance rates are lower for property and business owners.  The Kalispell Fire Department Provides this service with the current staffing of 3 platoons and a total of 29 floor personnel.

 

EMS SERVICES

In communities where the fire service is the principal provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first response, the “chain of survival” standard shown in the link below was developed by the American Heart Association and is often used to provide guidance for distribution of resources.  The chain of survival suggest that basic life support (CPR and defibrillation) should be available to the victim of cardiac arrest within 4 minutes of the event, and that advanced life support (paramedic service) should be available within 8 minutes or less of the event.  Early notification, distribution and concentration of emergency response service are thus paramount to successful resuscitation efforts.

In trauma events, the golden hour is the historic benchmark applied to victims with significant critical traumatic injuries.  The golden hour reflects the concept that survivability decreases significantly if the patient isn’t in the operating room within one hour of receiving a critical traumatic injury.  The proper placement and staffing of well trained and equipped personnel is crucial for positive outcomes regarding emergencies.

All of our Firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians from Basic certification to Paramedic certification.  We provide a fire based transporting Advanced Life Support Ambulance service to the Flathead Valley and surrounding communities.

FIRE STATIONS AND LOCATIONS

Station 61 which was originally constructed in 1979 is located at 312 1st Ave. East in downtown Kalispell.  Currently, Station 61 houses Medic 621, Engine 631, engine 631 Reserve, HazMat Trailer 671, Type 6 Engine 681 and various administrative vehicles.  This station also houses the administrative offices for the Kalispell Fire Department.

This station was recently remodeled and provided with an efficiency upgrade with the assistance of Federal Fire Station Grant monies. 

 

Station 62 constructed in 2006 is located at 255 Reserve Loop in Kalispell Montana.  Currently Station 62 houses Ladder 642, Engine 632, Type 6 Engine 682, Medic 622, Fire Tender 692, Technical rescue trailer 673 and a Medic Reserve apparatus.  This station also houses a satellite office for the Kalispell Police Department and a training room that is available to the surrounding communities. 

 

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