Drivers in Hauser Lake did a few double-takes this weekend when passing by the fire station. Many stopped to take photos as a piece of Hauser history was returned to our community, thanks to donors Marc and Marguerite Kauffman of California.
This historic engine, “E720,” was the first apparatus our current fire chief, James Neils, drove as a volunteer back in the 1990s. According to the few records found so far, it is a 1953 American LaFrance engine which was in service in Hauser Lake and fighting fires from 1974 to 1994. In approximately 1995, it was sold to the Kauffmans. Marc restored most of the mechanical portions of the truck over the twenty-five or so years he had it. This year, the Kauffmans donated the truck BACK to us!
Several volunteer firefighters and their families helped transport the engine from California to Hauser Lake last week. (More on that later.) Watch for more news in the coming weeks. For now, it’s home again in Hauser and safely tucked away inside a back bay of the station. ~JR
It is with heavy hearts and deep disappointment that we must announce Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
It was scheduled for December 13, 2020, but will not take place because of the pandemic. On the bright side, anyone wishing to donate anyway may do so!
Proceeds will benefit Kootenai County Hospital Pediatrics instead of a specific family.
Checks can be made payable to Hauser Lake Volunteer Firefighters’ Association (or HLVFA). Please mail them to or drop them off at the Hauser Lake Fire Station, 10728 N Hauser Lake Rd, Hauser, ID 83854.
We sincerely hope to resume next year. Stay well. ~ JR
Questions and answers about fires and burning in Hauser Lake.
By Chief Simms
When do I need a burning permit?
Permits for burning are required during the Idaho Closed Burning Season which is usually from May 10 through October 20. Recreational fires do not require a permit but can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and no more than 2 foot high in fuel. Outside of that time frame, as long as there is not a Burn Ban in effect, no permit is needed. Please note that the State of Idaho sometimes does extend the permit season beyond those dates, so this can change from time to time.
Where can I get a permit?
Permits, when required, for hand stacked yard waste may be obtained online or at the fire station.
This the ‘self service’ online burn permit (and renewal) available as long as burning is allowed, for free, through the IDOL: burnpermits.idaho.gov
It is important that the permit holder has a permit in possession when they are burning. If you have trouble with the link, you can also still fill out a paper form, found in the white cabinet in the front of the Hauser Lake Fire Station.
All other types of permits (slash, machine stacked slash, etc.) need to be obtained from the Idaho Department of Lands, 3258 West Industrial Loop, Coeur d’Alene.
What if no one is at the fire station to issue a permit?
Please fill out the form in the white box/cabinet at the front of the fire station. Fill out two copies, one to take with you and one to leave in the box. You can also use the online link shown above to obtain a permit.
What does a permit cost?
Permits in the Hauser Lake Fire District are issued at no cost.
Will the fire department still come out if I am burning with a permit?
Even if you have a permit the fire department may still respond if called. If there is a complaint due to smoke from your fire we may have to extinguish the fire even if you have a permit.
When is burning banned?
When weather conditions dictate burning may be banned, which means no open flames of any kind. Watch for Burn Ban signs as you drive into the area for a ban notice.
Are there any other restrictions?
The only items you can burn are wood and paper products;
you must call the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality at 800-633-6247 or visit their website;
On September 20, 2020, we celebrated the career of Larry Simms. He retired after 34 years of service to the Hauser Lake community and surrounding area.
A video of the ceremony, taken by Joan Rodman, has been posted on the District’s public Facebook page here (a new window should open). The video includes several very moving moments, including Chief Simms thanking his wife Elaine (also a 30+-year volunteer), shaking hands with the fire fighters, and listening to the final sign off from Captain Mobbs which was broadcast over the Kootenai County emergency dispatch system.
The following article appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Friday, August 14, 2020. We are grateful to reporter Madison Hardy for attending our ceremony and covering this noteworthy event in Hauser Lake history.
Hauser, Idaho — Fire Chief Larry Simms, Jr. will this month retire from the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District. Chief Simms has served Hauser and Kootenai County as a Firefighter/EMT for 34 years. He joined the Hauser Lake Fire Department as a Volunteer in 1986 and quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant Engineer. He continued to serve as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for 13 more years. In 1999, the Hauser Lake Fire Commissioners hired Larry, as their first paid Fire Chief.
Larry has served the department and community with honor and distinction. He has been a member of the North Idaho Fire Chiefs, the Kootenai Fire Chiefs, and the Idaho Fire Chiefs and has held numerous officers’ positions within each organization. Chief Simms was at the forefront of coordinating the cooperative efforts of neighboring fire departments to create what we now call “Mutual Aid Assistance.” An accomplished writer, he was instrumental in the department and Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services Systems in receiving State and Federal grants in excess of 1.5 million dollars.
Chief Simms’ service to our community will be recognized during a public Retirement Celebration and Open House on September 20, 2020 at the Hauser Lake Fire Station. The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a formal ceremony at 2:00. The Hauser Lake Fire Station is located at 10728 N Hauser Lake Road in Hauser, Idaho. Panhandle Health District’s health and safety guidelines will be followed and the event is subject to change with the circumstances. Event details are posted on hauserfire.org and Facebook as will any changes.
Larry Simms served 34 years with the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District
The public is invited to attend the Retirement Celebration and Open House from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on September 20, 2020 at the fire station.
Join us in recognizing LARRY SIMMS for 34 Years of Dedicated Service to the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, the 20th of September 2020 From 1 to 4 pm with a Formal Presentation at 2 pm Hauser Lake Fire Station,10728 N Hauser Lake Rd, Hauser, Idaho Parking is available just east of the station at the Hauser Lake Boat Launch. Light refreshments and beverages will be safely served. Weather is unpredictable; please plan for rain, snow or shine. Panhandle Health District’s health and safety guidelines will be followed. Plan subject to change with the circumstances. Any changes will be posted on hauserfire.org and facebook.com/HauserLakeFire