E720 returns to Hauser 4-17-21

April 20, 2021

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

E720 returns to Hauser Lake 4-17-2021
E720 donors Marc and Marguerite Kauffman of California

Chief Larry Simms’ Retirement Ceremony

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.

A few photos of the event are below. For more, please see our public Facebook page (@HauserLakeFire). You can also try this link: https://www.facebook.com/HauserLakeFire/photos/pcb.3523762351002251/3523761441002342/?type=3&theater

Posted September 20, 2020

Hauser Lake Fire Chief Transition in the News

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.

Coeur d'Alene Press logo

Coeur d’Alene Press

By Madison Hardy, Staff Writer

Click here to open the PDF file of page 1 and here for page 2.

Published September 21, 2020

Press Release: Chief Simms to Retire

September 14, 2020

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.

Please also see the invitation also posted on this site.

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~SK, JR

Hauser Fire Rescues Doe From Lake

Captain Mobbs and the victim, by Brian Plonka, Spokesman-Review.

The Hauser Lake volunteer first responders recently saved a deer which had fallen through the ice. The story was covered by the Spokesman Review and KHQ. We shared the story from S-R on the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District’s Facebook page and elicited some very nice responses:

Here is a link to the story on the Spokesman Review: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/jan/16/oh-deer-rescuers-on-thin-ice-at-hauser-lake/

Here is the story on KHQ.com, including a video by Captain Mobbs during the rescue. Click image to open new window.

Screenshot of video from KHQ.com. Click to visit https://www.khq.com/news/video-crews-rescue-doe-that-fell-through-ice-at-hauser/video_0da0d0a8-399a-11ea-b57e-9f6be1a7bd1d.html

Page added January 21, 2020.

2019 Breakfast with Santa Donors

Thank you to everyone for another successful year at Breakfast with Santa! While it is impossible to recognize all of the individuals who contributed to this great cause, we can identify many of the businesses who did so. Please consider doing business with these companies, that their kindness and generosity might multiply and circle around.

In totally random order, the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary would like to thank the following businesses for their support of Breakfast with Santa:

  • Lookout Pass Ski Patrol
  • Andy Cline: Allstate Insurance
  • Western States Caterpillar
  • Hauser Lake Water Association
  • Links Golf
  • River City Physical Therapy
  • Saturday Night Productions
  • Scentsy Independent Consultant Deborah Knuckles
  • Allinol
  • Axis Spine
  • Hauser Market
  • Hauser Lions Club
  • Post Falls Family Medicine
  • Axis pine Center
  • David Hillman
  • River City Physical Therapy
  • Champion Concrete
  • Dee’s Boss (uh, LeAnne, is this a business?)
  • Sysco
  • Napa
  • Zip’s
  • Cravens Coffee
  • Upscale Mail

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
~ JR

Shop to support the HLVFD!

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that a significant portion of your orders through Amazon can be donated to the Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary, which is used to support the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department and, therefore, the Hauser Lake community?

When you shop for the holidays, instead of going to amazon.com, simply start at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0473450, and AmazonSmile will donate to Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary!

Click the image above to start shopping at Amazon AND support the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary in Hauser, Idaho.