Our First Awards Banquet in Two Years

May 15, 2022

From left to right, many of our current members: Shane Kamps, Kyle Andrews, Connie and James Lewis, John Belanger, James Neils, Tom Maddalone, Larry Shervanick, Gary Mobbs and Jared Cysewski (back), Vickie Shervanick, Katie Hron, Matt Belanger, Melissa Nickolaus, Andrea Knorpp, Shaya Hall (back), Allison Stroh, Dave Strohte, Jody Mask
Photos of Kyle and other award recipients are in our Google Photo Album.

On Sunday, May 15, current and former members of the Hauser Lake FPD / Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department gathered together to celebrate and recognize achievements from 2020 and 2021. There were many people to be honored, given that it had been two years since our last “annual” banquet.

The following awards and accomplishments were celebrated, with the Officers and Commissioner Maddalone speaking at various times.

  • Leadership Award: Gary Mobbs
  • Camaraderie Awards: Kyle Andrews and Dave Strohte
  • Challenge Pin was awarded by Gary Mobbs to Shane Kamps
  • Rookie of the Year: Jared C…
  • EMT of the Year: Larry Shervanick
  • Most Improved Award: Vickie Shervanick
  • Instructors recognized by their EMS students: Gary Mobbs and Shane Kamps
  • Dedication and Devotion Award: Joan Rodman
  • Retirements of Lisa Wendle with 24 and Nick Lundt with 21 years of service

Click here to see banquet photos taken by Joan and Paul Rodman (Google Photo Album). (Please contact Joan if you have images to share!)

Officers: Captain Gary Mobbs, Lieutenant Shane Kamps, Deputy Chief Tom Maddalone, and Fire Chief James Neils.

The event was made possible by the friendly and talented folks at Embers at the Lake (shown here), an extraordinary pizza restaurant on Hauser Lake. The weather was beautiful; the food was delicious; the service impeccable. Fun was had by all.

For more fun news about deserving awards recipients, see our Honors page.

Page created 5/19/2022. Updated 5/22/22.

Breakfast with Santa 2021

It was held December 12, 2021

This year’s Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa in Hauser Lake was a bit different due to COVID, but it was great fun! The 35th annual event featured a drive-thru burrito breakfast. It proved to be a great time for all who participated. We would like to thank our wonderful community of friends and neighbors who came together and made the best of a scaled-down tradition-to support a very special family. Click here to see photos on our public Facebook page (new window should open).

Below is the instruction/menu sheet given when guests arrived. (They did not have to leave the warmth of their own vehicles.)

Suggested donations for breakfast were still only $3 per person or $10 per family.

Proceeds will benefit Shaye, a seven-year-old girl from Coeur d’Alene with leukemia.

Sponsored by the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department
10728 N Hauser Lake Rd, Hauser, ID 83854
hauserfire.org | (208) 773-1174 | https://facebook.com/HauserLakeFire

Facebook users were asked to respond to this event: https://fb.me/e/4lnVX0W2r

Those wishing to donate directly to this great cause without any further ado may simply give a check to any member of the Hauser Lake Fire Department, made out to “Hauser Lake Fire Dept” and put “Breakfast” in the memo line so we know your intent. Thank you.

Already we have received generous support from so many in our community! Here are some we can recognize. More will be listed soon. Our thanks to:

  • Champion Concrete Pumping
  • Post Falls Family Medicine
  • Cline Insurance
  • Springwater Vet Services
  • Finklebinders at the Lake
  • D-Mac’s (Hauser Lake)
  • Dale Thomas Plumbing & Heating
  • Allinol Truck & Auto Repair
  • Ace Hardware
  • Heavenly Brews
  • Thurman Family Farm
  • Cabela’s
  • Ember’s on the Lake
  • River City Physical Therapy
  • Leanne Carney
  • Napa (Post Falls)
  • Many contributed to the cause and go unnamed, but they do not go unappreciated! Thank you, everyone!

Please share this page, this image, or this PDF flyer with others!

Page created and posted October 26, 2021. Last updated 2/8/22

Health Advisory Issued for Hauser Lake

Harmful algae bloom in Hauser Lake, 10/7/2021

The Panhandle Health District has issued a press release regarding a harmful algae bloom in Hauser Lake. Please see the following press release posted on the site https://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/news/ or click here to download the PDF.

Image from Panhandle Health District press release.

Posted October 8, 2021

Your Amazon shopping can 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, donations to which support the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department and, therefore, the Hauser Lake community?

When you shop for Father’s Day (or anything else), 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.

Historic engine E720

May 17, 2021

The old-but-new-again Engine 720, which was owned several decades ago by the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department, is back home again after the buyers/restorers became donors. The engine was donated back to the HLVFD this year by Marc and Marguerite Kaufman of California.

The engine’s journey home was made possible by volunteer Jody Mask and his cousin, who experienced some traffic problems on their way due to the eye-catching load they were hauling from California to Idaho!

Click any photo below to view it and flip through all of them. Photos courtesy of Jody Mask.

For all photos, see https://photos.app.goo.gl/UwAhBfhAeRsjqeJg6

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. 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