First, visit the Kootenai County Emergency Notification System for Citizens page. This is a free citizen voice and text alert notification service used to contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending voice, text or email messages to you. This is for local emergency notifications like an evacuation, school lock down, public health event, etc.
Marc Kalbaugh retired from the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department in 2019. In a brief speech given at the annual appreciation banquet in March, he shared what being a volunteer has meant to him. Perhaps Marc’s words will help others who are considering volunteering–not just as a firefighter but in any capacity — take the plunge and serve. The following is a transcript of Marc’s speech.
I would like to thank the commissioners, past and present, for all their support throughout the years and for what they do to keep this Department moving forward and outfitted. To the members, we have had some good times but change is hard and for me I must step away. It has taken some time for me to come to this decision and it’s hard for me to make it. To the Auxiliary, some folks say you join the fire department to fight fire, I think I joined because at 3 o’clock in the morning being handed a sandwich, beef jerky, and a beverage means so much.
It has been said that “unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of our souls.” (~David Thomas, as quoted in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891). If you’re looking for a reason to volunteer, for anything, no matter what it is, or for how long, think of the impacts you’ll have on yourself and the people you serve for and with.
Years from now, my fleeting memories will be filled with the experiences that had the greatest impacts on my life. I will look back at my time in the fire service and smile knowing that my service was meaningful. It really has been my honor to serve with all of you and to serve this community.
Though my time has come to an end, let’s not forget why we are here tonight: remembering and celebrating all of you for all that you do in service to this community. From the commissioners to our members’ husbands and wives, the dedication each and every one of you has to this Department, community, and the people you all help every day is truly commendable. Essentially working 24/7, 365 days a year, means sleepless nights and missed meals, taking time away from your own families and their needs to meet the needs of others.
As a fellow firefighter and now as a citizen and member of this community, I would like to take this opportunity to say, thank you for what you do.
To my brothers and sisters who put the wet stuff on the red stuff, I would like to leave you with this from the History of the World’s Greatest Fires: In Greek Mythology, Prometheus was a titan trickster who was said to have defied the gods by giving man fire. The Gods were incensed and Prometheus was sentenced to be bound to a rock to eternal torment for his transgression where each day an eagle would feast on his liver only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. Just think, “If Prometheus is worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods to honor the men/women who make it their professional business to put it out!” (~John G. Saxe, quoted in George C. Hale, History of the World’s Greatest Fires, 1905)
It has truly been my honor, Thank You.
Marc Kalbaugh served with the Hauser Lake Fire Department from 2008 to 2019.
Hauser Lake residents should soon receive HLFPD’s November Newsletter in their mailbox, written by Chief Simms. Two items in the newsletter are particularly newsworthy to residents.
First, Hauser Lake Fire has received grants totaling $30,000 this year to upgrade communications. We continue to apply for other grants that can leverage our funds and save taxpayers money.
Second, this summer the Idaho Survey and Rating Bureau surveyed our fire district to evaluate our ability to respond to emergencies. The survey is very comprehensive and includes an in-depth look at training, equipment, apparatus, water delivery and more. As a result of the hard work of our volunteers, our insurance rating for those areas served by fire hydrants improved from a rating of 5 to a rating of 4. With a lower rating it is possible for those residents within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant to shop for insurance that may be available at less cost.
The newsletter includes some interesting statistics about our members. Last year, our members responded to 181 emergency calls. As of October 31, this year we have responded to 177 calls. Each year our volunteers provide over 3,000 hours of service to the community. This includes emergency calls, training and community activities. In terms of dollar value this adds up to nearly $100,000 per year in tax savings for our residents.
Finally, Chief Simms included important reminders about address signs and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, plus news of upcoming Hauser events.
We have it on good authority that Santa is making a visit to the Hauser area on December 21 AND he will be on one of OUR fire trucks!!! He is taking toy wishes from the kids, passing out candy canes, AND taking donations for the Post Falls Food Bank!!!
Santa’s schedule is available on our website (below) and fliers are posted at the Hauser Fire Station. Don’t miss it!
Santa’s Schedule: Hauser Lake, December 21, 2018 from 5 to 8:30 PM
5:00 PM – Hauser Lake Fire Station
5:20 – Westside Resort
5:35 – Waterford Estates
5:55 – Rice Road/Love Court
6:15 – Nine Bark Rd
6:35 – Cloverleaf/Kathleen
6:50 – Southview Terrace
7:30 – Hollister Hills
8:00 – Embers on the Lake
8:30 PM – Hauser Lake Fire Station
Each December, the Hauser Lake Fire Department hosts this fund raising event, in memory of Shalena, to help a local family in need.
Shalena’s Breakfast with Santa is an annual fundraiser and community-building event sponsored by the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary. The event is held on the second Sunday of each December. Over 1,000 people are served each year; attendance increases steadily as more and more friends and neighbors discover this terrific event as a way to get into the holiday spirit.
What: Community fundraiser which includes a raffle, visits and photos with Santa Claus, and a fantastic breakfast served by the fire fighters with help from their families, friends, and 4-H groups
Why: Proceeds help a local family with a child who suffers from a serious, often terminal disease.
When: Second Sunday in December, from 7 am to 1 pm.
Where: The Hauser Lake Fire Station at 10728 N. Hauser Lake Rd., Hauser, Idaho
Served: All-you-can-eat sausage, eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and more
How much: A suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 for an entire family
Prizes for the raffle, which is held each year during the Breakfast with Santa, are created, filled, and donated by the Auxiliary members and other local citizens and businesses. Special thanks go to the Auxiliary members for their valuable contributions.
Share and help us even more!
Please help make the event a success by promoting the event. Share the Facebook event or this web page with your friends, family, colleagues, coworkers…anyone and everyone!
You can also help us help this family by sharing the 2018 flyer:
Each December, the Hauser Lake Fire Department hosts this fund raising event to help a local family in need. John and Betty Mobbs started the event in 1985 when they worked to raise money to help alleviate medical bills and financial distress for the family of a Hauser Lake volunteer firefighter, Gary, whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer.
Shalena lost her battle but her memory lives on with the Breakfast. Shalena’s Breakfast With Santa has become an annual tradition within the community of Hauser, Idaho. With help from area businesses and North Idaho citizens, proceeds go to a family with a child diagnosed with a serous illness. The children’s illnesses are often terminal.
To suggest a family as next year’s beneficiary or for questions regarding Breakfast with Santa, email email@example.com.
Thanks to KHQ channel 6 for letting us share this fun, 2 minute video with you. KHQ Channel 6 did a little story about Breakfast with Santa on the event’s 25th anniversary. Gary Mobbs and Lisa Wendle are interviewed.
Breakfast with Santa this year, December 2018, will benefit Eaton and his family; Eaton is a 6 year old boy from Hayden who has cancer.
This year, the Fire Department’s popular annual event will be held December 9, 2018 at the Hauser Lake Fire Station from 7 am to 1 pm.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast served by the firefighters and auxiliary members. Try your luck at the huge Raffle. Have your photos taken with Santa and share your wish lists with him. Enjoy a good event for a good cause and get in the mood for a season of giving!