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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

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

We have it on good authority that Santa is making a visit to the Hauser area on December 20 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!

Please share this 2019 Santa Run flyer with others in Hauser Lake.

Santa’s Schedule: Hauser Lake, December 20, 2019 from 4:45 to 8:00 PM

4:45 PM – Hauser Lake Fire Station
5:10 – Westside Resort
5:25 – Waterford Estates
5:40 – Sheltered Court
5:55 – Rice Road/Love Court
6:15 – Nine Bark Rd
6:45 – Cloverleaf/Kathleen
7:10 – Southview Terrace
7:30 – D-Mac’s
8:00 – Embers on the Lake

Breakfast with Santa 2019

Each December, the Hauser Lake Fire Department hosts this fund raising event, in memory of Shalena, to help a local family in need.

***Breakfast with Santa has been cancelled for December 13, 2020.***

Shalena
Shalena was taken by cancer but her memory lives on through this treasured community event in Hauser Lake.

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. Click here for public comments about this great event.

  • 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

This year’s breakfast (2019)

Raffle

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 flyer each year (currently not available).

  • 2020 Breakfast with Santa flyer – picture (check back in November)
  • 2020 Breakfast with Santa flyer – PDF file (check back in November)

How Breakfast with Santa Started

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.

See also the 2001 interview with Gary Mobbs about Breakfast with Santa.

Start Your Own “Breakfast With Santa”

To suggest a family as next year’s beneficiary or for questions regarding Breakfast with Santa, email santa@hauserfire.org.

Video

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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.

Page last updated November 2, 2020.

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.

Support Hauser Fire when you shop at Amazon!

Turn your every day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0473450 and Amazon donates to Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary.

Whenever you shop on Amazon, simply start by going to that link above first. Nothing looks different or acts different, but a small portion of your purchase will be donated to the Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary, which ultimately supports YOUR local first responders in Hauser Lake!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you live in the Hauser Lake area, we encourage you to volunteer!

Hauser Lake Fire District map
Boundaries of the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District.

If you live in the Hauser Lake area, we encourage you to volunteer! Volunteers can help in whatever capacity they are comfortable. If you are in good physical condition, can dedicate the time, and like to work with cool tools, you can volunteer as a firefighter and/or EMT.

If you don’t feel comfortable with that, have a bit less time, or are not physically able to be a full firefighter, we can still use your help and support. We have an Auxiliary that supports members during incidents and trainings and takes on various projects. We can also utilize someone who may have a particular expertise or would simply want to help out with maintenance, administrative, fire prevention or other functions.

If you’re not interested in being a firefighter or EMT, the Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary might be a great way for you to still help out and support the fire department. The Fire Auxiliary hosts our open house, helps with various projects around the station, and supports the firefighters during a fire by providing food and drinks to the firefighters.

If any of these avenues sound like something you would like to do, please contact us at the fire station for more information or just stop by for a chat with the Chief who is at the station most weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.

Parting Words from a Volunteer Firefighter

Marc Kalbaugh holds the shadowbox given to him as a gift from the HLFPD upon retirement.

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.