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On January 1, 2015, the Sagle Fire District and City of Sandpoint Fire Department were consolidated into Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS by a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), combining all aspects of the fire department operations (except finances). Then, on October 1, 2016 the Westside Fire District joined. The Joint Powers Agreement has allowed the job sharing of the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief’s assistant which brought savings to each department.

The JPA has allowed all three (3) fire departments to increase their capabilities and become more efficient in regards to emergency responses, fire prevention, public education and community outreach. The JPA was developed in a way that will allow other organizations to join and participate in the consolidation.

Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS is managed by a board of commissioners who are represented by two (2) Sandpoint City Council members, two (2) Sagle Fire Board Commissioners, two (2) Westside Fire Board Commissioners and one (1) member from the community. The board approves all aspects of the district except finances which are currently kept separate; however, employees and equipment are intermingled.

What occurred between the City of Sandpoint, the Sagle Fire District and the Westside Fire District is a great example of good government at work. Instead of having three separate fire departments operating independently, the community now has a better equipped, cohesive emergency services delivery system.

Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS consist of a full-time Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, and Executive Assistant, 19 Firefighters and 26 +/- volunteer firefighters currently responding out of three fire stations. Fire Station 1 is located at 1123 Lake Street in Sandpoint, Fire Station 2 is located at 825 Railroad Avenue in Dover and Fire Station 3 is located at 2689 Gun Club in Sagle. The Department protects approximately 194 square miles.

Our Administration office is located at our Station 1, 1123 Lake Street, Sandpoint, and where we can take care of all your Fire Department business needs.

Please visit our website where you can sign up for CPR and First Aid classes, get burn permit information as well as other interesting information. Also visit our Facebook page to see our current activities.

News from the desk of the Fire Chief

Free sandbags & sand available at Sandpoint Fire Station

Post Date:02/09/2017 4:50 PM

City crews have been out today clearing snow and slush build up from storm drains.  The weather forecast is predicting more rain into tonight and Friday.  Residents are asked to also assist with keeping storm drains clear to prevent flooding.  The City has sand and bags available for any residents experiencing flooding concerns to fill and take.  The sand and bags are at the Sandpoint Fire Station at 1123 Lake Street. 

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