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Press Release: For Immediate Release

 

Prepared by Steven Isaacson – Division Chief / PIO

1590 E Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID  83854 (208) 777-8500 cell: 913-593-9339

 

Date:  March 16, 2020

 

KCFR COVID-19 Response

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The COVID-19 virus is requiring some operational changes at KCFR.   We join you in having hope for a rapid resolve of this current national crisis.  Please rest assured, that we are here, committed to the long haul and determined to continue to provide excellence in response to our communities’ emergency needs.

During this National Emergency we ask visitors to identify and state your purpose of business in order to enter our Headquarters facility and once in, visitors may be asked to wear a simple face mask if ill and access to areas will be restricted.  KCFR has also suspended the use of its facilities for non-essential meetings and public gatherings.  For now, our office hours remain the same, but we stand ready to expand if necessary.  Please be aware that KCFR does not have PPE supplies for public use available. 

KCFR with concern for both citizens and employees, is suspending all scheduled events until further notice including community station tours, fire extinguisher classes, public education programs, and public events. As part of the social distancing plan set forth by Federal, State and local officials to keep firefighters and citizens safe and healthy, KCFR asks that if you have an emergency you call 911 and at this time, if possible, stop visiting fire stations throughout the Fire District unless emergent. 

You should be aware that when KCFR receives a 911 call to respond to someone exhibiting symptoms that are flu like or consistent with COVID-19, citizens could potentially see firefighters arriving wearing personal protective gear that includes goggles, masks, gloves and gowns.  This is our new normal and we ask that you understand the precautions we are taking.  

We appreciate your understanding and will continue to provide updates as reasonable.  Finally, if you are not feeling well, we ask that you visit another time.  As you can imagine the health and safety of our personnel is paramount so that we can continue to be ready to serve our citizens and partners.  

For COVID-19 information:  Please use the Panhandle Health District hotline: 877-415-5225




FIRE DANGER: LOW

OUTDOOR BURNING: CLOSED

As of 4/1/20, The DEQ, Idaho Department of Lands, and Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is asking the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as we respond to the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.

To avoid additional health impacts, the public is being asked to refrain from residential open burning (tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste, and burn barrels) and any other nonessential open burning activities until further notice. At this time, recreational fires are allowed. Recreational fires are small fires smaller than 3 feet by 3 feet diameter and used for pleasure, cooking or warming.

Fire Restriction Hotline: 1-844-433-4737 or idahofireinfo.com 
If you should have any questions, please call our office at 208-777-8500.


HOW WILL YOU FIND OUT ABOUT LOCAL EMERGENCIES?

Sign up for Kootenai County emergency notification system.
By opting into the Alert! Kootenai emergency notification system, you will be informed before, during, and after incidents that could impact your safety.

For more information:
Online - www.kcgov.us/alertkootenai or (
click here)
Phone - (208) 446-1850
E-mail - ENSsupport@kcgov.us



??Executive Session: Monday, April 13 at HQ 
Discussion: Personnel
To Include: The BOFC
Time: Not to exceed 1 hour?
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Next Board of Fire Commissioner's Regular Monthly Meeting
Monday, April 20 at 1600 hrs (4:00 pm) *
HQ Building at 1590 E Seltice Way, PF
(Click Here) for a copy of the Agenda


* Time change for the Regular Monthly Meetings are now at 1600 hrs (4:00 pm)



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