Fire Facility & Equipment
The insurance industry recognizes a fire station’s effective response distance to be 5-road miles when setting property insurance rates. Currently, the Whitefish Fire Department operates out of two stations: Station 21 within City Limits and Station 22 at the southeast end of the Whitefish Fire Service Area.
Station 21 - Located at 275 Flathead Avenue in the City’s ESC (Emergency Services Center) houses our administrative offices, career staff’s living quarters, gym and ten apparatus bays.
Station 22 - Located at the intersection of Whitefish Stage and Hodgson Roads belongs to the Whitefish Fire Service Area and is used by the Whitefish Fire Department to provide fire protection to the southern portions of the Fire Service Area. this station is also home to our training building and has four apparatus bays.
City Shops - Located at the end of 13th Street in the City close to Station 21. Some of our training props like confined space rescue and trench rescue are being added at this facility.
Hovercraft Barn - A small, one-bay building located at City Beach that houses our hovercraft, a water/ice rescue vehicle.
Future Satellite Stations - With the goal of bringing as many properties within effective distance of a fire station to provide both better emergency response plus substantial insurance premium savings, both the City and the Fire Service Area would need to obtain property, construct the building, and equip the building with fire apparatus.
Very preliminary talks listed the following possible locations:
- Bottom of Big Mountain Road within reach of the top of Iron Horse.
- Area near Twin Bridges Road and Highway 93 North.
- Area near East Lakeshore Drive and Delrey Road.
- Area near Star Meadows to protect the properties being developed up there.
- Area north on Highway 93.
In addition to the possible improved fire protection by having a fire station close by (within 5 road miles), each individual’s property insurance annual premium savings should outweigh the cost of a Rural Improvement District if the property owners band together to obtain property, construct a fire station, and equip it with a fire engine and a tender.
Whitefish Fire Department Apparatus
Living in an area such as Whitefish provides many opportunities and challenges with different situations we may face. The Whitefish Fire Department is equipped with various apparatus to assist in numerous emergency situations we might encounter.