Fire Protection Recommendations
(A.) Create a defensible space around your home. Keep the immediate 30 foot area surrounding your homes/structures clean, lean, and green. Remove all dead leaves and branches, and keep trees, branches, and brush at least 10 feet away from all structures. Clear all cumbustible materials from beneath porches and decks. Clear roofs, eaves, and rain gutters of any dead leaves and pine needles. Remove any tree branches that may come in contact with power lines or that may be over a chimney. Have your chimney cleaned routinely by a professional. Keep all vegetation clear from fire hydrants. Make sure that emergency vehicles will be able to access your property in the event of an emergency. Locate all woodpiles and fuel storage tanks at least 30 feet from any structure. Have a disaster plan in case of emergency, and identify at least two escape routes from your property. Replace batteries in smoke detectors at least twice a year.
(A.) Yes. Extreme weather conditions such as high wind or extreme dryness can pose a significant fire hazard. We require that you call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and notify them of any controlled burns within the Central Fire District. Additionally, the (BLM) Bureau of Land Management also has burn restrictions. Please check with the BLM directly for their regulations at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/upper_snake.html or by calling 208-524-7500. Anytime you are perfoming a controlled burn, be sure there is someone in attendance at all times with a water supply and a cell phone in case the burn gets out of control.
(A.) You are allowed to burn tree trimmings, grass clippings, and ditch banks.
(A.) It is illegal to burn paint, tires, pesticide containers, construction debris, dead animals, demolition debris, petroleum products, treated wood, metals, plastic, asphalt, and crop residue.
Burn Permits For Crop Residue
(A.) The DEQ website has all the information you need at www.deq.idaho.gov/crop_residue_burning.cfm.
(A.) No. The fire department does not provide this service.
(A.) Call 911; the fire department will then be dispatched.
Station Tours And Site Visits
(A.) The Central Fire District enjoys teaching fire safety to all age groups. Just call the main office at 208-745-6003 to make arrangements.
(A.) It Depends upon the size of the group, but on an average it takes about an hour.
(A.) We will familiarize the group with fire equipment, trucks, and gear. We also teach proper fire safety, what to do in the event of an emergency, plus much more.
(A.) No. This is a public service we enjoy doing.
(A.) On average, an onsite tour lasts about an hour.
(A.) We do on site visits when possible. Since we are a volunteer department it depends upon our firefighter’s schedules.
Infant Car Seats
(A.) No. Please consult the web site for Idaho State regulations for car seat safety at http://itd.idaho.gov/ohs/ChildSafety/mostimportantpoints.htm. You may also consult your insurance company regarding their individual policy regarding replacement reimbursements after an accident.