What do firefighters do when they are not running fire or EMS calls?

Kalispell firefighters maintain 20 hours of training per month as a minimum standard. All firefighters are at least EMT-Basic certified, with most being Paramedics; these Emergency Medical Services certifications have additional continuing education requirements. They also conduct “company-level” commercial fire prevention inspections, check and maintain equipment and apparatus, teach fire safety to schools, test hydrants, study, maintain physical condition, conduct station tours, supervise fire drills, and document all fire and Emergency Medical Services calls. Some firefighters are involved in various departmental committees and special teams, such as hazardous materials, rope rescue and tactical paramedicine (SWAT medic). Due to shifts of 24 hours, firefighters also shop, pay for, and prepare all of their own meals and complete normal household chores around the station. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.

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1. Are tours of the fire station available?
2. Does the fire department rescue cats from trees?
3. Can I get my blood pressure taken at the fire station?
4. Do you have a volunteer program?
5. Why do fire engines / trucks and ambulances respond for emergency medical calls?
6. What should I do when an emergency vehicle is approaching displaying emergency lights and sirens?
7. Why do I see fire trucks or ambulances parked outside of grocery stores?
8. What is Kalispell’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating?
9. Can I burn waste and / or have a bonfire in my yard?
10. How do I get my child’s car seat inspected?
11. Can I do a ride-a-long on a fire truck or ambulance?
12. How do I become a firefighter with Kalispell?
13. How do I become an EMT or Paramedic?
14. What do firefighters do when they are not running fire or EMS calls?
15. What can I do to improve fire safety in my work area?