Why do I see fire trucks or ambulances parked outside of grocery stores?

Firefighters work a unique schedule consisting of 24-hour shifts and have no allotted meal breaks. They generally combine their own money to supply food for the shift. They do not have the freedom to go anywhere alone, as crew integrity must be maintained to allow the most effective service at the time of an emergency.

Firefighters are often out of their stations for long hours running emergency calls, training, conducting fire inspections, hydrant testing and fulfilling public education requests. They remain available for calls by portable radio and will respond regardless of location or non-emergent status anytime they are outside of the station. Also, this is a great time for the community to say ‘hi’, ask questions of the firefighters, or view the fire apparatus. 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?