If you are a Bonner County resident living within the Northside Fire District, your home, property, and family are protected by members of the Northside Fire Department.
Northside Fire District covers an area of approximately 115 square miles in the northern and western portions of the county. About 10,000 people live within the Fire District, and many more pass through every day as they travel on Highway 95 and SH 200 or visit the many businesses located in and around Ponderay. It’s a busy place filled with tourists, shoppers, and families who call it home.
As the area has grown, so has Northside Fire District. Started in 1961 as a Fire Association, the District today consists of a full time Chief and Assistant Chief, 23 volunteers, three Fire Commissioners, four fire stations, and 14 pieces of apparatus. The vehicles include everything from fire trucks that carry 2,500 gallons of water and can pump 1,250 gallons per minute to small apparatus used to carry extrication equipment or attack wildland fires.
In addition to fire protection, Northside Fire District is involved in a wide variety of operations including EMS, vehicle extrication, rope rescue, fire prevention programs, along with many tasks most residents don’t see, like fire hydrant testing, hose testing, vehicle maintenance, building inspections, sprinkler and alarm testing, plan reviews, burn permits, and a continuous training program for the firefighters who volunteer as part of their commitment to community service.
The Northside Commissioners, Chief, and men and women of the Fire Department are people who live and work here just like you. They are part of a community that is dedicated to providing the best possible protection for its residents. They are on call 24 hours every day. They are “Your Fire Department.”
– Fire Chief Brad Mitton