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In a medical emergency, time is of the essence. Each fire engine has all of the capabilities of an ambulance with the single exception of patient transport to the hospital. In most cases, an engine will arrive on scene prior to the ambulance. Life saving medical assistance can begin immediately in preparation for the arrival of the ambulance and subsequent transport to the hospital. In addition, during complicated medical emergencies, the paramedic from the fire engine will assist the ambulance crew during transport, increasing patient care while en route to the medical facility.
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Open burning within the city limits is prohibited.
Please review the Recreational Fires (PDF) for more information.
Generally, no. While we do understand that being separated from a family companion is upsetting, most cats who climb up into a tree generally find their way down on their own and in a healthy condition. Many cats that climb into the safety of trees do so because they are frightened. These frightened animals generally will not allow unfamiliar firefighters to pluck them out of the tree. If you have a unique animal rescue situation, please call Lewiston’s non-emergency dispatch line at 208-746-0171 and they will help you determine if the Fire Department or another resource can help reunite you with your family companion.
Take a look at the Smoke Alarm and CO2 Information (PDF) for more information.
If you live on a flag lot or your house is some distance from the nearest street, then most probably you live on an established fire apparatus access road. The Lewiston Fire Department asks that you check the current condition of your fire apparatus access road.
These items are Fire Code requirements. The Fire Department will notify homeowners when problems are observed, however, that observation may occur only when a fire engine or ambulance cannot make access during an emergency. Unfortunately, this is how many problems are found. Please take a moment to check the condition of your fire apparatus access road. Attention to these items will ensure the quickest, most efficient response by the Lewiston Fire Department. You don’t want us delayed when seconds may make the difference.
In the old days, firefighters played cards and took it easy while waiting for the next fire. Now every minute of the day is packed with activity. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls take up much of the day along with:
The City of Lewiston has a Class 3 ISO fire protection class rating.
Up to 15 firefighters provide emergency services protection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in what is called "constant staffing." To provide this coverage, each firefighter works 5 alternating 24-hour shifts and then has six days off. For example, a firefighter may have a work cycle that includes:
Then the firefighter will be off until the following Sunday, etc.
According to the Idaho Driver’s Manual, when you hear an emergency vehicle, such as a fire truck, police vehicle or ambulance, you must immediately drive as close as is safely practical to the right-hand edge or curb of the road, clear of any intersection, and stop. Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.
Lewiston Fire Department does not endorse any particular company to service extinguishers or alarms. Please refer to the yellow pages in the local phone directory or look up "fire extinguisher service Lewiston, ID" on the internet for a company that carries Underwriters Laboratory (UL) equipment.
For information on donating a house to enhance firefighter training, contact Safety/Training Chief Keith Weissenfels at Lewiston Fire Department by calling 208-743-3554, ext. 6267.
Our fire companies work 24-hour shifts, which means they eat, sleep, and work at the fire station for 24 hours at a time. They may need to go to the grocery store to purchase food to prepare meals for the day. Because they must be able to respond to an emergency incident at any time, the crew is required to stay together, close to their apparatus, and be prepared to deploy immediately, even from the grocery store, if they get a call.
It is critical that a firefighter’s mind, body, and spirit are able to operate at peak performance in a moment’s notice. The nature of the occupation demands a great deal of physical strength and stamina. As such, firefighters are encouraged to spend approximately one hour each day (on and off duty) exercising. While exercising, the firefighter is still prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to any emergency that may arise.