Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic


The District will be accepting application packets for Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic until Fri., 1/31/2022 at 4:00 p.m. PST

Must have a minimum of two or more years of continuous experience as a full-time career firefighter with a fire agency in the State of Idaho or in Spokane County Washington. Please see Employment Tab

 for further requirements to apply and information on wages/benefits.

Completed application packets can be emailed to, faxed to 208-772-3044, or

mailed/hand-delivered to Fire Station 1 at 125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden Idaho

Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

The Northern Lakes Fire District was established with the consolidation of two neighboring fire districts in 2000. We are not a department of any city or county government and are governed by a five-member Board of Fire Commissioners elected by the public to four-year terms.

Today, the District serves five communities with more than 60,000 residents. We are an all-hazards organization that provides structural and wildland fire protection, advanced life support emergency medical services, fire prevention, and public education services, to those we serve.


In 2021, District crews responded to almost 6,400 emergency calls; more than a 17% increase from 2020. While we continue to seek resourceful and innovative means to provide the best level of service to our citizens and guests, additional staffing remains a crucial need. Please rest assured that our administration will continue working hard to identify options for funding the much needed additional firefighters.


In the meantime, our dedicated firefighters will respond to emergencies in their highly proficient and professional manner, as always.

Thank you to all the citizens for their continued support as we again move forward in our crucial mission to increase staffing for emergency response. I encourage anyone with questions, comments, or concerns to please contact me.


I just ask that when you see your fire crews out in the community, please take a moment to thank them and let them know they are appreciated and valued. 


I wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

Fire Danger is LOW

Burn permits are being issued for residential yard waste, burn barrels & slash piles.

Recreational fires, cooking fires, and small camping fires consisting of clean wood do NOT require a permit.

A no-cost 10 day burn permit can be obtained from the Idaho Dept. of Lands at

(See Instructions Below)

You must call the Air Quality Hotline at    800-633-6247 (select Option #3 for

Kootenai County) or visit

for conditions prior to burning.

If air quality is Green, burning is allowed.

If air quality is Yellow, a voluntary burn ban is in effect. If air quality is Red, burning is

not allowed in the District.

A copy of your burn permit and the

District's burning regulations must be

on hand while burning.


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Pat Riley, Fire Chief

Phone: (208) 772-5711



Provides an all-hazards response and community risk reduction to the greater Hayden, Rathdrum, and Twin Lakes areas in Kootenai County. Northern Lakes Fire staffs two fire engines and two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances with career staff that respond to more than 6,300 emergency calls annually from two staffed stations located in the cities of Hayden and Rathdrum. These stations are staffed 24/7/365 with twelve Firefighter/EMTs. We are a career department, comprised of thirty-six firefighters, three Chief Officers, a Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshal, a Fleet Mechanic, and three administrative support staff. In addition, all of our firefighters are certified EMTs, including sixteen paramedics.


Our staff respond to structure and wildland fires, emergency medical calls with paramedic staffed ambulances, motor vehicle crashes with heavy extrication capabilities, hazardous material response, technical rescue, weather events, ice rescues, and operate two fire & rescue boats.


Our District is comprised of approximately 108 square miles of lakes, mountains, prairies and growing cities with a population of more than 60,000 residents living in a Wildland Urban Interface identified by the Federal Registry as high risk for wildfire.

Please enjoy our website for your informational needs!

Alert! Kootenai is the emergency alert system that enables the County to provide the public with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as winter storms, flooding, major forest fires, unexpected road closures, evacuations of building or neighborhoods and more.


The Northern Lakes Fire District Board of Commissioners holds regularly scheduled board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. at Fire Station 1 located at 125 W. Hayden Ave.,  in Hayden

The next scheduled board meeting

will be held on 

Thursday, January 27th

at 10:00 a.m.  

Fire Station 1 located at 

125 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden


Read the District's Newsletter "The Fire Wire"


The District's

Quarterly Newsletter

Northern Lakes Fire Career Firefighters

Are Proudly Represented by the     

International Association of Firefighters Local #4045

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