Garland Fire is accepting applications on a continual basis for firefighters/EMTs.
Garland is a paid on call department and we pay for training. Hourly wage is dependent on certifications. Minimum, you will need to have or be willing to get your Fire I/II certification and EMT/AEMT certification within a couple years. We usually drill once a week on Thursday nights.
You can also get your wildland certification/red card and earn additional wages on wildland fires throughout the summer months as well.
Being completely honest, there is definitely a commitment to being involved with the fire department. Calls come at all hours of the day and night, holidays, birthdays, family supper and all the other inconvenient times you can think of. We are serious about training. We train so we all go home after a call. We try to keep it as minimal as possible, but when opportunities come up we try to take advantage of them.
So, if you like to do some good in the community that you live in, help your neighbors in their time of need then contact us. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We’ll be happy to show anyone around the department anytime.
You can contact the city at 435-257-3118 and ask for the fire department. Leave a message and we’ll be in touch. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, that’s right, FREE smoke alarms. Along with the Red Cross the Garland Fire Department would like to make our community safer.
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you have just two minutes to escape? Did you know fires double in size every minute?
Here are some interesting fire stats according to the National Fire Protection Agency from 2014:
- One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes.
- One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
Some interesting facts about causes of fires:
On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day. Candles caused 3% of total reported home fires, and home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of associated direct property damage during 2009-2013.
Cooking has long been the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, as well as one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage. Overall, cooking equipment was involved in 45% of reported home fires.
The importance of smoke/fire alarms:
In 2009-2013, fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year (38% of home fire deaths). An additional 510 people per year (21% of home fire deaths) were fatally injured in fires in which smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.
Almost all households indicate having smoke alarms, yet smoke alarms were present in slightly less than three-quarters (73%) of reported home fires and operated in roughly half (53%). When present in reported fires large enough to activate them, they operated 87% of the time. Hardwired smoke alarms were more likely to operate than those powered solely by batteries. The death rate per 100 reported fires was more than twice as high in homes with no or no working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths per 100 fires) as it was in fires with working smoke alarms (0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
The fact is, smoke alarms help. And they not only help your family, but they help us out, the firefighters. See, you might think we like to run into burning buildings at 3 am in sub-zero temperatures. Truth is, it’s a scary life threatening event for any firefighter. Practice and training makes us better at responding into a burning building. But we truly can not reproduce the conditions in training, what we as firefighters see in a real life structure fire. Reason being – it’s not safe. The risk is not worth the benefit. If you and your family are alerted with a smoke/fire alarm and can exit the building before we arrive, that usually means we will take a different tactic to fighting that fire. With no human life at risk, the risk for firefighters does not outweigh the reward. Simply put, your home can be replaced – human life can not. That includes the firefighters. They have family and loved ones that expect them to come home at night and continue to provide for their family.
So, if we can help your family and in turn help our fellow firefighters by lowering that risk to us, then it’s a win win all around.
The Red Cross will provide up to 3 smoke alarms per home free of charge. Part of the deal is however, they must be installed. In the past programs like this, the smoke alarms got delivered, but were never properly installed. There will be some paperwork but the department will have teams of firefighters, and hopefully other volunteers, coming to your home to install the alarms.
If you are interested you will just need to email us at email@example.com and send us your name, contact # and address. You can also call the city offices at 257-3118 and leave them your information. You will need to be in the Garland Fire Dept response area. Basically, from the high school north to SR 30. From Harley Drive, east to the Bear River bottoms. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. As we compile a list, we will contact you as to when we (or someone) will be at your home to install them. The fire day will plan to install Saturday Feb, 20. If our demand for alarms is more than one install day will allow for, we will pick addition days (usually a weekend day) to complete the install. The detectors are good, quality detectors with 10 year batteries.
If we get a big response to this project, we may be looking for help with this project. If you would like to help the community and be part of our install team, you can email or contact us at the same email and number from above.
Thanks and we hope you take advantage of the free smoke detectors!
Our 2015 Salmon Fry has been in the books for a couple weeks now. As always, it was a great success, even with the number of people served down just a little bit from last year. However, the event was right on average for those served over the past several years.
We’d like to thank Kent’s Market, Eliason’s Trucking, Camp Chef, Sue Jensen (Cooks all those potatoes), Miller’s Gas, Rupp’s Trucking, Garland Youth Council, Garland Library, Vulcraft/Nucor, Garland City Council and the families of the firefighters who help the days leading up to the event and the day of. And of course thanks to all those who join us for a great meal and support a great cause.
The funds raised through the Salmon Fry allow the department to purchase needed equipment that may not fit into an already tight annual budget. The department so eloquently calls it ‘bells and whistles’ money when in actuality it is used to purchase equipment needed to allow Garland Firefighters to provide a much better service to our customers. The firefighters themselves put on the Salmon Fry as a way to be able to earn those funds without an increase to the taxpayers of Garland.
In years past we’ve purchased stabilization equipment to use in vehicle accidents. We’ve used the money to purchase two defibrillators to aid on medical. It’s also been used as a large portion to purchase the last fire engine the department secured.
So the department can’t express how much we appreciate the support of the community on this each year. We will continue to set aside that first day in Saturday for everyone to join us for a great cause and a delicious Salmon BBQ!
It’s time! The big day is Saturday, June 6th. Salmon Fry tickets are now on sale online! You can use the link below to purchase either dine in or take out tickets at the pre-sale price. Your ticket(s) will be waiting for you at the front of the line for whichever ticket(s) you purchase. Pre-sale prices will be good until Friday, June 5th at midnight.
If you’d rather not buy online, you can always buy tickets from any Garland Firefighter. Just contact them and they can help you. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the Salmon Fry. As always, thank you for your support!
Don’t forget, tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th is the Garland Easter Egg hunt! Bring all the kiddos to the Garland Park at 10 AM for the fun! Candy and cash prizes for the kids! Weather is supposed to be great so come join us!
Just a reminder, as we are starting to get some calls, the Annual Garland Salmon BBQ is coming quick. The fundraiser event is always the first Saturday in June. This year it will be Saturday, June 7th. Mark your calendars and watch here and/or our website for updates. Remember you will also be able to purchase you tickets online this year as well. More information to come! And as always, thanks for your support.
4/1/2014- Just after 1430 hrs Garland Fire was paged for a homeowner who had the smell of smoke/electrical smoldering. They reported the smell got worse as the day went on. Turns out it was a faulty satellite box that rarely was used but still plugged in. Over time it apparently was going bad and finally overheated. No damage at all, just a warm satellite box and the piece of mind it was nothing more serious.