Somers/Lakeside Fire Department

Somers/Lakeside Fire Department The Somers/Lakeside Fire Department is dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property through education, prevention and emergency response.

Somers Station 51 Lakeside Station 52

Do you have questions about what kind of commitment it takes to be a volunteer firefighter? We have answers. To find man...
01/24/2020
Volunteer | SOMERS-lAKESIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Do you have questions about what kind of commitment it takes to be a volunteer firefighter? We have answers.
To find many "Frequently Asked Questions," check out www.somerslakesidefire.com/volunteer

There are many volunteer fire-departments around the Flathead Valley, and almost all of them are in need of volunteers. Get more information on the other Flathead County Fire Departments here.

Now may be a good time to make sure those chimneys are clean. Stay warm out there!
01/09/2020

Now may be a good time to make sure those chimneys are clean. Stay warm out there!

😰 Just how cold could it get next week?

❓ Who remembers the extreme cold outbreaks of 2017 & 2014?

🌡️ Temperatures could very well rival those with most areas in Western Montana falling well below zero.

#MTwx #IDwx #Montana #Idaho #Brrrr #DangerousCold #ExtremeCold

Remember when you were a kid, and you thought, "When I grow up, I want to be a FireFighter!"Well, here is your opportuni...
01/08/2020
Volunteer | SOMERS-lAKESIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Remember when you were a kid, and you thought, "When I grow up, I want to be a FireFighter!"

Well, here is your opportunity: Your local Somers-Lakeside Fire Department is looking for volunteers. And, you don't even have to quit your day-job!

We are an All-Volunteer fire department. Firefighting has to be balanced with careers, families, and many other daily obligations, so we understand and are able to work with a variety of schedules.

Your're probably curious to learn more before making a commitment - training takes place every Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Give us a call and come take a look! We would love to answer any questions you have.

The website below links to our volunteer application, as well as our contact information.

There are many volunteer fire-departments around the Flathead Valley, and almost all of them are in need of volunteers. Get more information on the other Flathead County Fire Departments here.

Today, among our many blessings, we are thankful for the community support for the new Somers Fire-Hall, and the progres...
11/28/2019

Today, among our many blessings, we are thankful for the community support for the new Somers Fire-Hall, and the progress already being made. The water-sewer connection is just about complete.

May you all have a safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!

11/04/2019
Sudden Rush Espresso

Sudden Rush Espresso

Thank god and Thank you guardian angels for keeping us safe! Another foot and sudden rush would be no more! this morning the sheriff took him by ambulance to the hospital! No one else was hurt and the only other damage was to DeputyDoug who is totaled!
PS thank you so much to all the Hard working folks that did cleanup last night!! So very much appreciated

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
11/02/2019

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

The changing of your clocks is a great time to take a few moments to check the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Taking a few simple steps this weekend could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana
10/28/2019

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana

Frigid early season temperatures on the way for W. Montana and C. Idaho. Along the divide Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, while lower valleys will be in the single digits. The cold in C. Idaho will not be as intense but teens for lows is expected. Moderation towards to seasonal temperatures will be slow, as by the weekend will still be below normal.

10/28/2019
US National Weather Service Missoula Montana

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana

Get ready! The weather has another big change in store for us tomorrow. Snow will spread over the area, with strong northeast to east winds, as a Canadian cold front ushers MUCH colder air into the region. The attached animation gives a feel for timing of snow across central Idaho and western Montana. A band of moderate to heavy snow will likely develop along the front, and could cause a short period of poor visibility and quickly deteriorating road conditions. In particular, the entire Interstate 90 corridor through western Montana could see these conditions between roughly noon and 3pm. Temperatures then drop dramatically Monday night into Tuesday morning, with below zero wind chills anticipated in western Montana and single digits in central Idaho. Bottom line...a lot will change between when you leave home in the morning and return in the evening.

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana
10/25/2019

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana

Today's wind impacts will transition to winter weather impacts on Saturday. Widespread strong winds are expected in mountainous terrain all day today, with valleys seeing strong winds later this afternoon/evening. Snow begins tonight through Saturday.

09/26/2019
Flathead OES

Flathead OES

A significant very early-season winter storm will enter the Northern Rockies Saturday evening. A host of potentially dangerous impacts will result from this type of early winter storm. As we move closer to this potential for a record-breaking winter storm, we want to make sure that counties and residents are prepared. Extreme impacts with this storm include power outages, downed power lines, agricultural implications, travel, recreation,
Special areas of concern:
• High wind impacts on Flathead Lake, and other lakes and rivers. Strong Winds starting as early as Thursday for much of the region. Winds from 50-60 mph
• Heavy Snowfall & blowing snow
• Residential preparedness.
Here is the link to the weather briefing from the National Weather Service in Missoula this morning

https://youtu.be/59eWar2rUBk

Ready for a cool down?
09/23/2019

Ready for a cool down?

UPDATED 9/23 435pm: To mention the potential for northeast wind gusts of 40 mph on #FlatheadLake and for NW Montana Friday through Saturday.

A taste of winter will arrive this weekend, sorry to say. A strong cold front will enter the Northern Rockies Friday and bring winter impacts through Tuesday morning. Very cold temperatures for this time of year will infiltrate the region. Snow is expected to impact Marias and Homestake passes Saturday night and Sunday. 1-2 feet of snow is expected in the mountains along the continental divide above 6000-7000 feet. The coldest temperatures are expected Monday and Tuesday mornings where overnight low temps are expected to be in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Daytime highs in the 40s to lower 50s.

09/15/2019
The Forest Service - Flathead National Forest

Some of these prescribed burns are planned for the Blacktail area among others.

The Flathead National Forest will be doing prescribed burning this fall as the conditions in the forest are right. Watch this short video to learn why not all fires are bad, and in this case prescribed fires this time of year can have many benefits, including improving wildlife habitat, reducing hazardous fuels, and aiding potential future fire suppression efforts. #GoodFires Follow this link to learn more about where we are doing prescribed fire: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/flathead/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD659035

https://youtu.be/E542gY7uR0s

Happy birthday, Woodsy!
09/15/2019

Happy birthday, Woodsy!

In honor of my good pal's birthday, please lend a hand and care for the land. Happy Birthday, Woodsy Owl! Thanks for reminding folks to give a hoot for the last 49 years!

If you were caught up in the traffic at yesterday’s 4 vehicle accident at US93 and Hwy 82, we appreciate your patience. ...
09/15/2019
4-vehicle crash near Kalispell results in only minor injuries

If you were caught up in the traffic at yesterday’s 4 vehicle accident at US93 and Hwy 82, we appreciate your patience. We were forced to close all lanes in all directions for first responder and accident victim safety. And if you were on Fir Terrace at the time we had a secondary vehicle fire, thanks again for your patience and for moving as far out of the way as possible while we responded to and handled that incident, also.

A four-vehicle crash near Kalispell snarled traffic but resulted in only minor injuries on Saturday afternoon. According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Thomas Manz the crash occurred just after 1 p. m. at the intersection of U. S. 93 and Montana 82. Manz said a northbound Kia Sorrento ran a red l...

Never forget😔🇺🇸
09/11/2019

Never forget😔🇺🇸

On this day... 18 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to slee...
09/11/2019

On this day... 18 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 344 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00am Sept 11, 2001.

In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.
#wewillneverforget ❤️

September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. If you think somebody is contemplating suicide, please encourage tha...
09/09/2019

September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. If you think somebody is contemplating suicide, please encourage that person to ask for help. They can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Some pretty impressive numbers!
09/09/2019

Some pretty impressive numbers!

Here is a look at precipitation totals over the last 12 hours. Bigfork has the highest total so far of 2.38". Rain will continue through this morning, primarily across northwest Montana.

That time of year is fast approaching...
08/23/2019
MHP reminds Montanans of laws regarding school buses

That time of year is fast approaching...

More yellow buses will be on the road next week as the first day of school approaches. Have you ever wondered what you should do if you come across a stopped school bus? Here are the laws for Montana drivers: In the state of Montana, you are required by law to stop in both directions for a stopped s...

Fire danger has been raised to “VERY HIGH” by the Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center, but remains at “HIGH” on the Fl...
08/20/2019

Fire danger has been raised to “VERY HIGH” by the Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center, but remains at “HIGH” on the Flathead National Forest.

The Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center and the Flathead National Forest have reduced the fire danger to “HIGH”. Now i...
08/12/2019

The Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center and the Flathead National Forest have reduced the fire danger to “HIGH”. Now is not the time get complacent, even with the rain we’ve had lately. Stay tuned to this page as it will be updated when conditions change.

A few important notes on safety to keep in mind after a storm like last night.We responded to 10 calls during the storm ...
08/11/2019
Power Line Safety After The Storm - Safe Electricity

A few important notes on safety to keep in mind after a storm like last night.

We responded to 10 calls during the storm last night. There is more weather predicted for today and into this evening, watch out for debris and power lines on the road, and treat any downed lines as live!

video Severe weather happens year-round. Tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms can seriously damage power lines and other electrical equipment. Storm damage causes dangers that lurk after a storm has passed. Safe Electricity encourages you to be aware of and prepared for those dangers. When you see...

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana
08/10/2019

US National Weather Service Missoula Montana

A *FLASH FLOOD WATCH* has been issued Saturday afternoon and evening for portions of north central Idaho & western Montana. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing very heavy rain with greater than 0.50" of rainfall in 30 mins being possible. Urban areas and wildfire burn scars are of particular concern.

Fire danger has been raised to VERY HIGH. Let’s be extra cautious out there!
08/05/2019

Fire danger has been raised to VERY HIGH. Let’s be extra cautious out there!

Fire Weather Warning - Red Flag Warning will be in effect tomorrow, Friday August 2 from 1pm-10pm
08/01/2019

Fire Weather Warning - Red Flag Warning will be in effect tomorrow, Friday August 2 from 1pm-10pm

07/31/2019

The Bond passed!

We are happy to announce that we will soon begin moving forward towards the construction of a new Somers Fire Hall!

Thank you so much for the community support! Thank you to everyone who posted yard signs, who came to our events, and thanks to everyone who voted!

A new hall will go a long way in enabling us to serve all of you to the best of our ability.

Look forward to hearing more updates from us in the future as progress is made!

07/30/2019

Today is the last day to vote for the Somers Fire-Hall Bond!

Don't drop your ballot in the mail however; they need to be brought to the elections office before 8:00 PM.

The office is on the second floor of the Flathead County South Campus building, in Kalispell.

Flathead County Elections
40 11th St W
Kalispell, MT 59901

The Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center, DNRC and the Flathead National Forest have all raised the fire danger to “HIG...
07/29/2019

The Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center, DNRC and the Flathead National Forest have all raised the fire danger to “HIGH”.

07/25/2019

Please vote!

As a reminder, ballots are due in the mail by the 29th, or in the elections office by 8:00 PM on July 30th. That is this upcoming Monday and Tuesday.

A new Somers Fire Hall will mean a lot to the future of the department and our ability to serve the Somers, Lakeside, and Lower Valley communities. Help us help you!

07/18/2019

We had our final community info meeting last night regarding the Somers Fire Hall Bond.

But, there are still ways to get your questions answered before the ballot due date, July 30th!

Email:
[email protected]
Call:
(406) 247-0990

Sincerely, thank you to all the supporters! There are yard signs still available, just contact us through one of the methods above or via Facebook to request one. A new Fire-Hall in Somers will go a long way in supporting the district community both now and in the future.

Our department is entirely volunteer, from our chief through every single firefighter. We pay the fire taxes just like everyone else, and none of the Bond funds go to any of our pockets. Our board of trustees is comitted to putting the funds to the best use possible, when making building and contractor decisions. How often do you get to vote on a clear-cut issue like this?

07/17/2019

Just a friendly reminder: the last community info. meeting regarding the Somers Fire Hall Bond is tonight, at our Lakeside Station.

7:00 PM, we hope to see you there!

07/15/2019

Bond ballots are in the mail today! We would greatly appreciate your support in funding a new Somers Fire Hall. It will go far in enabling the firefighters in our district to serve the communities of Somers, Lakeside, and Lower Valley to the best of our ability, both in the near and distant future.

If you still have questions you would like to ask in person, there is one remaining community info. event this Wednesday, July 17th, at the Lakeside Station (Bill's Road), at 7:00 PM.

Lastly, we would ask you to vote, even if you are against the bond, because we need more than 30% of the voters in district responding for the election to be valid.

Ballots due by 8:00 PM, July 30th.

07/13/2019

Haven't received your ballot for the bond vote yet? We have been informed there is a delay, but they should be in the mail soon.

07/12/2019

Check your mail...

Ballots for the Somers Fire-Hall Bond get delivered today!

Making up your mind still?
Email questions to: [email protected]
Call at: (406) 247-0990
Or, ask the questions in person at our Lakeside station: July 17th @ 7:00 pm

And a friendly reminder: Ballots are due by 8:00 PM on July 30th.

This recall is only for “Universal Security Instruments” smoke alarms. Click the link for more information.
07/12/2019
Universal Security Instruments Recalls to Inspect Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

This recall is only for “Universal Security Instruments” smoke alarms. Click the link for more information.

Consumers should immediately inspect their smoke alarms to determine if it will activate appropriately. Press the test button to determine if it is operating properly. If the alarm sounds no further action is required. Additional instructions are located on the firm’s website. If smoke alarm does ...

07/10/2019
INTO THE FIRE

It’s really just a matter of time before something similar to this incident hits here. We occasionally take drives through some neighborhoods in our district and we see the narrow streets, overgrown vegetation, vegetation growing right up to homes (instead of defensible space) and it’s downright scary. That’s why we make such a hard push to clear defensible space around homes, clear brush and undergrowth before it’s too late. There are resources you can use right now. You can contact your local DNRC office to have a free home assessment done or you can contact FireSafe Flathead (www.firesafeflathead.com).

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Somers, MT
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Woke up this morning at 2am and it was raining. Got up at 5:00am and it was snowing. Everyone be careful roads are going to be an icy/snowy mess. Help keep our first responders safe slow down and be safe. Somers/Lakeside FD and Lakeside QRU thank you for all that you all do for our community. It is appreciated more than you know.
I would like to thank everyone on the Somers and Lakeside volunteer fire departments who worked tirelessly, and for so long, on the evening of September 11th, doing everything in their power to save my father's life. In the end, it was simply his time to move on, and you then turned your efforts to comforting us in the immediacy of our gut wrenching loss. You spoke gently with us, you held our hands, you hugged us, and cried with us. I watched you hover over and express concern for my mother. You complimented my daughter, and her strength as she fought beside you to save him. Your empathy in our time of excruciating grief will not ever be forgotten. Thank you. Thank you for seeing that he was so much more than just another call. ~The family of Ronald Michael, Lakeside, MT
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Is there a fire ban on recreational fires in fire pits?
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