We are a fire department with lots of firefighters but the majority of our calls are medical emergencies. Garden Valley Fire Department is a combined Fire and EMS agency. Firefighters and EMTs cross-train and work together for the benefit of our citizens and patients. We operate as an ALS department with two volunteer Paramedics. We also have about 10 EMTs at the time of writing but this number fluctuates. We have 2 fully equipped ambulances.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Hwy 55 and Banks-Lowman roads are scenic byways along the Payette River system. They offer great views and easy distractions. High speeds, sharp curves, rock slides, ice, wildlife and other dangers are ever-present. MVAs are some of the toughest calls that GVFD responds to; our jobs is to bring order from chaos. Traffic control, environmental dangers, fire, hazmat, rescue and medical all in a single call. Drive Safe Garden Valley!
We much prefer to help rescue a healthy person than to have to retrieve a patient. Many of our members have specialized training in: rope, swiftwater and/or ice rescue and all members are trained to assist in any type of rescue. We work closely with law enforcement, local rafting companies and search and rescue groups to broaden our ability to respond. We have equipment (e.g. UTV and Raft), tools (e.g. Winches and Drones) and clothing (like survival suits) to help find and retrieve people.
With over 2500 homes (and growing) and hundreds of commercial and other buildings, structure fires are an unfortunate reality. From large churches and stores to remote cabins, structure fires are a serious challenge. The department trains and equips Firefighters to safely battle structure fires using all available resources. We have two fire engines, an attack tanker, and a water tender- all fitted with tools to put the fire out.
Garden Valley is sits inside the Boise National Forest. 2.5 million acres of grasslands, forests and steep terrain. The GVFD is trained and equipped to fight fires that are remote or WUI (wildland urban interface). Our wildland firefighters pass national testing standards and train to fight and contain wildfires, assist the Forest Service, and protect structures and life. We have two type 6 wildland engines, two tankers, a draft trailer and can re-purpose our structure rigs to assist as well.