The City of Whitefish Fire Department protects the City and a large rural area surrounding the City. Nestled against the Flathead National Forests we work with both the Montana State DNRC and the US Forest Service to provide both educational and mitigation work along with Initial Attack Wildfire Services.
We just completed our initial EOP, Emergency Operations Plan, for the City. Now we need to build our Evacuation Plan, taking an all-risk approach not just for wildland fires but also hazmat or other emergencies. Communications is a key barrier we're facing.
HOME FIRE SAFETY
There is a need to strengthen our home fire safety education program. This includes hardening the home from an ember shower and preventing home to home ignitions.
We are working with elected officials to put a code in place and develop an enforcement system.