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39 West Priest Lake VolunteerFireDistrict Where it all beganback in the early 80sseveral of the involved members of the Priest Lake community had the foresight to put into place and develop a functional fire district to serve the Westside of Priest Lake. Jim Anderson and George Hill were the main forces behind getting the fire district organized with volunteers and apparatus to respond with. The first engine was a 1959 GMC pumper from CheneyWA. Later a 1959 Ford pumper was also placed in service to protect the newly-formed fire district. The fire districts original boundaries are roughly 88 square miles from on the south boundary just south of mile marker 26 on Hwy 57 including Kokanee Trailer Park east to the west shoreline of Priest Lake. From there the boundary goes 12 miles north to Distillery Bay then west to the Washington State line and south to the southern east-west district line just south of milepost 26 on Hwy 57. Our fire district is current served by 26 active volunteers and holds regular training drills on a monthly basis. Recently reactivatedthe non-profit West Priest Lake Volunteer Firemens Association hosts and participates in annual events such as Priest Lake Spring Festivals Coolin Parade and Elkins Resorts Firefest. The district has been served for nearly 20 years by Chief Ventress and he has been involved throughout the years in managing the districts operation and growth. The Fire District is actively recruiting new volunteers. Please e-mail Chief Ventress at for information and an application. The district is served by three fire stations Station Location Year in service Housed apparatus Station One 849 Kalispell Bay Road 1982 Pumper Tender Station Two 36388 Hwy 57 1996 Pumper Tender Station Three 26880 Hwy 57 2006 Pumper Tender Marina Dock 6515 West Lakeshore Rd 1999 Fire Boat Over the years the district population and concentration of structures both residential and commercial has grown and the district has expanded as well to meet the evolving service needs. Priest Lake ThriftShoppe The Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach PLCCO is a Christian volunteer-driven association that assists those in need of subsistence shelter fuel clothing transportation and spiritual needs through the combined efforts of the churches and other volunteer organizations within the Priest Lake Idaho area. The PLCCO has opened the Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach Thrift Shoppe at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church building 26508 Highway 57 which also houses the Priest Lake Food Bank. The Thrift Shoppe is open on Thursday Friday and Saturday each week throughout the year. The proceeds as always go the Christian Community Outreach that helps those here at Priest Lake who find themselves in a crisis situation. We offer seasonal clothing kitchen utensils and other small items for sale. If someone cannot afford items and has a need we do work with them. We are currently accepting the items above and other small items. If someone wishes to donate they may take their items to their church or bring them directly to the home of Dick and Susan Hamm. Call 443-2456 for directions. We CANNOT accept appliances furniture bicycles or other large items. We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the shopplease call Althea Sondahl at 208691-9533. Thank you in advance