GFD FAQs

 

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Fire Department FAQs:

 

1. Are outdoor fires allowed in the city limits?
2. How do I get a Open Burn Permit?
3. I have left a message on the Open Burn Permit hot line, no one has contacted me yet?
4. Why does there seem to be no one at the fire station when I stop by?
5. How many Firefighters are there?
6. Can I become a Volunteer Firefighter?
7. When should I change the battery in my smoke detector?
8. Can I get my swimming pool filled up by the fire engine?
9. My cat is stuck up in the tree...?
10. My club or group would like to tour the fire station, is this possible?
11. Is it possible to have my child's birthday party at the Fire Station?
12. My child is having a birthday party, can the fire engine come to the party?
13. What is the phone number for Rural 7 fire department?

 

Answers:

1. Are outdoor fires allowed in the city limits?
Yes. Outdoor burning is allowed from November 1 through April 3O, an Open Burn Permit is required.
2. How do I get a Open Burn Permit?
Between the dates of November 1st through April 30th, called
509-250-0032 and leave a message requesting a Permit. A firefighter will contact you as soon as possible. Please plan ahead, we are not always able to issue permits with short notice. In other words, please do not call the day of or before you plan to burn. A weeks notice is preferred.
3. I have left a message on the Open Burn Permit hot line, no one has contacted me yet?
Keep in mind that we are Volunteer Firefighters and we do have regular jobs. Some one will be in contact with you soon. Your patience is appreciated.
4. Why does there seem to be no one at the fire station when I stop by?
The Fire Station is not staffed with any full time fire fighters. The City of Goldendale Volunteer Fire Department is a volunteer organization. For general business, contact 509-773-4240. If you have an emergency, CALL 911.
5. How many Firefighters are there?
Generally we maintain between 20 and 30 members. We can have as many as 36 members.
6. Can I become a Volunteer Firefighter?
Yes, we are always looking for people who want to become firefighters. The first step is to attend trainings. We have trainings on Monday nights from 7 PM to 9 PM.
7. When should I change the battery in my smoke detector?
The battery in you smoke detector should be change every six months.
Changing of the clocks for Daylight Savings in the Spring and Fall is a good time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors. "Change Your Clock...Change Your Batteries"
8.

Can I get my swimming pool filled up by the fire engine?
This is not a good idea. The water in the fire engines is not good for swimming pools. The tank water may contain chemicals agents that assist us in fighting fires or good old pond water. A garden hose is the best option.

9. My cat is stuck up in the tree...?
As much as we would like to help get the cat out of the tree. A cat is much safer in the tree than a firefighter. It is generally recommended to provide food at the base of the tree and let the cat come down on it's own. In severe cases, contact a tree service, they are better equipped to dwell in the trees.
10. My club or group would like to tour the fire station, is this possible?
Yes, this is possible, contact 509-773-4240
11. Is it possible to have my child's birthday party at the Fire Station?
You bet! Subject to availability of the meeting room and Firefighters. Contact 509-773-4240.
12. My child is having a birthday party, can the fire engine come to the party?
Yes... Subject to availability of the Firefighters. Contact 509-773-4240.
13. What is the phone number for Rural 7 fire department?
The phone number is 509-773-4246.

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