Our Story

The Naples Volunteer Firemans Association had its first meeting to elect directors on August 28th, 1973. John Rose was elected President, Allen Jeppesen elected as Vice President and Don Nystrom as Secretary. They opened with 83 paying members the first year and the plan to build a fire station to protect the community.

In March of 1982 The Deep Creek – Moravia Fire Control Association Inc. was formed with Lewis Mace as Chairman and Sonny O’Shea as Fire Chief. Their plan was to construct a single bay fire station with a meeting room upstairs to cover the 70 homes that were in the area.

Being a very small population the Deep Creek-Moravia Fire Control Association Inc worked off of donations and membership dues to construct the station and housed a 1951 Diamond T Fire Engine purchased from a Spokane Area fire dept. Not being able to receive full payment of dues the association put out a call to its residents to try and form a taxing district which was supported by the Boundary County Commissioners. Unfortunately this did not pass and on January 15th 1986 they sent a letter to all of its members with a notice of liquidation of its assets.

Population continued to grow and soon a group was formed to revitalize the Naples Volunteer Firemans Association in the late spring of 1995. Within a year the Association went from 29 to 160 members under the direction of the Fire Chief Wayne Wilkerson.

In 1996 the Association decided to construct a station in Deep Creek to house two truck and a hose tower. In 2000 discussions were taking place between Paradise Valley Fire Association and Naples to create a combined District titled South Boundary Fire Protection District. Discussion between the two agencies and presentations to both communities were in favor of the move. Paradise Valley was unable to continue at the time and Naples decided to move ahead and go to a vote.

South Boundary Fire Protection District was formed in 2004 and within 5 years had a Fire Chief working full time. Now, with 3 fire stations, approx. 2,600 residents, the District has a qualified professional staff of Volunteer Firefighters with a Junior Firefighter Program that hopes to create futures for our youth in the field of Fire/EMS.

Apparatus

Engine 653

One of three freightliner structural engines employed by SBFPD, each carries approximately 750 gallons of water and pumping capabilities of 1250 gallons per minute. First put into service by our organization in 2018, these engines were purchased originally from Kootenai County Fire & Rescue. The Freightliner engine excels in the off-road and difficult driving conditions of northern Idaho. These units have streamlined our maintenance requirements and eased the expensive of operating multiple vehicle types.

Engine 651 has been specially adapted to accommodate patient extrication tools.

Engine 663

SBFPD operates three converted military apparatus manufactured by steward and Stevenson the LMTV (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle). Rescue 6 has been converted to house various type of rescue equipment swift water rescue, ice water rescue and low to medium angle rescue.

662 and 663 have both been converted for wildland fire fighting. All of these vehicles were acquired though a special grant involving both the US Forest Service and US Military and is operated nationally.

Water Tender 671

The newest member of our fleet, this AM General carries 2500 gallons of water over adverse terrain. Its sister tender 673 was custom built of aa federal grant for SBFPD. Equipped with a 400 GPM pump. Water tenders are critical to firefighting efforts in out district due to insufficient amount of fire hydrants in our region and lack of developed water supplies.

Stations

Station 1

Originally built in the 70s, it housed two vehicles and a small kitchen. Today it has been added on to multiple times and modernized to meet the growth in our community. It currently has 5 bays and the addition of a community room to serve the needs of our community, for activities including the Naples holiday festival and various community events & clubs throughout the year. In a joint effort to improve the service to our community an EMS wing was recently added which houses an ambulance operated by SBFPD and owned by Boundary Ambulance Service. The EMS wing also has an EMS residence with two bedrooms, kitchen and common area.

Station 1

Originally built in the 70s, it housed two vehicles and a small kitchen. Today it has been added on to multiple times and modernized to meet the growth in our community. It currently has 5 bays and the addition of a community room to serve the needs of our community, for activities including the Naples holiday festival and various community events & clubs throughout the year. In a joint effort to improve the service to our community an EMS wing was recently added which houses an ambulance operated by SBFPD and owned by Boundary Ambulance Service. The EMS wing also has an EMS residence with two bedrooms, kitchen and common area.

Fire Danger

Fire Danger: Low

Burn Permits: Not Required

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Fire Danger

Station 2

Built in the late 90s completely by volunteers and donated building materials. Station 2 houses Engine 652 and Brush 662. It also houses a boom trailer owned by Burlington Northern and operated by SBFPD in the event of a hazardous spill in our waterways, this can be deployed to protect our critical water supplies and spawning channels.

Station 2

Built in the late 90s completely by volunteers and donated building materials. Station 2 houses Engine 652 and Brush 662. It also houses a boom trailer owned by Burlington Northern and operated by SBFPD in the event of a hazardous spill in our waterways, this can be deployed to protect our critical water supplies and spawning channels.

Station 3

The newest of our stations, built on the American rehabilitation and reinvestment act grant (ARRA). This station was built in 2009, it houses three apparatus: Engine 653, Brush 663 & Water Tender 673. This station also has residence for up to two firefighters with a small kitchenette. Currently we have one fulltime resident, decreasing the response time for critical incidents. Station 3 houses part of the county wide emergence communication system (simulcast system), this houses the main dispatching frequencies to enable communication with emergency responders in remote locations.

Station 3

The newest of our stations, built on the American rehabilitation and reinvestment act grant (ARRA). This station was built in 2009, it houses three apparatus: Engine 653, Brush 663 & Water Tender 673. This station also has residence for up to two firefighters with a small kitchenette. Currently we have one fulltime resident, decreasing the response time for critical incidents. Station 3 houses part of the county wide emergence communication system (simulcast system), this houses the main dispatching frequencies to enable communication with emergency responders in remote locations.

Meet The Board Members

Wayne Cavender

Wayne Cavender

Commissioner

Former employee of the Boundary County school district is now retired and volunteers for both the Naples school and SBFPD. Wayne has also stepped up to volunteer as a driver/operator for South Boundary Fire Protection District.

Chad Kimball

Chad Kimball

Commissioner

Co-owner of the Naples General Store. Chad has volunteered in the past as a board member for Boundary Volunteer Ambulance and chose to serve his community again by being a board member for SBFPD.

Jayceen Swisher

Jayceen Swisher

Commissioner

Jayceen is our newest board member and owner of the Badger Den.