Where there's smoke, there's fire
July 11, 2007 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department.  The following are some excerpts from meeting minutes and records of the department throughout the years.  There will be more history published each week prior to the anniversary.

Fire Department Members
The 1936 Fire Department Roster included:  Chief V.A. Dye, Asst. Chief F.W. Albers, Secrt’y/Treas. H.L. Simon, Roland Buettner, John Rice, F.J. Hayden, E.S. Stoddard, Matt Engel, Ben Engel, Ben Foresman, Fred Wimer, Bud Taylor, Gus Hoene, and Bob Bennett.

Business Topics
October 20, 1937 – “Motion made and seconded that the two Pyrene extinguishers to be purchased by the department be of 1½ quart capacity.”

April 17, 1939 – “Our well intended plan of zoning and plan of inspection of the village for fire hazards in respect to fusing and wiring has not materialized.”

May 15, 1961 – “A motion was made by Mark Tacke and seconded by Rollie Buettner to pay Mariam Reed $5.00 for phoning the firemen on meeting nights the previous year.”

August 19, 1996 – “We made an official apology to Pat Holthaus because we didn’t have time to discuss the loss of his flashlight.”

June 16, 2003 – “Captain Duman mentioned the volunteer department that rolled their truck and killed a 16 year old volunteer.  We all need to use sound judgment before we climb into the fire engines or go into dangerous situations.”

August 21, 2006 – “The Rural 2½ ton water tender responded to the Idaho Dept. of Lands Long John Fire, driven by fireman Greg Danly.  Captain Brian Latimer later replaced him.  We need to make a list of needs to better outfit this truck, including an emergency brake and power steering.”

Fires & Emergency Response
June, 1960 – “A burning shed at the corner of Lewiston and Bash Streets nearly got out of control and threatened several homes in the block.  Many people rushing to the scene caused a serious traffic problem.  A fire truck was put out of action when struck by a car.  Urban Riener, fire truck driver, was thrown off the truck but escaped injury.  The second fire truck was also delayed in reaching the scene by an unusually large number of vehicles driving to the fire.  By the time the flames were brought under control, two adjacent homes and one garage were nearly ready to burst into flames.”

June 17, 2002 – “Report was given on the car fire on Highway 7 and Greencreek junction.”

May 19, 2003 – “The last extrication call was discussed.  Everything went well.  We need to make sure that there is sufficient firefighter coverage in town when we roll on rural fires and extrications.”

The Cottonwood Fire Department circa 1980. 

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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