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Gooding Fire District had busy week with multiple structure fires

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 3:34 PM MDT
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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Gooding Fire District Chief says Wednesday’s structure fire, which was deemed a total loss that left a family of five displaced, was one of two structure fires the station responded to this week.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey says they responded to a basement fire at a home on Sunday. Wednesday morning, the Gooding Fire District was called to a fully engulfed structure fire with people still inside the building. Luckily, all of the people were able to make it out of the structure.

Covey says for a small station like theirs that is made up of mostly volunteers, multiple structure fires in a single week takes a toll on his team.

“It wipes us out pretty fast. Sunday, we were actually responding out to Glanbia on an alarm call when the structure fire came in so we had to split resources and go different ways,” he said.

Covey adds Wednesday’s structure fire took more manpower and resources than the Gooding Fire District had available. With mostly smaller fire departments in the region, Covey says teamwork is key.

“Our mutual aid is really important, so we rely on other agencies quite often. We use our county first and then we reach outside of our county,” said Covey.

He added there is no one department in their region that can handle large incidents alone, so the stations in that area depend on each other and work together frequently.

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