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Kanab Fire Department dedicated to serving the community
The staff who volunteer at Fire Station One, 601 South 100 East in Kanab, are dedicated, willing and well-trained to put out fires in the community and beyond. The large building features a big conference room, enormous equipment bays (garages) and numerous offices.
“It was built in 1991,” explained City Manager and Fire Chief Joe Decker. “We had a remodel in August of 2019.”
As for number of firehouse volunteers, Deputy Chief Brent Pierson said that does fluctuate. “We have had as few as eight and up to 20. We also have four great captains. We are definitely needing more volunteers right now.”
Chief Decker said they had over 450 calls so far this year. “That number is going up, as the community grows.”
Community growth and the influx of seasonal tourism are both a challenge for fire first responders. “Our population is roughly about 5,500, but with the busy tourist season can be up to 20,000-25,000 people,” added Decker.
Pierson said code violations in vacation rentals can be a challenge. “Code enforcement for the transient population is more of a challenge than the actual Kanab residents.”
Kanab City Fire Department is currently seeking new volunteers. “All volunteers need training,” said Decker. “It takes about 180 hours a year to maintain certification. We train every Thursday evening at 7 p.m.”
To apply, stop by the Kanab City office for an application or show up on Thursday training night at the Fire Station.
Pierson expressed their profound gratitude for Kanab Fire Department volunteers. He said most are busy working full-time jobs, and volunteering in other capacities as well. “I am so very grateful for our volunteers for the time and dedication they give to this community.”