Snow Removal Proclamation – Snow Alert Effective Jan. 30

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The City of Idaho Falls is declaring a snow alert effective Saturday, Jan. 30. All city residents and businesses are encouraged to move vehicles off the streets as quickly as possible.

Under City Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 5 any vehicle left on the streets in violation of the ordinance may be towed immediately and stored at the owner’s expense. (See city’s website to review Title 9, Chapter 5 code and snow removal maps.)

Although parking restrictions are only in effect during the times listed below, snowplow crews will remain on duty throughout the night, if necessary.

The city will issue another press release and post on our social media pages when the parking restrictions have been lifted.

Snow removal restrictions for Zones A and B are in effect as follows:

ZONE A

  • North-south streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning on Monday, Feb. 1.
  • East-west streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

ZONE B

  • Parking restrictions will be in effect on all streets between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Jan. 30. Vehicles should be moved off the public streets as quickly as possible.

Other parking restrictions already in effect include:

DOWNTOWN

  • North-south streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • East-west streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

MAJOR STREETS – Parking restrictions already in effect.

For additional information regarding enforcement of the snow removal parking restrictions, contact Sergeant Alan Bowers at the Idaho Falls Police Department at (208) 529-1200.

Citizens are encouraged to follow the City of Idaho Falls on social media or sign up to receive text alerts by texting ifalerts to 91011. The text alerts are only used for emergency purposes or for communicating time-sensitive information, such as parking restrictions, to the public.

Snow Removal Parking Restrictions Map

Snow Removal Parking Restrictions Ordinance

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

Conrad & Bischoff, Idaho Steel Recognized for Energy Efficiency Measures

Idaho Falls, ID – Two local companies were recognized at tonight’s City Council meeting for energy-saving measures recently enacted.

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through the Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program at Idaho Falls Power that will save a combined total of 606,169 kilowatt-hours (kWh). That’s enough to power nearly 50 homes for a year.

Idaho Steel’s project entailed upgrading the lighting at three facilities in Idaho Falls from fluorescents to LEDs. With the rebate and expected energy savings (280,321 kWh), the project is expected to pay for itself within three years.

“We were at a crossroads with our lighting where we needed to replace existing out-of-date lights or move in a more improved and efficient direction,” said Alan Bradshaw, co-owner and chief executive officer of Idaho Steel. “Because of the incentive that was offered, we made the decision to replace the out-of-date lighting in all of our facilities. This has provided us with a much better work environment utilizing efficient instant-on LED lighting.”

Conrad & Bischoff is expected to save 325,848 kWh through its projects, which consisted of installing LEDs at its car wash, retail stores and in the canopies over its gas pumps.

“Conrad & Bischoff is very grateful to the city and the power companies for the opportunity we had to cut back on our power consumption,” said Jake Hansen, the company’s chief operating officer. “We urge other businesses to follow suit with this program.”

Idaho Falls Power has offered Energy Efficiency Programs since 1982. Free energy audits, loans, rebates and incentives are among the options available to all customers.

In the most recently completed fiscal year, 2015, 469 customers participated in the programs, leading to a savings of more than 5.25 million kWh.

The programs are run in conjunction with the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal non-profit agency from which IFP purchases the majority of the electricity used in the city.

BPA called for its utility customers to launch conservation programs in the early 1980s in order to check the soaring demand for electricity across the Pacific Northwest.

Since their inception, the programs have helped IFP customers save more than 40 million kWh, or $2.14 million at IFP’s residential rate. That’s enough to power nearly 3,100 homes for a year.

The programs’ initial savings target of 1 million kWh annually was revised to 5 million kWh per year in 2008.

“That more aggressive goal has been met every year,” Idaho Falls Power Manager Jackie Flowers said. “Thanks in part to Idaho Steel and Conrad & Bischoff, the current fiscal year is off to a promising start as well.”

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

Photo: Idaho Falls City Council & Idaho Falls Power check presentation to Conrad & Bischoff

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About Idaho Falls Power:  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The City has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900. Learn more on our website.

City Ends Snow Proclamation

Idaho Falls Returns to Normal Street Operations

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The City of Idaho Falls has completed snow removal activities associated with the recent winter weather event. As a result, the Snow Removal Proclamation and the associated residential parking restrictions have been lifted.

The city would like to thank residents and the traveling public for their cooperation during this process.

In the event of another significant snowfall accumulation, residents are reminded to tune into local media outlets and the city’s social media pages where snow alerts will be communicated. Residents can also sign up to receive text alerts by texting ifalerts to 91011. The text alerts are only used for emergency purposes or for communicating time-sensitive information, such as parking restrictions, to the public.

We will be orchestrating a public dialogue to gather public opinion about our snow removal procedures, with the intent to gather information from a variety of sources such as emails, questionnaires and public meetings. The public will be notified when the details are finalized.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

It’s A Girl! Idaho Falls Zoo Welcomes Unexpected New Arrival

Idaho Falls, ID – The holidays can be a time of receiving unexpected gifts which was certainly the case for the Idaho Falls Zoo. Zoo staff was pleasantly surprised by the recent birth of a female Bactrian camel calf.

On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2015, a zookeeper in the area noticed the adult female Bactrian camel acting a little differently. “She was laying down, pacing, rolling and overall just acting a bit strange,” says Linda Beard, interim zoo superintendent.  “I told the keeper that she was displaying calving behavior, but since she and the bull were so young that seemed unlikely. Needless to say, we were all pleasantly surprised a short time later.”

Beard and the keepers stayed with the female camel while waiting for the veterinarian to arrive on zoo grounds. Shortly after, it was determined that the mother needed assistance so Beard and the veterinarian helped pull the calf.

In the wild, camels are able to reproduce by the age of five, and a Bactrian camel is pregnant for 13 months.  Mom, who is named Zazu, came to the Idaho Falls Zoo as a bottle-raised newborn in 2011 and was just 4 ½ at the time of the birth of the calf. Dad, who is called Gobi, is not quite 4 years old right now and came to the zoo at 2 ½ years of age, almost exactly 13 months prior to the birth of the new calf. “Some may ask how that is possible at such an early age. In captivity, camels can reach sexual maturity earlier as they have access to a plentiful food supply and receive excellent animal care,” explains Beard.

Unfortunately, Bactrian camels are notoriously poor parents. Zazu was interested in her baby, but, being a young Bactrian mother, she wasn’t sure what to do with the new calf. In addition, she did not have a sufficient supply of milk to feed her baby. As a result, the calf is being cared for and bottle fed by zoo staff.

In honor of Star Wars, the zoo staff named the new calf ZooBacca and have nicknamed her Zowie.  Zowie is doing very well and is growing fast. She remains in an adjacent holding area next to her parents, and zoo staff is hoping to allow her to join them on exhibit later this spring or summer.

Zowie’s birth is exciting and good news for domestic Bactrian camels, although it is important to note that they are genetically distinct from wild populations. Wild Bactrian camels are critically endangered, with population numbers even fewer than the Amur tiger and the Giant panda.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:  With more than 400 individual animals representing 110 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.

Snow Removal Proclamation – Snow Alert Effective Jan. 17

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The City of Idaho Falls is declaring a snow alert effective Sunday, Jan. 17. All city residents and businesses are encouraged to move vehicles off the streets as quickly as possible.

Under City Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 5 any vehicle left on the streets in violation of the ordinance may be towed immediately and stored at the owner’s expense. (See city’s website to review Title 9, Chapter 5 code and snow removal maps.)

Although parking restrictions are only in effect during the times listed below, snowplow crews will remain on duty throughout the night, if necessary.

The city will issue another press release when the parking restrictions have been lifted.

Snow removal restrictions for Zones A and B are in effect as follows:

ZONE A

  • North-south streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning on Monday, Jan. 18.
  • East-west streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

ZONE B

  • Parking restrictions will be in effect on all streets between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Jan 17. Vehicles should be moved off the public streets as quickly as possible.

Other parking restrictions already in effect include:

DOWNTOWN

  • North-south streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • East-west streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

MAJOR STREETS – Parking restrictions already in effect.

For additional information regarding enforcement of the snow removal parking restrictions, contact Sergeant Alan Bowers at the Idaho Falls Police Department at (208) 529-1200.

Citizens are encouraged to follow the City of Idaho Falls on social media or sign up to receive test alerts by texting ifalerts to 91011. The text alerts are only used for emergency purposes or for communicating time-sensitive information, such as parking restrictions, to the public.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

Idaho Falls Network Awarded DOE Funding for Grid Modernization

Idaho Falls, ID – This week the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans for a comprehensive Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan. Funding for the plan, subject to congressional appropriations, includes up to $220 million over a three year period directed at DOE’s National Labs and partners – $1 million of that work associated with reconfiguration of the Idaho Falls network.

The Grid Modernization Initiative represents a comprehensive DOE effort to help shape the future of our nation’s grid and solve the challenges of integrating conventional and renewable sources with energy storage and smart buildings, while ensuring that the grid is resilient and secure to withstand growing cyber security and climate changes. This week’s announcements fall under the Grid Modernization Initiative’s framework.

DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review and Quadrennial Technology Review identified needs and opportunities to invest in the grid. This public-private partnership between National Laboratories, industry, academia, and state and local government agencies will help further strengthen ongoing efforts to improve the nation’s electrical infrastructure so that it is prepared to respond to the nation’s energy needs for decades to come.

Mayor Casper said, “Our local power utility strives to provide us with reliable power, but we have an aging grid and are always looking to expand our service with an eye toward reliability. The funding allocated to the Idaho Falls network will allow us to support that modernization, and this translates into improved power delivery for Idaho Falls Power customers.”

Funding for the Idaho Falls network will go toward improving the physical security of the Idaho Falls distribution system by testing smart reconfiguration, intelligent demand response utilizing loads as a resource, black start procedures for emergency services and resynchronization in the presence of distributed energy resources, thus making Idaho Falls more adaptive and self-sufficient by expanding use of local generation resources under regional outage or constrained conditions.

“Given the difficulty, time and expense of siting transmission infrastructure and in light of new reliability standards, a pre-contingent load shed like we experienced in December of 2013 could be required,” states Jackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power. “Following the December 2013 outage, we began contemplating how the utility could enhance grid resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to external faults that lead to power interruptions. We are excited to collaborate with the Idaho National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to complete work that will access resource capabilities including coupling storage with our run-of-river hydro and other distributed energy leading to enhanced emergency response,” explains Flowers.

The project exemplifies how national lab research can benefit industry and local communities, said Steven Aumeier, INL’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment Science and Technology.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to work with our local utility and share technical insights gleaned from our research,” he said. “This is a great example of how the national labs can be regional drivers of economic development when we partner with industry and academia.”

Final negotiations and project launch details will be finalized over the next month.

Additional Resources:

DOE Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) Awards

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

Photo: Idaho Falls Power – Lower Hydro Plant

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About Idaho Falls Power:  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The City has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900. Learn more on our website.

City of Idaho Falls Receives Engineering Excellence Award

Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Secondary Improvement project was recently awarded a 1st place designation at the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition through the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho.

The $21 million project was originally identified in the City Sewer Facility Plan as a key improvement to meet the growing needs of the community and would provide secondary treatment upgrades at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project was successfully completed on schedule and on budget in May 2015, with construction change orders totaling 1.1%, compared to a typical change order percentage of 5%.

There were a total of 11 applications submitted for Excellence in Engineering through the ACEC of Idaho last year, and the award was for Category F Water and Storm Water Engineering.  During the application review, the ACEC award committee stated, “The innovation level was very high for this project as it presented effective solutions to real world problems.”

The facility was designed by Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc. and Pharmer Engineering, LLC. The designers used an innovative approach by producing a project definition report that guided the project toward a very successful solution for the new aeration basins, blower building and anaerobic selector basin.

“We are very pleased with the aeration control technology that this improvement has allowed us to implement,” states Chris Canfield, assistant public works director. “This technology has allowed us to accommodate changes in treatment requirements of our industrial customers who have recently implemented pre-treatment technologies. Careful water quality monitoring since the construction of this project has shown the system design to be functioning at a higher level than anticipated. The elevated performance of the treatment plant helps ensure the city meets water quality permit standards,” explains Canfield.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

Photo:  WWTP – Aeration Basin

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

Community Open House, State of the City & Service Awards

Idaho Falls, ID – The City Council meeting this Thursday, Jan. 14 will be a packed house as officials and the community say goodbye to outgoing Councilmembers, welcome newly-elected Councilmembers, highlight city successes and recognize city employees.

The Community Open House will begin at 6 p.m. to recognize outgoing City Councilmembers, Sharon Parry & Mike Lehto. The open house will be followed by the regular Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. where the newly-elected Councilmembers, Michelle Ziel-Dingman and John Radford will take the oath of office, and Mayor Casper will give her State of the City address.

An award presentation recognizing city employees for 20-45 years of service will take place immediately following the State of the City address.

The public is invited to both events which will be held in Council Chambers inside the City Annex Building located at 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls.

Years of Service Award Pins for 2015

20 Years of Service

Kenneth Hartog, Community Development Services

Michelle Clark-Quick, Community Development Services

Darrell West, Community Development Services/BMPO

Anthony Martin, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Eric Day, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Barry Dennert, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Cory Dennert, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Jeff Parsons, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Kelly Call, Human Resources

Eric Buttars, Municipal Services/Equipment Maintenance

Mark Goodman, Idaho Falls Police Department

Allen Hall, Idaho Falls Police Department

William Squires, Idaho Falls Police Department

Charlene Rumsey, Idaho Falls Police Department/Dispatch

Mark Reed, Idaho Falls Power

Paul Hathaway, Public Works/Streets

Alvin Edwards, Public Works/Streets

25 Years of Service

William Cutler, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Rick Lords, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Glenn Marks, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Brian Moncur, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Sam Villabisencio, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Terry Kofoed, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Cherlyn Landon, Idaho Falls Library

Heidi Carlson, Municipal Services/Purchasing

Tim Lohse, Parks & Recreation/Sandcreek Golf Course

Kelly Merrell, Parks & Recreation/Sandcreek Golf Course

Kenneth Zaugg, Idaho Falls Police Department

Patrick McKenna, Idaho Falls Police Department

Paul Phillip, Idaho Falls Power

David Waters, Idaho Falls Power

Yvonna Gunderson, Public Works/Engineering

Manuel Ponce, Public Works/Sanitation

Brian Newcomb, Public Works/Sewer

Dennis Hendrickson, Public Works/Waste Water Treatment Plant

Michael Ralphs, Public Works/Sewer

30 Years of Service

Mike Abbott, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Kenneth Anderson, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Ron Gebs, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Kim Sibbett, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Tim Arehart, Parks & Recreation

Kevin Day, Parks & Recreation

Linda Beard, Parks & Recreation/Idaho Falls Zoo

Terry Dutton, Public Works/Sanitation

35 Years of Service

Brian Tomsett, Community Development Services

Rod Moore, Idaho Falls Power

45 Years of Service

Dennis Tremayne, Idaho Falls Police Department

Media Note: An area will be blocked off in Council Chambers for media during the regular council meeting. For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Free Swim Team Lessons at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center

If you have a child interested in becoming part of a swim team, now’s the opportunity to try it out for FREE!

On Saturday, Jan. 16 from 4-6 p.m., the Wes Deist Aquatic Center will offer a free 25-minute swim team lesson for kids, ages 4-18.

The lessons are available for all swim levels and abilities. Coaches will design their instruction based upon skill levels – some will focus on freestyle or breaststroke, while others will focus on beginning swim team skills.

“The Surfer Swim Team has been going strong for the past two years, with more than 500 participants. We are excited to attract and train new talent and improve the program even more,” states Ashli Johnson, aquatic supervisor. “If we have a great response from the free lessons this time, we will do more in the future,” adds Johnson.

The benefits of the free lesson include eliminating fears kids may have about starting and committing to something new. And, parents can introduce their child to swim team without paying the swim team registration fee.

There are four different swim times that swimmers can sign up for. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged by contacting the Aquatic Center at (208) 612-8519 or visiting them in person at 149 Seventh Street or on the web at www.activityreg.com.

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About Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation: The mission of the City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities based upon cost efficiency and community needs. Learn more on our website.

Garage Fire

Idaho Falls, ID: At 12:20 p.m. this afternoon, the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 9437 N. 25th East for a garage fire with evacuation in progress.

Engine 2 arrived on scene and deployed a hose line to extinguish the contents in the garage, and Rescue 1 performed a primary search of the home to ensure everyone was out.

Ambulance crews evaluated the occupants due to smoke inhalation. The occupants returned to their home after the crews completed their evaluation, checked for fire extension and monitored air quality to ensure their safety. Crews then returned to service.

The estimated damage was $10k. The fire was caused from a dog knocking over a space heater. No injuries were reported.

The fire department would like to remind citizens to use caution when using supplemental heating devices, to keep pets away from such devices and to purchase heaters with safety mechanism built in that will shut off the heater should it overheat or be tipped over.

Media Note: For additional information, contact Captain Wynn Whitmeyer at (208) 390-8782.

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About Idaho Falls Fire Department:  The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls. The department serves population of approximately 85,000 residents occupying approximately 250 square miles. The area includes the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division serves a population of approximately 118,000 residents occupying approximately 1900 square miles. The area includes Bonneville County and portions of Bingham and Jefferson counties. The IFFD EMS responses for 2008 numbered just over 8,200.Learn more on our website.