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MT Wildfire Update for Local Government (July 14)

Fire season is rapidly accelerating in Montana. The contributions and response of our local government fire departments may be more critical than ever as national firefighting resources get stretched thin.

We had an important coordination conversation to ensure resources and equipment are ready to meet the projected need across Montana for the 2021 fire season on July 14th.

Here is the recording of the discussion.

As a follow up, we are asking the following of Montana Fire Departments.
First, if your agency thinks you might be able to participate in LGFF Critical Mission Task Forces for a 72 hour deployment, please complete the following information. At the very least, have the paperwork filled out. Many of the DNRC land offices are very busy and may not have time to process paperwork now, but having the paperwork completed and ready to go will make all the difference if you participate in a deployment.

Review the NRCG Mobilization of Local Government Fire Forces for an overview of how these processes work.
Incident Rental Agreement completed for your apparatus for either fully operated or unoperated.
Chief’s Certification for your firefighters.
Hiring Information for your firefighters.
EFF Hiring packet for volunteers.
Option 3 Billing Rate Form for paid personnel.

Second, we are asking each county to identify a primary and secondary point of contact that can be used to help coordinate through. 
Please send that contact information to Mikel Robinson at [email protected].
[include county, full name, title/rank, email, mobile phone # for a primary and secondary]

Again, thanks for your participation and we will continue to help coordinate and communicate with everyone.

Patrick Lonergan Chief of Emergency Management and Fire Gallatin County (406) 548-0116 Email

Rich Cowger Fire Chief Columbus Rural Fire District #3 406-322-4302 Office 406-321-1180 Cell Email

Cory CalnanState/County Cooperative Fire Protection Program ManagerMT DNRC,Fire Protection BureauWork Cell: (406) 788-7718 Email

Mike MaltaverneDeputy Chief-OperationsBozeman Fire Department Email

Adriane Beck Director, DES CoordinatorOffice of Emergency ManagementOffice 406-258-3632 Cell 406-830-0974 Email