Mission of the Board: Represent, Provide, Preserve, Protect
Represent our constituents
Provide the resources needed by the Big Sky Fire Department
Preserve the trust and property of our constituents
Protect the lives, health, and safety of our residents and visitors
Mission Statement of the Big Sky Fire District Board of Trustees
The Big Sky Fire Department Board of Trustees seeks to:
Represent our constituents and respond to their needs and concerns; serve with integrity and transparency; treat everyone with respect; and deserve the trust of the community and emergency responders.
Provide the resources needed for fire and life safety services to residents and visitors in a fiscally prudent fashion balancing the benefits of these services against the cost. The Board will achieve these objectives by listening to the community and emergency response professionals, cooperating with other organizations and neighboring jurisdictions, and seeking the most efficient and best use of funds through effective budgeting and long range planning. The Board shall provide leadership to the Department as well as the community at large and serve as stewards of the Fire Department’s and community’s resources.
Preserve the trust and property of our constituents by ensuring the availability of appropriate emergency response services, disaster and fire prevention services, and public education. Providing these services requires planning, reliable equipment, extensive training, adequate staffing, and the adoption of and compliance with appropriate standards based on state codes, national codes and best practices. In a geographically isolated urban-wild land interface that requires a high degree of self-sufficiency, educating the community about how to address fire and life safety challenges is essential.
Protect the lives, health and safety of residents and visitors in medical emergencies and natural or human-caused disasters by ensuring that the Big Sky Fire Department operates at the highest level of safety, efficiency, professionalism, preparation, collaboration, and training. Further, the Board will protect the community’s investment in the Big Sky Fire Department by providing fiscal and management oversight of the Department to ensure adequate resources, leadership, readiness, and performance.
Alan McClain was elected as a member of the Big Sky Fire Department Board of Trustees in 2011. Alan is originally from rural northeastern Kansas and moved to Big Sky full-time in the winter of 1992/93 to learn how to ski. Since moving to Big Sky, Alan spent 14 years with the Big Sky Ski Patrol and is the owner of Big Sky Landscaping. Alan is married to Danielle, Lone Peak High Librarian, and they have two great kids and one cat, “Mack Attack”. Alan “loves Big Sky and is committed to living here and making this a great community to live in.”
Board Vice Chair
Carol Collins has served as a member of the Big Sky Fire Department Board of Trustees since 2001. Carol is originally from Philadelphia, PA and moved to Big Sky from Alaska in 1989. Carol chose Big Sky for the beauty and small town flavor after living in a small town in Alaska. Carol volunteers her time for a number of organizations. In addition to the Big Sky Fire Department she is currently involved with the Crail Ranch in Big Sky, serves on the Gallatin County Board of Park Commissioners and also volunteers with various events throughout Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana. Carol also was on the Big Sky Resort Tax Board for 15 years, served on the Big Sky/Gallatin Canyon Zoning Advisory Board for 10 years and worked on trails and parks in Big Sky. Carol has worked for First Security Bank since 2005, prior to that she worked for the Big Sky Owners Association for 15 years as well as experience in the restaurant and accounting industries. Carol is married with two grown children and is a grandparent to a beautiful granddaughter. She also has a cat and a dog. Carol states that “Serving on the Board of Trustees for the Big Sky Fire Department is amazing – being part of such a dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic group makes my position on the Board very rewarding.”
Steve Johnson served as a volunteer firefighter from 2005 to 2012, and on the board since 2012. Steve and his family were introduced to Big Sky during a stay at Lone Mountain Ranch in the early 90’s, and bought a vacation property not long after that. He and his wife, Jeanne, retired from the Chicago area to Big Sky full time in 2001, after a 29 year technology career with Accenture. Steve is also a board member of the Big Sky Trails Recreation and Parks District, a former board member and trails volunteer with the Big Sky Community Organization, and a member of the Gallatin Canyon/Big Sky Zoning Advisory Committee. Steve and Jeanne have four grown children, living in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, and five grandchildren.
Renae Schumacher moved from Sturgis, SD to Big Sky in 1993 where she met and married her husband Steve. They are raising their 3 boys and 2 dogs in this spectacular place. Renae has served on various boards in the community throughout the years: Big Sky Chamber, Big Sky Arts Association, homeowners associations, and 2 terms on the Big Sky Resort Tax board. She also volunteers her time at the school with the middle school and high school basketball programs. Renae has made Big Sky her home and takes pride in being involved with these active boards that help shape this community.
Tom Reeves joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015. Tom was born and raised in the Chicago area. He worked in corporate finance for many years until moving to Big Sky with his wife Kay and daughter Alice in 2002. Tom was a volunteer fireman and EMT with Big Sky Fire Department for almost 10 years until 2013. He also has or is currently serving on the board of Big Water and Sewer District, Search and Rescue, Big Sky Zoning Advisory, and the Aspen Groves HOA. Skiing, mountain biking, golfing and running are what keeps Tom busy in Montana. He is inspired by the professionalism, dedication, and ability of all of the individuals working for the department.