BSFD’s Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the emergency telephone number in Big Sky for fire, police or ambulance?
Q: Where can I find information on open burning or how to obtain a burn permit?
A: Opening burning is allowed, providing there are no burning restrictions in effect, between March 1st and November 30th with a burn permit. For complete information, please click on the Open Burning Information quick link on our Home Page or visit https://gallatinburnpermits.com/.
Q: How can I arrange a Fire Station tour or have a Fire Department representative speak at my school or group function?
Q: How do I locate the closest Fire Station to my home?
Q: Where do I get my fire extinguisher filled or checked?
Q: When I see or hear a fire engine and/or ambulance with lights and sirens turned on, what should I do?
Q: Can I come to the fire station to have my blood pressure checked?
A: Big Sky Fire Department personnel will check your blood pressure free of charge if they are not on another emergency call. Please call 406-995-2100 for staff availability, at either Station 1 or Station 2, and we will be happy to help you out!
Q: How do I obtain a copy of an incident report?
A: Please call 406-995-2100, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to request a copy of a report. You will need to complete our request for Fire Incident Form or Medical Records Form and return to us by fax at (406)995-2104 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the turnaround time may be up to 10 business days.
Q: What should I do if my fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm sounds?
Q: What should I do if I smell natural gas, whether inside or outside?
Q: What should I do if I smell a burning odor, observe smoke or find a fire in my home?
Q: How often do I need to change the battery in my smoke detector?
A: We recommend that residents change the batteries in smoke detectors every six months. A good time to change the batteries is during the spring and fall daylight saving time change.
Q: What types of calls do you encounter?
Q: How often should I have my chimney cleaned and inspected?
Q: How do I obtain a Gallatin County Land Use Permit or Madison County Pre-Construction Safety Review?
A: Please visit the “Building & Development/Building and Development Information” on this webpage.
Q: What is a KNOX Box and do I need one for my home or business?
A: A KNOX Box is a rapid entry system for the fire department to access your home or business. It is only used in the case of an emergency. It reduces response time, property damage and liability for lost keys. If you have a home in Big Sky that is not always inhabited you should have a KNOX Box. If you have a business in Big Sky (unless it is occupied by employees 24/7 like a hotel) you should have a KNOX Box. To obtain a KNOX Box order form and/or more information about KNOX Boxes, please call the Fire Department at 406-995-2100 or visit https://www.knoxbox.com/.
Q: Does the Big Sky Fire Department perform fire inspections?
A: The Big Sky Fire Department performs fire and life safety inspections on commercial property and vacation rental property. The fire department schedules inspections with the business owner or manager, or the business owners or manager can request an inspection from the fire department by calling 406-995-2100. If you are a homeowner or renter, and you have questions about the fire safety in your home, you can contact the fire department at 406-995-2100 to answer your questions or schedule an inspection.