Fire and Rescue Services

big sky fire department engine putting out a building fire

Structure Fires:

While infrequent, BSFD responds to several structure fires each year in our district and assists our mutual aid partners with responses in their areas as well.  Our response will vary by the location of the call, but the duty crew initially responds with either 2 engines and an ambulance (in areas with hydrants) or 1 engine, 1 tender and an ambulance (in areas that do not have a firefighting water supply available).  Off duty and on-call members will respond with additional resources, which may include our ladder truck, additional engines and/or tenders and other equipment.

aerial view of forest burning

Wildland Fires:

The threat of wildland fires in Big Sky is real and we take an aggressive approach to managing them.  BSFD responds to an over 200 square mile area to provide initial attack of wildland fires in the hopes that they do not grow and become larger events.  BSFD works with the Custer Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest fire management officers and they are our primary source of assistance during wildfire events.

group of firefighters at the scene of a rollover crash

Motor Vehicle Accidents:

BSFD routinely responds to motor vehicle accidents on the 40 mile stretch of US 191 from the Lava Lake Trailhead (35 MPH Bridge) to within Yellowstone National Park and on all other roads and trails within that area.

big sky fire department truck at scene of rollover crash on highway

Hazardous Materials:  

BSFD conducts investigations and mitigation activities for all manner of hazardous materials, be it propane leaks, motor vehicle crashes involving hazardous materials and related events.  Should there be a significant hazardous materials incident, BSFD works with the Bozeman Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team to address the incident.