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 respond with either an 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 would include our ladder truck, additional engines or tenders and other equipment.
Wildland Fires: The threat of wildland fires in the Big Sky is real and we take an aggressive approach to managing them. BSFD responds to an over 400 square mile area to provide initial attack of wildland fires in the hopes that they do not grow. 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.
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.
Hazardous Materials: BSFD conductions 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.