Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department

The Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services for the Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District located north of Manhattan, MT. The Fire District was established in December, 1999, by the Gallatin County Commission. The District covers about 9 square miles, 90 structures, and a full-time population of about 150. The GRR Fire Department was then organized under the supervision of an elected Board of Trustees. From 1999 to 2017 the department was run by a paid chief. The fire department changed to an all-volunteer model in May of 2017. The department is led by Chief Marlin Sprow and includes volunteer firefighters as well as reserve and auxiliary members.



The GRR Rural Fire District is working on several projects that will significantly enhance safety for the people it serves. These include the Fire Station Project and the Water Source Project. Bids have been solicited for each project. The GRRRFD needs you help. Please consider donating to the GRRRFD. All donations will be used to defray the costs of the Fire Station Project. Donations to GRRRFD are tax-deductible under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRS Code. Please send donations to: Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District, PO Box 109, Manhattan, MT 59741. Thank you for considering us in your charitable giving plans!



The GRR Fire Department needs more firefighters, EMTs, and reserve members. Volunteer fire departments like ours are the backbone non-law enforcement rural emergency services. One of the best and most rewarding ways to serve your community is to volunteer to join the fire department. If you are interested, please email us at: info@grrfd.org. For more information, look at the Get Involved section of this website.


The GRRRFD is adding a new firefighting water source at Castle Rock Pond, and plans to add to its capacity to access water from Mossy Rock Pond.

The Castle Rock Pond project is underway. A 6-inch pipe was trenched into the pond with a siphon at the end of underwater portion of the pipe. The pipe “daylights” with a “dry hydrant” in a location accessible to fire engines. We have a dry hydrant like this next to the pump house at River Camp. This project significantly improves water availability on GRR. This adds to the Fire District’s effort to improve the quality and effectiveness of fire protection on GRR. At its fullest, this pond is estimated to contain 2.2-million gallons. At its emptiest, it is probably less than a million but at least 500,000 gallons.

Mossy Rock Pond already has a 6-inch pipe that goes from the pond bottom to the pump house across the road from the pond. The GRRFD is evaluating ways to add one more point for water withdrawal from this pond. This project will probably be done in the spring of 2022. This well-fed artificial lined pond contains about 1.1-million gallons.



The wildland fire season is drawing to a close However, wildland fires are becoming less seasonal due to persistent drought and warming. They can occur any month when conditions are right.  It is not a question of if, but when the next wildland fire will affect the GRR Rural Fire District.

The GRR Fire Department recommends that all property owners carry an ABC fire extinguisher in each vehicle, including ATVs and UTVs, to use in event of a fire. Vehicles should not travel off-road and should not travel along roads where un-mowed grass is present in the road bed due to the risk of hot exhaust systems igniting dry grass.

GRR Rural Fire District residents should register for the Gallatin County Emergency Notification System at:  https://www.readygallatin.com/public-warning/community-notification-system/. Please explore the Get Informed Education section of this website to review the Evacuation Plan and other information about wildland fire preparation and mitigation. This is particularly important for new GRR Rural Fire District residents.

The Wildland Fire Preparation and Prevention Program was established by the GRRRFD Trustees. A volunteer Wildland Fire Preparedness Committee was formed to facilitate this program. The Committee organized and mailed packets of information to all current GRRHOA owners in April of 2021. Packets have been given to Luna Properties for inclusion in the Welcome Packet the GRR HOA sends to new owners. Information about fire resistant landscaping will be sent to GRRHOA members who apply for Architectural Review Committee building project approval as a reminder.


Wildland fire risk is lowest in the winter, but that depends partly on snow cover. The disasterous wildland fires near Boulder, Colorado, are proof of that. Multiple wildland fires hit Montana in December. Home fires occur year-round, so stay vigilant.

Toss out those dried up natural wreaths, garland, and Christmas trees in the trash or the landfill; don’t burn or discard them in any outdoor area on GRR.

The New Year is a good time to review and revise medical history documents. Consider filling out or updating a My Medical History from the GRR Fire Website: http://www.grrrfd.org/get-informed/.

If you have a medical emergency, CALL 911. Don’t call the Chief or a firefighter; that will only delay the response. Calling 911 activates the County Emergency Medical System (EMS) which includes dispatching available firefighters or other medical personnel and an AMR ambulance. If the ambulance is not needed, EMS personnel will cancel it without charge to you. You cannot call AMR directly to request an ambulance.

Providing EMS personnel with a completed My Medical History form can make a huge difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of their care for you or a loved one.

GRR Fire recommends 4- or 5-pound dry chemical ABC fire extinguishers on each floor of a home, especially the kitchen, garage, workshops and vehicles. Inspect your extinguishers yearly: confirm that the pressure gauge is in the “green” then check the age or date of last service. Fire extinguishers should be refilled and re-charged every 6 years. Use the following NFPA link for more information: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Fire-extinguishers.

Please consider the Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District as you think about charitable giving for the holiday season and end of the tax year. All donations will go toward the GRR Fire Station Project. We are waiting to get a bid on the project, so exact cost is not clear yet, but we need help covering the cost. Donations to the GRRRFD are tax-deductible under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRS code. We will set up a formal donation drive when the costs are clear.


We’re all in this together and need to pull together as a community. Viruses don’t care about political or religious views. We will be more successful as a community if we work together in rational ways. PLEASE LOOK AT THE GET INFORMED/EDUCATION SECTION OF THIS SITE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Act Responsibly

Get vaccinated. Vaccination against COVID-19 is free from a variety of sources including pharmacies and physician offices. Vaccinations are the best and most effective way to prevent serious illness due to COVID-19, and the best way to prevent disease spread. Vaccinations are the key to getting America back to work safely. Getting vaccinated is how you prevent yourself from spreading this disease to children–yours and others. If for no other reason, please get vaccinated to protect America’s children, and our future.

If you get sick with COVID or respiratory virus symptoms, get tested and stay home–don’t spread any respiratory virus around to friends, family, coworkers, or the general public.

The non-vaccine-related things that have the greatest impact in lowering the risk of spreading and acquiring COVID-19 include: mask wearing, hand hygiene, and not going into public when ill. These also contributed to an incredibly light influenza season and will be well worth keeping in mind in future influenza and respiratory virus seasons.


For information on the Fire Station Project, please open the Announcements section. Also look in the Get Informed Education section.

The GRRRFD has purchased a 40 x 60-foot section of the GRRHOA Maintenance Building at 5700 Nixon Gulch Road and a 50% ownership share in the property the building is on. A new fire station will be built in the northern two bays of the building. A bid on the project is pending. This station will house our Engine-11, Tender-11, Brush-11-1, and Utility-11 and will include a separate locker room for firefighter PPE storage and a rest room. Although the ultimate cost is unknown at this time, it is clear that GRRRFD will need donor support for this project. If you have not already donated, please consider a donation to enhance community safety!



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