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It seems like volunteer fire departments are always begging for money. There are good reasons for that.

Volunteer fire departments depend on three main sources of revenue: taxes, grants, and donations.

Tax dollars alone are not sufficient to support most departments including Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District (GRRRFD).

Grants can provide some support. They were critical to the initial acquisition of apparatus and equipment. However, grant money is difficult to get and complex to manage. The GRRRFD is a very small district, with less than 100 structures and a small population and fortunately has a very low call volume. These put GRRRFD at a disadvantage compared to larger busier department competing for limited grant money. Bigger, busier departments have a distinct advantage with larger federal grants. The best GRRRFD can hope for is to succeed in getting smaller grants.

Donations from Fire District residents is our most important supplement to tax revenues.

Contributions to Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District are deductible under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRS code.

Become an Active Volunteer Firefighter

The Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department needs a few good firefighters!

The Active Volunteer Firefighter team trains for and deploys in the event of an emergency medical call, structure and wildland fires, and rescue calls. Members of this team train on the first and third Monday of each month between 4 pm to 6 pm, and participate in other training activities with regional firefighting partners, particularly Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department. New members are on a probationary status for the first six months of membership. All active firefighters are expected to attend a minimum of 3o hours of department training a year; at least 50% of regularly scheduled twice-monthly training drills. They must participate in at least 30% of department calls. Active firefighters are issued a pager, radio, and personal protective equipment.

Firefighting is a strenuous activity that requires good cardiovascular health, a strong back and musculoskeletal system, and a clear mind. This is not for everyone. That said, we have roles within the department that may accommodate otherwise qualified individuals who have some limitations. People interested in serving the community in the fire department who have limitations that might pose a problem as an active member should consider Reserve membership.

To apply, use the contact portion on this website or contact either John Andrews, Executive Assistant, or Chief Sprow. The application process includes submitting an application, a photocopy of your Montana driver license, and undergoing a criminal and Montana driving background check with First Choice Background Checks after an interview.

Active Firefighters are covered by the District’s liability insurance policy, Montana Worker’s Compensation, and two Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies. The District pays for their membership in the National Volunteer Fire Council and will pay 75% of the cost of membership at the Manhattan Athletic Club.

Become a Reserve Member

The Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department needs a few good Reserve Members!

Reserve Members perform a number of critical department functions that do not require the full training or capability of an Active Volunteer Firefighter. The three fundamental reserve functions are to serve as “Follow Me” drivers, water source pump operators, and traffic managers. Other opportunities exist depending on a reservist’s interest and background. The department is particularly interested in people with prior training and experience in firefighting, law enforcement, or medical services.

Nearly every call in the GRR Fire District will involve “help on the way”, be it an ambulance or a mutual aid agency. American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances are sent to every GRRFD medical call. A “Follow Me” vehicle is sent to meet the AMR ambulance at the front gate. By having a reservist do this, active firefighters can concentrate on scene management. Aid from Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department is requested in all structure fires. A “Follow Me” reservist or two are sent to meet Manhattan at the front gate. In bigger fires where aid must arrive through the back gate, reservists will be sent to unlock the gate and serve as “Follow Me” vehicles. In bigger incidents, teams of two “Follow Me” vehicles will be deployed to work as “tag teams”. The same needs are present in the wildland fire and rescue incidents.

Reservists are trained to operate the pumps at Mossy Rock Pond and at the cistern/well at River Camp. In structure or wildland fires, these members are critical to efficient filling of tenders supplying water to the firefighters at the incident.

Reservists may also help with traffic control and information to district residents in certain circumstances.

Reservists will have several training drills each year to learn and review pump operations and details of their deployment various incidents and at least one “all hands” training drill with the whole GRRFD team. Reservists help is needed and welcome in routine apparatus inspections and cleaning and station cleaning. Reservists are invited to each routine training drill but are not required to attend these drills. Reservists are encouraged but not required to get AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) with AED training. Certain reservists may apply for department support to pursue additional training to enhance their skill set and ability to participate in certain department activities, such as EMS services.

Reserve members are covered by the Fire District’s liability insurance program as well as Montana Worker’s Compensation for any duty-related incidents. The Fire District also provides Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance.

To learn more or apply, use the contact form on this website or contact Reserve Supervisor Spencer Millimen.

Become an Auxiliary Member

The Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department needs a few good Auxiliary Members!

Auxiliary Members volunteer to aid in a number of important department functions. The two main functions of the auxiliary are to organize social engagement events and to provide the ability to deploy an effective and efficient firefighter rehab site in the event of a fire. The auxiliary can also be a

The GRRFD depends on the auxiliary to organize community engagement events. Some of these are social, but there are also needs for community education as well. These events typically have a fundraising component, but are meant to be fun social events that enable Fire District residents to meet and socialize with the Fire Department, and get some education in the process. Education includes Hands-Only CPR training at least twice a year, Fire Preparedness, and other subjects.

The Auxiliary Team trains to establish firefighter rehabilitation sites. No, this isn’t physical or other “rehab”. Firefighting is a strenuous activity that leads to heat stress and dehydration. Firefighters battling structure or wildland fires need a safe break area where they can cool off in hot weather or get shelter in winter or rainstorms. They need to rest, sit down, possibly lie down, hydrate, and get something to eat. The auxiliary team is trained to set up and manage rehab sites. These may be in tents or in buildings, depending on the direction of the Fire Incident Commander.

The auxiliary is not a gender-based group. Those interested in joining the auxiliary should either contact Executive Assistant John Andrews or Chief Sprow.