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Our Team

Firefighters

Marlin Sprow : Chief

Marlin Sprow - Chief

Chief Marlin Sprow joined the department as a volunteer when it formed in December, 1999. Over the years he has risen through the ranks through hard work and a series of basic wildland, firefighting, BLS with AED, and leadership courses.  His 'day job' is Gallatin River Ranch Homeowner Association Road Manager. As such, he knows the Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District like the back of his hand. His knowledge, experience, and know-how led to the decision to appoint him Fire Chief on 5/12/2017.

Ken Weskamp : Assistant Chief, Training Officer

Ken Weskamp - Assistant Chief, Training Officer

Ken Weskamp joined GRRFD in June of 2017. He became Training Officer in late 2018 and was appointed Assistant Chief in May 2019. He had many years of prior volunteer firefighting training and experience and is an expert at propane safety and management. He completed his fire academy training in 1989 including driver operator, Firefighter I and II certifications and is an instructor of propane emergency response training for WPGA from 1995-2004.

Wayne Langel : Volunteer.

Wayne Langel - Volunteer.

Wayne Langel volunteered when GRRFD was formed in December, 1999. He is BLS with AED certified and has completed a number of wildland and fire safety and leadership courses and has been on the active line of defense in numerous residential and wildland fires.

John Andrews, MD, EMT : Volunteer, Medical Officer, Executive Assistant

John Andrews, MD, EMT - Volunteer, Medical Officer, Executive Assistant

John Andrews was appointed Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees in March 2017 and to the same role for the Department in May 2017. He joined the department in June of 2017 as a volunteer firefighter and was appointed Medical Officer in 2018. He is licensed as both a physician and EMT in Montana. A retired physician, he is board certified in Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine, he is BLS and ACLS certified.

Bruce Reynolds : Volunteer

Bruce Reynolds - Volunteer

Bruce Reynolds joined the Reserve Member Team in June of 2018. He joined the ranks of active firefighters on 3/20/19. He moved from Missoula MT to the GRR in 2016, and is an avid wildlife and outdoor adventure photographer.  A self proprietor consultant specializing in commercial historic renovations with a 30 plus year background in the construction industry.

Reserve Members

Rick Davis, MD : Reserve

Rick Davis, MD - Reserve

Rick Davis, M.D. is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Montana. He is a retired Internal Medicine physician who graduated with his M.D from the University of Illinois in 1975, did an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, and practiced medicine in Barrington, Illinois before retiring in 2020, when he moved to GRR. He joined the GRRFD Reserve in 2021.

Spencer Millimen : Trustee, Board of Trustees Chair, Reserve Volunteer, Reserve Volunteer Supervisor

Spencer Millimen - Trustee, Board of Trustees Chair, Reserve Volunteer, Reserve Volunteer Supervisor

Spencer Millimen was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January, 2017 and became Vice Chair. He became Reserve Volunteer Supervisor in March 2018. He was elected Board Chair in May 2019. His professional background was in law enforcement before moving to Montana. He retired from his position as a detective with the Columbus, Ohio, police department in 2015.

Ray Rigel : Reserve Member

Ray Rigel - Reserve Member

Ray Rigel was a volunteer firefighter for the GRRRFD from 2011-2013. He completed multiple firefighting training courses including helicopter coordination training and CPR certification. He became a reserve volunteer in March, 2018. He retired, in 2011, from Scitor Corporation as the Chief Technology Officer working in the high-tech industry.

Bruce Buccilli : Reserve Member

Bruce Buccilli - Reserve Member

Julie Brown : Reserve Member

Julie Brown - Reserve Member

Julie Brown joined the GRRFD Reserve on 3/20/19. She moved to Montana from Florida in 2018 and works as a contract specialist at Montana State University. She worked for the Florida Department of Transportation and brings a wealth of administrative skills and experience as well as temporary traffic control management.

Auxiliary Members

Maria Fraser : Auxiliary

Maria Fraser - Auxiliary

Maria Fraser joined the auxiliary in the Spring of 2018. She is a United flight attendant and has BLS CPR training. She has been instrumental in organizing fundraising and Fire District quarterly social engagement events. She has helped organize the Auxiliary in the event this component of the department is needed to provide help and aid during a fire incident.

Rob Fraser : Auxiliary Member

Rob Fraser - Auxiliary Member

Rob Fraser joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018. He was born and raised in Northern California, and enjoys the outdoor activities Montana has to offer, especially hiking and fishing. He has flown for over 30 years and is currently a Captain with JetBlue, flying Airbus A320 and A210 aircraft. "The GRR is a great community to be part of and I look forward to working with our Fire Department Auxiliary."

Vanessa McMurray : Auxiliary member

Vanessa McMurray - Auxiliary member

Vanessa joined the GRRFD Auxiliary in 2019. She had worked in an administrative capacity at Advanced Eyecare Associates in Belgrade prior to retirement. She provided much-needed help in the Fire Station Fundraiser in 2019 and is a Neighborhood Support Team coordinator.

Patti Draude : Auxiliary Member

Patti Draude - Auxiliary Member

Patti Draude joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018. Patti retired after a long career in education.