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.
Derek Kampfe - Volunteer. EMT. Assistant Chief.
Derek Kampfe volunteered for the department in June of 2016 and was elected to the Board of Trustees on 5/2/2017. Prior to moving to the ranch he was a volunteer at the Fort Ellis department for five years. He is a volunteer firefighter with Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department in the spring of 2018. Derek is an EMT and firefighter with over 600 calls under his belt.
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.
Ken Weskamp - Volunteer. Training Officer
Ken Weskamp joined GRRFD in June of 2017. He had a dozen 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.
John Andrews, M.D.,EMT - Volunteer. Executive Assistant. Medical Officer
John Andrews joined the department in June of 2017 as a volunteer and also serves as the Executive Assistant. He refers to that position as being like an 'unpaid clerk on steroids'. He is an EMT and licensed physician and is the department Medical Director. A retired physician, board certified in Internal, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, he is BLS and ACLS certified.
Anthony Powell, AEMT - Volunteer, AEMT
Anthony Powell joined the department in June of 2017. He is an Advanced EMT who previously worked with the Yellowstone Club Fire Department and had volunteers at Central Valley, with extensive training during that time.
Jason Biggs, EMT - Volunteer, EMT
Jason joined GRRFD in June of 2018. He has a degree in Fire Science from Helena College and is a registered EMT. He has been a volunteer with Livingston Volunteer Fire Department as well.
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.
Spencer Millimen - Vice Chair, Board of Trustees. Reserve Volunteer, Reserve Volunteer Supervisor
Spencer Millimen became a reserve volunteer in March, 2018 and is the Reserve Volunteer Supervisor. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and is the Vice Chair. He retired from his position as a detective with the Columbus, Ohio, police department in 2015.
DeeAnn Langel - Reserve Volunteer. EMT
DeeAnn Langel became a volunteer with GRRFD when it was formed in December, 1999. She is a licensed EMT firefighter with ICS-11, -200, NIMS IS-700, -8--, and wildland fire interface certification. "Being part of a team of professional Emergency Responders is something I hold of great value. We each serve a vital role in making our rural neighborhood something special. " DeeAnn moved from the ranks of active firefighters to the Reserve in October, 2018.
Paul Sejud, DMD, EMT - Reserve Member
Paul Sejud, DMD, EMT, joined the GRRRFD team in June 2018. He retired from the US Navy as an anesthesiologist and Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon in 2004 and from private practice in California in 2013. He has become an EMT in order to serve with GRRRFD.
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
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.
Sue Chelone - Reserve Member
Reserve Member Sue Chelone joined the GRRFD team in February 2019. She moved to the area from Nevada where she was a chapter leader with the Nevada Fire Safe Council and has significant experience in community fire defense.
Thomas Mack, D.D.S. - Reserve Member
Dr. Mack became a member of the Reserve in late 2018. He served as a United States Navy Dental officer, and then went on to a career as an endodontist. He and his wife moved to Gallatin River Ranch after his retirement. He has served his community in a number of volunteer roles over the years.
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.
Barbara Mack - Trustee. Board of Trustees Secretary, Auxiliary Member
Barb Mack was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October, 2013 and was re-elected to the Board on 5/3/16. She has served as the Secretary of the Board since 2016. Prior to moving to Montana in 2006, she was sole proprietor of Fleece to Fibers Interior Designs in Los Altos, California. She is a Professional Member of ASID and CCID.
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."
Lucy Curran - Auxiliary Member
Lucy Curran became a volunteer with the GRRFD in June 2018. “I look forward to being part of the dedicated team and supporting my community.” Lucy and husband Bill have had a presence on the Ranch since 2015.
Cookie Gonzalez - Auxiliary Member
Cookie has been a Registered Nurse since 1983 and has worked in many areas of nursing during her career. She and her husband Jorge have lived at the Gallatin River Ranch since 2007 and you can often find them enjoying all that the ranch has to offer by horseback or bike. Cookie is looking forward to being a part of the auxiliary team and assisting our First Responders during any emergencies
Patti Draude - Auxiliary Member
Patti Draude joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018. Patti retired after a long career in education.
Cathy Levin - Auxiliary Member
Cathy Levin joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018.
Stewart Levin - Auxiliary Member
Stewart Levin joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018.
Jessica Millimen, Ph.D. - Auxiliary Member
Jessica Millimen, Ph.D., joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018. She has a background in law enforcement, serving with the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department. She has a doctorate in forensic psychology.
Mara Rigel - Auxiliary Member
Mara Rigel joined the GRRFD Auxiliary Team in the spring of 2018. She has been a full-time GRR resident since 2011, but has owned property and been a part of the GRR community since 1999. Her favorite pastimes include skiing, fishing, and kayaking.