Big Sky Fire Department

Caleb Schreiber, assistant fire management officer for the Bozeman Hebgen Lake Ranger District shows the difference and distance between the small controlled burn to the south and the over 600 acre wildlife to the north that started in the canyon on Thursday. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Investigation underway

Six hundred fifty acres of United States Forest Service and Fish, Wildlife and Parks land were ablaze this past week near Big Sky. The tally of scorched acres climbed significantly after an aircraft was able to gps the fire. No private land or structures were damaged.

PHOTO COURTESY BEN JACOBSEN @benjacobsenphotography

Community goes beyond city limits

Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) had boots on the ground over the weekend helping battle the zero percent contained, now over 7,000 acre blaze in the Bridgers.

BSFD Chief Greg Megaard, who was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley, said he does not remember ever seeing the Bridger mountains on fire like they were this last weekend.

Lane Wintermute addresses the BSFD board and explains findings from the Long Range Master Plan. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Positive findings

Lane Wintermute, senior associate with Emergency Services Consulting International guided the Big Sky Fire District (BSFD) board through the Long Range Master Plan Update on Sept. 25. The study assesses and projects up to 2025. 

 “There’s been a lot of change in this community,” he said. 

 A special thank you to the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation for their generous donation. These funds will go towards the purchase of new extrication equipment for the department. (L to R) John Haas and Louise Astbury representing the Foundation, Big Sky Fire District Board Chair Alan McClain and Fire Chief William Farhat. Farhat offered updates about fire protection in Spanish Peaks at the October board meeting.

Prior planning

When the last Big Sky Fire Department Master Plan was completed at the end of 2015, consultants from Emergency Services Consulting, International looked at the next decade, predicting steep growth for Big Sky.

While digging out the apron outside Station 1 workers found a smelly issue—a sewer line was broken beneath the old concrete area.

More demands, bigger digs

For Big Sky Fire Department firefighters, perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the current remodel of Station 1 in the West Fork is the addition of bigger dorm rooms—an expansion upon the current lodging quarters, which were designed as closets and fit little more than a twin bed and a small locker. 

Attorney Matt Dodd poses with his wife Ashely and their kids, Piper and Jasper. Dodd brings his experience starting and leading nonprofits to the table.     Dr. Deb Lewis’ love for the mountains brought her to Big Sky. She hopes her experience in emergency care will help her to understand the challenges BSFD faces.

TRAILHEAD

Two spots were open and two community members filed, and will win by acclamation, seats on the Big Sky Fire Department Board of Trustees. Matt Dodd and Deborah Lewis will join the board in May, 2018.

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