Fire Suppression

Every fire crew's objectives are to protect life, stabilize the incident, and limit the loss of property, in that order. CVFD is a combination department of well-trained career and volunteer personnel with diverse and highly specialized skill sets to meet the wide-ranging demands of the district.

Structure fires are typically suppressed with three structure engines, a ladder truck, two command officers, an ALS ambulance, and 18+ firefighters. When fire hydrants are not present, two or more water tenders are added to the response. Mounting such a response requires the assistance of surrounding fire departments. Gallatin County has a very robust system of mutual aid.

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Firefighting efforts in the wildland areas of the district require different techniques, equipment, and training from structural-firefighting operations. Wildland responses require structure engines, wildland engines, and water tenders, often working in conjunction with the Montana Department of Natural Resources for air support for larger fires. Land where residential development borders open space and natural areas poses an additional challenge for firefighters.

Bozeman-Yellowstone International is Montana’s busiest airport. Crash/fire/rescue services are provided by airport personnel backed up by Central Valley firefighters.

Under the general guidance of the deputy chief of operations, the division is managed on a 24/7/365 basis by three captains. Serving the community around the clock, operations personnel are on duty and at your service every second of every day.