Fort Ellis Fire Department is an all volunteer staffed fire department serving the residents and visitors of the Fort Ellis Fire Service Area. The Fort Ellis Fire Service Area encompasses approximately 55 square miles of suburban, rural, farmland, wildland interface, forested areas and interstate highway east of Bozeman, MT. As a Fire Service Area, we are mandated by state law to provide structure protection. We also provide wildland fire protection and suppression, vehicle extrication, and basic life support, non-transporting, emergency medical services. We respond to 100-120 calls per year.
The area has seen considerable growth in the past 10 years with the number of structures growing from just over 500 in 1989 to nearly 1,100 today. In addition to residential structures, there are several small businesses including several cabinet shops and an autobody shop. There is one secondary (private, boarding) school and three elementary schools. As a rural area, our water supply is all tender/tanker based except for two hydrants on our boundary with the city of Bozeman.