Join the Team
Each November, Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue brings on a new class of recruit firefighters to join our ranks. Volunteers train every Tuesday night from 7:00-10:00 pm and wear pagers to be summoned 24/7 when someone in our district calls 911 for help. If you are between the ages of 18-70, are in good health and want to be considered for the department, please let us know.
If you don't meet these qualifications or are unable to commit as much time to the department as required for firefighters there are still many ways in which you can support our department. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation.
Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue responds to about 230 emergency calls each year, including:
• Medical Emergencies - heart attacks, diabetic emergencies, falls, cuts.
• Motor Vehicle Accidents - mostly on Interstate 90. These may involve extrication, medical treatment, and traffic control.
• Wildland Fires - lightning strikes in the forests, fires along the railroad, out-of-control "controlled" burns and trash fires.
• Structure Fires – fires in residences, garages/sheds, commercial buildings
• Mutual Aid - to surrounding fire districts, including the city of Bozeman, for structure and wildland fires.
How do we do all this and still stay safe? We spend a large amount of time training to properly respond to emergency situations.
We train every Tuesday evening from 7-10 PM. This includes both classroom and field training – in a variety of disciplines. We also send firefighters to additional training opportunities such as the well-known Fire School in Cody, Wyoming. Standard training includes basic wildland (8 hours); EMT-first responder (40 hours); hazardous materials operations (8 hours), and components of the Firefighter 1 curriculum.
In addition to training and responding to calls, Fort Ellis volunteers participate in a variety of community events - from directing traffic at a bike-to-school event to conducting safety awareness events in and out of our district.