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First Fort Ellis Blood Drive to be Held Aug. 24th
Unfortunately, blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

Summer is a difficult time to collect blood yet the need remains constant because of increased rates of trauma during the summer season.  Unfortunately blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in and more donations are needed to replenish our blood supply.  Fort Ellis Fire Department has teamed up with the American Red Cross to help!

Please donate at the Fort Ellis Fire Department Blood Drive on Thursday, August 24th from 2:00-6:30 pm at the fire station, 3725 Bozeman Trail Road.

All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a FREE pint of Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream from Heeb’s Grocery on East Main Street!

Please contact Kim Hackl at 406-539-0802 or go online at redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.  Put in the sponsor code:  FORTELLISFIRE.

Thank you for your support.  This is our first ever Blood Drive and we would like to make it a success and fill a need for blood in our state.  

Lauren Scull
Red Flag Warning In Effect Until Wed, Aug. 23rd.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Gallatin County tomorrow, noon to 9pm (update: extended to 6 am on Saturday), indicating that any fire that starts is likely to become a serious event. Mid-August is traditionally the beginning of the fire season in Gallatin County, and we have already had our first fire, near Clarkston. Please be extremely careful about fires until we get substantial amounts of rain or snow.
• Check tow chains to make sure they don’t drag and throw sparks.
• Don’t drive in tall grass where a hot exhaust could catch the grass on fire.
• Avoid open burning and bonfires.
• Call 911 immediately for any fire you see, even if you think you can put it out.

Lauren Scull
Fort Ellis Receives Generous Donation from FLIR

This spring, Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue received an extremely generous donation from FLIR, the world’s largest commercial company specializing in the design and production of infared and thermal imaging cameras and technology.  Because FLIR’s operations in Bozeman are adjacent to Fort Ellis’s district boundary and several local executives live in the Fort Ellis district, the company provided three K65 thermal imaging cameras and accessories to outfit Fort Ellis volunteers with the latest technology.  These cameras allow crews to “see” through smoky environments to help locate victims, find hazards and evaluate where fires are burning the hottest.  The cameras also have great application in looking for victims of motor vehicle crashes that may have been thrown from the wreck.  

“Thanks to FLIR’s generosity and partnership, our volunteers can operate more safely and efficiently
— Buck Taylor, asst. chief of personnel

Assistant Chief Buck Taylor noted that the donation allows Fort Ellis crews to train with identical technology as the department’s two other thermal imaging cameras are different makes and models.   

“Thanks to FLIR’s generosity and partnership, our volunteers can operate more safely and efficiently in potentially dangerous environments while all training on the same equipment,” Taylor said.  “This is the best technology currently available and we are fortunate to work with this great equipment.  Many thanks to FLIR’s local leadership!”

Lauren Scull