Bozeman Fire Department Continues to Grow - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Bozeman Fire Department Continues to Grow

Posted: Updated:

BOZEMAN - As the city of Bozeman continues to grow, so does the Fire Department.

This week, two new firefighters started in the academy.

"I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity, a really good group of people to work with and an excellent organization to be a part of," said Thaddeus Josephson, Recruiting Bozeman Firefighter.

"The fire services is where I've always wanted to start and end my career, so anything in the fire service, I just love to do," said Jonethan Paulson, Recruiting Bozeman Firefighter.

With the two new additions, the department now has 36 firefighters.

"We've created three new positions, so that's part of the growing," said Sean Grabbe, Bozeman Fire Department Training Officer. "We've had some retirements, so that has created some positions."

Grabbe said the department plans to hire three more firefighters by the end of year.

"We had a long time period where we didn't hire anybody about 15 years ago," said Grabbe. "Now, there's a huge gap of guys that are retiring."

The two new hires will be on probation period for a year, practicing and improving their skills and doing drills.

"In the first five to six weeks of the fire academy, we teach them how to pull hoses, wear their bunker gear, make sure they know how to use a chain saw and ladders," said Grabbe.

Grabbe said he's looking forward to training the guys in the upcoming weeks.

"I'm looking forward to putting them to work. I think they have great enthusiasm, positive attitudes and I think they'll be a great addition to the department," said Grabbe.

Both guys are looking forward to the training and the new road ahead of them.

"When I'm given the opportunity to help a fellow citizen through their worse moments, it really gives me a strong sense of pride and feeling of accomplishment," said Josephson.

"I'm looking forward most to just a new change and challenges within my career," said Paulson. "I'm excited to get a jump on a good career with a great group of guys in Bozeman."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:59:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
  • Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:41:14 GMT
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs are on the horizon.
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:47:25 GMT
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night. Larry Ward Hill, 65, from Sheridan, Wyoming faces charges of intimidation, a felony and
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night.
  • SLIDESHOW: Look At All The Cute Kitties!

    SLIDESHOW: Look At All The Cute Kitties!

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 11:58 AM EDT2013-08-28 15:58:42 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Thank you to everyone who sent us pictures of their kittens! Enjoy the photos!
    KHQ.COM - Thank you to everyone who sent us pictures of their kittens! Enjoy the photos!
  • USA Brass Reopens, Investigation Continues

    USA Brass Reopens, Investigation Continues

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-03-29 03:36:50 GMT
    USA Brass reopened Friday after it was shut down Thursday during a federal investigation into environmental concerns. Today employees spent the day re-organizing the facility after the Environmental Protection
    USA Brass reopened Friday after it was shut down Thursday during a federal investigation into environmental concerns.
  • Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:00:04 GMT
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer. Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
  • ABC ALL-STAR: Hellgate's Chris Herrick

    ABC ALL-STAR: Hellgate's Chris Herrick

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:03:19 GMT
    For his senior project, Hellgate's Chris Herrick wanted to give back, and bring awareness to the youth homes InnerRoads program, which works with disadvantaged and troubled youth, by bringing them outdoors."They
    For his senior project, Hellgate's Chris Herrick enlisted the help of Missoula Olympic Cyclist Sam Schultz to spread the word about the InnerRoads program
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.