Rural Fire Districts Can Cause Confusion In Emergencies - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Rural Fire Districts Can Cause Confusion In Emergencies

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN - Responding to emergency situations is a coordinated, regulated process for fire, medical and law enforcement entities, but it can sometimes cause confusion for those witnessing a fire.

Tuesday’s fire in Four Corners that destroyed a garage and attached an apartment,  caused confusion among property owners and bystanders who said the closest fire station was not the first to respond to the scene.

Fire officials said this is because the county is drawn into 16 fire districts, which haven't changed much since the 1970's, and calls of emergency first go to stations in their district.

With the county as large as it is, fire officials said they have at least three different departments responding to every call.

“One fire district or department can't handle that type of event for the need for manpower, so we rely on mutual aide to staff those types of instances,” said Brian Nickolay, Rae Sourdough Fire Assistant Chief.

Tuesday's garage fire fell in the Rae Sourdough District, though another department has a station near where the incident occurred.

Nickolay said the Rae Sourdough Fire Department always gets mutual aid from Central Valley and Gallatin Gateway, especially in the Four Corners area.

Central Valley and Gallatin Gateway have stations in Four Corners.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

    Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:03:56 GMT
    Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.
    Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.
  • Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

    Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:54:05 GMT
    A judge has declined to allow Philadelphia prosecutors to introduce evidence that a woman charged with abducting and raping a kindergartner had viewed online cartoons depicting sexual torture.
    A young woman charged with raping a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl after abducting her from school had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday as the trial was delayed until...
  • US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

    US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:03:52 GMT
    A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
    A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:03:46 GMT
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
  • Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:41:56 GMT
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
  • Butte Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Butte Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:48:33 GMT
    Butte police are looking for a man they say robbed the pharmacy at the Safeway store on Massachusetts Street. The robber pointed a gun at store staff and demanded prescription drugs.
    Butte police are looking for a man they say robbed the pharmacy at the Safeway store on Massachusetts Street. The robber pointed a gun at store staff and demanded prescription drugs.
  • Noxious Weeds

    Noxious Weeds

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:05:49 GMT
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
  • Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:43:48 GMT
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:40:49 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Bounty Hunters Wanted to Track Down Billionaire's Assets

    Bounty Hunters Wanted to Track Down Billionaire's Assets

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:35:27 GMT
    A firm representing creditors of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky is seeking help to uncover hidden assets of the club's billionaire co-founder, Tim Blixseth.
    A firm representing creditors of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky is seeking help to uncover hidden assets of the club's billionaire co-founder, Tim Blixseth.
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.