How to JoinGeneral Information
If you enjoy camaraderie, teamwork, and maybe a little hard work then joining the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department might be for you! Send us an application and we'd love to meet you and give you a tour of our operation.
But I'm too busy!
The single biggest concern we hear from potential members is that they're too busy to volunteer. We work to make sure our members time and energy is respected. Some of the ways we do this:
Not counting emergency calls the minimum time commitment (after the first year) is about 6 hours per month. Why don't we count emergency calls? There are a couple of reasons. First, they're very unpredictable. Second, you are not required to respond to any particular emergency call. We try to have enough members that if you're busy, or tired, or just don't feel like responding to that call you don't have to. So in effect, you choose how much time you volunteer for emergency calls.
What about the first year?
To be able to operate safely on an emergency scene we're got to get you up to speed on a lot of material, so the first year does have more classes. In the winter we run a new member academy that is about 60 hours. It's conducted on evenings and weekend days, generally starting in December and ending in March. We require CPR certification and offer it multiple times in February. In the spring there is a two day (12 hour, Friday evening and Saturday) basic wildland firefighting course. Finally there are 9 hours of online Incident Command classes that you can take from home. If you can't make all of these classes in the first year, we'll certainly work with you, but may need to limit what types of emergency calls you participate in before you've completed the related training. It's required that they're completed by the end of your second year.
Can't wait to get started? Here's the ICS courses at training.fema.gov: ICS 100 ICS 200 ICS 700
To join the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department you'll need to fill out our application. Applications are accepted at any time, but are only reviewed if there are vacancies in the department. Once we have reviewed your application and processed your background check you may be invited to begin the membership process.
How to get started!
If need any more information you can call us at 442-9828 or message us on our www.facebook.com/montanacityfire page.
If you know one of our members get in touch with them and ask, they're a great source of info.
You can download an application and get started on the membership process.
Being part of Montana City is very rewarding work. You'll meet new people, learn all kinds of interesting skills, and the camaraderie is great. Being part of your local fire department is a commitment of time and energy, but if you're in the right place in your life to join us the rewards are even greater.