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MSFCA SAFER Grant

12/31/2014

The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER)Grant was created to provide funding to departments and firefighter interestorganizations in order to help increase the number of trained ...

RFP: Database & Website

4/15/2014

RFP: Database & WebsiteThe Montana State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) is accepting proposals from qualified individuals or companies to develop a new database with accompanying front-end websit ...

Summary: MSFCA Mid-Winter Board Meeting

2/26/2014

The Board discussed the upcoming Montana Fire Alliance Conference (May 29-31, 2014 at Lewistown’s Yogo Inn: register now at www.RegOnline.com/MTFireAlliance), the Career Chiefs Section operations ...

Annual Mid-Winter Board Meeting

2/19/2014

The MSFCA Board will be meeting next week (Feb 25 8am-6pm & Feb 26 8am-3pm) at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown, Montana for its annual Mid-Winter Meeting. Agenda items will include:1 ...

Dates for 2014 Fire Alliance Conference

11/28/2013

Save the date!2014 Fire Alliance ConferenceLewistown, MTYogo InnMay 28-31, 2014 ...

2013 Chiefs Conference Review

10/15/2013

Conference highlights & projects the Board will beworking through over next few months!Attendee surveys have been emailed to all registeredparticipants. If you attended, but did not receive a surv ...

New Speaker Announced: ISO National Director, Chief Butch Cobb (Ret.)

10/6/2013

MSFCA Chiefs ConferenceView from the TopMissoula, MTOctober 10-12, 2013Register Online: www.RegOnline.com/2013MSFCAAttendee Chief Robert "Butch" Cobb (Ret.)ISO National Director, Community H ...

Do you have questions/feedback on the new ISO FSRS?

7/31/2013

Do you have questions/feedback on the new ISO FSRS?With the recent release of the new ISO Fire Service Rating Schedule (FSRS), the Montana State Fire Chiefs Assn Board of Directors is soliciting quest ...

Nominations for the MSFCA Board of Directors close July 15

7/15/2013

The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors has announced that nominations will be open through July 15 for the MSFCA Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted by a current me ...

Funeral arrangements for Dustin DeFord

7/13/2013

Funeral arrangements for Dustin DeFord were announced today.  The funeral will be in Ekalaka on Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 at the Carter County High School Gym.  Stevenson Funeral Home is i ...

Hiring for Statewide Volunteer Coordinator

7/10/2013

Statewide Volunteer CoordinatorLocation: Statewide, MTClose Date: 7/28/2013Description:Statewide Volunteer Coordinator (4-Year, Grant-Funded, Full-Time)  Salary Range: $54,000-$65, ...

Volunteer Firefighters Workers' Comp Changes Effective July 1, 2013

7/1/2013

Volunteer Firefighters Workers' Compensation Changes Effective July 1, 2013The Workers’ Compensation Act does not require coverage for volunteer firefighters, it remains optional (however, a volunteer ...

Lincoln County Issue

5/2/2013

TheMontana State Fire Chiefs Association has been monitoring the issues out ofLincoln County over the last several months. By request, we have started tocompile some of the information for easy retrie ...

Legislative Update March 24, 2013

3/24/2013

Legislative Update March 24, 2013The past week in review:HB365 (Provide epinephrine standards, options for emergency responders) Had a hearing scheduled for Friday before the Senate Health, ...

Legislative Update March 18, 2013

3/18/2013

Legislative Update March 18, 2013The past week in review:HB451 (Revise firewarden laws) Had a hearing in Senate Natural Resources Committee on Friday, March 15. The Montana Fire Alliance sup ...

Legislative Update March 4, 2013

3/4/2013

Legislative Update March 4, 2013The past week in review:SB54 (Require worker's compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters) Was indefinitely postponed (tabled) once again! This time at ...

Legislative Update February 24, 2013

2/24/2013

Legislative Update February 24, 2013The past week in review:SB54 (Require worker's compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters) Had a Senate floor vote, sans permissive levy language, o ...

Legislative Update February 17, 2013

2/17/2013

The past week in review:SB54 (Require worker's compensation coverage forvolunteer firefighters) Finally saw executive action in Senate LocalGovernment. It passed out of committee on a 9-2 vo ...

Legislative Update February 11, 2013

2/11/2013

Legislative Update February 11, 2013The past week in review:SB54 (Require worker's compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters)  The bill still has not had any executive action. Th ...

Legislative Update January 27, 2013

1/27/2013

Legislative Update January 27, 2013The past week in review:HB165 (Revise laws related to speed upon approaching emergency or police vehicles)   Was tabled by the House Judiciary Co ...

Legislative Update - Week 3

1/27/2013

The past week in review:HB165 (Revise laws related to speed uponapproaching emergency or police vehicles)   Was tabled by the House JudiciaryCommittee. The bill is probably dead.&n ...

Your help needed: SB54

1/21/2013

Group,SB54 (volunteer firefighter work comp) had a Senate floor vote this afternoon and ran into trouble. It failed to pass second reading 24-25.  A motion to indefinitely postpone (table) the bi ...

Vol. Firefighters, Fire District, Fire Service Area Trustees & County Commissioners

1/21/2013

Vol. Firefighters, Fire District, Fire Service Area Trustees& County Commissioners:SB 54 (Requireworker's compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters) isscheduled for a hearing on Monday, Jan ...

Legislative Update - Week 2

1/20/2013

The past week in review:HB165 (Revise laws related to speed uponapproaching emergency or police vehicles)  Had a hearing on Thursday. This bill wouldestablish a 35 mph speed limit on ro ...

2013 Meet & Greet with Legislators

1/17/2013

Bi-Annual Meet & Greet with Montana LegislatorsJorgenson's Restaurant - Downstairs1720 11th Ave., Helena406-442-6380January 17, 20136:00 - 8:30pmBaron of Beef Buffet Dinner & No-Host BarIf you ...

Legislative Update - Week 1

1/13/2013

LegislativeUpdate January 13, 2013Thepast week in review:Therewere no committee meetings as the Legislators got settled in and receivedassignments.Hearingsand issues this upcoming week:HB165(Revise la ...

Billings Clinic Foundation offers emergency medical services scholarship

11/30/2012

Billings Clinic Foundation offers emergency medical services scholarshipBillings Gazette Website Billings Clinic Foundation is accepting applications for a Geoffrey T. Corbin scholarship for individua ...

URGENT ACTION On AFG/SAFER Reauthorization

11/29/2012

Member Alert Please contact Senators Tester & Baucus immediately in support of the Lieberman-Collins Amendment (#3090) to authorize the AFG, SAFER AND USFA grant programs. The amendment will be of ...

Communications continuity through private and public sector partnerships

11/14/2012

Is this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser.   Hello FRGPO Members, Sprint is hosting a live online seminar for FRGPO members on Wednesday, November 14 ...

Fire Insurance Rate Numbers In For CVFD

11/8/2012

Fire Insurance Rate Numbers in for CVFDhttp://www.belgrade-news.com/news/article_36383c94-27c9-11e2-a328-0019bb2963f4.htmlThe official insurance rating that governs the cost of fire insurance is in, b ...

Montana wildfires burn most acreage since 1910; $113M spent to battle blazes

11/1/2012

Montana wildfires burn most acreage since 1910; $113M spent to battle blazes Billings Gazette Website  Not since the terrible summer of 1910 has so much of Montana been scorched in a single year. ...

Survey on Proposed Montana EMS Changes

10/12/2012

Survey on Proposed Montana EMS Changes Montana needs to decide if it is going to follow the new National Registry (and the National DOT) scope of practice changes and also consider adding a separ ...

Montana EMT Rule Revision

10/11/2012

Montana EMT Rule Revision  The Montana Board of Medical Examiners has proposed a revision to the current EMT rules governing licensure of all levels of EMTs. This proposed revision can be reviewe ...

Voting Closes Friday, October 5

10/5/2012

Voting Closes Friday, October 5! – Montana State Fire Chiefs Board of Directors Elections  Online elections for the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors will remain open until ...

Emergency responders using less code in radio speak in Butte

10/2/2012

Emergency responders using less code in radio speak in Butte Montana Standard Website If you’re told to go Code 2 on a possible 9-17 involving a 9-14 with multiple 9-16s, and you don’t 10-4 —then ...

RIP: David Lewis Frederick of Poplar, MT

10/1/2012

RIP: David Lewis Frederick, Poplar, Montana Billings Gazette Website  David Lewis Frederick, 60, of Poplar, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Billings Clinic. Cremation has taken place. Mem ...

‘Smart 911’ provides vital info for Butte-Silver Bow County

9/21/2012

‘Smart 911’ provides vital info for Butte-Silver Bow County Montana Standard Website  Butte-Silver Bow County has initiated a new 911 system that police say will instantly give first responders v ...

Profile of Tom Wood the Libby Volunteer Fire Chief

9/21/2012

Occupation: Insurance agent (semi-retired); LVFD for 41 years, 17 as chief.  If you were not doing this job, what would you be doing:  Wishing I was doing this job. Family:  Wife o ...

Request for information for draft legislation

9/11/2012

Request for information for draft legislation  The legislative subcommittee chaired by Senator Facey of Missoula is working with the Montana legislature on the work comp for the volunteer fire fi ...

Montana Mutual Aid Frequency Notice

9/10/2012

Montana Mutual Aid Frequency Notice  Sept. 10, 2012 Contact:         Scott Bradford, ManagerFrequency Coordination ProgramPO Box 200113 Helena, MT&nbs ...

Energizer Recalls Night Lights Due to Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

8/22/2012

August 22, 2012Release #12-253   Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 383-7323CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908   Energizer Recalls Night Lights Due to ...

LG Electronics and Sears Recall Gas Dryers For Repair Due to Fire Hazard

8/21/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 21, 2012Release #12-251 LG Recall Hotline: (866) 223-5355Sears Recall Hotline: (888) 375-9741CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908  ...

FSTS seeks Eastern MT Regional Manager

8/15/2012

FSTS seeks Eastern MT Regional Manager MSU Website Closing Date: 8/15/12 ...

Fire at Plains dump lights up Monday night skies

8/1/2012

Fire at Plains dump lights up Monday night skies Plains Mineral Independent Website  Piles of trash and other items caught fire that lit up the night sky Monday in what authorities described as “ ...

RIP:” Robert “Bob” Adams, Stevensville, MT

7/23/2012

RIP:” Robert “Bob” Adams, Stevensville, MT  It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Firefighter Robert 'Bob' Adams, father of Mark Adams. Bob passed away in the evening of ...

Follow-up Letter to Senator Facey

7/23/2012

Senator Tom Facey418 Plymouth StreetMissoula, Montana 59801 Dear Senator Facey, On behalf of the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association and the Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Associatio ...

Nominations for the MSFCA Board of Directors open thru July 6

7/6/2012

Nominations for the MSFCA Board of Directors close July 6   The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors has announced that nominations will be open through July 6 for the MSFCA B ...

FSTS Director Candidate Presentations

6/21/2012

FSTS Director Candidate Presentations  June 20 -21 will be the second round of interviews for the FSTS Director slot.  Being interviewed will be Alan Joos, currently with LSU Fire Training, ...

Wildfires in Colorado/Workers Compensation Coverage

6/21/2012

FYI for those counties and departments that may have resources available to assist in fighting the wildfires in Colorado:The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind those who a ...

Montana Fire Alliance Convention: June 14 -16

5/25/2012

Montana Fire Alliance Convention          June 14 -16, 2012  Chief Jeff Johnson will talk about Recruiting, Training, and Maintaining Volunteer Fire Fighters and the many ...

Big Sky fire chief makes pitch for vital funding

5/24/2012

Big Sky fire chief makes pitch for vital funding Lone Peak Lookout Website  The Big Sky Fire Department needs money. Their calls for service were up seven percent in 2011, and most those were med ...

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop Recording with Ted Young

5/23/2012

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop Recording with Ted Young  You can view the recording by clicking the link below www.montana.edu/wwwfire/ ...

West End Fire Chief Charles resigns

5/21/2012

KPAX Website  West End Volunteer Fire Chief Bruce Charles, once known for his dispute with Montana Highway Patrol on how they entered a crash scene, has turned in his resignation for other reason ...

Technical Rescue Academy held in Livingston July 26-29

5/15/2012

Technical Rescue Academy: Rope Rescue will be held in Livingston July 26-29 2012.Includes Personal Rigging, Single Line Technique, Low Angle, High Angle, and Highlines Meets NFPA Requirements of 1006 ...

Montana Career Fire Chiefs Association (MCFCA) annual meeting held

4/30/2012

Montana Career Fire Chiefs Association (MCFCA) annual meeting held  The MCFCA held its annual meeting and dinner in Helena, during which Helena Fire Chief Steve Larson was honored on the occasion ...

New Central Valley Fire Chief takes the reins

4/23/2012

Belgrade News Website On top of the bookshelf that lines Ron Lindroth’s new office is a row of helmets that reflect his 37-year career as a fire fighter. It starts with a U.S. Forest Service ...

FSTS Eastern Regional Manager position

4/19/2012

FSTS Eastern Regional Manager position http://www.montana.edu/wwwfire/files/SE%20Regional%20Manager%20PA.pdf Montana Fire Services Training School is seeking a Regional Fire Program Training Mana ...

Send your fire department t-shirt to Caden Shrauger

4/19/2012

Caden Shrauger, 3 year old son of Bozeman Fire Chief Jason Shrauger, is currently in Seattle Children's hospital with serious health issues.  Montana firefighters are asked to support the Shrauge ...

Mineral County Issues

4/18/2012

There is a statement in the news regarding the issues between the St. Regis and West End Fire and the Montana Highway Patrol in Mineral County that the Montana State Fire Chiefs has agreed to set up a ...

Hundreds pay respects to longtime public servant in Seeley Lake

4/17/2012

Missoulian Website  They took down the black bunting at the Seeley Lake Fire Department here Saturday morning. Then they put it right back up again. The bunting that came down symbolized the ...

Montana FSTS seeks new Director

4/2/2012

Montana FSTS seeks new DirectorMSU Extension Website  The search for the Director of FSTS has been extended until April 13.  You may read the position announcement here; if you are intereste ...






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