News and Press Releases

  • Fire | Thu Aug 28th, 2014 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue responded to an emergency at Calumet Refinery where two employees were reported injured. While treating the patients firefighters determined the injuries may have been attributed to a low level chemical exposure of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). The employees were transported to the hospital for treatment. While on scene, a Great Falls Firefighter was possibly exposed to the chemical and transported to the hospital for assessment and treatment. The firefighter is currently in stable condition.

    H2S is an inhalation hazard and was confined to the tank in the area. The low level exposure was confined to the Calumet property and does not pose a danger to the community. The site has been turned back over to Calumet Refinery.

  • Fire | Thu Jun 12th, 2014 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Many families enjoy the 4th of July holiday with firework displays. While exciting and fun they can also be dangerous. Great Falls Fire Rescue wants to remind those setting off fireworks over the holiday to take the necessary precautions and to be safe. And to always be aware of the potential for accidents, injury and fires associated with the use of fireworks.

  • Fire | Wed Mar 5th, 2014 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue  promoted Mike Kuntz, Brandon Jaraczeski, Dave Bleskin and Adam Marsh to the position of Fire Captain. There will be a formal pinning ceremony on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Fire Station-1 (105 9th Street S) to recognize their achievement. The public is encouraged to attend and be part of this ceremonious and important occasion.

  • Fire | Tue Feb 11th, 2014 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue recently hired three new firefighters to fill vacancies within the organization.  Becoming a firefighter is extremely competitive. The first step requires completing the Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium. The last day to sign up for this year’s testing Consortium is Friday, February 14, and the cost is $75. To learn more visit https://www.mtfiretesting.org/ or call 406-447-8404.

  • Fire | Sat Dec 7th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    As of 12 p.m. this afternoon, power was restored to the southwest area of Great Falls. Starting at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning the southwest area of the City began experiencing sporadic power outages.  The outage was caused by extreme cold temperatures.  Recognizing the severity of the issue, Northwestern Energy worked to bring power back on soon as possible.

  • Fire | Sat Dec 7th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Starting at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning (Saturday, December 7) the City of Great Falls began experiencing sporadic power outages affecting the southwest areas of town. Recognizing the severity of the issue, Northwestern Energy is working to bring power back on soon as possible. Residents are asked to shelter in place if possible, find shelter with family and friends who have heat and for those who need assistance a temporary mass care facility has been set-up at the Pacific Steel Arena (Four Seasons Arena).

  • Fire | Sat Dec 7th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    As of 8:30 a.m. this morning the City of Great Falls continues to experience sporadic power outages in southwest portions  town.  The outage is due to the extreme cold temperatures.  Northwestern Energy is actively working on bringing power back as soon as possible. If the outage is prolonged and becomes more serious, public officials will notify residents in the affected areas of a recommended course of action.

  • Fire | Sat Dec 7th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    The City  experienced a power outage earlier this morning Saturday, December 7, at 4 a.m. affecting portions of the Fox Farm area.  The outage was caused by the extreme cold temperatures; the National Weather Service in Great Falls reported temperatures of -34 degrees this morning.  Northwestern Energy worked on the issue to bring power back on soon as possible.

  • Fire | Sat Dec 7th, 2013 | full story

    The City of Great Falls is experiencing a power outage affecting portions of the Fox Farm area of town.  The outage is due to the extreme cold temperatures.  Northwestern Energy is active

  • Fire | Fri Oct 4th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Halloween is creeping up on us, and the City’s Fire Marshal, is encouraging those who plan to operate a haunted house this month to be proactive and work with Great Falls Fire Rescue before opening for business. Those interested in operating a haunted house are being asked to contact Dirk Johnson at 727-8070 during their planning phase.

  • Fire | Mon Sep 9th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at Fire Station-1, located at 105 9th Street South, the firefighters from the City of Great Falls, Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Great Falls International Airport Fire Department will have a short ceremony to honor the first responders who paid the supreme sacrifice to save lives during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The community and members of the media are invited to attend.

  • Fire | Mon Aug 5th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Kristal Kuhn graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy (Foundational Academy) at the Emergency Management Institute.  As a graduate she completed all of the Academy training courses that provided the basic knowledge and skills to help meet the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management. The City of Great Falls recognizes and commends Kristal on graduating from the Foundational Academy and completing this outstanding achievement. 

  • Fire | Wed Jun 19th, 2013 | full story
    Sparklers in front of a US flag

    Great Falls Fire Rescue wants our citizens' and vistors' celebration of the founding of the country to be festive and fun.  Keep it festive and fun by following City ordinances and basic fireworks safety tips.

  • Fire | Thu Apr 25th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    This week the City of Great Falls will once again host 37 Swedish DOCTUS Fire and Rescue Students. This is the DOCTUS School’s fourth visit to Great Falls Fire Rescue (GFFR). This relationship has flourished and according to the DOCTUS administrators, the City of Great Falls has been a good match and a great learning experience for their students. Additionally this has been an enriching experience for the local firefighters involved in providing training to these students. The students will be in Great Falls, April 28-May 2, 2013.

  • Fire | Tue Mar 26th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Montana – Great Falls Fire Rescue is pleased to announce it has scheduled the  spring session of Fire Rescue Exchange (FRX). The next FRX will begin on Wednesday, May 15 and will run for eight weeks through June 3. Applications will be available beginning Monday, April 1.

  • Fire | Mon Mar 4th, 2013 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue is pleased to announce the promotions of two new chief officers. Dirk Johnson has been promoted from his role as Deputy Assistant Chief of Training and Emergency Medical Services to the post of City Fire Marshal. Bob Shupe has been promoted from the role of Captain to serve as the new Battalion Chief and shift commander at Fire Station One. Both promotions are a result of retirements which occurred over the last few months.

  • Fire | Fri Dec 7th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Looks like snow is on its way just in time for the Christmas Stroll! A winter weather advisory is in effect from 5 p.m Friday, December 7, through 5 p.m. Saturday, December 8, for elevations below 5,000 feet. Snow accumulations of around 2-5 inches can be expected for lower elevations. Please use caution and safety when driving.

  • Fire | Sun Nov 4th, 2012 | full story

    PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DATE: November 4, 2012

    CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 788-9172

  • Fire | Mon Oct 29th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue will remain on site tonight to manage an ongoing fire incident. Firefighters responded to a fire at 2 a.m. this morning. The fire, which eventually turned into a 3rd Alarm Call brought out approximately 35 fire personnel and resulted in the total loss of at least 4 busineses.

  • Fire | Fri Oct 12th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    The 2012 Care Enough to Wear Pink Campaign is underway! A limited number of shirts are still available for purchase through the month of October at various community locations. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales benefit local charities. Learn more here.

  • Fire | Sat Sep 29th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    The 2012 Care Enough to Wear Pink Campaign kicks off on Monday. For the next two weeks, fire fighters will be wearing Care Enough to Wear Pink shirts instead of their normal work uniform to provide an image of hope and encouragement to those who have had or are currently battling cancer. Care Enough to Wear Pink t-shirts will be available for purchase for $20 at various locations throughout Great Falls as a fundraiser for local charities.

  • Fire | Fri Sep 21st, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls Fire Rescue has scheduled the upcoming Fall session of the Fire Rescue Exchange Academy. FRX is designed to provide citizens the opportunity to experience firsthand how the fire department is organized and operates. Learn more about the opporunity here.

  • Fire | Wed Aug 15th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    Great Falls experienced a severe high-wind weather event on Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8 p.m. lasting until approximately 11:30 p.m. The damaging winds resulted in numerous downed power lines and trees and power outages throughout the community. Calls flooded into the 911 Center and the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated.

  • Fire | Thu Jul 5th, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    The City of Great Falls hopes everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July and would like to remind residents that fireworks are no longer allowed to be discharged within city limits per City Ordinance. Learn more here.

  • Fire | Mon Jul 2nd, 2012 | full story
    City of Great Falls Montana

    The City of Great Falls wants everyone to enjoy their Fourth of July Holiday and encourages residents to use common sense and take safety precautions around fireworks. Don’t have your Independence Day celebration spoiled with injuries, fires, fines or upset neighbors. Here are a few safety tips to help residents have an enjoyable and safe holiday.