BTVFD currently has a 39 person roster. In all, the volunteers boast a total of 384 years of combined experience including 37 years from longstanding firefighter Ron Thomas.
If you would like to volunteer contact Executive Assistant Norene Brown at (406) 932-5483 or attend the BTVFD meeting on the second or fourth Wednesday of each month.
JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM
Since its inception in 1996, up to seven positions in the Big Timber Volunteer Fire Department junior program are reserved for high school students looking to jump start their volunteer experience. Junior firefighters are required to have a drivers license and keep good grades. Juniors go through wildland training and can apply for full membership when they turn 18 years old.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER?
“Very humbling! This community is very grateful and appreciates its emergency responders.” — Mike Chulyak Jr., 11 years
“It’s a lot of work when we are busy, and takes some time from your family and friends, but it is fun and rewarding helping out the community.” — Kurt Laubach, 8 years
“It’s nice to be able to help the community. We have a great bunch of people on the fire department.” — Chuck Schuman, 13 years
“It gives you a good feeling of giving back to the community, self-worth and a sense of pride.” Kyle Ginnaty, 3 years
Statistics and quotes courtesy Big Timber Pioneer “First Responders: A tribute to the emergency volunteers in Sweet Grass County.”