The Operations Division staffs five stations 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Each station houses an engine company staffed by a minimum of three firefighters (a captain, an engineer and a tailboard firefighter). Stations No. 3 and No. 4 also house one cross-staffed ladder truck each.
The Missoula Fire Department dispatches three engine companies, a truck company, and a Battalion Chief to all structure fires in the city limits. Operations personnel are assigned to four separate battalions (A, B, C, D). Each battalion or shift is commanded by a Battalion Chief.
Fire Response & Suppression
The Missoula Fire Department (MFD) leads a staff of 56 firefighters, 20 captains and 4 battalion chiefs across 4 rotating shifts.
They work day and night to carry out the mission of the Missoula Fire Department to save lives and protect property.
When not responding to a call for aid, our crews attending both in and out of house training to stay on top of up-to-date response tactics led by our training division.
Missoula Fire Department and it's union members (IAFF L271) proudly coordinate with local organizations to assist Missoulians off-scene as well. We sponsor and participate in events including the Combat Challenge, the Seattle Stairclimb, Fired Up for Kids, and others.
MFD keeps a strong presence in both suppression and mitigation efforts for both national and local wildfire fighting. We work in conjunction with the Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources to coordinate mobilization of wildland teams around the United States.
For local resources on how to protect your property, please find information on our Defensible Space Program.
We work in coordination with the Missoula's local media to notify the public of our involvement in incidents, training, and public safety messages year round. As a member of the media, if you are interested in spotlighting MFD, please contact us at our headquarters so we may facilitate your request. Call us at 406-552-6210.
Hazmat & Rescue Teams
MFD has a teams certified in Hazardous Materials & Technical Rescue for high hazard responses. They each train monthly with local inter-agencies also working those responses.