Letter From Chief "Sparky" Bob Hanson:
The Valley County Long Run Fire Department was organized in 1985. Long Run Fire is based in Glasgow Montana. We serve and protect all of Valley County, Montana. The area served is 5,062 square miles. The population is about 7,675.
The Glasgow station currently has 23 Volunteer firefighters. Long Run Fire also has satellite stations in Lustre, Fort Peck, Nashua, Hinsdale, St Marie, Richland, Opheim, and the Pines cabin area. There are 124 Volunteer Firefighters throughout Valley County that respond as Long Run Firefighters.
Long Run Valley County responds to an average of 75 fire calls per year. Grass fires are the most common calls. The crews are trained in Structure firefighting, Vehicle extrication, HazMat, DNRC firefighting, Incident Command, Mutual Aid, Aircraft firefighting, Liquid gas fires, and Emergency Medical training.
Long Run Fire Department works and trains with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Montana Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fort Peck Tribes - Assiniboine and Sioux, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Peck Lake, the Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR), Montana Aviation Research Company - Boeing Aviation, and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services. Long Run Fire is active with Montana State Fire Chiefs Association, Montana Fire Service Training School, Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Association, and Montana FireWise.
The members of Long Run Fire Department average 85 hours of training per year. The highest for 2009 was 285. We had 5 firefighters with over 100 hours of training for the year. The department is only as good as the training its' members receive and Long Run Fire encourages its' members to attend as much training as possible.
Long Run Glasgow will be hosting the Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Association State
Convention on June 9-11, 2011 here in Glasgow. I encourage everyone to try to attend this convention.
My goal is to have every Fire Department in Montana represented at this convention.