Fire and Aviation
We protect lives, property and natural resources on state and private lands by providing resources, leadership and coordination to ensure safe and aggressive fire suppression.
Mission statement from Key Principles for Montana DNRC Fire Program.
The Fire and Aviation Management Bureau provides resources, leadership and coordination to Montana's wildland fire services to protect lives, property, and natural resources; working with local, tribal, state, and federal partners to ensure wildfire protection on all state and private land in Montana.
All wildlands in Montana have some form of fire protection. A total of 50,265,678 acres of state and private land are protected.
- Direct Protection of 5.2 million acres; 3.5 million acres of state and private lands and 1.7 million acres of federal public lands.
- County Cooperative Fire Protection on roughly 50 million acres statewide, 5.2 million are interspersed within the direct protection program. The remaining 45 million acres are protected by a network of 400 fire departments statewide. Additionally, the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program provides grants to county fire agencies for equipment, training, and fire prevention materials. The VFA Program is funded by the USDA Forest Service.
- The bureau operates and maintains a fleet of 10 aircraft; 7 helicopters, and 3 fixed wing airplanes.
Firefighter and public safety is our first priority. The primary means by which we prevent accidents in wildland fire operations is through aggressive risk managment. Our safety philosophy acknowledges that while the ideal level of risk may be zero, a hazard free work environment is not a reasonable or achievable goal in fire operations.
There are numerous programs aimed at effective fire preparedness and capacity building. The Fire Preparedness effort is focused in four areas:
- Fire Prevention Program seeks to educate Montanans about fire risk, the wildland urban interface and reducing human-caused fires;
- Fire Training Program provides statewide training opportunities for DNRC and local government personnel;
- Equipment Development Center builds and maintains wildland fire equipment and radio communications;
- Fire Support Programs provide financial and technical expertise to assist all fire programs in meeting their respective goals and mandates. These include, but not limited to: Fire Assessment fees, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), repair and maintenance of radio systems and rolling stock equipment.
The Fire Business Program develops and coordinates business mangement policies and procedures to meet agency needs within interagency, department, and State of Montana standards.
- Provide advise, council, and a coordinating directon on incident business management issues.
- Coordinate business practices for wildfire and all-risk emergency responses among the federal, state, and local agencies.
- Review operational business management practices to identify business irregularities, propose a plan-of-action, and monitor.
- Review cost accounting procedures and recommend strategies for cost containment.
- Develop interagency guidelines and procedures for the DNRC.
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2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: (406) 542-4300
Fax: (406) 542-4217