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.
Through organized, comprehensive, and systematic risk management, we will determine the acceptable level of risk that allows us to provide for safety, yet still achieve fire operations objectives. Risk managment is intended to minimize the number of injuries or fatalities experienced by wildland firefighters.
Because of the rapid rate of change, and the volume of it, the DNRC Fire Program must be an adaptable organization with the flexibility to respond quickly to threats and to emerging opportunities to improve or sustain our operations.
Creating such an organization will:
- Support a network of area, unit and field offices providing wildland fire services throughout Montana;
- Provide for consistant program delivery across Montana;
- Position the DNRC Fire Program to respond effectively to external pressures (climate change, WUI, demographics) which threaten our success;
- Increase firefighter and public safety;
- Promote stability within the fire organization and enhance development of a highly trained workforce;
- Increase operational and cost efficiencies related to fire suppression and large fire management; and
- Enable the fire organization to be proactive in developing new policies, procedures, or methodologies that contribute to our success.
Accomplishing this goal means:
- Each employee is committed to the goals and objectives of the Fire & Aviation Management Program;
- All resources are allocated appropriately based on the highest priority, both short and long-term;
- Fire & Aviation Managment programs such as training, suppression, prevention and fire business, are sustainable and successful;
- We maintain a strong safety record;
- DNRC personnel continue to be highly trained and motivated to meet the mission of the fire program; and
- There are clear, established performance goals that are consistently met or exceeded.
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2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: (406) 542-4300
Fax: (406) 542-4217