Missoula Rural Fire District

Fire District Chief William B. Colwell
Address 2521 South Ave West
Missoula MT 59804
Phone (406) 549-6172
Website http://mrfdfire.org/

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Missoula Rural Fire District - Resident Firefighter Aug 1, 2021

The Missoula Rural Fire District is a combination fire department, made up of careerresident, and volunteer firefighters.

If you have what it takes, we would love to have you join our team!

Missoula Rural Fire District

The Missoula Rural Fire District (MRFD) is the taxable entity that provides fire and EMS service to portions of Missoula County, Montana. We are located in the west central corner of the state, and are 120 miles southeast of Glacier National Park.  We are a rural area with pockets of development.  Our combination career/volunteer force protects 38,500 permanent residents and an additional 25,500 transient, tourist, and college student population within 98 square miles.

Currently Operating Five Fire Stations

We currently have 48 career firefighter/EMT’s and 29 volunteer firefighters who operate from five fire stations and provide fire and EMS Services. We average 2,200 responses a year, and have mutual aid agreements with all of our surrounding communities.  Our mutual aid agreements cover an additional population of 72,925 residents.


 To maximize the impact of available tax dollars, MRFD is staffed by three types of Firefighter/EMTs:

  • 42 Career firefighter/EMTs who work full-time for the Missoula Rural Fire District.
  • Up to 12 “Resident” firefighters who are typically enrolled in a Fire Science program at the University of Montana. Residents live at a fire station and serve on 12-hour shifts, most often in the evening. Residents are trained in both firefighting and emergency medical response and work under the supervision of a career firefighter.
  • 20 Volunteer firefighters who are members of the community. In addition to attending regular training sessions, volunteers commit to serving a minimum of 24 hours in a station every month.


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