U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines continued his efforts supporting hardworking and brave firefighters, both career and volunteer, by joining the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
“Montana’s hardworking firefighters are first on the scene when a disaster strikes and I’m proud to join this caucus and continue working to address the needs of our first responders who help keep our communities safe every day,” Daines stated.
The announcement came yesterday during a meeting with local firefighters at Bozeman Fire Station 1 including, Joe Kitowski, Vice President of the Montana State Firemen’s Association, and Michael Doto, Chief of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department in Butte and the Montana delegate to the National Volunteer Fire Council.
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Daines’ announcement was covered by KBZK local news. Click here to watch.
Daines received praise from Montana firefighters:
Joel Fassbinder, President of Montana State Council of Professional Fire Fighters & Montana State Firemen’s Association: “Montana Professional Fire Fighters are grateful to have Senator Daines’ service on the Fire Caucus. We look forward to working with him on issues surrounding Montana’s public safety and the firefighters in our communities.”
Michael Doto, Chief of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department and the Montana delegate to the National Volunteer Fire Council: “I’m glad to hear that Senator Daines has joined the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, it is a great thing for the fire service and I look forward to continuing to work with the Senator on behalf of Montana’s firefighters.”
According to the latest Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service conducted by the National Fire Protection Association in 2011, there are 351 fire departments in Montana – 285 are volunteer fire departments, 47 are combination career and volunteer and 19 are career departments.