MISSOULA - The Missoula Fire Department has received special recognition for their part in helping fight California wildfires in December.
Governor, Steve Bullock, says that when California called for assistance, Missoula’s firefighters answered the call. During the height of California’s massive and deadly fires, the state called for 50 Engine Strike Teams from Montana and six other states.
The Missoula Fire Department teamed up with Big Sky, Columbus, and Missoula Rural crews. In all, Missoula sent 12 personnel, and three engines to the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas.
Missoula Fire Chief Jason Diehl says it’s about helping others in times of need.
“It was a very catastrophic situation they were dealing with in California. We have needed help from out of state before, so it’s always good to help your neighbors when you can.”
Gov. Bullock added that the bravery and dedication shown by the department are things that keep Montana the Last Best Place.