MRFD looking to move to new location

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 11:43:21-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula Rural Fire District is looking to move out of their current building off of Reserve and South and build a new station in a corner of Big Sky Park.

MRFD notes that after years of research and statistical analysis by the department they have determined the location at the Big Sky Park complex, near Big Sky High School, would provide the station with the best possible response times.

MRFD is looking for community input on the new station and is canvassing neighborhoods to develop a feel for how much support they could get. The department would then look for approval from a committee that would then take the idea to the county commissioners for approval.

MRFD Fire Chief Chris Newman says no tax increases would be used to fund the project.

“The new station would not require a mill levy it would not require a bond measure. We can fund this new station obviously through financing over a period of 30 to 40 years and not have to ask for a bond measure or mill levy increase.  It’s in our current budget right now,” he explained.

Residents in the Target Range and Orchard Homes areas may have already received a flier and survey about the proposal. MRFD is encouraging people to fill out the survey so they can get a better feel for how the community feels about the project.