WHO WE ARE
Volunteer Fire-Fighters and Emergency Responders Supporting the Rural Montana Communities of Somers, Lakeside, and Lower Valley.
Our Mission Statement: A volunteer rural fire department in Somers/Lakeside, MT. We are dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property through emergency response, prevention & education. We respond to a variety of calls and provide multiple services to our community.
Our district covers the north-west portion of Flathead Lake. It includes Highway 93 from mile-marker 94, north to the bridge over Ashley Creek, just south of the Highway 93 Alternate intersection. It also includes Highway 82 from the western intersection with 93 to the bridge across the Flathead River. The Flathead River creates most of the northern boundary. To the west, our district meets forest lands around Blacktail Mountain.
From major highways to popular water-accesses, and Wildland-Urban Interface to commercial and industrial buildings, the district presents our volunteers with a wide range of emergencies. The ninety plus degree Summers and sub-freezing Winters also add complexity. Wildlife are not an uncommon site along Highway 93 and 82, and vehicle-versus-wildlife incidents are a frequent occurrence. Each Summer we respond to wildland fires both inside and outside our district. Each Winter we conduct ice-rescue training as the edge-waters and bays often freeze over and attract anglers and other recreational activities. And of course, there is the namesake of the fire-fighting profession, the rare and tragic structure fire, which can happen any time, any place.
Our volunteers are dedicated to providing you with the best and fastest emergency response we can. As a department comprised 100% of volunteers, including Chiefs and Captains, each of us does our best to balance the demands of careers, family, and our commitment to the community as fire-fighters.
If you would like to help or volunteer, there are many options. Support doesn't always take the form of a nozzle-man.