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Frequently Asked Questions

About MFD

Sep 25, 2011

Question: Can I schedule a tour of the firehouse for a group of kids/adults?

Answer:  Absolutely. Please contact our headquarters station at 552-6210 during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8-5) to schedule your group.  This will allow us to find a time, day and station that suits your schedule and needs along with the departments schedule.

Question: Do you offer CPR training or classes? 

Answer:  CPR training classes are held twice a month in our training room at Station Three (1501 39th St.). Classes are held on Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately three hours. The fee for the class is $35 per person. Groups or businesses will be required to pre-pay. Please call (406) 552-6210 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to sign up or ask further questions about our classes.


Question: How can I reserve a Fire Department public meeting room? 

Answer:  Call (406) 552-6210 during business hours. Be advised there are some qualification requirements and general use guidelines for any group wishing to use our meeting rooms.

Question: Do I need a permit for a bonfire? 

Answer: Yes, outdoor burning such as bonfires requires a permit. Click here for more information > Burn Permit - Outdoor Burning / Bonfire

Question: How can access information about a specific incident or find out how to thank a firefighter that helped me?  

Answer: Please contact our headquarters station at (406) 552-6210 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or visit the station at 625 E. Pine Street.

Jun 01, 2011
A Brief History of MFD
Fire Department records prior to 1900 are incomplete. Some information can be gleaned from newspaper articles. Below are few bits and pieces of information from such newspaper clippings. 
  • On September 2, 1884, the fire department was faced with the overwhelming task of putting out a fire, which was started in Leber's Bowling Alley by an arsonist. Twenty-two buildings were burned at a loss of $30,000.
  • The first Fire Department facility was built in 1887 at the intersection of (what was then) Stevens and W. Main Sts. That building was constructed as a City Hall (housing for a period City offices, the Fire and Police Departments, and the City jail). It was turned over to the Fire Department for its sole use in 1912 when a new City Hall was completed.
  • The first Missoula Fire Department Fireman's Ball, put on by the Department's volunteers, was held in 1889. Volunteers served until 1911, when a fully-paid Department was established.
  • Shortly after Missoula's first fire department was organized in 1877 a fire broke out in the Kennedy House hotel. If it hadn't been for the fire department the whole town would have burned. Earlier that year, the establishment of a hook and ladder company had been urged because the "present condition of water pipes leaves us only ice and curses to hurl at fires."
  • The first fire equipment was a hand-drawn hose reel. The first horse-drawn vehicle was a Wayne hose wagon purchased in 1889. It was named the C.P. Higgins in honor of the man who is believed to be the first fire chief.

  • IAFF Local 271 organized on November 9th, 1927.

History of the Fire Chiefs
Records of Department officers start with the election of Chief Robert S. Mentrum in 1891. Those serving as Missoula Fire Department Chief (along with their Assistant Chief) since that time are:



Robert S. Mentrum

1891 - 1898

T. Robert Burger

1898 - 1900

E. W. Walling

1900 - 1902

Albert H. May

1902 - 1910

A. K. Fox

1910 - 1912

Peter F. Loffnes

1912 - 1919

James T. Cranney

1919 - 1940

Arthur L. Quinn

1940 - 1947

Clare P. Kern

1947 - 1959

Herb Wohl

1959 - 1967

Robert E. Kelly

1967 - 1978

Jack Reed

1978 - 1980

Alfred J. Sampson

1980 - 1982

Burton K. Walsh

1982 - 1987

Charles H. Gibson

1987 - 1998

Robert C. Deeds

1998 - 2002

Thomas A. Steenberg

2002 - 2008

Michael L. Painter

2008 - 2012

Jason Diehl

2012 - Present



Assistant Chief


Jack P. Reed

1967 - 1978

Alfred J. Sampson

1978 - 1980

Charles H. Gibson

1980 - 1987

Charles H. Gibson

1980 - 1987

Marshall R. Kyle

1987 - 1998

Earl C. Hall

1999 - 2002

Michael L. Painter

2003 - 2008

Jason D. Diehl

2005 - present

Jeffrey W. Logan

2009 - 2011

Jeff Brandt

2011 - Present

Gordy Hughes

2018 - Present5

Florence  Hotel Fire

Missoula Fairgrounds fire 1941

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