Manchester Volunteer Fire Chief Leonard Lundby says they sent a crew to both the East Fork Fire and the Alice Creek Fire, which ravaged our region over the summer.
"Last year we responded to several large fires because our neighbors really needed the help. And we were more than happy to do that,” Lundby said.
Manchester Volunteer Fire Department only has ten volunteers who help man the fire trucks for the department.
Lundby says that if it wasn't for their mutual aid partners in the county, they might not have been able to go to these fires.
"It took 20 percent of our crew away from us but left us with enough to still respond in our communities if we needed to,” Lundby said.
Lundby says he found out about the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund early on.
"I was stunned by the outpouring of support from folks around Montana. It was truly remarkable,” Lundby said.
Montanans helped raise more than six hundred thousand dollars to be distributed to fire departments and others impacted by last year’s historic fire season.
"Manchester got a seven-thousand dollar grant. That represents nearly one-third of our annual budget for us,” Lundby said.
The department will be replacing personal protective gear, along with many of their radios.
"We’ll be getting ready for next year’s fire season now. Training is going on and replacement gear is getting bought."
MTN stations, in coordination with parent company Cordillera Communications based in St. Paul, MN and the Montana Community Foundation, launched the unprecedented fundraising campaign as a way to respond to the need for assistance across the state.. MTN includes KTVQ Billings, KBZK Bozeman, KXLF Butte, KRTV Great Falls, KBGF Great Falls, KTVH Helena, KXLH Helena, KAJ Kalispell and KPAX Missoula. MTN dedicated substantial news time, on-air promotion, and digital advertisements to the effort.
“The Montana Wildfire Relief fund gave MTN a chance to contribute to the communities we serve each day with our local news and programming,” said Cordillera Communications Vice President Jon Saunders. “The response from people across the country was amazing and something MTN is especially proud to be a part of such a successful endeavor.”
Basin Volunteer Fire Department
Bearpaw Fire Volunteer Department
Belfry Volunteer Fire
Blankenship Rural Fire District
Boulder Volunteer Fire Department
Boulevard Volunteer Fire Department
Broadview Volunteer Fire Department
Bull Lake Rural Fire District
Cascade City/Rural Fire Department
Chinook Volunteer Fire Department
Chippewa Cree Tribe
Choteau Volunteer Fire Department
Custer County Fire
Dupuyer Volunteer Fire Department
East Glacier Park Volunteer Fire Department
Fairfield Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Finely Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department
Frenchtown Rural Fire District
Gallatin County Rural Fire
Geraldine Volunteer Fire Depaprtment
Gildford Volunteer Fire Department
Golden Valley Volunteer Fire Department
Haley Bench Volunteer Fire Department
Harlem Volunteer Fire Department
Helmville Volunteer Fire Department
Hogeland Volunteer Fire Department
Home Atherton Volunteer Fire Department
Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department
Joliet Volunteer Fire Department
Landusky Volunteer Fire Department
Lewis & Clark Volunteer Fire Department
Libby Volunteer Fire Department
Lincoln Rural Fire District
Lockwood Fire Department (District 8)
Madison County Emergency Management / Fire Wardens Office
Manchester Volunteer Fire Department
Marion Fire District
Marysville Rural Fire District
Missoula Fire Department
Montana City Volunteer Fire Department
North Toole County Fire Department
Park County Rural Fire District #1
Plains-Paradise Rural Fire District
Polson Fire Department
Poplar Volunteer Fire Department
Red Lodge Fire Rescue
Roberts Fire District 6
Rosebud County Fire
Sand Coulee Vol Fire Department
Seeley Lake Rural Fire Department
Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department
Sun Prairie Rural Volunteer Fire
Superior Volunteer Fire Department
Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area
Turner Volunteer Fire Department
Ulm Volunteer Fire Department/Ulm Fire Service Area
Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department
Victor Volunteer Rural Fire Department
West Kootenai Fire Protection Company
West Valley Volunteer Fire Depot (Anaconda)
Winifred Rural Fire Department
Wolf Creek / Craig Fire Service Area
York Fire Rescue
Zortman Fire Hall, Inc.
406 Family Aid Foundation
Alpine Artisans, Inc.
American Lung Association in Montana
American Red Cross of Montana
Arlee Volunteer Fire Department
Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department
Climate Smart Missoula
Eureka Chamber of Commerce
Fuego Volunteer Fire Company
Grass Range Rural Fire District
Madison County Emergency Management / Fire Warden
Missoula City-County Health Department
Missoula Rural Fire District
Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Seeley Lake Community Foundation
Three Mile Community-Senior Center
Trego, Fortine, Stryker Volunteer Fire Department
Here is the Montana Wildfire Relief special that aired on MTN in September: