Little Basin Creek Volunteer Fire Company; a unit of the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department proudly protects 585 people living in an area of approx 31 square miles. We operate out of 1 station that protects a primarily rural area. Our department a volunteer staffed department.
The Little Basin Creek Volunteer Fire Company exists under state law as a fire service entity without a taxing district. It was formed in 1976 by residents of the Little Basin Creek Area. Our first truck, a 1944 Chevrolet class 325 military 4x4 pumper,was donated to us by the East Butte Volunteer Fire Department in 1977. It was given to us fully equipped and served until October of 1996 when we purchased a used four wheel drive minipumper. Our company receives financial support from the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department but retains its tax exempt status to augment that support. We provide structural and wildland protection to our district, in addition to protection of private holdings in parts of the Deerlodge National Forest located near our area. We participate in the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's State/County Cooperative fire protection plan wherin the state loans equipment and provides training to local fire protection organizations in order to improve wildland fire protection for rural areas. We have an aggressive fire protection program in our area, wherin we have placed address signs at all residences, and have assisted in the Eagle Scout project that named all private roads in our area, and constructed and placed signs on them. Every December, we participate in the county food drive, and visit every residence in our area with our equipment.We also send a quarterly newsletter to all residents of our protection area in which we update residents on community issues, training schedules, and upcoming events. We dedicated our fire station in 1997. We now have two engines housed there. All residents are considered honorary members. In August of 1998, we completed a Type 6x forestry engine completely from donated parts and labor. We continue to try to upgrade the service we provide, and encourage all residents to become involved. You do not necessarily have to fight fires to participate in the fire company. We have a place for everyone.