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Dec 14, 2017

Tester Fights for More Resources to Combat Montana Wildfires

Following Historic Wildfire Season, Senator Calls for Investment in Additional Firefighting Equipment

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today joined with the Montana National Guard in requesting additional equipment to combat wildfires and to control fires on federal military training areas.

Tester lent his support for the Montana National Guard's request to provide seven new firefighting buckets for its helicopter fleet.

"This past wildfire season pushed the Montana National Guard's firefighting equipment to its limit," said Tester. "We need to secure the equipment for firefighters now before we head into what could be another devastating season. The cost of this equipment is a fraction of the damage from this past summer, but could vastly increase the National Guard's ability to protect communities and citizens across Montana."

The Montana National Guard requested two firefighting bucket kits for CH-47 helicopters and five firefighting bucket kits for UH-60 helicopters from the National Guard Bureau.

The Montana National Guard mobilized multiple times this year to fight wildfires across Montana, and its equipment was pushed to the limit of its serviceability. Currently, to fully support potential mission requirements, the Montana National Guard could be forced to rely on equipment that belong to other states.

More than one million acres burned across Montana this year, resulting in an estimated $44 million in damages.

Tester's letter to General Joseph Lengyel, head of the National Guard Bureau, can be found online HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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