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Sep 12, 2019

Tester Secures Nearly $2 Million for Missoula Rural Fire District

Tester led charge to reauthorize critical grant programs for Montana firefighters

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced a $1,887,740 Department of Homeland Security grant to the Missoula Rural Fire District that will help the district hire 10 new firefighters.

“Montanans know that fires are burning hotter and longer each year, and our fire districts need the manpower to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Tester. “This investment is going to do some real good in Missoula, and I’m going to keep fighting for critical resources that will help protect the lives and property of folks across our state.”

These funds are allocated through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, which helps improve local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities. The goal of the program is to reduce department response times and increase the number of trained professionals responding to fire emergencies and other hazards in rural America.

Tester has been a steadfast champion for Montana firefighters. In 2018, his bipartisan Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, cosponsored by Republican Senator John McCain and which reauthorized the SAFER grant program and the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, was signed into law. As Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Tester secured $700 million for AFG and SAFER grants last year last year-a $10 million increase over 2017.

Tester was the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation who voted to fund AFG and SAFER programs.

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


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
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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