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Sep 3, 2021

Tester Secures More Than $350,000 for Red Lodge Firefighters

Grant will fund new firefighting jobs and recruitment

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he secured $356,000 to help the Red Lodge Rural Fire District #7 recruit and retain needed firefighters and first responders.

"Firefighters risk their lives to protect our communities every day and it's up to us to make sure they have everything they need to do their jobs safely," said Tester. "This grant will ensure the Red Lodge Fire Department will have enough firefighters to get the job done and keep Red Lodge safe."

The funding for the Red Lodge Rural Fire District #7 comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, which provides funding to professional and volunteer fire departments across America to ensure there are a sufficient number of well-trained firefighters to protect rural communities. Fire departments from across the nation apply through a competitive process for the awards.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Tester is a champion for both the SAFER and Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) programs and helped secure a $5 million increase for both programs last year. In 2020, Montana fire departments received nearly $2 million through the SAFER and AFG Programs, including fire departments in Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, and Plains.


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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