Great Falls facility to get firefighter funds

Great Falls Tribune

by Tribune Staff

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Thursday that Montana State University’s Fire Services Training School in Great Falls will receive $73,159 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

This is the fourth such grant awarded to a Montana fire department this year, Tester said.

He said the training school works with first responders from across the state to ensure they are prepared when disaster strikes.

“This money will help every Montana firefighter who is working to get recertified or advance in their career,” Tester said.

FSTS provides education, training and professional development to more than 6,000 first responders across the state each year. According to FSTS Director John Culbertson, this funding will help purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses, known as SCBA.

This funding “will help everyone taking courses at our Great Falls training facility,” Culberston said. “Our current SCBA’s are very old, but we couldn’t afford to replace them, so this funding is really tremendous.”