About the SRFD
The Stevensville Rural Fire District was established August 7th, 1950 originally bringing together five fire stations that were operating independently in the farming area around Stevensville. We now have over 45 dedicated volunteer firefighters, EMT's who make up the combined roster for the Stevensville Rural Fire District and the Town of Stevensville Fire Department (LINK). The volunteers are on call to respond to emergencies and to provide support whenever is necessary during and emergency. Additionally, to help support the volunteers and the Stevensville Fire District Board we have two part-time administration staff.
Neighboring Fire Districts have automatic aid or mutual aid agreements. The Fire Districts of Stevensville, Florence, 3-Mile, Victor, Corvallis, Hamilton, Pinesdale and Darby also meet monthly with other public services to form the Ravalli County Fire Council and Training Co-op to work together better for Ravalli County residents. Public services that meet with the Fire Districts include 911 Dispatch, police, Red Cross, DNRC, Marcus Daily Hospital.
The District Area
The Fire District maintains four strategically located, well equipped stations, two of which are currently under construction or remodel. These stations are located near water that serve as fill locations for our engines and tenders in case of fires in the district. Our four volunteer fire stations provide Basic Life Support (BLS) and work closely with Marcus Daily Ambulance staff who provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) services.
Emergency response services include, but are not limited to: structure fires, medical aid, motor vehicle accidents, rescues (water, rope, etc.) and hazardous materials releases. Stevensville Fire is also active in wildland firefighting and suppression efforts in and out of the district, and is also involved in structure protection in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
The Stevensville Rural Fire District consists of 103 square miles with in Ravalli County with The District has some 2042 resident addresses and another 276 newly issued addresses. Many in homes nestled in the hills off the beaten path and accessible only via narrow and/or steep unpaved roads which makes communication critical for emergency services.
Highlights - Geography and Infrasturture
Our area contains a variety of geography and infrastructure which includes:
· Roadways and Bridges:
o 7 miles of State Highway 93 (including one bridge)
o Approximately 10 miles of secondary Highway 203 (Eastside Hwy) including 0.3 miles south of Spooner Creek Road to Overlook Trail.
o 1 mile of Stevensville cutoff road and main bridge over the Bitterroot River.
· Bitterroot River also presents a significant risk. Floaters and general public need to be aware of hazards due to flow levels that fluctuate with spring runoff in the main river channel as well as secondary channels and deep Bitterroot Irrigation District Cannels supplying farms and residents with summer water.
· The Fire District also borders U.S. Forest Service ground for approximately 11 miles on the west side and on the east side approximately 15 miles of Forest Service boundary along the Sapphire Mountains.
· Both private land with fields and forests as well as the Districts closeness to wildlands both present the threat of wild fire to our citizens. Western Montana's heavily forested landscape, combined with summertime high temperatures and low precipitation, make for extreme fire conditions.
· Wilderness accesses include hiking and horseback trails, rock walls for climbers as well as many miles of roads for access to hunting and recreational activities.
· Industrial manufacturing business including ammunition factories, fabrication services and other industrial businesses.
· Nearby Stevensville Municipal Airport with infrequent arriving and departing flights over the district.