Red Lodge Fire Rescue receives $1,917 grant

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Red Lodge Fire Rescue has received a $1,917 grant from the AT&T Public Safety Hero Scholarship of the Montana Community Foundation. The scholarship enabled volunteer firefighters Mark Brown and Dennis Kreatz to attend the Big Rig and Mass Transit Rescue Academy in Round Rock, Texas. The four-day training provided hands on experience in stabilizing and extricating people from tractor trailers, buses, trains and other large vehicles using realistic rescue scenarios.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Tim Ryan says that the scholarship is enormously helpful because the $4,000 cost of the class and travel is tough for a rural department to cover. “Being able to send our firefighters to this kind of professional level training is a big advantage for our department. The firefighters are able to bring this expertise back to the area to add to our knowledge base and to be a resource if we have an accident involving these types of vehicles. It helps us be safe and save lives.” says Ryan. 

Mark Brown, an eight-year volunteer and Lieutenant with Red Lodge Fire said, “Training with other professional firefighters and first responders in real life scenarios allows us to add to our current skills that we usually don't have access to.  In addition, we can bring these new skills and techniques back to our department to incorporate into our Standard Operating Guidelines.”

Kreatz added, “We have to remember it’s not if we have to deal with a bus or a large truck in an accident, it’s when.” 

Kreatz and Brown look forward to sharing the knowledge that this academy provided but both said that they hope to not have to use it. 

Red Lodge Fire Rescue is a combination volunteer and career emergency services agency that provides Fire, EMS and Search and Rescue services to the Red Lodge and Carbon County communities. For more information about services and volunteer opportunities at Red Lodge Fire Rescue, contact the department at or call (406) 446-2320.

The AT&T Public Safety Hero Scholarship is a fund of the Montana Community Foundation (MCF) funded through AT&T Service, Inc. The scholarships are designed for EMT training for those pursuing careers and long-term volunteer work as first responders. MCF is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish. The community foundation stewards and administers more than 1,000  charitable funds and planned gifts.  For more information on the AT&T Public Safety Hero Scholarship or MCF’s other programs contact the Foundation at


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