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State Fire Marshal’s Office & Fire Prevention

“Dirk Johnson, Montana State Fire Marshal “Montana’s rural nature and unpredictable climate create some challenging fire safety circumstances for our state’s paid and volunteer firefighters, and for the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Our deputy state fire marshals take pride in the investigative and fire safety expertise they provide to communities throughout the state.

State Fire Marshal’s Office

Montana’s Fire Prevention and Investigation Program is authorized by Title 50, Chapter 3 of the Montana Code Annotated.

Under that program, Montana’s deputy state fire marshals:

  • provide statewide fire prevention and investigation services to nearly 400 fire agencies, 56 county sheriff’s departments, more than 60 city police departments and numerous other state and federal agencies
  • assist with adoption of fire safety regulations, inspection of public buildings, establishment and promotion of fire prevention programs, certification of local inspection programs, and the investigation of fires to determine cause and origin
  • manage and maintain the records of all fires that occur within the state
  • provide training to local public safety agencies

***IF YOU ARE TRYING TO REPORT A FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCY, PLEASE DIAL 911

NFIRS Data Reporting Requirements

The State Fire Marshal’s Office manages the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for Montana through an e-mail account. Local fire and law enforcement agencies can e-mail [email protected] or call (406) 791-2706 to:

  • get the latest version of the reporting system (also available from www.nfirs.fema.gov)
  • report incidents to NFIRS
  • reset your department password
  • reactivate an inactive NFIRS account (Note: To keep your NFIRS account active, log in on a monthly basis even if there is no incident to report. Simply check the “no activity” box and log out.)
  • ask questions about the reporting system

Please include the nature of your request in the e-mail’s subject line.

Guidelines for Requesting Investigation Assistance

The State Fire Marshal’s Office makes deputy state fire marshals available to assist in determining the cause and origin of fires. It is appropriate for local fire or law enforcement officials to request assistance when they need help in:

  • investigating fires that caused substantial financial losses (approximately $250,000 or more)
  • investigating fires involving fatalities or serious injuries
  • determining the cause of a fire

To request assistance with a fire investigation:

  • IF YOU ARE REPORTING AN ACTIVE FIRE PLEASE DIAL 911
  • If you are requesting a fire investigation during regular business hours, call the State Fire Marshal’s office at (406) 771-1510
  • after hours, call the Montana Highway Patrol dispatch at (406) 841-7044

Be ready to explain that you need the assistance of a Deputy State Fire Marshal at a fire scene and provide:

  • your name, title, agency, city and county, and address of fire
  • a telephone number where you can be reached

Shortly after a local agency requests assistance, a Deputy State Fire Marshal will call to gather information and discuss when he or she will arrive on the scene. Prior to a Deputy State Fire Marshal’s arrival, it is helpful if local officials:

  • secure the scene
  • gather witness information
  • diagram the building

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Contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office

Citizens with information about a fire should contact their local fire or law enforcement agency, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (406) 791-2706.

Local fire and law enforcement agencies should review the Guidelines for Requesting Assistance before contacting the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Lisa Fischer, Administrative Assistant
Fire Prevention and Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 791-2706
E-mail: [email protected]

Dirk Johnson, State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention and Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 771-1510
E-mail: [email protected]

 

Fire Marshal Regions 20221122 Alpha

Regional Offices
bloArea 1 – Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties
Dawn R. Drollinger, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 1864
Kalispell, MT 59903
Phone: (406) 257-2584
E-mail: [email protected]

redArea 2 – Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton and Toole Counties
Bob Wiench, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 791-2710
E-mail: [email protected]

yelloArea 3 – Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux Counties
George Lane, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
218 West Bell Ste. 204
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 439-6227
E-mail: [email protected]

moreyelloArea 4 – Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Yellowstone Counties
Sally McKenna, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 31094
Billings, MT 59107-1094
Phone: (406) 896-4388
E-mail: [email protected]

PingArea 5 – Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Meagher, Powell, Silver Bow, and Wheatland Counties
Ron Martin, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 791-2721
E-mail: [email protected]

blo 1Area 6 – Blaine, Fergus, Judith Basin, Petroleum, and Phillips Counties
Steve Hester, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone (406) 791-2737
Email: [email protected]

LimeArea 7 – Granite, Mineral, Missoula, and Ravalli Counties
James Jessop, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 455
Corvallis, MT 59828
Phone: (406) 438-5576
E-mail: [email protected]

BlotoArea 8 – Beaverhead, Gallatin, Madison, and Park Counties
Aaron Constantino, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 594-7163
E-mail: [email protected]

Adam Wajer, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 438-5664
E-mail: [email protected]

mintArea 9 – Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, Treasure, and Yellowstone Counties
Mike Spini, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Investigation Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 31094
Billings, MT 59107
Phone: (406) 594-7078
E-mail: [email protected]

 

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