PHOTOS
On this page are photos of the men and women of the Madison Valley Rural Fire Department at work preserving life, protecting property, and training for emergency operations.


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Captain Strong getting up close and personal with the fire.Chief Shawn Christensen holding a dog that was rescued from the Armitage Street FireMVRFD Engine 711 at the scene of wind damage caused by the severe summer wind stom.MVRFD Firefighter Chris Orr, Firefighter Aaron Evans, and Firefighter Greg Haas returning from deployment to damage caused by the severe summer wind stom.Command Post set up at Madison Valley Rural Fire Department Station 1 during the Hebgen Dam scare.Harrison Fire Department and MVRFD Personnel at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on MT Hwy 84 in The Beartrap CanyonMVRFD Captain Bob Briggs conducting traffic control operations at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on MT Hwy 84 in The Beartrap CanyonHaypress Lake Trail, Wildlands Fire.Harrison Fire Department Firefighter/EMT Wendy Husar on Incident Command Team duty at the Sun Ranch Wildland FireChief Shawn Christensen handles Operations Section Chief duties at the Sun Ranch Fire.Command Post at the Sun Ranch FireUS Forest Service and MVRFD Engines and firefighters work the west flank of the Sun Ranch FireDNRC Helicopter "87 Mike" at the Sun Ranch Fire.DNRC Helicopter "87 Mike" taking off to work the Sun Ranch Fire.DNRC Helicopter "87 Mike" works the Sun Ranch Fire.DNRC Helicopter "87 Mike" working the Sun Ranch Fire.DNRC Helicopter "87 Mike" going for more water, Sun Ranch Fire.DNRC Personnel discuss attack tatics before deploying on the Sun Ranch Fire.Chief Christensen Operates Tender 711 at the Rice Fire as part of the mutual aid supporting the Harrison Fire Department Operations.Rice Fire, Harrison Fire Department District.Rescue from rising gorge ice at Valley Garden Fishing Access on November 24, 2010.  Temperature was -4° F.Vehicle & trailer stranded in rising gorge ice at Valley Garden Fishing Access on November 24, 2010.Madison Valley Rural Fire Department personnel, Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks Warden, Madison County Sheriff, Ennis Ambulance Service, and Madison County Department of Emergency Management Director assisted in the rescue.Accessing vehicle to remove personal property.Madison Valley Rural Fire Department Firefighter in PFD standby to enter water for rescue if necessary. Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks Warden and Madison County Sheriff assisted MVRFD firefighters with liveliness.Responders battled bitterly cold temperatures during the operations.  Temperatures where -4°Madison Valley Rural Fire Department Firefighters & Ennis Ambulance Personnel at Valley Garden Fishing Access on November 24, 2010.MVRFD Firefighter Chris Orr in rescue gear had been assinged as the rescue swimer had it been necessary to enter the icy waters.MVRFD Firefighter Steve Primm pulling house at the Aurora Ranch Fire.MVRFD Captain Ivan Geopferd and Assistant Chief Scott McClintic deploy for fire suppression operations at the Aurora Ranch Fire.MVRFD Firefighters Steve Primm and Steve Pappa extinguish hot spots in a spot fire at the Aurora Ranch Fire.Chief Shawn Christensen, surveying the perimeter of the Aurora Ranch Fire.MVRFD Firefighters take a moment to enjoy a well deserved meal.Rescue 711 (On left) and Engine 716 (In the distance) suppressing fire along the road.MVRFD Firefighter Chris Orr in Engine 716.U.S. Forest Service Engine Boss Jeff Barnes filling Forest Service Engine with water from Tender 711.Bear Trap 2 Fire, June 2012 - Firefighters pull apparatus back to safty zones as the Bear Trap 2 Fire, pushed by 50 MPH winds, roars past Red Mountain Capmground.Bear Trap 2 Fire, June 2012 - With tinder dry conditions and 50 MPH winds, fire spread quickly up the steep walls of the Beartrap Canyon.Bear Trap 2 Fire, June 2012 - "Sand, dust and debris stung exposed skin during the stronger gusts. Opening a car door or just walking outside was challenging. Keeping your eyes protected was paramount." Steve DiGiovonna - Initial Incident CommanderMVRFD Firefighters vent the roof at the Willaims Street Fire.MVRFD Firefighters vent the roof at the Willaims Street Fire.Firefighter Chris Orr - A well deserved rest.Williams Street Fire.
Your Madison Valley Rural Fire Department in Action
Madison Valley Rural Fire Station 1.  5037 US Hwy 287, Ennis, MT.The first due lineup at Station 1.The first due lineup at Station 1.Engine 714: Type 6 Wildlands Fire Engine. Assinged to Station 1.Engine 715: Compressed Air Foam Unit. Assigned to Station 1.Engine 716: Type 3 Wildlands Fire Engine. Assinged to Station 1 in the summer and to Station 2 in the winter.Engine 717: Type 3 Wildlands Fire Engine. Assigned to Station 1.Tender 722: Type 3 Water Tender. Assigned to Station 2.
Madison Valley Rural Fire Department Apparatus
Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008Fire Safety Program, Ennis Elementry School - October 2008MVRFD firefighters filling bags for the children with Fire Prevention Items in preparation for the National Fire Prevention Week 2010, Fire Safety Programs.MVRFD firefighters filling bags for the children with Fire Prevention Items in preparation for the National Fire Prevention Week 2010, Fire Safety Programs.MVRFD firefighters filling bags for the children with Fire Prevention Items in preparation for the National Fire Prevention Week 2010, Fire Safety Programs.MVRFD firefighters filling bags for the children with Fire Prevention Items in preparation for the National Fire Prevention Week 2010, Fire Safety Programs.
MVRFD Fire Safety Programs At Ennis Schools
MVRFD Firefighter Dan Dedman and MVRFD Firefighter Dave Horton at the 2nd Annual Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison.MVRFD  Firefighter Dave Horton and MVRFD Chief Shawn Christensen at the 2nd Annual Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison.Pump Operations TrainingPump Operations TrainingPump Operations TrainingIce Rescue Training - 011910Ice Rescue Training - 011910Ice Rescue Training - 011910Ice Rescue Training - 011910Ice Rescue Training - 011910Ice Rescue Training - 011910Live Burn Trailer at the 3rd Annaul Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison - April 2010.Live Burn Trailer at the 3rd Annaul Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison - April 2010.Live Burn Trailer at the 3rd Annaul Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison - April 2010.MVRFD Assistant Fire Chief Scott McClintic discusses trainng with MVRFD Firefighter Cliff McAllister and MVRFD Firefighter Chris Orr at the 3rd Annual Madison County Fire Academy in Harrison - April 2010.Water Rescue Training - 6/19/10.Water Rescue Training - 6/19/10.Water Rescue Training - 6/19/10.Water Rescue Training - 6/19/10.Water Rescue Training - 6/19/10.Vehicle Extrication Training - 081710Vehicle Extrication Training - 081710Vehicle Extrication Training - 081710Vehicle Extrication Training - 081710Low Angle Rope Rescue Training - September 2010Low Angle Rope Rescue Training - September 2010Low Angle Rope Rescue Training - September 2010Low Angle Rope Rescue Training - September 2010Low Angle Rope Rescue Training - September 2010Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Getting ready to deploy.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Jerry Linn being helped out of the Ice Rescue suit by Firefighter Taylor Lee.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Lt. Steve Orr being helped out of the Ice Rescue suit by Capt. Mike Strong.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Lt Steve Orr helping Capt. Mike Strong into the Ice Rescue suit.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Taylor Lee suited up and ready to deploy.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Taylor Lee prepareing to enter the water.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Taylor Lee in the water, ready to be rescued.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Taylor Lee being apporached by Capt. Mike Strong.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Firefighter Taylor Lee and Capt. Mike Strong on the ice.Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013:Ice Rescue Training on Ennis Lake - March 23, 2013: Instructor William Dooley from the Montana Fire Service Training School discusses training with MVRFD Training Officer Chris Orr.
Your Madison Valley Rural Fire Department in Training