Neighbors Helping Neighbors Since 1911
Libby Volunteer Fire Department 119 East 6th Street
P.O. Box 796
Libby, Mt 59923
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Our Locations

  • Station 1: 119 East 6th Street
  • Station 2: 180 River Run Lane N Hwy 37
  • Station 3: 38137 US Hwy 2 S
  • Station 4: 94 Bobtail Road

Contact Us

  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 796
  • Phone: 406-293-9217
  • Fax: 406-293-3219
  • Email Us

Make a difference, become part of our team!

Do you have what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter and provide a valuable service to Libby and the surrounding communities?

Our crew of 30 volunteers is always looking for aspiring men and women to protect the lives and properties of their neighbors in time of emergency. Please stop by our station located in downtown Libby to pick up an application and an information packet explaining the duties and requirements of becoming a Libby volunteer fire fighter.

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National Fire Prevention Week
October 3 – 9, 2021

This year’s event is centered on the theme of “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”. Smoke, carbon monoxide, or combination detector alarms make different sounds – each one alerting you of a potentially dangerous situation that could require your immediate attention. Making sure everyone in your home knows the difference between alarm sounds and knowing what to do if they hear them will help keep you and your family safe.

Each year during Fire Prevention Week, the Libby Volunteer Fire Department personnel actively participates by visiting Libby area schools to provide a fire prevention and safety education program. This exciting event gives the children a firsthand look at the fire trucks and fire equipment and presents them with the opportunity to engage in an entertaining learning environment. The LVFD personnel’s involvement continues with reaching out to interested area businesses, community organizations, and special interest groups to answer questions relating to fire safety and fire prevention. If you have any questions concerning Fire Prevention Week or if your organization would like our volunteers to provide fire prevention education for your staff, please call the Libby Volunteer Fire Department for additional information.

The Legend

Fire Prevention Week commemorates what is known as the Great Chicago Fire that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. This notorious blaze was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century, killing 250 people, leaving another 100000 people homeless, destroying 17400 structures, and burning more than 2000 acres.

According to popular legend, about 9:00pm on Sunday, October 8, the fire began in a barn owned by Irish immigrants, Patrick and Catherine O′Leary. The couple had already retired for the night until their neighbors began calling out about the fire in the barn. A rumor, which was put into print by Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican journalist, has it that Mrs. O′Leary′s cow kicked over a kerosene lantern that had been placed in the barn. However, some 22 years later, Mr. Ahern admitted that he had fabricated the “cow-and-lantern” story that had put the blame on Catherine O′Leary. Sure, there was a barn and a cow, but the official report could not determine the exact cause of the Great Chicago Fire on that fateful day. Despite rumors to the contrary, this legend took and is still widely circulated to this day.

This tragedy changed the way firefighters and the public thought about the importance of fire safety and fire prevention. On October 9, 1911, the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (known today as the International Fire Marshals Association), sponsored the nation′s first Fire Prevention Day with the intent to raise awareness and to educate the public on fire safety. Nine years later, the day became an official national designation when President Woodrow Wilson issued the National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920. To further commemorate this notorious event, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 1925 as a national observance to be honored every year on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website.

Additional Fire Safety Resources

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® web site is designed to educate children of all ages on the importance of fire safety in the home through interactive games and puzzles. Explore this hands-on approach with your children at

Check out NFPA’s website to download and print Safety Tip Sheets that are suitable for all ages and be sure to visit our Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips page for additional information on fire safety in the home.