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Libby Volunteer Fire Department 119 East 6th Street
Libby, Mt 59923
406-293-9217
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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

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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 7—13, 2018

The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2018, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”, reiterated the three most basic but equally important steps you can take to protect yourself and your family not only in the event of a home fire, but preventing one as well. Fire Prevention Week 2018 messages worked to remind the public that fires can happen anywhere at any time and there are three simple but life-saving steps people can take to remain safe. These vitally important call-to-actions are:

“LOOK“ for places a fire could start. Be aware of common and hidden home fire hazards and address each risk with diligence.

“LISTEN“ for the sound of the smoke alarm and react immediately by going outside to a designated meeting place.

“LEARN“ two ways out of every room. By developing and practicing a well thought out fire escape plan, this strategy will play an important role in escaping to a place of safety.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Libby Volunteer Fire Department personnel visited Libby area schools to provide a fire prevention and safety education program. This exciting event gave the children a firsthand look at the fire trucks and fire equipment and presented them with the opportunity to engage in an entertaining learning environment. Puppet shows featuring Firefighter Frank and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog® highlighted the activities.

During the week, the LVFD personnel also visited interested area businesses, community organizations, and special interest groups to answer questions relating to fire safety and fire prevention while focusing on the proper procedures to update and maintain smoke alarms in the business and home.

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 100,000 people homeless, destroying 17,400 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.

Fire Safety Lessons and Fun Activities for the Entire Family

Sparky the Fire Dog® and his sidekick, Simon love to pass along valuable fire safety and prevention tips. Complete these family-friendly activities and become a fire safe kid!

Bring your entire family together and draw a map of your home marking at least two different ways each household member can escape from every room. Then practice your home fire drill several times a year, at different times of the day, while meeting outside at the designated area.

It’s time to break out your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and show off your coloring skills while learning a valuable lesson about planned fire escape safety.

Not only planning and practicing home fire escape drills will help save lives, but equally important is having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms throughout the home. Get to know your smoke alarms by printing out this handy worksheet.

Then, print out the smoke alarm calendar to help remind you and your family to test each and every smoke alarm in your home on a monthly basis.

See what all the fun is about in this kids’ bedroom. First, find the smoke alarm, then see if you can find an ice cream cone, a bowling pin, and other silly things hidden in this printable activity worksheet.

Hey kids! Use your math, spelling, and tracing skills to complete these educational activities while learning the importance of smoke alarms.

Become a super sleuth by cracking the code to solve Sparky’s secret safety message.

Use your creative writing skills to write a Sparky poem about fire safety.

Additional Fire Safety Documents and Links

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® web site has been designed to educate children of all ages on the importance of fire safety in the home through fun, interactive games, puzzles, and cartoons for the entire family. Explore this entertaining environment with your children at Sparky.org.

The NFPA also offers a number of customizable tip sheets on topics such as escape planning, fire protection products for the home, safety guidelines for household appliances and other equipment, and safety practices for the outdoors that you can download and print for your personal use. Just follow this link to NFPA Safety Tip Sheets at your convenience.

For additional information on home fire safety and fire prevention tips, please visit our Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips page.