Columbus Fire

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Department Overview


Welcome to the official Columbus Fire Rescue online resources web site. We are a combination career and volunteer fire department located in south central Montana. We are located about 40 miles west of Billings. Our members respond to a wide variety of calls from medical emergencies, structural fires, wildland and other fires, technical rescues and hazardous materials incidents to name a few.

We are proud to offer our surrounding community EMS level service. Our EMT and EMT-I's provide a level of emergency medical care that is rare in a community our size.

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General Information

  • This Department covers the town of Columbus and Includes 375 square miles of Stillwater County around the Columbus area including nearly 30 miles of Interstate 90.
  • Includes EMS service with two ambulances .
  • Fire protection for over 2700 residential homes.
  • 4 Type 1 Engines including a ladder truck and 3000 gallon tender, various wildland and support apparatus.

Open Position

Columbus Rural Fire District #3 (CRFD) is accepting applications for the position of a Firefighter/Paramedic.

This position is open due the successful acquisition of a SAFER Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. This position will work within the chain of command established within the organization. Applicants must possess strong communication, leadership, and organizational skills, as well as proven integrity in working with volunteer organizations and the community. Successful candidates must realize that they will be working to provide support to a predominately volunteer organization and in many cases will be working under Volunteer officers.

Columbus Fire Rescue (collectively the Columbus Rural Fire District #3 and the Town of Columbus Fire Department), located in Stillwater County in south central Montana, is a large, geographically‚Äźdiverse rural fire district. CRFD serves a municipal community of about 2,000 residents as well as a rural area of approximately 700 square miles and 6,500 residents with 40 volunteers and 2 career staff. CRFD provides structural and wildland fire protection, EMS, HAZMAT, and rescue within its jurisdiction. CRFD is the only ALS provider in the county and provides mutual aid to all other Fire and EMS agencies in the county.

The salary range for this position is $15.50 to $17.00 per hour DOE and is full time. This position includes excellent benefits including health insurance, accidental death and disability insurance, retirement, and paid vacation and holidays. This position is currently funded for a period of two years, with the possibility of further funding in the future.

Preferences will be shown to applicants who are post 9/11 war veterans with the appropriate qualifications as to the positions.

The application deadline is September 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Applications and a copy of the complete job description can be picked up at the Columbus Fire Station located at 944 E. Pike or they can be found at For questions about the position, please call 406-322-4302 or email Rich Cowger at Applicants should include a resume, cover letter, and complete application; if incomplete the application will not be accepted. Please submit application to:

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Columbus Rural Fire District #3
PO Box 285
Columbus, Mt 59019



Are you ready for fire season?

Ready, Set, Go! is an award winning wildfire program geared to the home owner. The program teaches residents to prepare their property (READY). Assemble emergency supplies and prepare evacuation plans (SET). Evacuate early (GO!) long before fire actually threatens your home. This plan provides peace of mind for the home owners and allows the firefighters to concentrate on fighting the fire.

Click here for an excellent document on the program.
Click here for more information on the Ready, Set, Go! program.

Now is the time you should be thinking about creating some defensible/survivable space around your home. Click here for more information and how we can help!

We are now accepting applications for volunteer firefighter and EMT positions.



Short video of our apparatus

Pictures and video action of some of our calls in 2008 and 2009  





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