Columbus Fire Rescue has 50 volunteers and support personnel with 6 full-time career staff members. 4 of these staff positions are fully funded by Federal SAFER ACT Grants through May 2015.
Chief and Staff
Rich Cowger Chief
Chief Cowger started his fire service career as a volunteer with the Fromberg Fire District (MT) in 1992. After being away from the fire service for a year he returned joining the Town of Columbus and Columbus Rural Fire District in 1993. He progressed through the ranks of the departments becoming a captain in 1995, Asst. Chief of the Rural Fire District in 1996, Chief of the Town of Columbus in 1999 and Chief of the Rural Fire District in 2000. Chief Cowger was instrumental in getting a joint Town/Rural Fire Station built in 2002.
Chief Cowger was hired as the Fire Department/Districts first full time employee on Jan 1, 2008. That same year Chief Cowger helped negotiate a consolidation agreement between Columbus Ambulance and the Rural Fire District bringing the only fire-based EMS service to the area. In 2009 Chief Cowger was instrumental in getting an inter-local agreement signed between the Town of Columbus and the Rural Fire District allowing the Rural Fire District to provide administration of the fire service for the Town and District.
Chief Cowger currently serves as the Chair of the Stillwater County Fire Council, a deputy Stillwater County Fire Warden, and Chairman of the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association (6 years). He also sits on the State Wildland committee, Eastern Montana Zone Board, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland Fire Policy Committee. Chief Cowger is also NWCG red carded as a structure protection specialist, division supervisor and type 3 IC trainee and serves with a national type 2 incident management team.
In his spare time Chief Cowger likes to ranch, break horses, fly and camp with his wife, son and daughter.
Chief Cowger can be reached at 406-322-4302 or at email@example.com
Other Important Staff Members
Columbus Fire Rescue relies on the commitment of integral staff positions. Six full time Career Staff member support the volunteers of the organization: 3 Advanced EMT’s and 3 Paramedics.
Nick Jacobs- Assistant Chief & EMS Coordinator
Dayle Flynn- Training Officer
Travis Hansen- Volunteer Coordinator
The capacity of the Columbus Fire Rescue staff depends on an outstanding crew of skilled and committed volunteers.
Columbus Fire Rescue Crews:
A Shift: B Shift: C Shift: D Shift: Reed Point St 2:
Capt. Jeff Limburg Capt. Capt. Tom Tymon Capt. Jacob Ward Capt. Terry Brumfield
Lt. Lt Lt. Eric Stevens Lt. Lt.
Kevin Langhus Courtney Hall Lee Westervelt Whitney Jacobs Jim Trees
Ole Hedstrom Nick Ankeny Josh Boyce Yvonne Stevens Kate Trees
Randy Smith Brynn Nave Colby Dennard Cactus Anderson Bill Mayo
Shannon Browning Cody Sweeney Jeff Obert Jacob Ellis Gary Morton
Shane Warehime Riaz Karamzadeh Ben Reed Todd Metzler Angie Morton
Christian Emter Dan Cramer Carson Pollington Phil Nave Cody Brumfield
Scott Olson Chris Laukant Richard Ruiz Taylor Flynn Barry Bittle
John Marjerison Madisyn Sheppard Ryan Heminger