Category Archives: Public Safety

Great Falls gathers to honor those lost on 18th anniversary of Sept. 11

The community came together again this year to remember those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. Despite cloudy skies, cooler temps and intermittent rain, fire fighters, law enforcement and medical responders gathered with community members at Great Falls Fire Rescue Station No. 1. GFFR Chief Steve Hester said that 18 years later he remembers what he was doing the day of the

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Annexation approved for Love’s truck stop near airport

City Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve the annexation of 2.775 acres into the city for the development of a Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores. The annexed parcels will be part of a larger development area that includes two parcels already in the city limits that are owned by the Great Falls International Airport Authority. The development will

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Labor Day fire started by target shooting, burned 16,000 acres

The Labor Day fire north of Great Falls burned about 16,000 acres, according to Vaughn Fire Chief Jason McAllister. It burned one unoccupied residence and eight outbuildings in the Golden Valley Loop area, according to a release from Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter. According to Slaughter’s release, a deputy made contact with the 911 caller who told the deputy that

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County budget approved, includes tax reduction

Cascade County Commissioners adopted a budget during a special meeting Sept. 3 and set the tax mill, which is decreasing for county property owners. The total mills being assessed this year is decreasing from last year since the values of mills increased, according to the county budget office. Proposed county budget now available, commission to take action Sept. 3 Property

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GFFR, GFPD, CCSO train to respond to active shooter, mass casualty events

For years, local law enforcement has trained on active shooter situation, but for the first time, they trained last week with Great Falls Fire Rescue on getting medical attention to victims quickly and safely. Assistant GFFR Chief Jeremy Jones contacted the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office and Great Falls Police Department to organize the training and develop a response plan so

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Fire prompting evacuations off Vinyard Road, north of Great Falls

Update 7 p.m. Sept. 2: The fire is contained, there are no further evacuations and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, per an email from Sheriff Jesse Slaughter. Due to the grass fire burning near Vinyard Road and eastbound winds, Cascade County deputies are evacuating homes near Vinyard Road. All of Golden Valley Loop is being evacuated, according to

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Proposed county budget now available, commission to take action Sept. 3

Cascade County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on their budget on Sept. 3. Their meeting is at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse annex. The budget is for the fiscal year that began July 1 and the full document is available in the commission office and online here. During the Sept. 3 meeting, the county budget officer will make a

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10th Avenue bridge lane closure for inspections next week

The Montana Department of Transportation is conducting the annual bridge inspection on the 10th Avenue South/Warden Bridge eastbound beginning Aug. 26 through Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bridge will have a single lane closure during the duration of the inspection. The public should expect single lane closure, reduced speed limit of 35 mph, inspection vehicles and workers

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County approves contract for CCSO electronic detection dog

The county’s newest law enforcement member hasn’t yet arrived, but during their Aug. 13 meeting, County Commissioners approved an agreement with Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc. for their assistance in acquiring a dog for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. The dog is being funded by an anonymous $11,000 donation. The dog is purchased and will be trained by Todd Jordan

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County gets software to help recover stolen property

Cascade County Commissioners approved an agreement with LeadsOnline to operate and maintain electronic reporting and criminal investigation systems, primarily to assist in the recovery of stolen property that moves through pawn shops across multiple jurisdictions. The agreement was approved during the Aug. 13 meeting and includes an initial $2,823.63 cost with an annual $3,227 fee. The agreement runs through 2023.

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