Category Archives: Public Safety

GFPS officials discuss school safety

The Great Falls Public Schools board held a work session on school safety on Sept. 29. The board received the school resource officer report, student mental health report and an update on facility safety measure. Capt. Rob Moccasin of the Great Falls Police Department said that the four SROs handled 432 incidents at schools during the 2021-2022 school year, down

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GFPD increasing police presence at schools due to investigation

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 28 There will be an increased police presence today at Great Falls Public Schools, according to the Great Falls Police Department. Det. Sgt. Katie Cunningham said in a release that investigators have been tracking a concerning image that likely originated through social media and has been shared numerous times locally. The threat isn’t specific to

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Student assaulting staff caused short lockdown at Great Falls High

Great Falls High School was locked down for about 10 minutes on Sept. 27 due to a student assaulting staff. Great Falls Public Schools administration said they were investigating the incident in which a student assaulted two staff members. Student in custody after making threat against GFHS The school administration went into lockdown at 12:42 p.m. to deal with the

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Exercise scheduled for Great Falls airport Sept. 28

The Great Falls International Airport is conducting a full-scale exercise on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. The exercise is a simulated plane crash. The exercise does not include fire or smoke, but there will be numerous emergency vehicles responding to and from the airport, according to the exercise organizers. The airport last conducted a full-scale exercise in 2019

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City shelter offering free rabies vaccinations

The Great Falls Animal Shelter will be offering free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs on Sept. 28 for World Rabies Day. “Rabies is one of the diseases that can be passed from our furry friends to humans and in humans is often life-threatening,” Laramie Smovir, volunteer coordinator at the city shelter, said in a release. “Our goal is to

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Student in custody after making threat against GFHS

A student was taken into custody Sept. 26 for making a threat toward Great Falls High School. GFHS students alerted the school resource officer of a potential theat to the school. Around 8:15 a.m., a student activated a school-wide fire alarm and while students and staff were evacuated outside, an image was air-dropped to all occupants of the school, according

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Cascade County lifts fire restrictions

Cascade County has rescinded Stage 1 fire restrictions on Sept. 22. The restrictions were implemented Aug. 4, but “since that time, the pattern of unusually high temperatures and extreme blowing and gusting winds across Cascade County have substantially lessened,” according to a release form Brad Call, county Disaster and Emergency Services manager. Cascade County implements fire restrictions [August 2022] According

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Public cautioned to stay out of Missouri River bed during drawdown

On Sept. 25, NorthWestern Energy will begin drawing down Rainbow Reservoir about 11 feet from the current full-pool level to replace wooden flash boards on the face of the dam. The wooden flash boards were last replaced in 2004, according to NorthWestern Energy, and the aged boards are leaking water, requiring a high level of maintenance and frequent repairs. Replacing

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City amends ambulance transport agreement

City Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the agreement for medical transport with Great Falls Emergency Services during their Sept. 20 meeting. It’s the second amendment to the agreement that was originally approved in 2014. The city contracts with GFES for ambulance transport services of 911 medical calls for those in the city limits and the contracted fire districts that

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