Category Archives: Public Safety

GFFR launching citizens academy

Great Falls Fire Rescue is launching a hands-on, interactive GFFR Citizens Academy beginning Sept. 2. The course will run through Oct. 21 and cover a variety of topics including auto extrication, technical rope rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, Advanced Life Support skills and EMS, search and rescue, and multiple live-fire evolutions. “After years of watching Great Falls MT Police Department successfully

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GFFR to cease responding to minor medical calls; proposing fees for false alarms, noncompliance with safety inspections

Beginning July 1, Great Falls Fire Rescue will no longer respond to minor medical calls due to limited resources and an increasing call volume. “Something had to give,” GFFR Chief Jeremy Jones told City Commissioners during their June 15 work session. Those types of calls include minor injuries like broken fingers and toes, minor cuts with controlled bleeding, fever/cough, headaches,

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New crime task force begins meeting

The city’s newly established crime task force met for the first time June 7 to go over basics of public meetings and get an initial briefing from Great Falls Police Department Chief Jeff Newton. During the meeting, City Commissioner Rick Tryon said that the city is looking for specific recommendations on addressing crime issues in the community. Crime task force

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Crime task force meets for first time June 7

The city’s new crime task force meets for the first time at 4 p.m. June 7 in the Commission Chambers at the Civic Center. The task force membership is comprised of: Mary Lynne Billy – Indian Family Health Clinic Shawna Jarvey – transition consultant, Benefis Health Nicole Griffith– Victim Witness Program Sandra Guynn – chair of Neighborhood Council of Councils

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Gianforte accepting public comment on judicial applications

Gov. Greg Gianforte is seeking public comment on applicants to the vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District in Cascade County. Members of the public can provide letters of support or other comments regarding the applicants through 5 p.m. June 30. Gianforte creates panel to help fill District Court vacancy The governor has received applications from the following attorneys whose applications

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Gianforte creates panel to help fill District Court vacancy

Gov. Greg Gianforte has created an advisory council to assist in finding the next district court judge for the vacancy on the Eighth Judicial District. The vacancy was created last month when the Montana Senate did not confirm Michelle Levine to the bench after former Gov. Steve Bullock appointed her to the seat last fall to fill the vacancy created

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Crime task force members scheduled for appointment at May 18 commission meeting

During their May 18 meeting, City Commissioners will consider adding two more members to the crime task force, making it a 9-member panel. Commissioners established the task force in April and City Manager Greg Doyon had recommended that the police chief and city attorney serve on the panel. City still working on membership for new crime task force There was

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Lawmakers change rule for deputy sheriffs; make 1 percent longevity increase automatic

The Montana Legislature passed a bill this session, now signed by the governor, that decouples the compensation for deputy sheriff’s from that of other elected officials and makes an automatic 1 percent longevity increase for deputies annually. The longevity increase for deputies was previously only granted when the base pay for county elected officials was increased. The compensation for deputies,

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