Who We Are
The Dean Creek Volunteer Fire Department started with a conversation after a lightning fire in 1998. At that time, the nearest fire truck would respond from Roundup or out of the county from Lavina. We wanted to improve that situation, so a group of neighbors met and began exploring how to start our own fire department. Golden Valley County Sheriff Floyd Fisher arranged a Basic Wildland Fire training class for us and we had 30 folks show up.
In early 1999, Sheriff Fisher also offered us two vintage military trucks to get us started. He said one had a bad engine and the other needed transmission work but, between the two, we could maybe make one operational! Many folks pitched in and we got both trucks in service.
That early equipment has long been retired, and replaced by two 1-ton dually pickups, an urban interface truck, two water tenders and a command vehicle. Where once we were able to take only about 2,000 gallons of water to a fire, now we can bring approximately 4,200 gallons.
At the beginning, there were seven rostered firefighters; now we can more than double the firefighters who can respond to a fire.
We are supported by a County Wildland Fire mill levy (about 50% of our annual budget) and the generous donations of our neighbors on Dean Creek. Until we built the fire hall in 2003, we stored trucks in various garages and met at members’ houses for training. In 2011 we began applying for outside grants to expand the fire hall. Now we can house all of our trucks indoors, plus have a training room with bathrooms and a kitchen area. Thanks to the support of our community, this is quite an improvement in about 13 years!
DCVFD is one of five fire departments in Musselshell County. As such, we cover approximately 400 square miles in the Southwestern portion of the county, including all of the Dean Creek drainage, North of Highway 12 and East to Goulding Creek Road. We also supply mutual aid to and receive mutual aid from Golden Valley County, all of Musselshell County and the Broadview Fire District.
Wildland firefighting is our primary mission. We train year round to stay current on our equipment and wildland operations. In 2008, we also began the process of training for and acquiring the equipment necessary to respond to structure fires.