Agreement Pays Off for SD Volunteer Firefighters

Two recent incidents demonstrated the usefulness of a joint-response agreement for fire departments in Butte County, South Dakota.

A Butte County Post report ( cited two mobile home fires that firefighters from a number of the county's five volunteer fire departments worked together to mitigate.

Formed in 1979, the Butte County Fire Protection Association allows the various departments tap into a state law that allows a special tax levy for fire protection. In a time of shrinking resources and a smaller volunteer base, this association makes it easier for the departments to provide fire service to residents in the sprawling county, and the departments can coordinate to provide coverage when there's a shortage of personnel during major fire events.

Read more about the situation in Butte County at

For firefighter training articles on rural firefighting, consider Volunteer Firefighting: Don't Forget the Rural Fire Service, Assessing Rural Water Supply: A Geospatial Approach, and Training Rural Departments.

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