Missoula first responders ‘bring order to chaos’ in Carbon County

Bret Anne Serbin

Although Missoula County has so far been spared the catastrophic flooding that’s plagued other parts of Montana this week, Missoula emergency crews are nonetheless rising to the occasion to help out with disaster relief efforts.

Missoula first responders deployed to Carbon County — where Red Lodge has been inundated with floods — earlier this week at the request of the state’s Department of Emergency Services.

“We are incredibly grateful that we’ve been able to build this capability within Missoula County and also humbled when we can offer that assistance to other communities,” said Adriane Beck, director of the county’s office of emergency management.

Beck said her staff deployed to Carbon County this week along with members of the Missoula City Fire Department, the Missoula Rural Fire District, the Frenchtown Rural Fire Department, city GIS staff and county Public Works staff.

Beck said Missoula first responders have only deployed outside the county a handful of times, including to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation during the COVID-19 pandemic and to Florida for hurricane recovery efforts.

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