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Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire District plans event to thank community

The Gallatin Gateway Fire Department has seen an increase in call volume.

During the Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire District’s weekly training Wednesday night firefighters were busy prepping Station 1 for a special event.

The fire department will be hosting a free breakfast Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Station 1 located at 320 Webb St. They say it will be a be a chance for them to give back to the community for their support.

The all-volunteer department covers 110 square miles outside of Bozeman, and they answer to a variety of the community’s emergency needs besides fire.

"We're doing a lot of breathing problems, we're going on, unfortunately, heart problem calls, if someone has fallen and can't get up -- you name it we'll go on it. If there's a cat that's in a tree we'll end up going on it as well," said Lauren Schoenborn, a live-in volunteer firefighter with Gallatin Gateway.

The community gives back, too. Most recently they helped purchase a third engine -- a custom-built Rosenbauer engine that took a year and a half to make.

Schoenborn says having the right equipment helps them do their job. It’s especially true now that their call volumes are increasing.

"Our call volume is increasing at an astronomical level. We had about 300 calls last year, and we are increasing those levels by 10 to 15 percent every year," she said.

As the calls come in it also presents a need for more volunteers.

Schoenborn says they currently have 26 and would love to see some more interested faces who would like to help the community out as much as they do.

"It doesn't matter what time of day it is. When we get a page, we're excited to go."

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