Why does Helena need a fire safety levy? Get the facts about how Helena's fire department is understaffed and needs to reach adequate staffing levels...


#1

The Helena Fire Department hasn’t increased firefighter staffing since 1996, 22 years ago. During this time Helena’s population has grown by more than 21%.


#2

Federal recommendations say there should be four firefighters per engine/truck. On most days Helena comes short with only three firefighters per truck.


#3

Helena's firefighters only have capacity to respond to a single fire or three medical incidents at a time.


#4

The Helena Fire Department responded to over 4,000 calls in 2017. A total which averages an increase of more than 5% every year.