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...
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%.
Federal recommendations say there should be four firefighters per engine/truck. On most days Helena comes short with only three firefighters per truck.
Helena's firefighters only have capacity to respond to a single fire or three medical incidents at a time.
The Helena Fire Department responded to over 4,000 calls in 2017. A total which averages an increase of more than 5% every year.