Red Lodge Fire Rescue is sad to confirm that Red Lodge Fire engine 78 was burned over earlier today while fighting the Harris Fire near Joliet, Montana. The two person engine crew was attacking the fire when the wind suddenly shifted direction and the fire overtook the crew. One Red Lodge firefighter suffered severe burn injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance and then flown to Salt Lake City. At this time, we are still gathering information about the type, severity, and extent of the burn injuries he sustained. As more information becomes available, we will share it with you.
It’s times like these that we emphasize the strength of our organization and the Red Lodge community. We are grateful for our firefighters who routinely answer the call to protect our homes and property. This is a stark reminder of how dangerous this job can be. Please keep our brave firefighter and his family in your thoughts and prayers – they will undoubtedly need your support in the days to follow.