Before the sirens go off, before the 911 call is made, fire officials are preparing daily to make sure they're ready to fight fires.
"I have to every day, very first thing in the morning, is check the weather, keep in contact with my staff, my firefighters and my officers to know what their availability is. Then also my outside resources, I'll keep in contact with law enforcement, with forest service, DNRC," said Park County Rural Fire District #1 Chief Dann Babcox.
once the call for help is received, firefighters turn to the public to obtain information on what is happening. And with social media, sometimes it's a race against the clock to make sure the most accurate information is put out.
"The task becomes quite difficult sometimes trying to get accurate information as quickly as possible before social media and the public start producing their own information that might not be entirely correct," said Public Information Officer Drew Beattie.
Public information officers know that communication with the air and ground teams, as well and incident commanders is imperative.
"And that's why a lot of times you'll find the P.I.O. Somewhere near the incident command post where a lot of the communications can occur in person so that there's less chance that something gets miscommunicated," Beattie said.
The majority of fire departments in Montana are made up of volunteers, which can be tough when considering their jobs outside of firefighting.
"You know, they still have jobs to go to, they still have families to take care of, not that career firefighters don't, but when you're doing this, 12, 14 hours on a volunteer basis and you still have obligations elsewhere it really tends to wear them out fast," Babcox said.
Fire officials say it's all a part of their job, and is something their proud to do.