Lander Rural Fire responded to over 250 calls last year

(Milford, WY) – The Lander Rural Fire Department shared today, January 28th that they responded to 254 paged alarms in 2020. This is an increase of 81 calls compared to 2019 and an increase of 28 compared to 2018.

Accounting for the majority of calls last year, 91 to be exact, were wildland fires. Good intention/hazardous conditions calls came in second – these included gas leaks, carbon monoxide, downed power lines, fire alarms, and canceled en route.

The complete 2020 call breakdown is as follows:

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  • 21 Structure Fires (including chimney fires)
  • 65 Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • 91 Wildland Fires
  • 13 Vehicle Fires
  • 69 Good Intent/Hazardous Conditions

LRF congratulates the following members for their years of service:

  • 5 Years – Kira Gilman & Cassidy VanVleet
  • 10 Years – Tad Facinelli
  • 15 Years – Field IIams
  • 20 Years – Mike Haase
  • 25 Years – Craig Johnson
  • 35 Years – Hyle Miller

Tom Sparks was named Firefighter of the Year for 2020. “We appreciate his continued dedication to the community and the department.”


The Lander Rural Fire Department Board of Officers for 2021 are as follows:

  • Battalion Chief – Trent Jones
  • Assistant Chief – Chris Johnson
  • Training Captain – Craig Johnson
  • Captain – Kaleb Jones
  • Captain – Tom Sparks

They are continually looking for volunteers, if you are interested or know someone who would like to help the community you live in, reach out to any fire department member or contact Fremont County Fire Headquarters at 307-857-3030 for information on how to apply.

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