October 28 is National First Responders Day. It's a day where we honor the brave individuals that put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

First responders include law enforcement, paramedics, firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and others that play a vital role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. First responders are usually the first on the scene during an emergency, and play an important role in getting the people the care they need.

In 2019, a resolution was passed by the United States Senate that designated October 28 as National First Responders Day in order to honor the folks putting their lives on the line.

According to Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer, there are and estimated 800 to 1,000 first responders throughout Gallatin County. Many first responders in the area are volunteers, making it difficult to get an exact number.

When the Bridger Foothills Fire broke out in the Bridger Mountain Range in early September, first responders sprung into action to not only help battle the blaze, but to also make sure that residents in the area were safe by assisting with evacuations and making sure that people stayed out of the area while crews tried to contain the fire.

During the winter in Montana, there are a lot of traffic accidents. First responders put their lives at risk in harsh conditions to save the lives of others.

If you know a first responder, today is an opportunity to recognize them for putting their lives on the line everyday. Here are a few ideas to show your appreciation for first responders. Saying thank you is a great start. You could also offer to purchase a meal, or offer to buy coffee for the firefighters at your local fire station. You can also put together a basket of goodies and drop it off to local first responders. It doesn't take much to show your appreciation.

To all of the first responders in Montana, thank you for your commitment and sacrifice. Happy First Responders Day!

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