Montana

Jul 10, 2012 11:03 PM by Christina Lysacek - MTN News

Annual Montana firefighter's convention kicks off

More than 50 firefighters from all over Montana are in Bozeman this week for the 123rd annual Montana State Fireman's Association Convention.

The convention switches cities each year and hasn't been held in Bozeman since 1999.

This convention allows the association to decide what bills to draft at the legislative session among other things.

Opening ceremonies were held Tuesday morning, kicked off by the honor guard presenting flags.

Bozeman's Mayor, Sean Becker gave the welcoming address.

"When all my buddies were pledging fraternities back in Ohio, I pledged the fire department and was a volunteer firefighter for four years when I was in college. I would have to say that was probably one of the most influential periods in my life and I really appreciate the experience of being a firefighter," he said.

The convention will continue through Friday. Senator Jon Tester will give the keynote address Friday evening.

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