Engine 18 is a tailgating fire engine built in 2017 by a group of University of Montana Western alumni and sports fans in Dillon, MT. Engine 18 was originally built to provide an ultimate tailgating experience, but quickly became a vehicle used for raising money for athletic scholarships at UMW. It was named Engine 18 in honor of UMW football player M.J. Simkins, whose life was tragically cut short. M.J. wore the number 18 to show his love for Dillon and Beaverhead County, which is Montana County number 18.

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In the summer of 2018, after some very generous donations and many hours of work, Smoker 1 was added to the fleet. Although not as pretty as Engine 18, it serves as a very functional cooking vehicle. 

In 2018, Engine 18 Foundation, Inc. was formed as a tax exempt organization. Engine 18 Foundation is a 501(c)(3), and is generally referred to as Engine 18.

Engine 18 is proud of the success and character demonstrated by our teams and is thankful for the long-standing traditions of our programs. Engine 18 is committed to providing support to UMW student-athletes and programs in honor of past Bulldog players and coaches.



Mark Simkins - President

Darrin Morast - Vice President

Joey Beers- Secretary

Trina McCullough - Treasurer


Bill Tash
Craig Bray
Dennis Schurg
Donnie Keltz
Flint McCullough
Janelle Handlos
Jason Rose
Keith Handlos
Kevin Engellant
Kim Konen
Lindsey Erickson
Mike Marsh
Phil Willett
Travis Gibson


Read the Engine 18 article in Rural Montana written by Vigilante Electric's

Rod Siring.


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2019 Dillon Tribune Dillonaires Group of the Year

Engine 18 was selected as the 2019 Dillon Tribune Dillonaires Group of the Year. To read the

Dillon Tribune

article, click

the PDF.