Personnel & Apparatus
Strategic Responsibilities of Individual Members
The Helena Fire Department is a living organization consisting of members who are committed to each other and the community we protect. As a member, we pledge to exhibit this commitment by:
- Providing the best possible service to our customers.
- Recognizing that each member of the Helena Fire Department is important to the makeup of "who we are".
- Being responsible for the welfare, development and support of the Helena Fire Department and its members.
- Striving to live by our guiding principles.
- Managing change and striving to always improve.
- Recognizing that being a member of the Helena Fire Department is more than a job. It includes commitment to other Department members (past and present), citizens and visitors to our community.
- Striving to leave the Helena Fire Department better than we found it (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly)
Fire Chief Ken Wood – Started with the Helena Fire Department in February 2000. Chief Wood worked his way up the ranks to Lieutenant in 2010. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2013, appointed Interim Fire Chief in March 2019 and was hried as perminent Fire Chief in December 2019. Chief Wood believes fair ethical leadership is in the best interest of the department and community. He is married to his Capital High School sweetheart, Karen, and has 3 sons: Brian, Tyler & Eric.
Assistant Chief Mike Chambers – Is a Capital High School graduate and Helena native. His spent time away attending college and working for Livingston Fire and Rescue in Livingston, Montana. Assistant Chief Chambers spent 17 ½ years in Livingston and worked his way up from Firefighter/Paramedic to the position of Fire Inspector/Training Officer, which he held until he was hired with the Helena Fire Department in January 2018. Assistant Chief Chambers has nearly 20 years of firefighting experience and holds a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. He is also set to graduate from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in May 2020. He is married to Jenny and has three sons: Blake, Tyson and Truman.
Administrative Coordinator Stephanie Crook – Joined the department in December 2015 after a 9-year career with the State of Montana. She holds an Associate Degree in Business with over 15 years of accounting, banking and hospitality background. Her duties include; payroll management, accounts payable and receivable, grant management, purchasing, office management, scheduling, event coordination and information technology liaison. Stephanie is married to her childhood sweetheart, Michael, and has a son, William.
Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau
Fire Marshal Lou Antonick
Deputy Fire Marshal Brad Taylor
Suppression Staff - In alphabetical order by Rank
|Bob Harvey||Neil Koehler||Cory O'Brian|
|Scott Bockman||Brandt Buresh||Doug Fischer|
|Mike McDaniel||Brian Roberts||Vince Williams|
|Robert Bennett||Kasey DeLaHunt||Owen Koeppen|
|Louis Menghini||Jason Rigsby||Matt Welch|
|Seth Banham||Dylan Braach||Dillon DeLaHunt|
|Cody Edens||Steve Finstad||Paxton Miller-FitzPatrick|
|Michael Fobert||David Gambill||John Gustafson|
|Michael Kauzlarich||David Maslowski||Mark Mitchell|
|Chris Mork||Jeffrey Murphy||Jeffrie O'Neil|
|Brad Patterson||Joseph Pigeon||Steven Reather|
|Isaac Scansen||Austin Shupe||Brent Wunderlich|