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)

Administrative Staff

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.

Assistant Chief Jon Campbell – began in the Montana Fire Service as a volunteer with Missoula Rural Fire in 1999.  He obtained his Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine from University of Alaska and worked as a Paramedic in North Carolina before returning to Montana as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Kalispell Fire.  Over 16 years with Kalispell Fire Dept. Jon rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and completed his Bachelor’s in Fire Science Administration.  Jon is a confined space rescue, swift water, and hazardous materials technician.  Jon moved to Helena in October of 2020 for the Assistant Fire Chief of Training position with his family, wife Jamey and daughters: Olivia and Victoria.

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

Battalion Chiefs:  
Bob HarveyNeil KoehlerCory O'Brian
Scott BockmanBrandt BureshDoug Fischer
Mike McDanielJason RigsbyVince Williams
Robert BennettKasey DeLaHuntOwen Koeppen
Louis MenghiniBrad PattersonMatt Welch
Seth BanhamDylan BraachDillon DeLaHunt
Cody EdensSteve FinstadPaxton Miller-FitzPatrick
Michael FobertDavid GambillJohn Gustafson
Adam HarringtonMichael KauzlarichDavid Maslowski
Mark MitchellChris MorkJeffrey Murphy
Jeffrie O'NeilJoseph PigeonSteven Reather
Isaac ScansenAustin ShupeBrent Wunderlich


Firefighter of the Year - 2020 - Mark Mitchell