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 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 wife and two daughters. He was sworn in as Fire Chief in December of 2021.

Assistant Chief Mike Chambers – is a Capital High School graduate and Helena native. He spent time away attending college and starting his career at Livingston Fire and Rescue in Livingston, Montana.  Mike 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 over 20 years of firefighting experience and holds a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University and is a National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program graduate as of May 2020. He is married and has three sons.

Administrative Coordinator Stephanie Crook – Joined the department in December 2015. She is married and has one son. 

Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau
Fire Marshal -- Lou Antonick 
Fire Inspector -- Kurt Sheehan 

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 BraachTravis Cik
Dillon DeLaHuntSteve FinstadMichael Fobert
David GambillJohn GustafsonAdam Harrington
David MaslowskiPaxton Miller-FitzPatrickMark Mitchell
Chris MorkJeffrey MurphyJeffrie O'Neil
Joseph PigeonSteven ReatherIsaac Scansen
Austin ShupeBrent WunderlichLandon Zimmerman


Fire Chief Ken WoodRETIRED 09/30/2021 - 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 hired as permanent 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.

Firefighter of the Year - 2021 - Dillon DeLaHunt

Firefighter of the Year - 2020 - Mark Mitchell