Fire Chief – City of Kalispell, MT

Located in northwestern Montana, the City of Kalispell, population 22,000, is within about a thirty-minute drive of Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, several national and state forests and parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Kalispell is the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of the Flathead Valley serving approximately 140,000 people. Tourism is also a strong economic driver for the region.

The Kalispell Fire Department is an all-hazard fire and EMS department with a first due response area of approximately 14 square miles. In 2020, the department responded to 3,931 calls from two strategically located stations, averaging 11 emergency responses per day. The department operates on a 2021 combined fire and EMS budget of $4.8 million and has 33 FTEs, including the Fire Chief, an Assistant Chief, an Office Specialist, and 30 career staff. Services provided by the department include: Advanced Life Support Transport; Fire and Emergency Medical Response; Fire Company; Fire Inspections / Pre-Fire Planning; Hydrant; Inspections; Ice Rescue; Kalispell Police Special Response Team; Mutual Aid to neighboring jurisdictions; Northwest Hazardous Materials response team; Public Education; and Technical rescue.

Under the general guidance and direction of the City Manager, the Fire Chief performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing, and implementing actions addressing fire and life safety risk reduction, and fire department operations. The Chief supervises the Assistant Chief(s) and other department staff, officers, and firefighters through these subordinate officers.

Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, or a closely related field and fifteen (15) years of experience in fire and emergency medical service work, including five (5) years of which must have been equivalent to the fire chief, captain, or battalion chief is required. Completion of the on-campus Command and Control Class series at the National Fire Academy, or The Blue Card Command Program is preferred. Any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. To apply, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Kalispell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: March 28, 2021 (open until filled).