Campbell named new fire chief for Helena

Jon Campbell has been named the new chief of the Helena Fire Department, officials said Wednesday.

He previously was assistant chief of the department and has served as interim chief since the previous chief, Ken Wood, retired Sept. 30. Campbell starts in his new position on Monday.

“I’m honored and humbled to be allowed to continue to serve the city of Helena in the capacity of fire chief,” Campbell said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to growing into this position, and I’m grateful for the support and hard work from the Fire Department and my city of Helena colleagues.”

The announcement was made during the Helena City Commission’s administrative meeting.

Campbell brings more than 20 years of experience to the job in fire and emergency medical services, officials said.

He joined the Helena Fire Department in October of 2020 as assistant chief for training.

He spent 16 years with the Kalispell Fire Department. He started there as a firefighter paramedic before being promoted to lieutenant and then assistant chief of operations.

Campbell’s professional experience also includes serving as a regional trainer for Montana State University from 2014-2020.

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