Helena Fire Chief Ken Wood announces retirement

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Helena’s Police Chief Steve Hagen, left, and Fire Chief Ken Wood are pictured in 2019. Wood plans to retire in the fall after 22 years with the department.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Jesse Chaney

Helena Fire Chief Ken Wood announced Friday he plans to retire this fall to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.

The announcement was made a few days after Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen said he will also step down this fall.

Wood boasts about 29 years of fire service experience, 22 of those with the Helena Fire Department. He worked as assistant chief of training for three years and assistant chief of operations for three years before being promoted to fire chief in 2019. 

His last day in the role will be Sept. 30.

“It’s been an amazing career. The city has been amazing, very good to me. I love what I do. I still love what I do,” he said. “This is very hard because I’m happy, but my wife and I have talked

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