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We invite you to the attend the Montana State Fire Chiefs Convention in Missoula! This convention is the premier event for Chief Officers and aspiring Chief Officers in Montana.  Through networking you will build relationships and engage in meaningful conversations with your peers. This alone will be worth your time to travel to Missoula, not to mention the valuable education and training you will receive.   If this is your first time attending the convention, we are offering a discounted registration rate.  You can be assured that MSFCA is an inclusive member drive association of professional who value active and honest communication.  We welcome all to attend and actively participate.

We also invite you to participate in the Section Meetings on Thursday morning before the convention. If you have agenda items for those meetings please send to us in advance or bring them to the meeting with you.   We will also be having a Fire Marshals Forum on Thursday morning before the convention. The forum is all about helping enforcers, and making them more effective and efficient in doing their important work.  Create a strong united voice by working with your peers!

Fallen Firefighter Ceremony: MSFCA is proud to incorporate a Fallen Firefighter Ceremony during the Banquet & Meritorious Awards on Friday, October 12 to recognize and honor those who lost their lives this last year. The ceremony will honor the bravery and public service of firefighters who have passed since October 2017. We invite you to submit names of those to be recognized during the ceremony – email.

Convention Program Schedule

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Featured Speakers

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson

FirstNet Update Always Trust your Cape

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, (Ret.) CEO and FirstNet Vice Chairman of Board

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Jeff Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Western Fire Chiefs Association and Vice Chairman of Board of Directors for the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet).  He is the Past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and retired as Fire Chief and Chief Executive Officer of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) following a 32 year fire service career.  Chief Johnson served as TVF&R’s chief executive for over 15 years during which time the organization became recognized as one of the nation’s premier fire and rescue service providers.

Jeff is internationally known as an innovator and ambassador for excellence.  He sits as the chairman or board member for a number of private corporations and has authored two industry books.

As a Sisters resident, Jeff is an avid outdoors man and student of Oregon history.  He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and motorcycling in Oregon’s back country

Bill Webb

Educating Congress: The Best Teachers Are at the Local Level  & Attributes of Leadership

Bill Webb, Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

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Bill is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the challenges and needs of the fire and emergency services.   During his 23 years as CFSI Executive Director, Bill has worked closely with members of Congress and other national fire service leaders to advocate for federal programs and legislation that benefit our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.  In addition, he has delivered presentations throughout the country and written numerous articles on advancing fire service issues on Capitol Hill.   Bill is the Vice Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and an honorary member of the Vienna (VA) Volunteer Fire Department, Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 36.

Resilience:  The Ultimate Leadership Skill How to Build It in Yourself and Others

Jane Boucher, MBC, CSP, Master Business Coach & Certified Speaking Professional

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Jane received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University. She has done doctoral work at the University of South Florida and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Sinclair Community College and Miami University Ohio. She also served as the Associate Director of the Antioch University McGregor Organizational Institute. She is currently an affiliate of the Fowler School of Business & Executive Coaching.

The author of seven books, she uses the podium and her expertise to promote personal and professional excellence. Her best seller, How to Love the Job You Hate, has been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The National Enquirer, Guideposts, SELF Magazine and on CNBC, CBN and CNN.

Jane is a recognized authority on workplace issues. She is also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist appearing in business journals throughout the country. Jane worked with at-risk youth before beginning her professional speaking career. A Fortune 500 Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Master Business Coach (MBC), corporate trainer and consultant, she has worked with organizations such as Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the United States Senate, Energy Transfer, American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), Western CPE, Antioch University Midwest, Toyota, Prudential of Europe, Department of the Navy, United States Air Force, FDIC and the International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals (IAHMP).

She has shared the platform with such notables as Senator Orin Hatch, Bernard Siegel, M.D., former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, Coach John Wooden, Elizabeth Edwards, “Life is Good” founders Bert and John Jacobs, and Michael Jackson’s attorney Tom Mesereau.

Jane is one of the most dynamic women on the speaking circuit today. She was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 8% of all professional speakers hold this distinction. She has also earned the Master Business Coach (MBC) credential from the Fowler School of Business & Executive Coaching. Only 5% of executive coaches worldwide hold this designation.

Everyone Goes Home – Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

Tom Harbour, HarbourFire, retired, National Director of Fire and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service; and National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Board of Directors

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Tom is a recognized expert in wildland fire and aviation management policy and operations. He served the longest term to date as the National Fire and Aviation Management Director (National Fire Chief) in the more than hundred-year history of the US Forest Service. During this time, Tom brought additional professionalism and enhanced performance to the organization. The US Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management program employs over 10,000 firefighters, responds to a variety of domestic emergencies (generally fire) and in the last year of his active duty with the agency the program had a budget of nearly $4 billion (US). The US Forest Service program provided both the world’s largest organization of firefighters as well as the world’s largest federal civilian (non-defense) aviation program. Through international relationships, he provided assistance to every region of the world. He worked in partnership with senior elected and governmental leaders in local, state, and federal governments as well as international and American career professionals.
After retiring from the US Forest Service, Tom formed HarbourFire, a consulting firm offering expertise and advice on wildland fire issues as well as policy and organizational issues. In the years of his work as a noted wildland fire and aviation management consultant, Tom has assisted government agencies and private entities. He has testified to Congress, been quoted in major media, and has had the opportunity to assist the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in work to reduce line of duty death, accident, and injury. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is also a member of the Board for the International Association of Wildland Fire.
Tom’s first experience with wildfire was firefighting in central California in 1970. Since then, Tom has been energetically and continuously involved in wildland fire and aviation management. Tom has had opportunities to fight, prescribe, and manage wildland fires across the United States and internationally. He has been a Burn Boss (for prescribed/managed wildland fire), an Incident Commander, and an Area Commander (both for wildfires) at the highest levels of fire management complexity. His emergency management experiences have included fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, riots, floods, and other types of disasters (for example, cryptosporidium outbreaks) both domestically and internationally. He was the first National Fire Chief with such an extensive operational background.
Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis and in Forest Management from Washington State University. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis and with Presidential Honors for a 4.0 GPA from Washington State University. His post-graduate work includes studies at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. Tom served with faculty and leaders at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

seth barker

Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service –A  Best Practice Approach

Seth Barker, Battalion Chief and Training Office, Big Sky Fire Department

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Chief Barker is a Logistical Coordinator for and has contributed to the 13 Life Safety Initiatives for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  He sits as the Vice-Chair for the Volunteer Combination Officer Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Cancer Alliance Committee.  Barker is one of the contributing authors for the Lavender Report issuing the 10 Best Practices of Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service.  He is a featured author in Fire Rescue Magazine over the past 4 years and delivers multiple courses on preplanning your community in a all hazard discipline environment.  Barker holds the Liver Fire Instructor certification and the Training Officer Credential through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  He is part of the curriculum development team that produced projects funded by the American Fire Grants with partnerships with Underwriters Laboratories and ISFSI that included Principals of Modern Fire Attack, Safe Law Enforcement Fire Ground Operations, and recently Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires. Barker is a Blue Card Instructor, has served as an instructor for the Montana State Fire Service Training School, and is a Modern Fire Behavior Instructor.  He serves as the 2nd Vice President for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chief Barker holds the Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety and Excellence.


Managing the New Reality

Sheldon Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI)

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Chief Sheldon Gilbert has served as a metropolitan Fire Chief, private sector Chief Operating Officer and a Chief Executive Officer.  Chief Gilbert is a well-known and respected speaker and leader on a number of fire, EMS, leadership, innovation, business practices and public private partnership topics.

Suicide Prevention in Montana

Karl Rosston, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

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Karl Rosston is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  He provides evidenced-based programs to all Montana secondary schools, implements the State Suicide Prevention Plan, supports the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, implements firearm safety programs and statewide media campaigns, provides suicide prevention trainings, and coordinates suicide prevention efforts around the state. Karl is adjunct faculty at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and a nationally certified trainer in QPR and Mental Health First Aid.

Previously, Karl was the Director of Social Services at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.  Before returning to Montana, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and a clinical consultant with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.

He is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice in Helena.  He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Montana.

Fitness for Firefighting

Joe Domitrovich, Exercise Physiologist, US Forest Service

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Joe is an exercise physiologist at the Forest Service National Technology & Development Program in Missoula and a wildland firefigher when he can get away from his computer.  He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Montana, Missoula in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in exercise physiology.  He received his Master’s also at the University of Montana, and his Bachelors’ at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 11 years and they have two rugrats.

His work includes hydration, nutrition, health effects of smoke, heat related illnesses, stress and fitness.

Drug Issues in Montana: How They Affect You.

Brad Gremaux, Bureau Chief for the Narcotics Division, Montana Department of Justice / Division of Criminal Investigations.

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Brad Gremaux was promoted to the Narcotics Bureau Chief for the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation in 2016. Brad has been a sworn law enforcement officer in the State of Montana for 24 years, He worked in a small Sheriff s department starting his career and then moved on to the Great Falls Police Department where he worked for over 7 years. Brad has been with the Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminallnvestigation for 13 years. Brad has an extensive background of undercover experience, conducting complex drug conspiracy investigations, and was assigned as a task force supervisor. Brad was assigned to an FBI Violent Crimes Task Force for 5 years. He was certified in methamphetamine lab response and dismantling, assigned to the DCI Narcotics TAC Team, and he was a trainer for Drug Endangered Children presentations.

Harassment in the Fire Hall

Don Cox, Education Specialist, VFIS

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Don Cox- Education Specialist, VFIS- A Division of Glatfelter Insurance Group

Don has served as a firefighter/paramedic for over 40 years in Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida. He served as the Fire Chief for the City of West Des Moines, Iowa and the Town of Menasha, Wisconsin.  He holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Iowa State University; is an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy and holds designations as Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He currently is a full-time Education Specialist with VFIS.

Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Process & Mitigation Grants

Montana Disaster and Emergency Response
Keith W. Simendinger, Response and Recovery Coordinator and Jake Ganieany,  Response, Mitigation & Recovery Branch Manager

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Keith W. Simendinger EFO, F.O.
Montana Disaster and Emergency Service Response and Recovery Coordinator

Keith Simendinger has served 22 years in the Montana fire service graduating from the University of Montana and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program while serving as Lieutenant, Deputy Fire Marshal, Regional Hazmat Team Administrator, EMS Director, and Planning and Logistics with 7 years of ambulance experience as well as 18 years of Fire Service Instructor. Keith Simendinger is currently working for the State of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division as an Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief. Currently, working in such positions for all disasters for the State of Montana, as well as an EMAC A-Team member, working with many other states for resource needs. After 22 years in the fire service and a master’s degree in emergency management, Keith currently works with all emergency personal as the lead for All Hazard Incident Management Teams for Montana and is the Operations Section Chief during State Disasters and Emergencies. Keith Simendinger currently serves as an Aircraft Firefighting Instructor for the past 20 years as well as instructor for ICS, FAA Aircraft Firefighting, and AHIMT for the State. Keith also worked as a Situation Unit Leader and Safety Officer on various large incidents in several communities around the state throughout his career and is currently a Planning Specialist for FEMA reservist program.

Jake Ganieany
Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, Response, Mitigation & Recovery Branch Manager.
As the Response, Mitigation & Recovery Branch Manager, Jake exercises overall management responsibility for the coordination of the State’s response to assist local agencies. In consultation with the Agency Administrator, Jake determines priorities for response and recovery efforts and ensures that all State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) actions are accomplished in accordance with established agency policies and procedures and the Montana Code Annotated. Jake is also the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Lead State Representative for FEMA Region VIII.
Jake has been with MT DES since June of 2017, prior to that he spent 25 years in the Montana Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps. Jake has two deployments to Iraq as a combat Infantryman and a Battalion Planning Chief. Before retirement, Jake spent his final four years as the Operations Chief for the Director of Military Support and as the First Sergeant for the 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion.
Jake received his Bachelors Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management in December 2017, and will begin working towards his Master’s Degree in the fall of 2018. Jake enjoys golfing, snowboarding and running marathons. Jake lives in Helena with his wife, who is a Program Manager for the Service to Armed Forces with the Red Cross and he has a daughter in college, and a son who just graduated U of M. Logan is 22, and works in Missoula at ATG, and Savannah is a 20-year-old Senior at UNLV and is also in ROTC.

Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunites

Sponsoring or displaying at the Convention will give you the opportunity to showcase your products or services to decision makers within the fire service, during and after the event. We are anticipating 100+ Fire Chief Officers, as well as Aspiring and Potential Chief Officers from all around the state of Montana. There will be dedicated networking time during the convention to build the profile of your organization. All the sponsorship options give you opportunities for high visibility with delegates. We can also build tailored sponsorship packages to suit your organization’s needs.

Vendor Table – $600 (Thursday, October 11 – Saturday, October 13)

  • One table space including 6 ft table & chair
  • Outdoor vendor space available
  • One full convention pass including catering and social functions
  • Logo and company description listing in Convention Program book
  • Night security

Platinum Sponsor – $4,000
Gold Sponsor – $3,000
Silver Sponsor – $2,000
Bronze Sponsor – $1,000

Individual Items available for sponsorship:
Breakfast – $1,700
Coffee Breaks – $1,000
Lunch – $2,000
Lanyards – SOLD OUT
Participant Bags – $1,100

Sponsorship Prospectus