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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 Fairmont, 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 driven association of professionals who value active and honest communication. We welcome all to attend and actively participate.

Featured Presenters

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

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 outdoorsman and student of Oregon history.  He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and motorcycling in Oregon’s back country.

Tiger Schmittendorf, VP for Strategic Services, First Arriving

Tiger Schmittendorf is vice president of strategic services for First Arriving, a full-service marketing team supporting the public safety community. He served the Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (Buffalo, NY) for more than 20 years before retiring as deputy fire coordinator in January 2018. There he was responsible for the recruitment, training, and mutual aid operations of the county’s 97 fire departments and 6,000+ firefighters. He created a recruitment effort that doubled his own fire department’s membership and helped net thousands of new volunteers countywide. A frequent presenter on leadership, incident management, connecting generations, and recruitment and retention, he is a nationally certified fire instructor and has been a firefighter since 1980. Connect with him at or visit his websites:,, and

Chief Pat Kenny, Western Springs, Illinois, Fire Chief

Chief Kenny has been a member of the fire service for over 36 years. He serves as a member of the Illinois Fire Chief’s Promotional Assessment Board and is a past president of the Illinois

Fire Chief’s Association. Chief Kenny holds the highest certification in the state of Illinois for a Chief Officer and is a current recipient of Chief Officer Designation by the International Fire Chiefs’ Association. He was awarded the Fire Chief of the Year in 2004.

He has articles published in the areas of leadership, fire safety, mental health and fire code challenges.

He was a contributor to the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Sections Yellow Ribbon Report entitled:  UNDER THE HELMET: Performing An Internal Size-Up A Proactive Approach To Ensuring Mental Wellness as well as a contributing author to Pass it On.

Greg Rogers, Division Chief for Fire Prevention, Spokane Valley Fire Department

Greg Rogers is the Division Chief for Fire Prevention with Spokane Valley Fire Department since 2015.  Division Chief Rogers has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology – Fire Protection and Safety, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management through Western Governs University. Division Chief Rogers was also the first person in WA State to be awarded the Fire Marshal designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence in 2011 and received the Chief Fire Officer designation in 2018. Rogers has been in the fire service for 27 years, starting as an instructor in 1992 at the Oklahoma State Fire Service Training Center, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His pre­vious experience includes working for South Kitsap Fire and Res­cue, and with North Metro Fire Rescue in Broomfield, Colorado. Also severed as Peer reviewer for the CPSE and assigned to reimagining group for the next phase of CPSE for the 9th and 10th Edition manual for the CFAI Accreditation.

Division Chief Rogers is a currently a board member and Vice Chair of the Fire and Life Safety Section for IAFC and a Commissioner on the Commission Professional Credentialing with CPSE; past President of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals; Chair of the IAFC Community Risk Reduction Leadership program planning committee; an IAFC Committee Member of the Fire Code Action Committee; as well as the International Fire Code Development Committee member.

Division Chief Rogers has testified in front of the Washington State Legislator as well as the Washington State Fire Chiefs Conference and the Washington State Fire Commissioners Conference. Rogers has developed and taught several courses in Washington, Oregon, Col­orado and Fire Rescue International, including Professional Credentialing classes, International Fire Code classes, Fire Company Officer Inspection classes, as well as Basic Understanding of the Fire Code and Basic Fire Investigations classes for Olympic College.

Convention Venue

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
1500 Fairmont Road
Fairmont, MT

Located off I-90, Exit 211 (Between Anaconda and Butte)

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at Fairmont Hot Springs, the rate is $94/night + tax. All registered resort guests have 24-hour access to the hot springs pools.

Click here to make your hotel reservation 
(Enter Group Code: 23150)

Fairmont’s spacious guest rooms will comfortably accommodate a family. Each Room and Suite has a telephone with data port, flat panel tv with LodgeNet, AM/FM radio, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge and a private bath. Handicapped rooms are also available. Two elevators service the three-story resort. All Guest Rooms, Studios, and Suites are designated non-smoking.

Sponsorship/Vendor Opportunities

Vendor and Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF)


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

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

Additional Table: $600

Platinum Sponsor: $4000
Gold Sponsor: $3000
Silver Sponsor: $2000
Bronze Sponsor: $1000

Individual Items

  • Pens: $250
  • Lanyards:$350
  • Bag: $1100
  • Breakfast: $1700
  • Lunch: $2000
  • Banquet: $3600
  • Coffee Break: $1000

Important Dates:
Registration Closes for Vendors – Monday, September 30
Vendors set up – Thursday, October 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Vendor Social Reception – Thursday Evening, October 10
Vendor tear down – Friday, October 11 at 3:30 pm
Breakfast with a Vendor – Saturday morning (optional)

Convention Registration

Registration is now open for the 2019 Montana State Chiefs Convention. We are pleased to offer discounted rates to MSFCA Members and First Time Convention Attendees.  We are also encouraging department to send multiple officers to the convention by offering a discounted rate for additional representatives.

Registration Pricing
MSFCA Member – $175
Non-Member (includes 2020 membership) – $250
First Time Convention Attendee – $125
Additional Department Representatives (up to 4) – $125

Companion Pricing
Full Conference- $100
Banquet Only – $45