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 Montana Fire Service Leadership Training Series
Ignite Your Recruitment and Retention Through Effective Leadership

The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association in conjunction with the Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Association is pleased to announce our Montana Fire Service Leadership Training Series. These free monthly online training sessions will focus on Leadership, Recruitment and Retention and all fire service professionals are invited and welcome to participate. Please share with your colleagues. Certificates will be provided upon completion of the session.

For questions contact Kim Skufca, MSFCA, 406-625-7059 or Email

This training is made available through funding provided by the FEMA SAFER Grant, awarded to MSFCA in 2020.

Wednesday, May 12th at 6:30 PM MDT 
Establishing Expectations: How to improve member involvement and performance.

Using evidence based best practices and legitimate job expectations, participants will learn how to set expectations to improve member performance and retention through effective leadership. Printable Flyer-May

Click here to register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, please contact Kim Skufca, MSFCA, 406-625-7059 or Email.

Troy Petersen, FSTS N. Central Regional Training Manager. Troy recently joined FSTS as the North Central Regional Training Manager. Troy started his fire service career in 1988, a majority of it spent with the Kansas City, MO FD, where he served as Captain/Paramedic on Heavy Rescue 1 for 17 years (among many other positions). He was also a member of the FEMA USAR Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1).  After retiring with 26 years of service with KCFD, Troy became a Training Division Manager for Boone County Fire Protection District (MO), which is the largest volunteer fire department in Missouri with over 200 volunteers. Troy was also an Instructor for the Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute for 20 years.

Terry Larson, FSTS S. Central Regional Training Manager. Terry has been the FSTS South Central Regional Training Manager since 2016. Terry began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1986 with the Belgrade FD (MT). Three years later Terry was hired by the Billings FD where he progressed through the ranks, retiring as a Battalion Chief in 2016. Terry was also a part-time Regional Training Specialist with FSTS for 12 years. Terry has contributed to the development of a comprehensive fire service curriculum in the areas of firefighting, instructor, technical rescue, and leadership. Terry has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rock Mountain College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Montana State University Billings.

Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30 PM MDT
Fire Chiefs 101 – Partnerships and Resources

Chief Mike DeGrosky, MT DNRC
Dick Swingley, State Fire Marshal, MT DOJ
Delila Bruno, Division Administrator, MT DES
Jack Ganieany, Response, Mitigation & Recovery Bureau Chief, MT DES


March Training
The Truth behind Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Firefighters

Instructor: Jason Caughey, Fire Chief, Laramie County Fire District #2, Cheyenne, Wyoming

This training session focused on identifying why members leave organizations and how to attract new members.