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2022 Wildfire Leadership Conference

  • May 20, 2022
  • May 22, 2022
  • Helena, MT


  • Regular Registration began May 1st.

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2022 Wildfire Leadership Conference

"The Fire Year - Start to Finish"

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Draft Agenda

Pre Conference

May 16-20

FI-210, Wildland Fire Investigation

May 20 @ 11:00 am

Montana Wildland Fire Committee

May 20 @ 2:00 pm

Vendor session with BK Radio

Friday, May 20, 2022

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Conference Opening

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Montana County Fire Warden’s Association Business Meeting

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Being a Montana County Fire Warden.  Cory Calnan, DNRC

  • ·         *hourdourves served during this session

Saturday, May 21, 2022

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Montana’s Wildfire System and How Do I Engage?  Panel

9:00 am – 9:15 am


9:15 am – 10:00 am

Statewide Training  David Hamilton, DNRC

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:00 am

Resource Mobilization Tools  Panel

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Large Fire Coordination  Panel

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch  Provided onsite

Lunch Presenter, State Level Presenter, TBD

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Local Extended Attack Fires  Panel

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Hosting a Project Fire  Panel

-Bridger Foothills Fire - Lessons Learned

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Incident Within an Incident  Panel

-Harris Fire Burnover: Dan’s Story.  Dan Steffensen, Red Lodge Fire

Sunday, May 22, 2022

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Damage Assessment and Repopulation 

-East Troublesome Fire, Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, Grand County, CO

9:30 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am – 11:00 am

After the Incident  Panel

Pre Conference

FI-210, Wildland Fire Investigation

FI-210 will run Monday through Friday at the Delta Hotel.  Course is being hosted by DNRC with instructors from South Carolina to teach this NWCG required course to become a wildland fire investigator. 


Montana Wildland Fire Committee

The Montana Wildland Fire Committee is the group that meets monthly with representation from DNRC, Fire Warden’s and Fire Chief’s to coordinate wildfire issues.  The May meeting will be held onsite at the Delta.

BK Radio Vendor Session

BK Radio will be present with both sales and technical personnel to talk about their migration to the new generation BKR portables, how they interact with the older generations, and let you play with the radios.  The technician will be present to answer any technical questions you may have or address any programming/ cloning issues you may have experienced.

Conference Presentation Descriptions

Being a Montana County Fire Warden

Cory Calnan, County Co-op Fire Program Manager, DNRC

Cory will cover how Fire Warden’s came about, their role, and that the future looks like.  Topics will include the ins and outs of the cooperative fire protection program, and associated agreements, as well as what is being done to modernize the program with what is referred to as “Co-op 2.0.”

Montana’s Wildfire System and How Do I Engage?

DNRC Fire Bureau, Joanne Marceau

DNRC Fire Bureau, Cory Calnan

This panel will cover all the “paperwork” activities that you do, or should do, before fire season.  Panelists will cover obtaining qualifications and statusing of resources along with methods for paying individuals and equipment.  Topics will also include fire business practices pertinent to local government such as documenting time, billing packets and new changes for 2022.

Statewide Training

David Hamilton, Training, Safety and Workforce Development Program Manager, DNRC

David will speak to DNRC’s, and other’s, training programs today and where they are heading.  Topics will cover how to access local, state and out of state training courses for routine courses and planned future opportunities.  He will also speak to the variety of funding sources that support local government training.  Dialog on training needs and long term goals is encouraged.

Resource Mobilization Tools

Cory Calnan, County Co-op Fire Program Manager, DNRC

Jason Jarrett, Mutual Aid Program Manager, MSPOA

Jake Ganieany, Response Bureau Chief, MT DES

Cory will speak to the Critical Mission Task Force process utilized largely for the first time in 2021 to move local government fire resources for surge capacity.  Jason will cover the Sheriff’s new mutual system utilized 14 times in 2021.  Jake with speak to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact that brought wildfire resources into Montana for the first time in 2021.  They will explain the programs, how your agencies participate and access these programs.  We’ll also conduct a discussion with conference attendees on how these programs can be supported and expanded in the future.

Large Fire Coordination

Rich Cowger, Vice Chair, Northern Rockies Coordinating Group

Corey Lewellen, District Ranger, Custer Gallatin National Forest

Erik Eneboe, Unit Manager, DNRC

John Thompson, Incident Commander, Bureau of Land Management

The Panel will provide insight and perspective on how to ensure your local agencies are adequately engaged and connected during large incidents, either in your own jurisdiction or in an adjacent area.  Large fires typically affect many agencies and are challenging to coordinate with everyone.  What can you expect and what should you do on your side to secure that coordination.

Local Extended Attack Fires

Cory Calnan, County Co-op Fire Program Manager, DNRC

David Hamilton, Training, Safety and Workforce Development Program Manager, DNRC

Adriane Beck, Director, Missoula Office of Emergency Services

Erik Eneboe, Unit Manager, DNRC

This panel will speak to how your County supports an escalating incident and it’s roles.  They will cover what a County Assist means and doesn’t mean, how your county “remains engaged” and do you have a role in the Delegation of Authority.  Also, what resources can you access, where do they come from, and how can your jurisdiction help sustain them.

Hosting a Project Fire

Brian Nickolay, Deputy Fire Warden, Gallatin County

Nate Bashkirew, Deputy Fire Warden, Gallatin County

Patrick Lonergan, Chief of EM & Fire, Gallatin County

This panel will cover the Bridger Foothills Fire that became Montana’s second most destructive fire, in terms of destroyed buildings, in two operational periods.  Over a period of three weeks the incident transitioned 4 times from Type 3 to Type 1 to Type 2 and back to Type 3.  They will provide their combined lessons learned from this fire from an operational, incident commander and agency administrator level.  They had planned for some considerations that worked great, others that didn’t, and some items that were unexpected or exceeded their capacity.  On top of all conditions aligning to create massive fire behavior, a burn over with shelter deployment occurred.

Incident Within an Incident

Dan Steffensen, Firefighter, Red Lodge Fire Rescue

Mike Maltaverne, Deputy Chief, Bozeman Fire Department

David Hamilton, Training, Safety and Workforce Development Program Manager, DNRC

Dan will share his story of being burned over during the 2021 Harris Fire resulting in extensive burns and road to recovery.  Mike and Dave will cap this off with a discussion on what Montana can do better to support future incidents.

Damage Assessment and Repopulation

Brett Schroetlin, Sheriff, Grand County Colorado

Brett will speak to the East Troublesome Fire that burned 193,812 acres, 366 residences and 214 outbuildings over three days in late October 2020 in Colorado.  Brett will provide an overview of the fire, but focus on their process for conducting damage assessments at that scale and the challenges in repopulating the communities.

After the Incident

Jake Ganieany, Bureau Chief, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Joanne Marceau, DNRC Fire Business


Joe Wojton, MT VOAD

Presenters will speak to recovery activities for both agencies and the community after the fire is out.  A multitude of programs exist, but the perception and reality of these programs are often not well understood.  Often, non profit organizations will provide the quickest support to your affected community.

Venue Information

Delta Hotels Marriott Helena Colonial

2301 Colonial Drive

Helena, MT 59601

(406) 443-2100

Room Block:  2022 Fire Wardens Conference

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