Billings Has A New Fire Chief: Welcome William Rash

March 1, 2018




Syndicated by: Montana News                                         

Mr. William Rash has been appointed as Billings Fire Chief, effective immediately, City Administrator Bruce McCandless announced Thursday, March 1, 2018. Mr. Rash has been serving as the Interim Fire Chief since Chief Paul Dextras’ retirement on July 5, 2017. 


McCandless stated, “I’m genuinely impressed with Chief Rash’s knowledge and experience.  He served effectively as Interim Chief for 8 months; a long time to be in a transitional role that has many challenges.  Bill has demonstrated that he is a valuable leader in the Billings community and I’m pleased that he has agreed to be our next Fire Chief.”


Chief Rash has served both Montana Law Enforcement and Montana Fire Service for the past forty years. 


His service began in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter with the Central Valley Fire District, Belgrade while employed as a deputy sheriff for Gallatin County.  Chief Rash has served in all functions of the fire service including serving as fire chief at Central Valley Fire District (formerly Belgrade City/Rural Fire), Lewistown City Fire and Lockwood Rural Fire District.


He was appointed as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Billings Fire Department in June 2014. 


Chief Rash has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration along with numerous other certifications.  Chief Rash’s professional affiliations include membership with the International Assn. of Fire Chiefs, Montana Fire Chief’s Assn. and the Yellowstone County Fire Council. 


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