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Fire Chief Mike Cech

Chief Mike Cech, a long time veteran of Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue assumed the position of Chief on November 1, 2010.  A firefighter and first responder, Chief Cech has been excited to take the helm.
"This is a great organization with volunteers dedicated to providing the best possible service to our residents," he says.  "We have strived to give our firefighters the best training and equipment to do this important work."

Chief Cech, an electrical engineer and construction manager for local utility, Northwestern Energy, lives in the district and has raised three children there along with his wife, Meg.

"Gallatin County has a great fire and rescue infrastructure and together with our partners, we look forward to being there when our residents need us most."

You can reach Chief Cech at mjcech@msn.com

Assistant Chief for Operations, Steve Buckner

Assistant Chief Buckner has served Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue since 2006 and as Assistant Chief for Operations since February 2013.  His duties include overseeing the department’s operating procedures, equipment, training and maintenance of department vehicles.

Buckner, an owner of TownSquareUS who provides Chamber members with resources to enhance their customer communications, lives in the district and is raising his 5 children there along with his wife, Ann.

"Fort Ellis personnel train very hard, while at the same time, have fun enjoying each other's company.  I think the quality of our response efforts are indicative of those factors.  I am most appreciate in my time with Fort Ellis Fire, of the ability to work along side an amazing amount of very talented people within the department.  Our district has been truly blessed with the quality people we have protecting us."

Assistant Chief for Administration and Personnel, Buck Taylor

Overseeing the recruitment and retention of personnel, as well as being the department’s medical officer, Assistant Chief Taylor has been with the department since 2001.  He started with Fort Ellis interested in providing EMS, something he has done for more than 20 years, and found he really enjoys the fire side as well.

"Being a part of the fire service is a real commitment to try to keep up on everything that falls to the fire service today to attempt to mitigate from fires and motor vehicle crashes to medical needs and hazardous materials response," he said.  "However being in a position to help someone during their worst time is a tremendous feeling."

A nationally-registered EMT-basic (with endorsements), Assistant Chief Taylor works as a healthcare administrator.  He lives in central Bozeman with his wife and two children.
You can reach Chief Taylor at btaylor@fortellisfire.org

Assistant Chief for Stuff, Fred Cady
 Chief-Retired Fred Cady continues to serve the Department as Assistant Chief of most everything else. Fred joined the department in 1996 and was chief from 2000 to 2009. His interests are to continue to respond as a command coach and mentor and to continue the development of written policies and operation guides. He is working to make the Fire Services Area's insurance ratings better that will result in lower insurance costs for residents. Fred is also active in County emergency communications.

"I've really enjoyed my time with Fort Ellis Fire Department and the general fire community in Gallatin County.  It's an incredible feeling to be able to help people in their time of need."
You can each Chief Cady at fcady@fortellisfire.org.