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Missoula gets new fire chief

On Monday the Missoula City Council confirmed Jeff Brandt as the new fire chief.

On Monday the Missoula City Council confirmed Jeff Brandt as the new fire chief.

The former fire chief retired in June.

Brandt started his fire career in 1982 as a part-time volunteer and was hired by the Missoula Fire Department in 1992.

For the last six years Brandt has been the department’s assistant chief of operations.

“My dad was a firefighter and grew up in that life. He was a volunteer firefighter, but it’s something I always wanted to do and knew since the beginning. There's an excitement of the thrill of being in a fire and obviously the ability to help the community out,” Brandt said.

The city says Brandt will be paid close to $123,000 a year, the same as the previous chief.

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