Leadership Team

  1. Fire Chief
  2. Assistant Fire Chief
  3. Fire Marshal
  4. Battalion Chiefs
  5. Training Chief
  6. 911 Manager
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    Pepper Valdez

    Fire Chief

    Chief Valdez has 27 years of experience in emergency services. He started his career as an EMT and paramedic before joining the Billings Fire Department almost 23 years ago. In January of 1999, Valdez joined the BFD, where he advanced through every rank serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and now, Fire Chief. Valdez has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montana State University-Billings. Chief Valdez is also a nationally registered paramedic. Chief Valdez has been a resident of Billings for 27 years and is married with two children where he enjoys sports and watching his children participate in extracurricular activities.