Bozeman Fire Department (MT)
Chief Josh Waldo was appointed as the 13th fire chief of the Bozeman Fire Department on August 24, 2015. In his role as Fire Chief, Chief Waldo oversees the day to day operational, planning, and community risk reduction efforts of 49 employees, working out of three fire stations.
Prior to his arrival in Bozeman, Chief Waldo served as the Deputy Fire Chief of the Oak Ridge Fire Department in Oak Ridge, TN from 2007 – 2015 and served with the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department from 2001-2015. Chief Waldo holds a B.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Fire Science Engineering & Technology and a M.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. Chief Waldo is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and holds three professional designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Chief Waldo was the recipient of 2017 CPSE Ambassador of the Year award and was selected as the 2013 Tennessee Fire Educator of the Year.
Aside from his duties as Fire Chief, Chief Waldo currently serves as the Chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Program Planning Committee, sits on the Board of Directors for the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association, serves on the Western Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors and has served as a peer reviewer for the CPSE Commission for Professional Credentialing since 2013. Chief Waldo has authored numerous professional articles, served as a technical advisor for fire service textbooks and standards, and presented educational lectures and seminars across the country.
Chief Waldo is married to his wife Cindy and they have a son Wyatt.