By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Fire Board approves chief salary, increased budget


The Seeley Fire District Board approved a 3% raise for its chief, approved its budget for next year, while call numbers for the agency are expected to surpass 2022 in the coming months.

For 2022, the rural fire department responded to 95 calls. For 2023, 91 calls have been placed so far, according to Fire Chief Dave Lane.

“It’s been picking up a bit,” Lane said.

The fire board unanimously approved Lane’s salary to $77,845. That is below the average fire chief pay in the state of Montana, according to board member Jon Kimble. The median pay for a fire chief in Montana is $84,161.


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