Two Retirements and a Promotion at Chinook Fire Department


February 15, 2023

Kraig Hansen, Scott Gallus and Preston Gilmore pose in front of the Chinook Fire Department's Command Vehicle put in to service in March, 2022. Kraig has retired, after 20 years, as the Fire Chief for the Chinook Department. Scott Gallus, currently an Assistant Chief, will be the new Chinook Fire Chief effective mid-February. Preston Gilmore retired with 20 years of service from the department last October. He most recently served as an Assistant Chief.

Kraig Hansen retired as Fire Chief for the City of Chinook and Blaine County Fire Department on January 31, 2023. Hansen served for 20 years as Chief of the Chinook department and was Chief in Harlem for 13 years before joining the Chinook organization. His retirement capped a 47 year career as a volunteer firefighter. He will continue as Fire Warden for Blaine County.

Early in October, 2022, Preston Gilmore retired after 20 years with the department. For "about the last four years" Gilmore was an Assistant Chief. He shared that his connection to firefighting began more than 20 years ago wh...

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