Derek Yeager

Chief Officers & Support Staff
Title: 911 Communication Center Manager
Phone: (406)657-8444

Derek joined the Billings Fire Department as the Director of the Joint City/County Emergency Communications Center in late 2020 after serving almost 22 years in the professional wildland fire service. Derek began as an entry-level wildland firefighter and progressed through the ranks to the position of Fire Management Officer, while holding certifications as a nationally recognized Incident Commander and Montana State Fire Warden. He was an integral leadership figure in the development of the local wildland fire response and operational dispatch network as their coordinator. Derek has worked wildland fire positions for local, state, and federal agencies across 22 states and 3 countries (USA, Mexico, and Canada), including time spent on engines, hand crews, aerial borne crews, specialty teams, and various command and general staff positions. Derek was a key member in multi-agency coordinating groups and led numerous multi-discipline coordinating efforts across the area for nearly 10 years. Derek spends his free time enjoying his family and the great outdoors.


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