Command Staff

Chief of Staff John L. Petrey

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Chief of Staff John Petrey joined Montgomery Fire/Rescue in August of 1986. Upon completion of his training academy, he was assigned as a suppression firefighter where he rose through the ranks. He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in April of 2011, and assigned to the Administrative Division. Chief Petrey was assigned the duties of Chief of Staff in October of 2012. As the Chief of Staff, Chief Petrey assists with the general management of the Fire Department through supervision and evaluation of various departments. Chief Petrey often represents the Department in matters of policy, rules, regulations, and law in the absence of the Fire Chief. Some of the other responsibilities of the Chief of Staff include administration of both city and departmental rules to maintain discipline, development of the department budget, attend and represent at city council meetings, and working with other city departments on both emergency and non-emergency agendas.

Chief of Staff Petrey is actively involved with several professional organizations at both the state and regional levels. A couple of his favorite quotes are: “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”, and “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

Chief of Operations Eddie D. Gauntt Jr.

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Chief of Operations Eddie Gauntt began his career with Montgomery Fire/Rescue in August of 1999. Chief Gauntt has experience in all areas of the fire service having worked in the Suppression Division, Emergency Medical Services Division, and Training Division. Most recently, he has led the Inspections and Investigations Division after he was promoted to Assistant Chief in February of 2018. Chief Gauntt has earned an Associate's Degree in Drafting and Design, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration, and a Master's in Public Administration.

In July of 2018, Chief Gaunt was selected to become the Chief of Operations of Montgomery Fire/Rescue. As the Chief of Operations, Chief Gauntt directs the daily operation of the Suppression, EMS, and Special Operations Division. He also assists the Fire Chief in strategic planning and goal setting for departmental long-range needs with respect to administration, operations, and personnel. Among his other duties, he also manages the hiring process for all incoming employment candidates and directs the "Close Call Committee", which investigates any fire ground injuries and makes recommendations to prevent future similar incidents.