Kalispell hires new fire chief

Kalispell has a new fire chief and for Dan Pearce, it’s a homecoming of sorts.

Pearce spent several years in Kalispell, from 1990 to 1999.

He worked as a home health care provider with Kalispell Medical Equipment and as a firefighter and paramedic as well as a hazardous materials technician for Flathead County.

“I’m happy to be back in Kalispell,” Pearce said during a phone interview Wednesday. “It’s very rewarding for me and I will retire here.”