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Steve Pegram
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  • Goshen, OH
  • United States
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Lives in:
Goshen Township
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Budget, Staffing, Training, Succession Planning, Strategic Planning, Mutual Aid, Fleet and Equipment replacement, growth, fire prevention, growing number of calls and working fires.
Professional Qualifications:
Chief Fire Officer (CFO)
Ohio Fire Executive (OFE)
Topics you provide training for:
Training, Strategic Planning, Principals of Modern Fire Attack, "First 365 days as a new Chief Officer" (FDIC Program).
Areas of expertise:
Training, Budget, Staffing, Grants
Steve Pegram was appointed as Chief of Goshen Township Fire and EMS in 2009. In addition to his duties as Chief in Goshen Chef Pegram is active in both local and national fire service organizations. Chief Pegram currently serves as President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). Chief Pegram is also an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety and Health section, and currently represents this organization on a National Fire Protection Association (IAFC) task force reviewing the design and implementation of a safety and training program for firefighters on hybrid and electric cars.
Chief Pegram was born and raised in Brooklyn NY however he started his fire service career in the suburbs of Philadelphia Pennsylvania while still in high school. Soon after high school Chief Pegram moved to New Jersey where he attended college and served as fire inspector for Princeton NJ as well as Fire Chief in Pennington NJ . In 1997 Chef Pegram moved to Mason , OH where he was the Deputy Fire Chief until October of 2000. From 2000 - 2007 Chief Pegram served as the Training Officer and Shift Commander for the Loveland Symmes FD in Loveland , OH and from 2007 – 2009 he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Xenia Ohio.
Chief Pegram has an Associated Degree in Fire Science Mercer College in Trenton NJ and a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University . Chief Pegram is a 1998 graduate of the National Fire Service Staff and Command School , and he has completed multiple courses thru the National Fire Academy. In 2013 Chief Pegram earned the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) credential from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and in 2014 he graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive Program earning the designation of OFE. Chief Pegram served on the editorial board for Fire Rescue Magazine for ten years, has published more than 25 articles pertaining to fire service operations and teaches locally and nationally on fire and EMS related topics, including FDIC 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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“STOP THE MADNESS, What we are and are not listening to”

So once again a short video clip of a fire has created a great stir in the world of the Internet. The latest video came from California and shows crews operating on a working fire in what appears to be an auto repair shop. Immediately the Internet safety zealots started posting “They should NEVER be on that roof” or “We would NEVER do that at a fire, it’s dangerous!” Many of…


Posted on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

“We don't fight as many fires as we use to kid”, is that right anymore?

We often hear during training “we don't have fires anymore” we have all gotten so use to saying this that we do so without really knowing the truth of the statistics. Just prior to his untimely death Glenn Gaines, Deputy US Fire Administrator made a comment during a conference call of fire service leadership that I thought was a warning to us all. Chief Gaines basically said that a lot of people don't realize that residential structure fires are, and have been increasing every year for the…


Posted on August 11, 2015 at 7:00am

Whats missing from the conversation?

2014 was an exciting year for me personally and professionally. At home, my wife was saved by a lifesaving double lung transplant, my FD got a new tax levy passed that will allow us to purchase desperately needed equipment, increase staffing and create additional officer positions, and I served my first year as President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  This position has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing firefighters, fire officers, instructors…

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 4:58pm

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At 9:41pm on October 11, 2009, Chris A. Niswander said…
Going well, just went past the three year mark as chief. As with everywhere things are tight, but we haven't lost any staffing. I'm teaching at Bowling Green/State Fire School this week..pretty much my usual twice a year gig.
At 12:07pm on October 9, 2009, Chris A. Niswander said…
Steve, I just read about your new position. Welcome to the club!

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