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Lives in:
Mansfield, Ohio
Madison Township Fire Department
Chief of Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Funding (What else?), Staffing and Equipment are improving but we do have some technical and procedural areas that need some work. We have a top-notch training officer, I just wish I had more funds to send his way.
Professional Qualifications:
Ohio Firefighter 2
HazMat Technician
Ohio Fire Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
Fire & Safety Services Instructor
Fire Officer 1
Fire Officer 2
Firefighter 1A, 1 & 2
Command & Tactics
Areas of expertise:
Officer level training
Firefighter certification training
Safety & Survival
Age 48, appointed Chief of Department August 16, 2006. 16 years in the fire service preceeded by 13 years in law enforcement (sorry). Chairman of the county 911 technical advisory committee. 2007 Honorary Dean, Bowling Green State University/State Fire School, BGSU State Fire School Advisory Board
Instructor Bowling Green State University/State Fire School
Adjunct Instructor: University of Akron-Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials
Adjunct Instructor: Madison Adult Education- Fire Training Section

Married, three children and two step-children (almost all out of the nest).
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At 9:06pm on October 11, 2009, Steve Pegram said…
Thnaks Chris, how are things up north?

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