Congratulations Assistant Chief Chris Johns, OFE, OFC!: Assistant Chief Chris Johns was recently granted the Ohio Fire Chief (OFC) designated by the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association.  This designation seeks to provide independent verification and certification of the Fire Chiefs in the state.  Each applicant is measured against a predetermined set of standards and the applicants are subsequently reviewed by a panel of chief’s peers statewide. “The OFC credential seeks to affirm to government officials, agencies, and most importantly, the public that the chief serves that the person earning it is truly qualified to hold such position as determined by an independent body,” said Chief Steve Miller.  “It is one thing to believe you have what it takes to do the job. It is quite another to be able to demonstrate that your peers recognize that you are qualified.  This credential is the vehicle to do just that.” Please join us in congratulating Assistant Chief Chris Johns, OFE, OFC.


Congratulations to Cpt. Jared Morris, OFE

Captain Jared Morris graduated on April 16, 2021 from the Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) Program, an intensive, two-and-a-half year executive education program geared towards administrative fire officers. Graduation was at the OFCA training facility in Columbus.

The OFE program is administered by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation and the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, the statewide trade association for fire officers in Ohio.

Captain Morris began the program in the fall of 2019, as part of the 19th class of OFE. Joining him were 22 other officers from fire departments across Ohio.

Graduation from the OFE program signifies one of the highest levels of achievement in the profession. The OFE is designed to provide fire and emergency service officers with the educational experience focused on the development of executive skills used by effective leaders. As a member of the 19th class of OFE, Captain Morris is among an elite group of officers in Ohio to successfully complete the program.

During the five weeks of in-residence classes, and during the interim between those weeks, the program requires in-depth participation in a significant number of learning modules. In part, participants are required to read books and case studies, write several papers, present in-class speeches, develop an organizational strategic plan and complete a research project. The program is taught by accomplished instructors from both within and outside of the fire service including from academia and consultants.

Captain Morris joins Assistant Chief Chris Johns (Class 16) and Chief Steve Miller (Class 9) as OFE graduates

Captain Morris has also completed the Fire Officer I and II certification through the State of Ohio. He currently has certifications for Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Emergency Paramedic, and as a Level II Firefighter.