Steve Miller, OFE
Fire Chief, Ross Township Fire Department – has 45 years in the fire service, serving on volunteer, combination and career departments. Chief Miller started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Millville Fire Department in 1978. Miller was appointed Captain of the department in 1982 and held that position until 1992 when he was appointed to the position of Chief. Chief Miller was employed at the Department of Energy Site Fernald as a Senior Firefighter Response Specialist from 1987 until 2004. During that time Miller took advantage of the opportunities that Fernald provided to him to advance himself in the fire service. Chief Miller obtained his professional fire certification, became a state certified fire safety inspector, a state fire instructor, an Arson investigator, hazmat specialist, and is BERT Certified. Chief Miller was one of the original members of the Hamilton County USAR team and was a member of the Ohio Task Force One USAR member for a brief time. Miller obtained the full-time position of Chief of the Ross Township Fire Department when Ross and Millville Fire Departments merged operations in 2004. Miller attended the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive “Class 9” program where he was the recipient of an OFE superior achievement on his research “Feasibility Study of the Installation of Fire Flow Hydrants and Water Mains Throughout Ross Township” Chief Miller is the Incident Commander for the State of Ohio/Butler County Incident Management Team. He has served in that capacity at natural disasters such as Hurricane Irene, Clermont County Ohio Tornado, Black Forest Colorado Wildland fires, Civil Un-rest, Baltimore Maryland, 2016 Blizzard, Baltimore Maryland, Hurricanes Irma, Michael, Ida, Ian, and the train derailment at East Palestine Ohio. Chief Miller is an Executive Board Member of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, Board Member of the Butler County Technical Rescue Team, and is a member of the Training Advisory Board for the Colerain Twp. Fire & EMS Department. Chief Miller is also a consultant with the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association providing innovative, unbiased and solutions to Fire Departments throughout the State of Ohio. He is a member with the National Fire Protection Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, the Butler County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Ohio Firefighters Association. He believes strongly in community service and sees that as a strong commitment by the personnel of the Ross Twp. Fire Dept. Chief Miller has been married to his wife Alisa for over 43 years and is the proud parents of Ashley and Chris Miller.
Chris Johns, OFE, OFC
Assistant Chief Johns has 30 years in the fire service, beginning in 1993 with Millville Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT. Johns was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and retained that rank after the Ross Township/Millville Fire Department Merger in 2004. In 2008, Johns was promoted to Captain, and in 2018 was promoted to Assistant Chief. Johns holds certifications as a Level 2 Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, CPR Instructor, Fire Investigator, and has completed the Fire Officer I through IV classes. Chief Johns is a member of the Butler County Incident Management Team, Butler County Fire Investigation Team, the Butler County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association. Johns holds an Associate’s Degree from Sinclair Community College in Fire Science Technology-Fire Administration Option, a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Fire Protection Administration, and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program. In 2023 he was granted the Ohio Fire Chief (OFC) designation by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. He is a 2008 recipient of the Ohio Star of Life Award, and in 2012 received the Syrian Shrine Firefighter Award for Burn Prevention for his involvement with fire prevention and education. Chief Johns and his wife Kathy have four children, Kayli, Alex, Ally, and Grayce.
Jared Morris is an exceptional fire and life safety professional with a distinguished 19-year career within the Ross Township Fire Department. As a steadfast and committed individual, Jared has risen through the ranks to his current position as Captain, where he manages the Division of Fire Operations.
Jared’s passion for fire and life safety has been unwavering since the beginning of his career. His unrelenting dedication to his craft is evident not only through his numerous years of service but also through his continuous pursuit of knowledge. Currently, on the cusp of completing his bachelor’s degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati, Jared showcases his commitment to being a lifelong learner in the field of public safety.
Among his many accomplishments, Jared proudly graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive program, Class 19. This accomplishment speaks to his desire for personal and professional growth, as well as his aspiration to attain the highest standards of leadership within his field. Jared’s ability to seamlessly blend theoretical knowledge with practical experience has made him a well-respected fire and safety community authority.
Throughout his service with the Ross Township Fire Department, Jared has demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead and inspire his team. His innovative approach to problem-solving, coupled with in-depth knowledge of fire and life safety, has played a pivotal role in enhancing the department’s operational efficiency and overall effectiveness.
Beyond his role as a fire and safety professional, Jared is a devoted family member and community advocate. He understands the importance of serving as a role model and continually contributes to improving his local community. With a heart of dedication and a mind of expertise, Jared remains a shining example of excellence in the fire and safety industry, leaving an unforgettable mark on his colleagues and the community he serves.
Ross Township Fire Department (RTFD) is a combination department that covers 36 square miles and protects 9,000 citizens.The department provides services from two stations located at the northern and southern borders of Ross Township.
The department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire inspections, and fire prevention. The department holds an Insurance Service Office (ISO) combination rating of 3/3Y in Ross Township and a rating of 3 in the Village of Millville. The rating of 3 in the township only applies to structures that are within 1000 feet of a hydrant. A rating of 3Y applies to structures beyond 1000 feet.
Training of the Ross Township Fire Department provides firefighters with constant operational training. Firefighters receive a variety of general training courses including driver operator training, SCBA, equipment, general firefighter practices, natural gas emergencies, and hazmat situations just to name a few.
Our firefighters also get occasional training on subjects such as homeland security classes through FEMA, some of which are now required for all firefighters, arson investigation, landing zone operations for helicopter transport.
Live Burn training is also conducted whenever we get the opportunity. There is no better way for new recruits to get actual on the scene training under controlled situations, not to mention the fact that seasoned firefighters are in a never ending learning process.
Training is never complete for a firefighter! New technologies and methods of operation create a constant need for training, whether in the classroom or on the fire ground.