Steve Miller, OFE
Fire Chief, Ross Township Fire Department – has 39 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 Logistic Section Chief 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 and Hurricane Irma.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. 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 37 years and is the proud parent of Ashley and Chris Miller.
Ross Township Fire Department (RTFD) is a combination department that covers 36 square miles and protects 9,000 citizens.The department employs one full time chief, 38 part time firefighters/EMT’s, 12 volunteer firefighter/EMT’s and 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.