Chris Nye has been promoted to the newly-established position of assistant chief of the Sylvania Township Fire Department. That and other changes in the department were recently approved by the Sylvania Township trustees.

Chief Nye has been deputy chief of operations in the department
since his promotion to that position in 2017. He began in the department as a volunteer in 1989.

He became a full-time member in 1994, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2004. He also served as president of the firefighter union, Local 2243 for 16 years.

Chief Mike Ramm said he will not fill the deputy chief position made vacant by the promotion, nor will he fill that slot left vacant with the recent retirement of then Deputy Chief Mike Froelich.

Many of the duties of that post will be taken over by someone who will be named to fill the new rank of fire marshal.

Chief Ramm said he has also created the position of battalion chief. Each of the three new battalion chiefs will be in charge of one of the three shifts of firefighters needed to man the department on a 24-hour basis.

Promoted to those ranks are Steve Kahan, Michael Szafarowicz and Chad Morris.

Chief Ramm said he recognized there may be a period of time for everyone to become comfortable with the new command structure, but that he is confident it will result in clearer lines of authority and
responsibility and will create a more efficient department.

To fill the slots for lieutenants made vacant by the promotions to battalion chiefs, Chief Ramm promoted three firefighters to lieutenants. Those promoted are Ian Kelsey, Ryan Sedlock and Michael Cook.

The chief said the new structure will be put into effect in early March.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  February 26, 2020

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