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HILLARD

Shane Hillard, a 19-year Sylvania Township firefighter has been appointed to be what is probably the first fire marshal in the department.

The position was created, in part, to take over the duties of recently-retired Deputy Chief Michael Froelich.

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Nye told Sylvania Township trustees that Mr. Hillard has been the department’s fire inspector for the last three years and began handling the duties of Chief Froelich since his retirement in January.

The move is one of a number of changes in the organization since the retirement. None have involved outside hiring.

Chief Nye said he doesn’t think the department has ever had anyone with the title of fire marshal, although it could have existed years ago.

The marshal’s job, as earlier described by Chief Mike Ramm will be to head the office of Community Risk Reduction.

The job involves insuring safety measures for existing structures and reviewing building and site plans for construction projects. The office is also expected to provide general safety and fire prevention education programs.

The marshal is also responsible for determining the cause of any fire that does occur in the district.

 

Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  March 10, 2020

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