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Tom is the Deputy Fire Chief responsible for EMS Operations and Community Relations. In this role, he chairs the department’s EMS Committee, EMS training (classroom and on-line), EMS electronic reporting, medical quality assurance program, AED/CPR programs, SWAT and Bike paramedic programs, public education/public relations and is the pre-hospital care liaison for the department. Some of his shared responsibilities with Deputy Chief McCreadie include attendance at STR meetings, plan reviews for new construction, inspection of new construction, accident reviews, EMS complaint resolution and new employee orientation.
In addition, Tom also retains responsibility for fire grant applications and will now take on EMS grant application work as well. Since 2004, he has applied for and successfully received several million dollars in grants that have been used to purchase turnout gear, radios, SCBA, and cardiac monitor/defibrillators, and hire four new career Firefighter/Paramedics through a SAFER grant.. Background Tom's fire career with Fairfield began in December 1993 when he was hired as a part-time Firefighter/EMT. He became a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in April 1999 and was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2007. In October 2017, Tom was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. Education is one of the key's to Tom's success at Fairfield. He graduated from Colerain High School in 1987 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications Management from the University of Dayton in 1991. Tom is a 2010 graduate of the 2.5-year Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) Program put on by the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association. In December 2015, Tom graduated from Lewis University with a Master's Degree in Public Safety Administration. On March 21, 2017, Tom was awarded his Fire Officer Designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Prior to his full-time position with the Fairfield Fire Department, Tom worked at the Fernald Environmental Management Project for Westinghouse initially and then for Fluor Daniel in their Multimedia Visual Services Division from 1989 to 1999. While there, he was responsible for all aspects of video production including script writing, videography and editing. During his tenure at Fernald, he obtained his Professional Firefighter Level II, EMT and Hazardous Materials Technician certifications. Tom was a member of the plant's Emergency Response Team and later in his career moved over to the Fire & Safety Division as a Fire Inspector. Tom was named Firefighter of the year in 2006 by the Fairfield Exchange club. In 2008, he was awarded a City of Fairfield Star award. In 2009, he was awarded the State of Ohio Star of Life. Tom currently holds the following certifications: Professional Firefighter Level II, EMT-Paramedic Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Basic Fire Investigator, Ice Rescue Technician/Instructor, Incident Safety Officer, Firefighter to Company Officer Training, Fire Officer I, II, and III, Haz Mat Officer, Haz Mat Safety Officer, Bike Medic, Rescue Technician (Trench/Rope/Collapse), and Incident command System 300/400 Instructor. A member of the Butler County Technical Rescue Team and Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Unit, he is also a medic assigned to the Hamilton-Fairfield SWAT Team.