Lakamp has been with the Cincinnati Fire Department since 1996, and Fairfield City Manager Scott Timmer said he “brings a tremendous amount of expertise, skill, and operational knowledge to Fairfield.”
He holds a Master of Arts in Securities Studies (Homeland Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering. He’s also been a featured speaker at various fire service professional organization events and earned a number of awards, including the City of Cincinnati’s Fire Chief’s Award in 2016 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2015.
Lakamp has assisted other Greater Cincinnati fire departments through initiatives, like the design and implementation of training programs that were adopted by various departments across Hamilton County, Fairfield said.
Fairfield is in the transition of converting its fire department from a combination service to a professional service, meaning they are converting all part-time positions to full-time ones. This is being done because of the difficulty of finding firefighters to fill spots because there are too many full-time fire jobs elsewhere.
Timmer said Lakamp’s “expertise and guidance will be very beneficial” during the transition.
“Filling critical vacancies is vital to the success of any city, the opportunity to bring on a high-caliber individual who complements our current command staff will enable the department to enhance the service it provides to our community,” the city manager said, adding that he is confident Lakamp’s skillset and leadership experience “are directly in line with the needs of the department.”