Franklin Twp. selects local resident as new fire chief

Franklin Twp. trustees have opted to select a veteran firefighter and a local resident as its new fire chief.

Township Trustees announced at its Wednesday meeting they plan to hire Thomas Snively to lead the township fire department. He was selected from a field of 29 applicants.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the community of Franklin Township,” Snively said. “There is strong sense of community pride in Franklin Township Fire Division and it’s an honor to be a part of the team that has so much passion about serving this community. I’m looking forward to building on the many successes of the past while striving to build an optimal emergency delivery system for the future.”

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A Franklin Twp. resident, Snively is a 26-year veteran of the fire service and has risen through the ranks of firefighter, apparatus operator, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, and is currently the assistant chief with the Middletown Division of Fire.

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He holds state certifications as a Firefighter II, an EMT-P, fire inspector, and fire instructor. Snively is a graduate of Sinclair Community College where he received an associate’s degree in EMS and Fire Administration and the state of Ohio Fire Executive program.

Township Administrator Traci Stivers will be negotiating with Snively in the coming days to reach an agreement acceptable to the township and Snively. As a part-time fire chief, Snively will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, and a maximum of 1,500 hours per year in accordance with state law. She also said that Snively will continue his full-time job as Middletown’s assistant fire chief.

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It is not unusual in the fire service for career firefighters and officers to concurrently serve as part-time chiefs for smaller volunteer township and community fire departments.

Snively will succeed Kevin Jennings who was a fire captain before the trustees appointed him as the interim township fire chief on Oct. 2 following the resignation for retirement of former fire chief Steve Bishop on Sept. 28.

Stivers said there will be several opportunities for the community to meet the incoming chief in the coming weeks. Those dates will be announced at a later date.

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