Randy is the Deputy Fire Chief responsible for Fire Operations and Fire Training. In this role, he chairs the department’s Training Division, which includes developing and scheduling daily fire trainings for the entire department, overseeing orientation for new employees, conducting bike medic training and driver’s training, and maintaining responsibility for the department’s training complex located on Groh Lane.
Randy is also responsible for annual equipment testing such as fire hydrants, fire apparatus pumps, fire hoses and ladders. He also is the head of the department’s Respiratory Protection Program, which includes annual performance testing of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus and facepiece fit testing of all personnel.
Some of his shared responsibilities with Deputy Chief Wagner include attendance at STR meetings, plan reviews for new construction, inspection of new construction, accident reviews, EMS complaint resolution and new employee orientation.
Randy's career with the City of Fairfield began in 1999 when he was hired as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. He has performed many jobs within the Department since, including stocking EMS supplies and servicing the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). He was promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant in 2007, promoted to the rank of Captain in April of 2016, and to his current rank of Deputy Chief in October of 2017.
Randy graduated from Ross High School in 1994 and the University of Cincinnati Paramedic Program in 2001, where he finished in the top five in his class. He has attended multiple classes through the Ohio Fire Academy as well as the National Fire Academy. Randy graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive Program in 2011.
Prior to his full-time position with the Department, Randy was a volunteer firefighter for Morgan Township, where he started in 1994. He also was a part-time firefighter/paramedic with Green Township in western Hamilton County from 1996-2001.
Randy is a charter member of the department's Honor Guard and Paramedic Bike Team, which were established in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Randy serves as a Paramedic Bicycle Patrol Instructor. He earned this instructor certification through IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) in 2009. Randy currently is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials unit and the Butler County Technical Rescue Team.
He earned the Star of Life Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2008 for his role in saving the life of a motorcycle crash victim. In 2009, Randy was named Firefighter of the Year by the Kiwanis Club. He also received the Fairfield Star Award in 2010 for his service above and beyond his normal duties.