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Newark Fire Department Assistant Chief's

The Human Resources Division is managed by Assistant Chief Patrick Connor (pconnor AT newarkohio DOT net). He has been with the division for 20 years and is currently assigned to a forty hour week as the Administrative Assistant Chief. He holds an associate’s degree in Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Franklin University. He is a member of IAFF, IAFC, and Ohio Fire Chief’s Association .Chief Connor is certified as a paramedic, fire instructor, Certified Fire Safety Inspector (CFSI) and fire investigator. He also is the Assistant Fire Chief of the Newton Township Fire Department and a flight paramedic (FP-C) for Air Evac Lifeteam of Licking County, Ohio.


The compliance division is managed by Assistant Chief David Decker (ddecker AT newarkohio DOT net). Chief Decker is a 23 year veteran with the division and currently is the one unit shift commander. He is a 1989 graduate of Newark High School and has certifications as a paramedic, fire investigator, Certified Fire Safety Inspector (CFSI) and fire instructor. He also maintains certifications as a flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam in Licking County, Ohio. Chief Decker recently trained the officers of the division in Blue Card Incident Command, a nationally accepted incident command model.


The Operations Division is managed by Assistant Chief Tom O’Brien (tobrien AT newarkohio DOT net). During his 28 year career with the department, he has served as compliance chief, HAZ-MAT coordinator, paramedic, member of the equipment specification committee, member of the IAFF executive board, and currently serves as shift supervisor, operations chief and accreditation manager.

Tom teaches fire science at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, was the fire training coordinator at the local vocational school, and has taught at FDIC.  He has an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Hocking College and a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration.

Tom recently received his Chief Fire Officer designation and is a MIFireE.  Tom has also been doing accreditation visits for CPSE/CFAI for the last 7 years and has served as a team leader for numerous departments. He is a member of IAFF, IAFC, Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, and is an active member of Rotary. He resides in Newark, Ohio.


The Logistics Division is managed by Asst. Chief John Clouse (jclouse AT newarkohio DOT net). He is a 25 year veteran of the department and is responsible for maintaining the buildings and fleet. He is also responsible for all of the equipment purchases and tracking of these items. Chief Clouse currently resides in Somerset, Ohio with his three daughters and wife, Alicia. He has been the Chief of Somerset Volunteer Fire Department since 1998.