Robert Keller, Fire Chief
Chief Keller has served as the Chief of the Fire Department for Brimfield Township for the last eleven years. He has spent forty one years in total in the Fire Service and thirty eight years in the Emergency Medical Service. Chief Kellers Certfications includeLevel II Firefighter, Hazmat Technician, Fire Safety Inspector and EMT Intermediate. Memberships and P.C. Teams consist of P.C. Fire Chief’s Association, International Fire Chief’s Association, International Code of Council and National Fire Protections Association. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, reading and running.
Craig Mullaly, Assistant Chief
Assistant Chief Craig Mullaly is a ten year veteran of the Brimfield Township Fire Department. His ranking is Assistant Fire Chief and is also a trained paramedic. Craig’s certifications include Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Hazmat Technician, USAR Team, ACLS, PALS, ITLS, CPR and Fire Officer 1 and 2. During his off time, Craig enjoys sports, working out, outdoor activities, running and family.
Chris Morrison, Lieutenant
Lt. Chris Morrison started his career with the Brimfield Township fire Department in June of 1991 and became fulltime in 1997. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998. Chris is a graduate of the prestigious Ohio Fire Executive Program (Class VIII), a three year educational program administered by the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association and Emergency Services Foundation. This program instructs high potential aspiring chief officers the core principals of executive leadership and management.
Chris serves as secretary treasurer of the Portage Fire Prevention Association, and Treasurer of the IAFF Local 4031 – Brimfield Professional Firefighters. Chris is a Level II firefighter, Nationally Registered Paramedic whose other certifications include: Critical Care Paramedic certification, EMS Instructor, Fire Inspector and Hazardous Materials Technician. Chris is an active member of and serves as one of two team leaders for the Portage County Dept. of Homeland Security – Incident Management Assistance Team (PC-IMAT), he only county IMAT in the State of Ohio.
John Carter, Lieutenant
Lt. John Carter has been an active member of the Brimfield Township Fire Department for over twenty years. His training and certifications include Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Ohio Fire Academy, Fire Attack and Officer Classes, National Fire Academy Incident Command classes and management classes and Haz Mat Technician Team. During his spare time he enjoys canoeing, boating and skiing.
Mike Richards, Lieutenant
Lt. Mike Richards has been with the Brimfield Township Fire Department since January of 1997. Lieutenant Richards is a Level II Firefighter and also serves as a paramedic. His certifications include Officer I, Hazmat and USAR Tech. He enjoys spending time with his family when he is not serving the Residents of Brimfield. Mike is committed to health and wellness and is a certified Crossfit Trainer. You might even see him riding his Vespa around town.
Drew has been a Firefighter and Paramedic for Brimfield Township since November of 2007.
Drew’s certifications include Level II Firefighter and NCBIZT. During his spare time, Drew enjoys playing golf and football.
Connor has been with the Brimfield Township Fire Department since November 2007. In addition to being a Firefighter/Paramedic, Connor has the following certifications: Level II Firefighter, Hazmat Technician and currently in Dive Rescue Training. Connor enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a fan of the Cleveland Browns. Connor is also a proud member of the Portage County Water Rescue Team.
Ron has been a member of the Brimfield Township Fire Department since February 2010. His ranking includes Firefighter/Paramedic. Ron is a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns and participates in Cross Fit during his off time.
Ian is a Firefighter/Paramedic serving Brimfield Township since February 2010. Ian is also a member of the USAR Team.
Joe has been with the Brimfield Township Fire Department since February 2011. His certifications include; Firefighter, Paramedic, ACLS, PALS< ITLS, BLS and Hazmat. Joe is an extreme athlete who enjoys sports, working out, outdoor activities and lumberjacking. Eating is also a favorite past time.
Scott has been with the Brimfield Township Fire Department since February 2010. His certifications include; Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Hazmat, ACLS, RALS, BLS and confined space. Scott enjoys sports and music when he is not busy serving the residents of Brimfield Township.
Matt joined the Brimfield Township Fire Department in July of 2011. He is a Level II Firefighter and Paramedic. His certifications include; EMT-P, ITLS, ACLS, PALS, Hazmat Awareness and OFA Mobile Fire Lab. Matt has been in the fire service since 2009. Matt enjoys spending time with his friends and family during his time off. Some of his other interests include the outdoors, music and dodge ball.
Dan has been a full time member of the Brimfield Township Fire Department since October 2011. His ranking is Firefighter/Paramedic and is also a certified Hazmat Technician and Confined Space Specialist. Dan is additionally certified in CPR. His spare time is spent working out and conditioning.
Curtis Rhoades (C. J.)
Curtis started his career with the Brimfield Township Fire Department on February 2, 2011. His certifications include IFSAC, Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Hazmat, Fire Instructor and Fire Officer I. He enjoys family, golf, travel and outdoor activities. Curtis is also an active member of the Portage County Dive Team.
The Brimfield Township Fire Department was organized in 1934 as a volunteer fire department and was housed in the wood framed building now attached to teh current fire station and truck bays. Today, the fire department is staffed 24 hours a day by full-time firefighter/paramedics.
The fire department provides fire, rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) for the community and is equipped with two fire pumpers, one tanker truck, a crash rescue truck and two EMS units. State of the art advanced life support equipment (including defibrillators), are carried on both medical units and the crash rescue truck.
The fire department responds to over 1,200 calls for emergency service each year which includes structure fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle crashes, hazardous material releases, fire alarms and technical rescues. Non-emergency service is also provided and includes well being checks, blood pressure monitoring, invalid assistance, fire safety inspections, smoke and odor investigations, fire safety education and CPR classes. The department also participates as a partner with the Portage County Hazardous Materials Response Team, Urban Search and Rescue Team, and Water Rescue Team.
Fire safety education is taught in our elementary schools beginning at the kindergarten level. In particular, Freddie the Fire Truck, a remote controlled fire truck, is a guaranteed hit with children. Adult fire safety education is also available and includes fire extinguisher training, CPR and AED classes. Call the station to schedule a class if your organization is interested.
Our fire prevention bureau is now staffed full-time. With considerable community growth during the past decade the fire department expanded the responsibilities of the fire prevention bureau to manage new construction projects as well as conducting fire safety inspections in existing commercial and industrial properties.
New Challenges mean the role of the Fire Department is changing
In 1934 the primary role of the fire department was fire protection. Today our role in the community is considerably more. The functions and responsibilities of the fire department have changed significantly to better meet the needs of Brimfield Township. Recent commercial growth requires that the fire department have further involvement in new construction projects. Additionally, approximately three quarters of our emergency responses are for EMS service. The Brimfield Township Fire Department looks forward to these and new challenges in a Township that is moving forward in growth and development.