New Warren County fire chief invites community for coffee

Published: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 4:14 PM

            Franklin Twp. Fire Chief Tom Snively
Franklin Twp. Fire Chief Tom Snively

Franklin Twp.’s new fire chief is hosting Coffee with the Chief for the next two weekends at both firehouses.

Fire Chief Tom Snively will be at Fire Station 20 at the corner of Keays and Martz-Paulin roads from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Residents can attend this free event and casual opportunity to meet the fire chief and tour the station and equipment.

Snively will host a second “Coffee with the Chief” from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at Fire Station 19 on Robinson-Vail Road in Hunter.

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A Franklin Twp. resident, Snively was selected as the township’s new fire chief Aug. 8 from of field of 29 candidates. He is currently assistant fire chief for the Middletown Division of Fire and will continue in that position along with his new position as township fire chief.

Snively received a three-year contract that expires Aug. 10, 2021 and will receive base pay of $10,000 year and will receive increases of 2 percent each year of the contract. In addition, he will receive fire run and training pay as well as being paid for community events when required to attend. Snively will also receive a 2 percent bonus for being awarded grants not to exceed $5,000 for any one grant.

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He is required to spend 20 hours a week on duty with the township up to 1,500 hours a year and will receive two weeks of personal leave a year.

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

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.

Snively succeeded Kevin Jennings, who was a fire captain before the trustees appointed him as the interim township fire chief on Oct. 2, 2017 following the resignation for retirement of former fire chief Steve Bishop on Sept. 28, 2017.