City Announces New Fire Chief

The City of Blue Ash has named Chris Theders as the new Fire Chief for the Blue Ash Fire Department. Theders, who currently serves as the department’s Assistant Fire Chief, has more than 28 years of fire experience and joined BAFD in 2007.

Theders is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ohio State Fire Chiefs Association, and the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association. He also proudly serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Unit and participates in the Sycamore Safe/Secure Schools Committee and the City of Blue Ash Health/Benefits Committee. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College and completed the Ohio Fire Executive course at The Ohio State University in 2007. He has attended many courses at the National Fire Academy and Ohio Fire Academy throughout his career.

Theders has been highly proactive in making continuous firefighting/EMS training a high priority, as well as encouraging fire department staff to broaden their leadership education. As Fire Chief, Theders will lead more than 40 firefighter/paramedics, which respond out of two stations to all types of hazards such as fires, emergency medical calls, hazardous material releases and rescue situations. Last year, the BAFD responded to more than 2,600 emergency runs and completed more than 5,300 training hours.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next Blue Ash Fire Chief,” says Theders. “The men and women who serve this department have the highest level of dedication and professionalism, and I am looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to enhance an already tremendous department,” he says.

Theders will replace Chief Rick Brown, who is retiring after more than 30 years in the fire service.

An official swearing-in date has not yet been set.