Management Team

Fire Chief

PJN_4729 Chris ThedersChris Theders was appointed Blue Ash’s Fire Chief on December 5, 2018. Theders joined the Blue Ash Fire Department in 2007 and has more than 28 years of fire experience.

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.

Chief Theders is married to his wife, Cindy, and they have two children.

Chris Theders can be reached via email at or by calling 745-8533.