Tom Hoffmann Promoted to Division Chief
The Greenhills Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Tom Hoffmann to Division Chief of Fire Operations.
Tom is a veteran of the fire department, having joined in 1984. In his 29 years, Tom has established himself as a leader within our ranks. He has served as Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain. Tom was Firefighter of the Year in 1997; in fact he was the first Firefighter of the year awarded by Chief Spaeth. He is also a past-president of our Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board.
Tom’s area of responsibility has been and will continue to be that of Safety Officer within our department. Tom also manages our information systems and does a fantastic job keeping us up to date. Our ability to comply with state reporting requirements for the State of Ohio is due largely to the work that Tom does for the organization. These requirements often change and in fact, we just completed yet another upgrade to our system in order to be current. When dealing with these upgrades unfortunately things usually never work exactly as they are supposed to the first time around, which typically requires a great deal of time to resolve, and Tom is always there investing the time to get things corrected.
Additionally, Tom has been our representative to the Mid-West Fire Chief’s Operations Committee for nearly six years. He has taken a leadership role in that group, which has developed nearly a dozen Standard Operating Guidelines that six fire departments in the area follow. The result has been a safer and more efficient fire ground, which focuses heavily on collaboration with our mutual aid neighbors. This not only allows saving taxpayers significant dollars by sharing of resources, but most importantly, six departments following the same set of rules provides the safest of conditions in a potentially hazardous zone.
Tom’s abilities as a leader are among the best, and he is looked upon for his experience and expertise by all of our members. Tom has a professional demeanor and commands respect with his presence at emergencies.
Several weeks ago Tom assisted Chief Spaeth in the Command Post at a working fire and did a fantastic job assisting with the management of the incident to a positive outcome.
As we move forward, the need for unified, solid organizational management is of utmost importance to this department. Tom will join the Chief’s staff as Division Chief of Fire Operations, along with David Hoffmann, our Division Chief of EMS Operations, and Oscar Hoffmann, our Assistant Fire Chief. We have chosen the best possible team in order to achieve our goals and objectives as we look into the future..