The Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District on Thursday announced the appointment of William “Bill” Strain as the district’s new assistant chief.
According to a press release from the district, Strain has been a full-time firefighter for almost 12 years, a full-time member of Paint Creek since the district was created in 2010, and holds numerous certifications for fire and EMS service.
While serving with Paint Creek, Strain was one of the first three staff members to be promoted to captain, and served as the acting fire chief for a short time.
According to the release, Strain holds an associate’s degree of technical studies in fire and EMS services, and is a State of Ohio-certified firefighter, paramedic, fire safety inspector and EMS continuing education instructor.
He is also currently taking a course to become a fire instructor.
Additionally, Strain has taken numerous courses in fire, emergency services, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, rescue and the national incident management system courses from the Introduction of Incident Command System (ICS) to the Advanced ICS course required for a chief officer of a fire department, according to the release.
“The board of trustees of the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District would like to congratulate Bill Strain on the appointment, and look forward to working with him,” the release said.
Strain is the eldest son of Dr. Dan and Vicki Strain.
He is married to Brandy Strain, and is father to four children, two boys and two girls ranging from 5 to 20 years old.
His school-aged children attend the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools, and he and his family are active members in the Greenfield community.
Contacted Thursday, Strain said he’s looking forward to getting to work in his new capacity.
“I’m obviously excited about the opportunity to work hand in hand with the taxpayers of the district and with the board,” he told The Times-Gazette. “I’m pretty excited about the direction of our department and where we go from here. I think we have strong leadership at the top that will show me the ropes, and I think we’ve got a good group of guys… I think there’s a lot we can accomplish, providing a very quality service to the taxpayers.”
Paint Creek Chief Dave Manning told The Times-Gazette he’s looking forward to working with Strain.
“I’m just looking forward to working with Bill and continuing to move the district forward,” he said.
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