Hafey is new Hamilton Township fire chief

By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer


Lockbourne resident, scoutmaster and 1977 Hamilton Township High School graduate Martin Hafey is not straying far from home in the next phase of a firefighting career spanning more than four decades.

The Hamilton Township trustees announced that after an extensive search, Hafey accepted their offer to serve as the township’s next fire chief starting Feb. 17.

“I’m happy to come back to where I started from,” said Hafey. “I hope to do a great job for the township and the community.”

Hafey served as an administrative captain with the Grandview Heights Division of Fire and has been with the department for 29 years. He previously served as a department paramedic, shift captain and on numerous occasions as acting fire chief.

In his resume, Hafey listed extensive training, multiple certifications and a strong familiarity with the functions and expectations of the chief for a fire department.

“Prior to my time at Grandview Heights, I served as both a part time and fulltime firefighter for Hamilton Township for many years starting in 1980,” wrote Hafey. “Currently, my responsibilities include EMS Coordinator, communications coordinator, fire marshal, public event and education coordinator, safety officer, and fleet maintenance officer.”

His work experience also includes nine years as an instructor with the Ohio Fire Academy, work as a juvenile fire setter counselor, a medic with Doctor’s Hospital West from 1998-2005, a public education instructor and a safety officer.

In a letter of recommendation, Upper Arlington Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Zimmer said Hafey’s combination of years of experience, along with his demeanor and abilities, have appropriately positioned him to take on the responsibilities associated with those related to the role as fire chief.

“Martin has worked with many organizations throughout the central Ohio area, allowing him to collaborate with others to address common issues related to public safety,” wrote Zimmer.

Hafey attended Capital and Franklin universities, the Ohio Arson School, Ohio Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy. His past accomplishments and awards include the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Scoutmaster Award, Scouter of the Year, Star of Life Award for EMS excellence, a member of advisory board for Franklin County Firefighters/Paramedic program from 1994-2002.

Hafey has served four decades as a scoutmaster, was president of the Hamilton Township school district Alternative/Digital Academy School Board from 2009-17 and Lockbourne Planning and Zoning Board chairman from 2017 to the present. He is a member of the Ohio and National Fire Protection Associations, Northwest Area Strike Team Hazmat and Fire Investigators and International Association of Arson Investigators.

“My goals are to ensure the best customer service to the Hamilton Township community,” said Hafey, “becoming well versed in township law and ordinances and create a strategic plan for the upward movement for the department for the next several years. I believe a strong fire department—working with the other township departments, the administration and the community—can continue to make Hamilton Township a great area to live.”

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