By Hannah Poling
The Pleasant Township trustees have selected David Whiting as the new fire chief for the Pleasant Township Fire Department.
Whiting started as a junior firefighter at age 13 in Colerain Township. He remained there until he graduated and then he moved to Columbus where he became a paramedic and worked full-time. Though now retired, Whiting previously served at multiple fire departments such as Plain City, Pleasant Valley, Clinton Township and Columbus. He has a total of 38 years in fire service and served as the assistant chief for the Columbus Division of Fire for six years.
Whiting and his wife, Julie have lived in Pleasant Township for five years.
“I have lived in the township of every place I have worked at,” said Whiting.
In his retirement, he has kept busy by traveling to teach leadership, mentorship and safety courses to police and firefighters across the country as well as has involvement with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
“I see this as an opportunity to mentor individuals in my own community,” said Whiting.
As an advocate for safety, Whiting plans to take a strategic look at the Pleasant Township Fire Department to see where improvements can be made.
“My top priority is to get people out and exposed because there are a lot of opportunities for fire education,” said Whiting.
Another goal he has is to have community risk reduction programs. He wants the department to be visible in the community and to get the community involved in events such as touch-a-truck and fire education in schools.
“We will never be able to prevent fires, but hopefully we can reduce injury and life loss,” Whiting said.
Whiting had an opportunity to meet with all of the firefighters in the department.
“I have always been a big believer in relationship building and to teach and reinforce the need to make everybody better,” he said.
He also plans to look into potential grant options to strategically and financially help reduce the impact on the community.
“This is a great opportunity to give back and I am excited for what all I can do,” said Whiting.
Whiting was sworn in as fire chief at the Pleasant Township board meeting on June 28. He replaces Brian Taylor, who retired in May.