The Washington Twp. Fire Department was formed in 1946. It provides around-the-clock emergency response with personnel who respond directly from five fire stations positioned strategically throughout Washington Twp. and Centerville. The fire department handled 8,759 calls for service in 2021.
Kujawa, who has been with the department since 1991, became its chief in 2019. Washington Twp. Fire Department has more than 100 employees, including 90 full-timers (firefighters, administrative and support staff), 13 part-timers (firefighters and administrative staff) and three volunteers (a medical adviser and two chaplains).
Kujawa said the department has the most credentialed officers in Ohio.
“That leads into our succession planning where we can assure that our people are prepared for the next step as they rise up through the ranks,” he said.
Battalion Chief Josh Augustine said all the department’s officers have at least an associate’s degree. Some have bachelor’s and master’s degrees nd one staffer is working on a doctorate, he said.
Washington Twp. Fire Department also provides tuition reimbursement for members, Augustine said.
“Professional credentialing gives them a road map for success in the future,” Kujawa said.
Community engagement has always been a “huge focus” of the entire department, said Scott Henry, safety educator and public education specialist. That includes young children in day cares and pre-schools and all throughout the school age years, but also adult safety, he said.
“Expanding our social media has allowed us to have a much bigger reach than we would have in the first place through the safety messages and videos that get liked and shared and commented (on),” Henry said. “It just reached out not only here in Washington Twp. and Centerville, but throughout the state and beyond.”