Prior to being named chief in July 2007, Gaul served seven years as deputy chief, directing the support and operations divisions. When Gaul came on board full-time in 1984 with seven other new career firefighters, he was one of only two who were licensed paramedics.
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“I have been honored to be a part of this very professional department,” said Gaul, a graduate of Centerville High School. “I believe everyone is in it to protect the community, and they act accordingly. Our customer service surveys and levy passage show we’re dedicated to serving the community in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. We have a good team in place.”
Gaul joined the department as a volunteer firefighter in May 1979 when it was comprised mostly of volunteers responding from home. He was inspired after helping his brother, already a volunteer firefighter, respond to emergency calls that occurred near their home and also by his uncle who was a fire chief in a small northern Ohio farming community.
When Gaul came on board full-time in 1984 with seven other new career firefighters, he was one of only two who were licensed paramedics.
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