West Chester hires new assistant fire chief

West Chester Twp. Fire Chief Rick Prinz presented his new assistant chief for operations Stephen Oughterson to the trustees for confirmation Feb. 28. Pictured are Prinz and Oughterson with his wife, Debra.

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West Chester Twp. Fire Chief Rick Prinz presented his new assistant chief for operations Stephen Oughterson to the trustees for confirmation Feb. 28. Pictured are Prinz and Oughterson with his wife, Debra.

The West Chester Twp. trustees welcomed the newest member of their staff Tuesday — Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Oughterson.

Oughterson will be in charge of operations and will earn $88,000 a year. Oughterson is filling the position that was vacated when the trustees named Rick Prinz chief in December 2015.

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Oughterson hails from the city of Lebanon Fire Department where he was a shift commander and accreditation manager. He worked at that department for 13 years. He has a bachelor of science degree in fire science, engineering and technology from the University of Cincinnati and an executive fire officer designation from the National Fire Academy.

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