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Chief Chris Niswander

Fire Chief

Chris A. Niswander

In May 2014, Chris Niswander was appointed Fire Chief of the Monroe Township Fire Department, replacing Chief Jimmy Sweat who retired from the position after 20+ years of dedicated service to the citizens of Monroe Township. Chief Niswander has a long and varied background in the fire service and is a life-long Monroe Township area resident.


Fire Chief Bio

Chief Niswander was born and raised in Monroe Township, attended Lucas Schools and is a 1979 graduate, and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Chief Niswander began his fire service career in the early 1990’s with both Mifflin Township and Madison Township Fire Departments. He became a career firefighter at Madison Township and spent most of his line firefighter days at the #2 Station on Belmont Ave. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 and headed up the Training Bureau at Madison, and was later appointed Fire Chief in August of 2006, a position he served in until 2013, when he left the full-time fire service to take a position in the private sector. Also, in 2013 he joined the Monroe Township Fire Department in hopes of giving back to his hometown community.

Chief Niswander has an extensive fire service resume and has attended thousands of hours of advanced training in numerous aspects of Firefighting, EMS, Firefighting Tactics, Incident Command, and Fire Department Management. Some of these training pursuits took Chief Niswander outside the state of Ohio, he has attended training at the National Fire Academy/ Emmitsburg, MD., and the Chicago, IL Fire Department. In addition to attending training, Chief Niswander has taught fire service topics throughout Ohio. For the past 13 years he has taught at the Bowling Green State University – State Fire School as a Lead Instructor for both Fire Instructor Certification and Fire Officer Development courses. He has been a member of the State Fire School Advisory Board since 2006, and has also taught various courses for both the University of Akron/Center for Fire & Hazardous Materials and the Medina County Career Center /Fire Training Program.

Chief Niswander’s goals at Monroe Township include; enhanced training in line with U.S. Fire Service standards, improved tactics and operational readiness, increasing Department membership and improving response. He believes that efficiency and effectiveness lead to better outcomes for our community.