Austin Miller
Austin Miller
 VAN WERT – Firefighter/Paramedic Austin Miller and Firefighter/Paramedic Douglas Edelbrock recently completed the Ohio Fire Academy Fire Officer 1 (FO1) class. The class consists of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of independent work.

The Ohio Fire Academy offers the only nationally (NFA) and internationally (IFSAC) accredited Fire Officer 1 program in the State of Ohio. This course is designed to match NFPA 1021 standards of Fire Officer 1. Students learn essential techniques and skills in leadership including time management, delegation and prioritization in both routine and emergency situations. Students have the opportunity to put skills to use in practice simulations and role play scenarios. This course is helpful in guiding the firefighter in the transition from peer to officer.


This course meets NFPA 1021, Standards of Professional Qualifications for Fire Officer 1. Content includes leadership, supervisory and decision making practices, legal responsibilities, communication practices, report writing, workplace safety, quality assurance and pre-incident planning.

“Completing the FO1 class is the first step for personnel interested in furthering their professional fire officer career,” Chief Jon Jones stated. “Their participation in this class shows dedication and commitment as future leaders for our department and community.”