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Fire department taps Matthias as new assistant chief

By The Herald Staff | 6/4/2014

A veteran firefighter with more than two decades of experience has been named assistant chief of the Ottawa Fire Department.

The department announced Wednesday Capt. Tim Matthias will succeed Richard Oglesby as assistant fire chief, effective Saturday. Oglesby is retiring June 20 after 33 years of service with the department. A public reception for Oglesby is scheduled 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at Ottawa Fire Department Station No. 1, 720 W. Second St.

A veteran firefighter with more than two decades of experience has been named assistant chief of the Ottawa Fire Department.

The department announced Wednesday Capt. Tim Matthias will succeed Richard Oglesby as assistant fire chief, effective Saturday. Oglesby is retiring June 20 after 33 years of service with the department. A public reception for Oglesby is scheduled 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at Ottawa Fire Department Station No. 1, 720 W. Second St.

Matthias has 23 years of experience as a firefighter, including 17 years with the Ottawa Fire Department. During his time with the department, Matthias has demonstrated his knowledge, skills and abilities to be an effective leader, Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, said.

Matthias is grateful for the opportunity to move up the ladder with the department, he said.

“I’m looking forward to being here every day and giving back to the department,” Matthias said.

Matthias will be assuming an expanded supervisory role. Some of the assistant chief’s duties include training oversight, fire marshal, public information officer, planning and serving as supervisor of the department’s fire investigators, the release said. Matthias also serves as the department’s head official in the fire chief’s absence, the release said.

Originally from Horton, Matthias resides in the Pomona area with his wife, Janet, and their two children and also serves on the West Franklin school district’s board of education. He has an associate’s degree in emergency medical science and soon will obtain his bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University in fire science, the release said.

He is a certified fire officer II, Emergency Medical Services training officer I, paramedic and has obtained certification as an associate instructor with University of Kansas Fire and Rescue, as well as numerous other certifications, the release said.

“I am very pleased that Captain Matthias will be assuming this role” Carner said. “The department will continue to move forward with the added assistance of Matthias in this role. Matthias and I will spend considerable time evaluating all aspects of our delivery of service, our vision for the department, establishing priorities, and mapping out the organizational future.”

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