Chris Bower was
appointed as Copley Township’s Fire Chief in November 2018. Chief Bower began his career as a paramedic in
Youngstown Ohio in 1985. He has worked for Cuyahoga
Falls Fire Department as a firefighter, University Hospitals MedEvac as a flight
paramedic, and the University of Akron as a fire instructor. He began
his career with Copley Township Fire Department in 2000 filling roles as a firefighter, lieutenant, and captain.
Chief Bower has a Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University. He graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and received his Fire Chief credentialing from the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association in 2019. He is a certified Fire Officer II, Hazardous Materials Technician,
Firefighter II, Fire Instructor, EMS Instructor, Fire Safety Inspector, and Paramedic.
Chief Bower authored and managed BWC Safety Grants for
Copley Fire Department which funded the
purchase of patient transportation systems, automated
CPR devices, and fire hose management equipment. He also coordinated the
implementation of a $300,000 Regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant which
funded a Fire Station Alerting System for Copley, Norton and Barberton Fire
Departments. This system which is activated by Southwest Summit Communications
(SWSCOM) dispatch center, has improved response times of emergency services in
all three communities.
A lifelong resident of Ohio, Chief Bower is
married and has three daughters.