The Board of Trustees of the Miami Valley Fire District has appointed Battalion Chief Andy Harp to become acting Chief to succeed Matthew Queen upon his upcoming retirement. Chief Queen’s last day on the job will be June 25.
“Andy is a valued member of the Fire District leadership team and has the full confidence of the board. We anticipate a smooth transition and a continuation of the outstanding service our communities have come to expect.”
Harp, who has over 38 years in the fire service, has been a Battalion Chief since the District was formed in 2012 to serve Miamisburg and Miami Township. He had previously been a member of the Miamisburg Fire Department, where he last held the rank of Captain.
“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for this opportunity. I appreciate all the hard work Chief Queen has done and the things he has accomplished in his nine years as Chief. I look forward to guiding the Fire District in the interim and assisting with a smooth transition when a permanent Chief is selected.”
According to Stalder, the Board of Trustees will enlist the services of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association in the search process to hire a new chief. No timeline for that search has been established.
Harp was named Firefighter of the Year in 2004 by the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton and was a member of the Flyers’ 1980 NCAA Division III national championship football team.