Beavercreek Township has a new fire chief. David VandenBos will take over the duties starting in July, replacing outgoing fire chief Mark Thomas, who served 25 years. VandenBos, a 1989 Beavercreek High School graduate, has been a member of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department since August 1991. He started as a volunteer firefighter and lieutenant while attending Miami University, Oxford, Ohio to pursue a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design.

After graduating from Miami University, he was hired full time as a civilian fire prevention specialist in May 1995. Not long after being a fire prevention specialist, VandenBos was hired on as a career firefighter, paramedic, and officer- in-charge.

VandenBos was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and to Deputy Chief in 2003. During that time VandenBos went back to school at the University of Dayton obtaining a Masters degree in Public Administration. He also became a Certified Public Manager through the State of Ohio.

During VandenBos’s eighteen years of service to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department, he has earned numerous awards and recognition from the fire department such as Firefighter of the Year and certificates of Recognition and Achievement. He was awarded a Proclamation of Achievement from the Ohio House of Representatives in 1995 and the Trustees Award in 2001.

VandenBos also holds numerous professional certifications including Managing Company Tactical Operations, Haz Mat Technician, Fire Scene Investigator and Advance Fire Investigation, Fire Safety Inspector, Firefighter Level II certifications, Incident Command System and National Certified Public Manager certification.

Vandenbos is the Beavercreek Township Fire Department’s tenth Fire Chief.