Washington TownshipMontgomery County, Ohio

Scott Kujawa Selected As Chief

New Leadership
Posted on 03/21/2019

Deputy Chief Scott Kujawa assumed leadership in March of the Washington Township Fire Department.

Kujawa has served the department for 27 years, including the last three years as deputy chief in charge of operations. During that time, he has twice overseen the fire department’s successful accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), an internationally-recognized benchmark for fire and emergency services.

“Scott has daily experience overseeing every aspect of our fire department -- from fire suppression and emergency medical response to fire prevention, equipment and facilities,” said Jesse Lightle, township administrator. “In his role with accreditation, he has reviewed all of these areas so that they align with nationally recognized standards.”

During his time with the township, Kujawa has pursued professional development by achieving CFAI credentialing both as a Fire Officer and Chief Fire Officer. He currently is enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the National Fire Academy. “Our community is fortunate to have him as chief,” said Lightle. “Scott has a genuine commitment to the continual improvement of fire department services, to the safety and health of crews, and to the professional development of all members.”

His leadership skills also are recognized beyond Centerville/Washington Township. As a consultant to the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, Kujawa assists departments across the state with strategic planning and projects such as staffing and station location analysis. Other outside professional contributions include work as a CFAI peer assessor, conducting site visits and reviewing documentation for fire departments across the country, and mentorship of fire department officers through the CFAI credentialing process.

Earlier this year, Kujawa received the Customer Service Award for Outstanding Individual from the Executive Committee of the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance where he is a member of the newly-created MVFEA Human Relations Committee and assists with assessment centers for local fire departments.

Prior to his appointment to deputy chief in 2015, Kujawa served as administrative captain and shift commander for eight years. He joined the fire department in 1991 as a volunteer and part-time firefighter/paramedic, became a full-time firefighter in 1998, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2006. A graduate of Centerville High School, he holds a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and an associate degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

His work as a community volunteer includes BOGG, a mobile food pantry, and membership on Shoes 4 the Shoeless Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Scholarship and Conference committees for the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.

In addition to being the only accredited fire department in the Miami Valley, Washington Township is one of just nine accredited departments in Ohio and 259 worldwide.