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Jonathan M. Westendorf currently serves as the Chief of Fire & Emergency Medical Services in a southern Ohio fire department, a position he has held since September 2000. Chief Westendorf is a professional firefighter, certified Paramedic, and holds a number of specialized rescue certificates. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California. While studying at USC, Chief Westendorf was the recipient of the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Award for the 2015-2016 outstanding capstone project, Visualizing the Future: An Exploration of Augmented Reality Technology in Emergency Management © 2016. In addition, Chief Westendorf is a credentialed Ohio Fire Chief and Fellow.
Chief Westendorf currently serves as the 2nd Vice-President for the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Board of Directors, following several terms as the Southwest District Director. A long-time member of the legislative committee, Chief Westendorf chairs the OFCA Legislative Committee. The chief also serves the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Material Unit, a regional Type I team, as Vice-President. Finally, Chief Westendorf is an adjunct professor for the University of Cincinnati
Mr. Westendorf resides in Franklin, Ohio with his wife Betsy, two daughters Cayden and Kyndal, & his beloved plot hound, Quint.