Interim Fire Chief

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Jeff Fasone began his career with the fire department as a part-time firefighter/paramedic in 1985 before being hired full time on February 7, 1987.  He advanced through the department’s ranks as a Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief before being promoted most recently to Fire Chief on May 2, 2018.  Having served the Township for over 31 years, Chief Fasone has been an integral part of ensuring quality fire and EMS services throughout the growth of Madison Township.

Chief Fasone grew up in southeast Columbus, graduating from Walnut Ridge High School in 1983.  He is a Certified Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Paramedic, Blue Card Instructor and a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs “Ohio Fire Executive” program.

As Fire Chief, he oversees the department staff of over 50 employees operating from three stations. The Fire Department serves approximately  23,500 residents which include the Cities of Canal Winchester and Groveport. Chief Fasone is responsible for the departments’ strategic planning, budget and finance, staff development, community fire risk management, community education, and marketing.

Chief Fasone resides in the Township with his wife Becky.  They are the proud parents of Julie, Amy, and Scott.

Battalion Chiefs

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Battalion Chief Christopher (Chris) Pallos

Battalion Chief Chris Pallos graduated from Groveport-Madison High School in 1971. He started as a volunteer firefighter in October 1974 and moved to full time in 1977. Eight years later he was promoted to Lieutenant (1985), five years after that he was promoted to Captain (1990) and three years later to Battalion Chief (1993). He has attended numerous fire, EMS, hazardous materials classes and incident commands. He oversaw the MTFD hazardous material foam operations from inception in 1993 through 2015.

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Battalion Chief James Looney

Battalion Chief James Looney graduated from Whitehall Yearling High School in 1982 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSBA in 1988.  After college, he worked in a small-service business office while earning his fire and emergency medical technician certifications.  He began his career with Madison Township as a part-time firefighter in 1995.  After working his way through paramedic school, he was appointed to full-time status in December 1997.  Battalion Chief Looney was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and Battalion Chief in May of 2018.

Battalion Chief Looney is certified through the Ohio Fire Academy at the Fire Officer II level.  He also maintains certifications as a Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, and serves as an EMS Continuing Education Instructor.

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Battalion Chief Mark Ballenger

Battalion Chief Mark Ballenger graduated from Pickerington High School in 1984.  During his senior year, he enlisted in the US Air Force where he trained as a firefighter.  He remained on active duty until 1993 and ultimately retired from the Ohio Air National Guard in 2015.  After release from active duty, he worked as a firefighter for the Department of Defense at Newark AFB, Oh.  He began his career with Madison Township in 1996 where he has worked as a  Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Investigator, Lieutenant and currently serves as Battalion Chief.  

Battalion Chief Ballenger is certified through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) at the Officer IV Chief Officer level.  He also maintains certifications as Fire Inspector, Instructor, Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Commander and Rescue Technician.

Office Manager

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Dianna Wears

Dianna Wears has served as the Fire Departments Office Manager since 1994. Her duties include answering the telephone, greeting visitors, processing the department’s payroll and bills for submission to the Township Fiscal Office. In addition, she handles all requests for copies of fire and EMS reports and provides support to the fire department and the Fire Chief. She works at Station 181 at 4567 Firehouse Lane and her office hours are generally 7 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. For information on how to request a fire or EMS report, contact her at 614 837-7883 during her office hours or leave her a voicemail message.

Fire Prevention Bureau

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fire marshal
Scott Hite

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fire inspector
Jim Embree

Fire Inspector
Steve Owens