City of Akron Now Accepting Applications for Fire Chief

Akron, Ohio, May 8, 2024  — Beginning today, the City of Akron is accepting applications for the next Chief of the Akron Fire Department. The city is doing an internal only search. Applicants must have a minimum of ten years of Fire and/or Emergency Management Services (EMS) command experience with a minimum of one year of experience at the level of Fire Deputy Chief. Applications are due May 18, 2024. The job description and application are available here.  


“The Akron Fire Department provides essential services to residents, particularly in responding to fires and medical emergencies,” said Mayor Malik. “We are eager to appoint a new Fire Chief to succeed Joe Natko and lead our department forward. We look forward to introducing our new Fire Chief to the community this summer at a townhall focused on Fire/EMS services.” 


About Akron Fire 

Today, the Akron Fire Department serves a population of over 190,000 people and covers 62 square miles within the city. The department consists of over 400 employees including 387 uniformed personnel. AFD offers a comprehensive range of services, including 13 Engine companies, 15 ALS Medical Units, 4 Ladder Companies, 1 Rescue Truck, 4 Command Officers, a Hazmat Team, a Water Rescue Team, Drone Team, Technical Rescue Team, Tactical Medical Unit, and an Alternate Response Vehicle. They respond to an average of 57,000 calls for service each year. 

Stephanie Marsh, Director of Communications or 330-256-1191