The City of Vandalia’s Division of Fire’s Mission is to provide superior fire/EMS services to 15,000 residents of a 12.5 square mile city at the top of Montgomery County. The Division of Fire provides this superior level of service from three strategically located fire stations.
The Division of Fire’s administrative team consists of the Fire Chief, a full-time Office Manager, an Assistant Fire Chief, and a command staff of three (3) full-time Captains (Shift Commanders), and one (1) part-time Captain. Take a few minutes to get to know our administrative staff, their bios are provided below:
CHAD E. FOLLICK, FIRE CHIEF
Chief Follick is a life-long resident of Vandalia and a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School. His career in the fire service began as an explorer with the Division of Fire in 1987 and continued until he was hired as a paid on call firefighter/EMT in June of 1991. Chief Follick attended and graduated from the Ohio Fire Academy in 1991 and continued his employment with the City of Vandalia while attending EMT and Paramedic training.
Chief Follick worked simultaneously as a firefighter/EMT /paramedic for the City of Vandalia and Huber Heights Fire Departments from 1991 to 1993. He also served as a career Lieutenant with the Harrison Township Fire Department from 1993 to 2001, and as a Battalion Chief with the City of Riverside Fire Department from 2001 to 2004. Chief Follick’s initial service as a paid on call member of the City of Vandalia’s Division of Fire from 1991 to 2004 included promotions to paid on call Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Chief.
On May 19, 2004, Chief Follick was hired full time by the City of Vandalia and was promoted to the position of Fire Chief. Chief Follick holds several professional licenses and certifications that include being a registered Ohio Fire Executive.
Chief Follick has served three terms as President of the Montgomery County Fire Chief’s Association, and in 2010, he was recognized by the Vandalia-Butler Vision’s Endowment program as the 2010 Outstanding Butler High School Alumnus.
MARK WHETSTONE, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
Chief Whetstone is a long time resident of the City of Vandalia and a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School. He was hired as a paid on call firefighter/EMT on August 1, 1990. Chief Whetstone was promoted to paid on call Lieutenant November 22, 1996, and then promoted to paid on call Captain September 1, 2001. On September 7, 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief.
Chief Whetstone holds a Bachelor’s degree in mortuary science and is the owner/operator of Morton Whetstone Funeral Home in Vandalia. He is a long time member of the Federal Disaster Mortuary Response Team and has been deployed to areas affected by hurricanes Ike, Katrina, and Rita. Chief Whetstone has also received numerous deployments to other areas including to American Samoa after the tsunami.
The Fire Division services approximately 12.35 square miles and a population of approximately 15,246 (2010 Census). In addition, the Fire Division assists other communities with automatic mutual aid responses (AMAR).
CANDICE JACOBS, OFFICE MANAGER
Vandalia Fire Administration
Fire Station #1
8705 Peters Pike
Vandalia, OH 45377