Deputy Fire Prevention Officer:
Tim Benner was appointed Deputy Fire Protection Officer for Franklin Township in April of 2016. He has served as Assistant Chief of the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department, in firefighter/paramedic and or fire safety inspector roles for the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department, Aurora Fire Department and Shaker Heights Fire Department. Tim has also served as Fire Safety Officer for University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland and Kent State University. He has been a member of the Portage County Water Rescue Team since 2005 and has been with the Portage County Fire Investigation Unit since 2010. Tim and his wife Sally live in Mantua Township and attend Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua. Tim is looking forward to being a partner with Franklin Township residents and businesses in improving the community's fire safety.
Responsibilities of the Deputy Fire Prevention Officer include performing fire safety inspections for adopted and foster children homes, adult group homes, commercial establishments, day care centers, public assembly buildings and residence buildings that are three stories and above; acting as a liaison to the City of Kent Fire Department and State Fire Marshal; investigating fire safety hazard and open complaints and inspecting building structures that may be insecure, unsafe or structurally defective.
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