Deerfield Fire Department


Miles L. Felmly

Retired Chief, Miles Felmly joined the Deerfield fire department in September 1969 and rose thru the ranks to become Chief in January 1978.


He served as Lieutenant, Captain and then Chief. On the business side of the department he served as department secretary and secretary of the Portage County Firefighters Association.


His first action as Chief was to begin ambulance service.�� Next he designed and installed a telephone communications patch that allowed local volunteer dispatchers to instantly transmit a voice message from telephone to voice pagers assigned to each department member.


He resigned as Chief in March 1982 when elected Township Trustee for one 4 year term but remained a member of the department.�


In May 1996 Felmly was again appointed Chief of the Department retiring from the position July 1, 2016. He remains a member of the Department serving in a Fire Prevention Code assignment as Fire Marshall.


He was the first Portage County firefighter to be registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as an EMT-A charter member in 1972. He is an Ohio Level 2 firefighter, a certified Fire Safety Inspector and an OSHA Authorized Outreach Instructor. He is also an authorized Emergency Care and Safety Institute instructor in First aid and CPR.


Felmly has published fire and management related articles in Fire Engineering magazine, The NFPA Fire Command magazine, and Fire Chief magazine.


He holds an Associate of Science degree in Fire & Safety Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration and a Masters degree in Emergency & Disaster Management.


Felmly was a Charter Member of the Ohio First Aid and Rescue Association later known as the Ohio Emergency Medical Services Association. He is a founding member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians,� Professional Level Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, past member of the Portage County Fire Chiefs Association, Retired member Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Fire Marshals Association� and the National Fire Prevention Association.�