Brothers sworn in as assistant fire chiefs in Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- On July 7, brothers Joe and Jeff Alexander were sworn in by Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer as part-time assistant fire chiefs. Joe joined the Hudson Fire Department in 1991, followed by Jeff in 1993.

"Between them, Joe and Jeff have more than 40 years serving the community as firefighters," Fire Chief Jerry Varnes said. "They have been valuable members of our department and of the community for many years. Both have tremendous knowledge, experience and talent, and they will be a great asset to us in their new leadership roles."

The part-time assistant chief positions were created to provide increased access for Hudson firefighters to on-site leadership for the largely volunteer service.

Joe is a lifelong Hudson resident and a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in business administration. Joe joined the Hudson Fire Department in 1991 as a probationary firefighter and became a regular firefighter in 1993. In 2002, following a competitive examination, Joe was promoted to lieutenant with responsibilities for firefighter gear compliance and ordering and maintaining personal protective gear. He currently leads the Hudson Fire Department Hazardous Materials team and is a zone coordinator for the Summit County Hazardous Materials Response Team. Joe is the co-owner of Shamrock Gear Restoration in Boston Heights and part of the sales team for Fire Force, a fire equipment and gear company. His hobbies include sports, anything to do with the lake, including jet skiing, and being with his wife Shana and their two teenage children.

Jeff is a lifelong Hudson resident and graduate of Kent State University with a degree in economics. Jeff joined the Hudson Fire Department as a firefighter in 1993, was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and became a captain in 2007. Jeff served as the training coordinator for Hudson Fire from 2009 to 2010. During this time he developed regional training coordinators meetings and took responsibility for computers and technology at the fire department. Jeff is currently a zone coordinator with the Summit County Special Operations Response Team with expertise in high angle and swift water rescue. Jeff also is the team leader for the Hudson Fire Department Technical Rescue Team. Jeff is a co-owner of Shamrock Gear Restoration in Boston Heights and part of the sales team for Fire Force, a fire equipment and gear company. Jeff enjoys sports, carpentry work around his home and exercise. He is married to Julie, and they have a son in high school and a daughter in middle school.

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