Public Safety Profile
Westerville Fire Lieutenant Named Ohio’s Fire Instructor of the Year
Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) Lieutenant Jay Compson is the State of Ohio’s Fire Service Instructor of the year. He will be recognized for this honor at the Ohio Fire Academy on Sept. 18. A 21-year veteran of the WFD, Lt. Compson is an advocate for mental health care and suicide prevention for men and women in the fire service, participating in the National Fallen Firefighters peer training program. He also teaches leadership classes and has been an instructor for the Fire Science program at Columbus State Community College. The Ohio Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) Lieutenant Jay Compson is presented to instructors who have made a significant impact within their local fire department and in fire education. Nominations are evaluated by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Emergency Medical Services staff. Learn more about the Westerville Division of Fire at www.westerville.org/fire.
Westerville Electric Division Receives Smart Energy Provider Designation The Westerville Electric Division is being recognized for its work to promote energy efficiency and environmental initiatives while remaining committed to providing low-cost, high-quality and reliable electric service. The American Public Power Association (APPA) officially presents the City with its “Smart Energy Provider (SEP)” designation in October. Westerville is the only municipally owned and operated suburban electrical provider in Central Ohio, serving Westerville’s nearly 40,000 residents and more than 2,100 businesses. “We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment as it reflects Westerville’s genuine desire as a public power utility to stay on the leading edge of innovation while maintaining the reliable, low-cost service our customers expect,” said Chris Monacelli, Electric Utility Manager. According to APPA, the SEP is a two-year designation that recognizes public power utilities with leading practices in the following disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first time APPA has provided a designation. Learn more about the Westerville Electric Division at www.westerville.org/electric. www.westervillemagazine.com