Rich began his journey in firefighting in 1980 when he joined the Chippewa Township Fire Department Station #2. Since then he has been a member of the Rittman Fire Department, the Rittman Emergency Medical Service and currently serves on the Orrville Fire Department where he is a firefighter and EMT. In 1988 he was named as the firefighter of the Year for the Rittman Fire Department and was given the same recognition in 2004 by the Orrville Fire Department. In March of this year, Rich Nester was named as the 2008 Firefighter/EMT of the Year for the Wayne County Fire & Rescue Association.

In 1994 he became a member of the Wayne County Regional Fire School committee and since that time has served in all capacities including Chairman. While on the committee, Rich was dedicated to improving the quality of training programs provided at the school, using his experiences at numerous other fire school programs he had attended as a guide. One of his recommendations was to annually recognize someone who had made significant contributions to the Fire School as an “Honorary Dean”. Rich continues to serve the Fire School committee in an advisory capacity and is always available to do what ever he can to improve the school. He is employed full time as a Police Sergeant for The Ohio State University – Wooster Campus and he spends much of his time during warm weather working the Safety Teams at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Nelson Ledges Road Course and Kentucky Speedway. He is a NASCAR Advance Program Trainer and an instructor for International Trauma Life Support, the American Safety & Health Institute, Response Options and he has a particular interest in auto extrication.

In recognition of his dedications to the fire service and the Wayne County Regional Fire School, please join us in congratulating Richard A. Nester on being named as the school’s Honorary Dean for 2009.