Delaware, Ohio – Some people have hobbies, Bill Grubb has fire. He is the Fire Charter Director for the Delaware Area Career Center and a Firefighter for the City of Columbus. Even though he splits his time between two jobs, he excels in both roles. On September 17, 2014 Bill Grubb was recognized as the Ohio Fire Service Instructor of the Year by State Fire Marshall Larry Flowers and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
What makes Bill such a great Fire Instructor is his love for firefighting. Coming from a family of firefighters, Bill has fire in his blood. He has been in and out of fire houses since he was eight years old. He spent a lot of time with his grandfather who was a Fire Chief and his father and uncle, both of whom served as Fire Officers. Bill’s first official duties as an eight-year-old were to turn the lights on outside the fire house and to open the garage door. Two of Bill’s sons completed the DACC Fire Program and they both work for MedCare Ambulance. Bill’s wife Lisa is a former firefighter. Lisa currently volunteers her time at DACC to take pictures, to proctor tests and manage paperwork for the Fire Program.
As Fire Charter Director at DACC, Bill provides oversight and leadership for both the High School and Adult Education Fire Programs. Both programs are taught the same curriculum and have
similar results. “The only difference between our adult and high school students is their age,” Grubb explains. Scott Palmer, Director of Adult Education at DACC adds, “It is uncommon for adult and high school classes to be taught using a similar curriculum and method. Our Fire Program at DACC is model of how it should be done.”
Palmer adds, “Our school is grateful and fortunate to have Bill Grubb as our Fire Charter Director. He is well respected by local fire departments and that serves us well. Most importantly, Bill is committed to the success of our high school and adult students. Our Fire Service Training Program is successful because of the stewardship and leadership of Bill Grubb and the strong commitment of our instructors.”