City of Tallmadge • 46 North Avenue • Tallmadge, OH 44278

Chief Michael g. passarelli

Chief Passarelli began his career with the Tallmadge Fire Department as a volunteer in 1975. He became a paramedic in 1979 and a Fire inspector in 1982. He served as a shift supervisor from 1995 to 2006. In 2006 he was promoted to Battalion Chief and also became an assistant EMS Instructor that year. He was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in January 2015 and promoted to Chief July 20, 2015.
Chief Passarelli has lived in Tallmadge for the past 50 years graduating from Tallmadge High School in 1971. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1974 with an Associate degree in Sales and Merchandising. He continued courses of study at the University of Akron receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Supervision in 2013. He graduated from, the National Fire Academy Executive Officer Program in 1999.
Chief Passarelli also holds certificates from the Division of Forestry as a firefighter and a Type V Incident Commander. He is also a Medical Unit Leader for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.  He has been a Summit County Hazmat Technician and is part of the Summit County Emergency Management Team.
His professional affiliations include the Summit County Fire Chiefs Association and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.
Chief Passarelli continues to reside in Tallmadge with his wife Patti.  They have four grown children and five grandchildren.


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