Assistant Chief Burgess graduated from Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio in 1994. He then attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine in 1998.
After college, Assistant Chief Burgess returned to the Newark area and took a job as a claims processor at State Farm Insurance. He joined the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department and obtained his Paramedic and volunteer firefighter certifications. Captain Burgess has worked several part time jobs, as we all have done, including the Heath FD and the Central Ohio Joint Fire District. Captain Burgess joined the Newton Township Fire Department in 2002 where he continues to be active today.
In 2001, Assistant Chief Burgess was hired as a Paramedic at DCEMS. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 and Captain in 2009. In December, 2011 Captain Burgess was appointed to the 40 hour Administration/Training Captain. In 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Chief.
Assistant Chief Burgess is a State of Ohio EMS instructor, as well as AHA ACLS and BLS instructor, ITLS, PEPP, GEMS and ASLS instructor. He is also a 36 hour fire fighter and PADI open water diver. Captain Burgess is a lead instructor for C-TEC of Licking County in their EMT program. He serves on the Public Safety Advisory Boards for both C-TEC of Licking County and Delaware Area Career Center. Assistant Chief Burgess is a member of the National Association of EMS Educators, National EMS Managers Association and the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association.
Assistant Chief Burgess resides outside of Newark with his wife and two daughters.