Novak is new Fire Chief

David Novak, a 25-year veteran of Sheffield Lake’s Fire Department, is its new Chief. The appointment was effective January 1.

Novak was hired as a part-time firefighter/paramedic with the department in 1997 and became full-time in 2000. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006 when he took on the duties of fire prevention, fire investigation and training officer.

“I’m ready for this job, and excited to assume the duties and responsibilities of Fire Chief. I look forward to serving the citizens of Sheffield Lake in an efficient and compassionate way. My top priorities are ensuring the Sheffield Lake Fire Department is always prepared, properly trained and equipped to respond to all types of emergencies.”

He noted that half the department’s personnel has joined the force since 2014, making for a younger department. “We continue to focus on ensuring our new recruits are trained and able to meet our high standards. Because we are a small-town fire department, each member must be able to perform at a high level.”

In addition to training, firefighters are urged to make healthy food choices and to participate in physical fitness activities while on duty. “We believe a fit force is a better force,” he said.

Another of the new chief’s focus areas is community education. He said the department will continue to provide a smoke alarm and batteries to older residents and will restart its popular CPR training once it is safe to do so. He plans to continue the lockbox program, which gives the department access to a resident’s home in the event they are unable to come to the door themselves.

Mayor Dennis Bring praised retired Chief Tim Card’s years of service and said he looks forward to working with Chief Novak. “I hope Chief Novak will continue positive momentum as he implements programs and policies to benefit the department, the entire city and our residents.”

Novak has been married 29 years to his wife, Bridget. They have two adult children. Their daughter, Margot, is currently studying to become a doctor at Seton Hill/ Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and their son, Jack, is a firefighter with Elyria Township and Eaton Township while in school to become a paramedic.