Asst. Chief Barber has been with the Brunswick Division of Fire since June 28, 2004. He serves as the Operations Officer overseeing day to day operations. Barber is currently in charge of the fire prevention bureau and fire training. He is as a fire instructor, fire safety inspector, paramedic, and Fire Officer IV.
Prior to coming to Brunswick he served as a Fire Lieutenant with the City of North Royalton. Barber brings to the Division over 20 years of fire service experience. He started out at Neshannock Volunteer Fire Department while in high school. After high school, Rick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for six years, where he was a Non-Commissioned Officer and radio/radar navigation technician on F-4, A-6 and FA-18 fighter aircraft. While stationed in Southern California, he worked for Orange County Fire Department for four and a half years with a busy Engine 226 as a part-time Firefighter/EMT. After Rick left California to attend paramedic school at the Center for Emergency Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, he worked with the Monroeville Fire Department, Station 4. Rick was hired by North Royalton Fire Department in 1994. He became a charter member of the S.E.R.T. fire investigation unit and Rescue Technician on the technical rescue team. Chief Barber is a member of Ohio Region 2 Structural Collapse task force.
Asst. Chief Barber also teaches at Cuyahoga Community College Fire Training Academy teaching Fire Officer 1,2 and 3 classes. Rick is on the executive chief board of directors for the Medina County All Hazards Technical Rescue Team, and serves as the director for the Incident Management Assistance Team.
Asst. Chief Barber lives in Brunswick with his wife and two boys and their dog Riley. When not at work, Rick can be found on the golf course, coaching baseball or in his workshop.